Workout Videos For Women:
A Few Of My All-Time Fatburning Faves!
I was recently asked in an interview to name some of my favorite “Oldie but goodie” workout videos from my own line, as well as others. Seems like a simple enough question, but as I took a fun jaunt down memory lane recalling some of my all-time favorite workouts, my head was spinning with possibilities.
We all know that there is no shortage of workout videos for women. Whether you want to step, dance, lift, twist, crunch or stretch it out, you’re barraged with options for working out at home from every possible discipline of fitness. But you know the old adage: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Every once in a while, that applies to workout videos for women. Here are some classics that have only gotten better with time:
The Best In Buns
From step aerobics to Brazilian buttlifts, we’ve been focused on toning our glutes for decades. My friend Tamilee Webb (the glutes goddess) released her legendary workout video “Buns of Steel” in the mid-80s, and it certainly holds up. The music and outfits are retro, but Tamilee’s butt-blasting moves were ahead of the curve in many ways. And I’ve been in the glutes game for some time myself too, of course. When women tell me they’d like to focus on lifting and tightening their assets, I recommend that they break out my “Step Off The Pounds Power Step” which includes the “Great Buns & Thighs” Step video. The lifting and sculpting aspects of a great step workout provide better butt benefits than anything I’ve ever experienced. I should also give a shout-out here to my friend Gin Miller, the true pioneer of step aerobics. Her step workout videos are infused with infectious energy and fun choreography, and countless women have Gin to thank for their rear ends!
The Core Classics
Another longtime friend and colleague who’s been a fitness trailblazer in the world of workout videos is Candice Copeland Brooks. Candice helped introduce the world to the benefits of BOSU training with workouts like her “Bosu Core Synergy” DVD. BOSU stands for “Both Sides Up,” and if you’ve never used one, it resembles a half-ball: Round one one side, flat on the other. Candice’s amazing instruction teaches you multiple aspects of BOSU training, especially the importance of midsection stabilization (engaging your core muscles). I tackled a similar topic with my “Shaper Ball Workout” video, which uses a stability ball to help you develop core strength and balance. The “Shaper Ball Workout” is now available as a bonus chapter on my “Lift Weights to Lose Weight 2” DVD.
The Coolest In Kickboxing
Billy Blanks helped us kick, punch and twist our way to fitter bodies with his revolutionary “Tae Bo” workout. And don’t be fooled by the tough-guy aspect of kickboxing: It can be a terrific workout for women of all ages and fitness levels. That’s why I teamed up with martial arts expert Keith Cooke to release my “Kickboxing Workout,” available on the “Cardio Knockout” DVD from my Timeless Collection. And to this day, one of the greatest benefits of a kickboxing workout video for women is the waist-whittling effect. All of those punching, kicking and twisting movements incorporate rotation, helping tone and strengthen those obliques (AKA the dreaded “muffin top”).
Make no mistake about it: My colleagues in this industry continue to release incredible, groundbreaking workouts. There’s nothing like the excitement of a brand new workout video to help women lose weight and get in shape using moves they’ve never tried before. But while it’s important to always keep trying new things, it sure is fun to return to your old favorites and remind yourself why they became “classics” in the first place.
My all time favorites are the step workouts, they are fun and use alot of energy.
The BEST Kathy Smith video, well the one I loved the most had 3 – 20 minute workouts on it. Toning, Cardio & Stretching. I have it on VHS and I did it every day! I felt like I knew everyone doing the workout! I wish I could find it on DVD.
It exists on a compilation DVD called SHED THE POUNDS! Try getting it on Kathy's site or Amazon. I LOVE it TOO!
I love doing your Matrix method. It continually keeps me out of breath, so I often take breaks… but it really does slim down my body everywhere! You're the best!
My favorite is "Fat Burning Workout," which can be found on DVD on the Fat Burning Classics Disc. I remember doing that video in the early 90s as a pre-teen. I must have done it a lot, because when I bought it on DVD a few years ago, I remembered the moves and queing. Love, love, love that one!
I like the idea of doing 30 minute workouts. Who has time for more. Actually I think you can get a good workout in 15 minutes if you are really focused and committed to it without dilly-dallying.
As far as helping to shed the pounds, water is very necessary to any type of lifestyle change where you want to improve your health. Are you getting at least 8 glasses a day. Not just liquids but good old water. That will go far in keeping your weight in check and even losing a few.
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