At the start of every New Year, many people make resolutions to quit smoking, eat more healthful, save money and probably the most common resolution, to lose weight. I make the same resolution myself nearly every year!
One thing I know for sure that works every time and makes me feel great is: exercise. In general, I’m a “must go to the gym” kind of girl. I’m not very disciplined when working out at home with workout equipment, DVDs, or the N
intendo Wii. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t tried these methods – I’ve just found that for me to really focus on exercise, it’s best to be away from distractions at home.Of course going to a gym isn’t practical for all of us because gym memberships cost money, and you have to commit to actually going during the hours it’s open. With at-home workout options, you can exercise anytime that works for your schedule.
I’ve tried at least 50 workout DVDs over the years and have rarely found one that delivers a good workout where the instructor isn’t annoying or trying to kill me with their crazy gymnastic maneuvers. Because of this, I was pleasantly surprised with the recently released, Strong Body, Fit Body DVD by Erin O’Brien. Erin, a personal trainer and group exercise specialist for 20 years, delivers a workout that helps you build muscle and burn fat without the crazy choreographed moves and an annoying personality.
Strong Body, Fit Body DVD by Erin O’Brien has a 5 minute warm up consisting of a few basic moves like squats, hamstring curls, side to side steps, then you continue to three 7 minute circuits of bicep curls, deltoid raises and external oblique (abs) bends and more plus, a 7 minute from the top segment, a floor work segment with a heavy emphasis on abs for 6 minutes and a refreshing 7 minute cool down. You can play the entire workout or you can pick and choose which segments you want to do.
It’s recorded in the serene setting of Erin’s home, overlooking her patio with a backdrop of trees. The only equipment you need for this workout are; a set of hand weights, a towel and a water bottle. (Erin suggests women start with 5 pound weights and men with 8 pound weights and work their way up from there.)
What I love about this workout DVD is that the moves are not complicated. For anyone that has done any group exercise classes, they will be familiar to you – bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, lateral raises, deltoid raises, oblique side bends, squats, lunges and more. Erin uses these familiar moves and combines them together, so you’re truly getting a total body workout without spending hours at the gym.
I’ve gone through phases where I’ve faithfully worked out 5-7 days a week. But more recently, I can’t say that I’ve been as committed. My workouts have been sporadic at best. So I can honestly say that Strong Body, Fit Body DVD by Erin O’Brien kicked my butt. I was already getting tired after the warm up and there were times that I didn’t think I would be able to finish a particular segment. OK, I’ll admit, I took a few “breaks” in between some of the moves! And I was definitely sore (the good kind of sore) following the workout, but Erin encourages you to work at your own pace.
If you are an exercise beginner or you’ve slacked off like I have, the moves are simple enough that you can easily pick them up and you can adapt a pace that works for you until you build your endurance and strength. However, this is a tough workout for someone who isn’t in good shape or wants to start with a workout that maybe isn’t as challenging for a newbie. You WILL work hard – but hopefully if you consistently use this DVD and make other positive changes in your quest to lose weight, you’ll be successful and feeling fit and healthy this year!
What methods of exercise are you implementing in the New Year???
This post was written by Jamie K. Jamie K. is a first-time mom currently living in south Texas with her husband, an Air Force officer, and her 15-month-old son. She’s a professional communicator who works full-time and constantly struggles to balance work and personal responsibilities – and her addiction to chocolate. She’s making an effort to be more “green” by trying cloth diapering, buying organic food when possible and using natural cleaners – and she tries to do it while saving money and getting great bargains.