Monday, 10 January 2011


Well, it's 2011, and I'm doing pretty well at getting fit. I've cut down on snacks, added more veg to meals and started exercising again! I don't really have time for the gym, and would quite frankly rather spend £50 a month on shoes, so I've started working out at home using some rather fabulous fitness DVDs ...
Davina Body Buff, £19.99
What I love about Davina is her honesty. Getting fit and staying fit is not easy... and she doesn't pretend it is. She gets out of breathe during the workouts and she's glad when each set of exercises finishes so she can have a little break, but her enthusiasm throughout this workout is infectious - possibly because she knows that hard work works. Davina's been knocking out fitness DVDs for seven years now with over one million of her workouts being bought by women eager to get in shape. Davina's Body Buff won't let you down - it's high energy, and great for people determined to get fit... It certainly left me the most exhausted of all the DVDs! If you're worried it will be too fast paced, fear not, there's an older lady that works out alongside Davina that shows you how to do the same routine at a lower intensity.
Zumba Fitness £49.98
If you're really committed to getting fit, my top recommendation would be picking up the the Zumba Fitness box - it comes with four CDs,  a booklet with fitness & diet tips as well as some maraca-like toning sticks. The DVDs are AMAZING, and the first CD - Zumba Basics - has all the classic Latin moves broken down incredibly well, so you can pick up the sexy samba, salsa and raggaeton  moves. The four CDs provide you with a great option for varying your workouts, which will keep it interesting. This workout box is the most expensive workout DVD I tried, but is excellent value - I genuinely LOVED dancing round my lounge to these DVDs, and will be using the set to get in shape for my holiday!

Diet Chef, Shape Up at Home, £19.99
Pilates lovers may want to try the Diet Chef's Shape Up at Home DVD. This DVD is low-impact, and designed to sculpt and tone yourbody. I found it a little slow, and hard to get motivated by it, but it does have its plus points. Firstly, it doesn't require a lot of space to do the moves, as most of them are mat-based (unlike a lot of the DVDs, which seem to think people have dance-studio sized lounges. Hands up who's kicked over their coffee table or high kicked their TV in the past!?) and it would suit those who aren't used to exercising strenuously. This DVD really worked my core - and used regularly, would give you great abs!

Step Up The Dance Out, £19.99

If you're already quite rhythmic, and like a challenge, then Step Up The Dance Out may be the fitness DVD for you. It follows the film Step Up and is loaded with street dance moves. The slow versions of the moves are still quite quick, so if you have two left feet, keep away from this DVD. The music you'll workout to is great, with tracks from Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado, Run DMC and Ciara featuring Missy Elliot - so you'll have fun dancing away and learning some moves as you burn calories and tone up for 2011.Definitely one for the cool kids!

The Workout Mix 2010

If working out at home's not for you, give The Workout Mix 2011 a try when you hit the gym or go out for a run. The CD is the result of music and fitness experts joining forces to create music to keep you motivated while training. There's three mixes - pump it, burn it and push it - so you can load three mixes onto your iPod to add some variety to your workouts. The CD contains music from Rhianna, The Black Eyed Peas, Florence & The Machine and Lady Gaga, to name a few. It'll make your workouts fly by and makes for some good listening as you dance around preparing for a night out.
Soon I'll be reviewing home fitness equipment too, so if you liked this post, check-in again soon!

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