Hello. My name is Sara, and I have an addiction to fitness DVDs.
After two months of hotel food, I’ve been trying to get back into shape. I have a pretty sedentary life at work, so I know I need to make up for it in some way.
On my last trip to the States, I filled up my Amazon cart (and my literal cart at Walmart and Target!) with fitness DVDs that I could do at home. In the winter (Southern Hemisphere–so the seasons are switched!), we leave for work in the dark, and when we return home, it’s dark again. I’ve tried to counteract this with Vitamin D supplements and finding fun workouts to do at home in the comfort of our living room. Best yet, they’re pretty cheap–all of them were less than $10 per DVD (with the exception of Body Revolution, which if you divide 15 dvds by the $130 the whole program cost, that’s even less, plus with the included resistance bands).
At some point, I’ll do reviews of these–a sort of pay-it-forward thing. I read all sorts of reviews of these DVDs and programs on blogs before I bought them–so it’s only fair to do the same for the next person who’s looking for some fun workouts.
What I’ve got:
- Jillian Michaels’ Body Revolution (15 DVDs, 90 day program)
- Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred
- Exhale: Core Fusion Collection
- Jillian Michaels’ Six Week Six Pack
- Zumba Fitness World Party (XBOX ONE)
- The Fighter Within (XBOX ONE)
- Jillian Michaels’ Killer Buns and Thighs
- Jillian Michaels Extreme Shred and Shed
- Jillian Michaels’ Ripped in 30
- Element: Barre Conditioning
- Element: Yoga for Stress Relief and Flexibility
- Element: Yoga for Strength and Flexibility
- Jazzercise Burlesque (judge me, go ahead–it was on sale at Walmart, and looked like a fun “off day” workout)
The other programs I’ve considered? PiYo, T25, Physique 57, and TurboFire. I have exercise ADD, so I don’t have much of an interest in the longer daily workouts (hello, P90x) and I hate workouts that require a whole pile of equipment.
At this point, we have a set of handweights (in kgs!), a bunch of yoga mats, a yoga block, some resistance bands (from JM Body Revolution), and I got some of those grippy yoga gloves and socks (which I am loving for the Barre workouts). We’re considering a kettlebell, but haven’t pulled the trigger on that one yet.
I also discovered the “disco gym” in town. T has gone to the traditional weight lifting gym–which is not entirely my bag. I like weight lifting, but I need something fun to go with it! The “disco gym” is more woman-focused, and does spinning, zumba, and what appears to be ab classes on a weekly basis. Hopefully, a coworker and I will be hitting up some of those sessions shortly.
Don’t worry–this isn’t going to turn entirely into a fitness blog. I’ll still be posting LOTS about expat life in Argentina–I’ve just been so appreciative of the WordPress/blogging fitness community and their tips and support.