Everywhere you turn, there seems to be a new infomercial telling you all about the best workout videos available today. How do you determine which one is truly the best? The type of workout you want and the body shape you hope to achieve are good criteria for selecting a workout video.
1. 10-Minute Solution Kickbox Bootcamp
Set of 10-minute workouts for quick body sculpting for people on the go
This is one of the best workout videos because it's quick and effective. Kickboxing is a great way to burn fat and tone your entire body. As a bonus, the DVD breaks the workouts into ten-minute sessions, so it's great for people who don't have a lot of time.
2. The Firm: Ultimate Fat-Burning Collection
Combination of cardio and weightlifting for ultimate fat burning, weight loss and toning
The Firm video first appeared on the market in the 1980s and its continued popularity is a testimony to its kick-butt workouts being among the best ones out there! Exercises alternate weights and cardio to keep your heart rate up, burn the fat and wear you out. The only downside is the workouts tend to be long, averaging about an hour. Choose from full body workouts, upper body, lower body, abs or focus on cardio.
3. Billy Blanks’ Tae-Bo and Other Videos
Fast-paced workouts for intermediate and advanced exercisers
Billy Blanks is the best for intermediate and advanced exercisers. This kickboxing program gives you variety in your routine along with a sweaty, fast-paced workout.
4. Walk Away the Pounds with Leslie Sansone
Low-impact for beginners, video incorporates knee lifts and other moves with walking
If you're a beginner, but you still want to rev up your cardio schedule, try Walk Away the Pounds with Leslie Sansone. It's not just walking. You get to do side steps, knee lifts, and more to keep your one-, two- or three-mile walking workout interesting and effective. It's one of the best workout videos out there for low-impact cardio. Be sure to also check out the Walk at Home video.
5. The Winsor Pilates 3-DVD Set
Sculpt, tone and lose inches with pilates workouts for all levels of expertise, all ages
Choose from short workouts and longer ones with The Winsor Pilates 3-DVD Set. This is especially a great set for those wanting to tone and increase flexibility. Mari Winsor is a fabulous teacher with a smooth voice who walks you through each of the moves designed to sculpt your whole body. For weight loss, you will probably want to do this in addition to a cardio program. It's of low to medium intensity and receives four out of five stars from users on Amazon.
6. Core Secrets Program
Exercise ball, hand weights (not included) and cardio equipment exercises for quick toning, strength, and weight loss
The Core Secrets Program promises quick results. If you buy the whole kit you'll get two workouts-one for quick toning, and one for a more thorough workout. You can find individual DVDs on sites like eBay if you already have an exercise ball. The program is designed to be used in conjunction with a treadmill, bike, or other form of cardio you can easily do for five minutes and then return to your television screen. You'll also need hand weights for this one.