FREE Workout Wednesday! Total Body in 10

1 move (ok, 3 but who’s counting?!?!) to get your whole body. Planks rock! Keep telling yourself that ;)

Whoo, it’s also a throw back. I was softer around the middle…and blonde. See what happens with consistency?

 

NEW DVD REVIEW! Biggest Loser Power XTrain

Hi guys!

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve reviewed a new workout DVD, so I thought I’d hop into the new year with The Biggest Loser DVD series.

For those wondering, although Jillian is back on the show (which airs this Sunday evening) she’s not in the video.

This DVD follows the same circuit style fashion as the others. Why? Well, circuits are the BEST form of exercise when you’re trying to lose weight. It’s effective because it keeps the heart rate up and provides cardio as well as strength training. We ALL know that is essential to keep the skin pulling back to the muscle. Now, as a disclaimer we all know that we cannot expect Biggest Loser style results unless we’re already on the show…..and have a couple hundred pounds to lose :) These DVDs do appeal to those just jumping back into working out or trying it out for the first time.

The big question: Do they work? Yes they do, in my opinion. The problem with any DVD is that it is up to the individual to push play though. They can only film it for you, not do it for you :)

Power X Train takes your workouts to a different level. This DVD is more like actual training in that there isn’t a lot of pre-choreographed movements and everybody is on their own pace. All trainers featured do give awesome form tips, but ya’ll know Bob is the favorite! He states at one point “I focus on your FORM first, then reps” and I couldn’t agree more. Bob is in true form throughout his part, making sure even the home viewers know exactly what to look for in their form. This is of great importance as form is key to not only preventing injury but also expediting your results.

You need your own body weight and some handheld weights for this DVD and you will also need some space. They take you through your paces, but you are always encouraged to stay at the level that works best for you. As always, modifiers are front and center and you can choose the former Biggest Loser contestant you want to follow. As with anything else, consistency is key. If you’re in love with the Biggest Loser DVD series, this is a great one to add to your rotation.

Until I see you again, remember….LIVE OUT LOUD!

Michelle

P.S. Who’s planning on watching this season?

A HIGH Seat at the Bar

Ok, so I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but barre workouts are trending very strongly right now. Barre as in the blend of Pilates and traditional bar strengthening exercises, not the place you go to drown your sorrows! So, I figured it would be helpful (as I am a huge advocate of the bar! Workout, not the latter) to go over what is available to all of us workout fiends….

Barre workouts are the bomb in that they really do deliver. Think about it: loads of NFL athletes have taken these classes (well, probably private lessons) and we’re talking about some guys that are required to be in shape! These fitness phenoms are no joke. So, I’ve put together a list of my favorites for you :)

Exhale Spa Core Fusion DVD’s: Lead by an awesome team, Fred DeVito¬†and Elizabeth Halfpapp, Core Fusion DVDs bring the bang for your exercise buck. These DVDs cover the entire span and lean a slight bit to the Pilates/yoga side with a little barre work sprinkled throughout. They are all 50 minute videos, broken into 10 minute segments. Short on time or energy? Shoot for 10-20 minutes for an awesome, tightening workout that will leave you feeling a lot less stressed.

The Booty Barre: Tracy Mallett¬†delivers an all over body toner and fat blasting workout in the Total New Body DVD. This one can be a bit intense if you’ve never done barre, so she has some beginner videos as well. This is truly some of the best integration in barre work and fun dance. The workout is an hour-long, but it is at a quick pace, so you hardly know how much you’re working (unless you sweat buckets, like me).

Barre 3: Anytime Madonna trains with you, you better be ready for an explosion. That’s precisely what happened to Sadie Lincoln, creator of Barre 3. Barre 3 does differ from other barre DVDs, so don’t dismiss Sadie just yet. the workout is 45 minutes of intensity that really targets the abs, inner thighs, and even the shoulders. You’ll leave standing a little taller plus Sadie is so cute you can’t help but love her :)

These are my top 3 picks for actual barre work, though I assure you I have more to go through! My next try will be Pure Barre which is said to be a more authentic barre class (and they have live classes nationwide, including in my own!). So you will be updated on more of this format. For now, I recommend you grab a sturdy chair and get started on your plies and butt lifts. You’re bound to fall in love with the results and I know for me barre has been a life saver!

To your Fit life!

Michelle

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