Easier said than done. Working out to DVDs is very different from actually taking a class. Especially for me. I need to hear the motivating voice of an instructor pushing me, making sure I don't slack off, and telling me that I can do it. I also feed off the energy of the other class participants. If the person next to me is doing full-form push-ups that will give me the determination to do the same.
In the past I have worked out to Jane Fonda and Cindy Crawford's exercise videos (yup, this was back in the forgotten days of the VCR). Lately, however, I bring along a copy of a Physique 57 DVD when I travel abroad, and, because of the recent addition to my family, use it at home on days when I cannot make it to a class.
While a DVD is certainly not the same as a live class here are some tips on what works for me as far as getting the most out of working out to a DVD:
1. The Space: Find a quiet space. If you are like me, and have the attention span of a gold-fish, you will be distracted by everyone and everything. A door slamming shut, smells emanating from the kitchen, my husband typing on his keyboard - all distractors! This can be a problem if I am sharing a hotel room as the hubby will not be too thrilled with me hogging the television, so I try to get my workout in when he is not in the room.
2. Clothing: Wearing fun fitness apparel does wonders for my motivation. When I dress like crap, I feel like crap. So I put on a brightly colored top and a flattering pair of yoga pants and I am good to go.
3. The Workout: Obviously I feel most motivated when I stick to something I enjoy. Being a barre-fly I pack away DVDs like Physique 57's so that I can get my barre fix. If yoga is more your thing there are a myriad yoga DVDs to choose from. For hard-core adrenaline junkies, try a bootcamp DVD.
4. Temperature: The slightest thing can cause me to lose momentum when working out to a DVD and the temperature is one of them. Heat makes me uncomfortable and so I like to keep a small fan handy at home to workout next to and if I am travelling I try to exercise near a source of ventilation.
5. Props: I prefer DVDs that utilize the minimal number of props but if props are involved I try to make sure I have them or a substitute at hand. If I cannot recreate the same moves as the instructor in the DVD then I am less likely to enjoy the workout and am one step closer to turning off the DVD player. I often do not have the prerequsite props for my DVD of choice but I substitute: Filled water bottles make great hand weights, and a small, firm cushion works well enough to pass as a playground ball.
Physique 57 is one of my all-time favorite fitness classes. It changed my whole outlook to fitness when I first started doing it four years ago. I was astounded by the changes that I saw in my body once I started taking regular classes. There are currently six DVDs available. I own them all and can attest that all six will give you a killer workout but my favorite is the 30-minute Thigh and Seat Booster.
This DVD packs a challenging, lower-body intensive workout in just 30 minutes! Perfect for those of us who don't have the time or the patience to devote a whole hour. It includes lunges, leg lifts and my favorite, the Twizzler (one-legged squat where you alternate the non-standing leg from its starting position behind you to in front of you where you cross it over the standing leg-yes, it is as intense as it sounds!). Want to see for yourself what Physique 57 is all about? Check this out!
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Physique 57 is generously giving away a copy of my favorite workout dvd, the Physique 57 Thigh and Seat Booster, to one lucky reader.
To Enter: All you have to do is to leave a comment below telling me if you like working out to DVDs and if so, what your favorite workout DVD is.
I will announce a winner on Thursday August 11th.
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