With 2013 right around the corner, it’s time to jump start your workout, and get you in shape and ahead of the game. Some of us love hitting the gym, but sometimes that’s not convenient or you’re just not feeling it. Whether its booty blasting or tummy tightening that you’re looking for, tons of at-home DVD programs can help you achieve great results. We’re weighing in on three popular at home workouts.
Insanity invokes a lot of different images in the mind (i.e. Jessica Simpson’s encore pregnancy after only 7 months of motherhood). But we’re talking about the Beach Body Insanity workout. This is a workout designed by the beach body crew using the principles of maximum interval training to slim, tone, and tighten your whole body. This means you’re working out for long stretches with small breaks in between. The system is broken down into 10 DVD’s and each day and everyone follows the same schedule. Initially you are asked to do a fit test to get a baseline of where you started.
Cost: $120 + Shipping
Pros: This workout will have you dripping with sweat. If you think you can skip the shower afterwards, think again. You will have a huge boost in your endurance and friends will notice a significant slim down. Not only do you shed pounds, but you’ll also find you are losing inches. The other great thing about Insanity is that you are doing a different workout each day (though some of the exercises are similar). You don’t need any extra equipment so that’s another plus. Finally, the workout, if done properly helps you to build a much stronger core. Abdominal strengthening is addressed almost everyday.
Cons: Given the heavy emphasis on plyometric techniques, Insanity can be extremely hard on the knees. For those with knee problems or other injuries, you’ll need to be extremely careful when doing some of the exercises. Although this is a total body workout, the minimal upper body focus leaves more to be desired. You will seldom focus on biceps or shoulders, so it’s very difficult to develop these muscles. The program is also supposed to be done over two months, which may be daunting for some. The first month, however, is a good milestone, so if you stopped after this you would not have completely wasted your time. If you love upbeat music during your workouts you may be disappointed with this, so consider using your own music once you have learned the moves. This will also alleviate you hearing Shaun T say “dig deeper” for the fifty-first time.
This is another workout from the Beach Body crew that developed P90x and Insanity. This specifically targets the butt, but also promises a total body workout. You initially choose your “butt-type”, from one of four shapes: pear-shaped, big all around, combination, or flat. Based on this, you are given a schedule of workouts to do for the month.
Cost: Around $60 + Shipping
Pros: If you stick to this plan, you will definitely see results. The workouts are fun, and the instructor’s Brazilian “flavor” makes it entertaining. In addition to losing inches and pounds your body will feel much more toned. The combination of workouts (bum bum, high and tight, cardio axe, etc) allows you to do a different workout each day which keeps your body guessing and more importantly keeps torching calories. The music is more upbeat than traditional workout dvd’s so you are less likely to get bored.
Cons: This is definitely a challenging workout for someone who is a “beginner” level exerciser. From a medical perspective, if you have not done these types of movements before, you can easily sustain lower back or shoulder injuries. Don’t expect to be dripping in sweat from the cardio axe, you may want to swap this one out for another cardio workout (run, elliptical, etc). To get all the desired benefits from the Brazil Butt Lift you need to do some of the workouts with weights and/or resistance bands, so if you don’t have these at home that’s an added purchase.
This celebri-trainer is well-known in Hollywood. Some find her methods controversial, and others like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, and Jennifer Aniston swear by her. Similar to the Brazil Butt Lift, your workout is based on one of four body types according to where you carry most of your weight. Of note, we are only discussing the workout portion of Metamorphosis here, not the eating plan she recommends.
Cost: About $90
Pros: No matter which body type you are, you will be introduced to arm and ab exercises that are unique and not used in typical workouts. Additionally, the workouts tend to work a muscle group past fatigue so you’re likely to see significant changes, especially in the thighs and legs if you can keep pushing.
Cons: The cardio portion of this workout is extremely difficult to follow, and lacks quite a bit of instruction. If you’re not into jumping around and “dancing” to burn calories and hoping you look cute while doing it, this isn’t for you. Additionally, this is supposed to be a 90 day plan so doing this cardio DVD multiple times is extremely boring. You will definitely need to supplement with other cardio options.
Bottom Line: The Metamorphosis DVD was confusing and lacked a lot of instruction. It is also rather boring after the third day. For this reason we wouldn’t recommend it. If you want a more fun workout that won’t break the bank, and will get you great results, Brazil Butt Lift is the perfect option.