Home workouts. I used to laugh in their face. I felt like nothing could get me results like a workout at the gym. Boy was I wrong.
These days, I only workout at home and wouldn’t have it any other way. While a gym membership was nice when I was in college, it became extremely difficult to make it there once I had an 8-5 pm job. Now I know that nothing beats the convenience of a home workout. Working out at home has brought me to a whole other level of fitness and if you buy the right trainers, I promise you will see results!
So here they…my top 5 picks for the BEST home workout trainers!!
1. Jillian Michaels.
I honestly have a love/hate relationship with Jillian. The Biggest Loser does nothing for me. While I think it is fun to see the drastic before and after photos from the show, I do NOT condone their methods of weight-loss because I think it gives people an unrealistic idea of how much weight is HEALTHY to lose per week. That being said, her home workout DVDs? AWESOME. Literally, my heart rate is up no matter which DVD of hers I choose. She definitely gets the job done. The end result? Killer muscles and awesome endurance. Go Jillian!!
Equipment for most DVDs: Light-medium hand weights, yoga mat
- No More Trouble Zones- fairly advanced
- Boost Metabolism-fairly advanced
- 6 Pack in 6 Weeks-all levels
- 30 Day Shred-all levels
- Shred It Weights-all levels
- Yoga Meltdown-All levels (will get your heart rate up!!)
2. Jacki Warner.
I watched her shows Work Out and Intervention and I actually thought she had a slightly better approach than Jillian when it came to weight-loss. Although she is still slightly extreme with her “eating clean” mentality, I feel like her approach to working out is very reasonable. I own Power Circuit Training and think it is very effective. She gives you the option of choosing from a bunch of different 15 minute workouts, which target specific areas of the body, OR a 45 minute total body workout. Kudos Jacki!
Equipment: Light to heavy hand weights
3. The Firm.
I received my first FIRM video for Christmas a couple years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. They are upbeat, fun, and effective!
The only downside of The FIRM videos is they are choreographed and if you have trouble following routines, these might not be the workouts for you. However, if you have any kind of dance or cheering background or even if you take a lot of aerobics classes at the gym, you’ll probably be able to catch on pretty quickly. I can definitely get my heart rate to rise once I’ve mastered the routines. All you need are some light to medium hand weights and you are ready to rock!
Equipment: Light to medium hand weights
- Total Body Time Crunch
- Ultimate Fat Burning Workout
- The 500 Calorie Workout
- Total Body Makeover
4. Denise Austin.
My love affair with Denise started in high school. When I first started losing weight, she was my go to gal. She is sensible, positive, and a wonderful role model. To this day, I still love her, even IF I only do her workouts when I am looking for a light, quick routine.
I would highly recommend Denise for all levels of fitness but especially if you are looking for a low impact workout that WILL get you results!! Denise Austin is your girl!
Equipment: depends on the DVD, will usually say on the back.
- 3 Week Boot Camp
- Hit the Spot Pilates
- Pilates for Every Body
- Yoga Body Burn
- Fat Burning Dance Mix
- Body Makeover Mix
5. Billy Blanks.
Say what you will, but I STILL think Billy Blanks provides a kick butt work out. I love the Tae-Bo DvDs; they are intense, easy to follow, and give you something to sweat about. An added bonus? He isn’t TOO annoying like some of the other instructors. He makes you bring it and you can’t ask for much more! Each work out ranges from 45-60 minutes and trust me, that is all you will need!!
Equipment: yourself OR a stretchy band, light hand weights work too
- Ultimate Tae-Bo (90 minutes of a cardio kick butt sweat session)
- Tae-Bo Celebrity Fit
- Billy Blanks Boot Camp
That’s it…my top 5 picks for the best home work out trainers. I know it is intimidating to spend money on a work out DVD that you have never tried before, but when you find a few trainers you like, keep buying their videos, usually they do not disappoint!!
QUESTION: Do you workout at home? If so, which workouts do you follow?