Top 10 fitness DVDs for 2014
OK, so you want to work off those Xmas pounds, but don’t have the time, inclination or even the money to join an expensive gym.
Why not save money and time by working out in the comfort of your own home. Fitness DVDs can be a brilliant way to keep fit and enjoy yourself at the same time.
And the best thing is, it's a very inexpensive way to go – from less than £5 in some cases.
Plus you don't need to invest in bulky gym equipment either, just use your own TV and DVD player.
And you can choose from a range of celebrity, sport or music-based options, too. (Even comedians are getting in on the act)
Here are 10 of our favourites which range from quick to tough, and from the gentle firmness of pilates to raging adrenalin of female kick boxing:
1. TurboFire Keep on Burnin' Workout
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is one of the hottest fitness trends for 2014 and this intense programme offers three classes designed to burn up to 9x more fat than with traditional cardio.
By performing bursts of cardio at the highest intensity, these seriously gruelling but short workouts use advanced moves to maximize results for those on a mission to ignite their metabolism and get results quick.
2. Kardy-O-Fun Dance Workout DVD
Rosemary Conley is a stalwart in the field of weight loss and exercise and for anyone who wants to get inspired without having to attend classes the Kardy-O-Fun dance workout DVD is her latest venture.
Rosemary and Kardy Laguda show how easy dance moves in three separate workouts, each suited to different levels of fitness and ability, can burn as much as 500 calories and all moves are set to a classic funky disco soundtrack.
3. Jennifer Ellison's Fat Blaster Workout
English actress, dancer and television personality, Jennifer Ellison transformed her body in stunning style and claims you can too with this Fat Blaster Workout.
The former glamour model piled on the pounds with her first baby but using this 5-step workout she dropped six dress sizes and shed five stone.
Want in on the secret? Watch Jen and her celebrity trainer Elia Siaperas as they show you how.
4. 10 Minute Solution - Pilates
Squeezing exercise into an already hectic lifestyle can be off putting but Lara Hudson’s bite- sized Pilates sessions offer a manageable solution.
The range of safe stretches and strengthening exercises delivered during the ten minute chunks target Abs, Buns and Thighs and focus on Sculpting, Flexibility and going for the Burn in order to create a more streamlined shape. And with this programme it is easy to create a customized work out to suit your body shape that will easily fit in with your daily routine.
5. Step Up The Dance Workout DVD
Here’s one that should grab the attention of the kids.
They have seen it in the movies and now they get try out the trendy dance moves for themselves with STEP UP The Official Dance workout which features music from Timberland ft Nelly Furtado, Chingy and T Pain amongst others.
6. Fitness for the Over 50s: Collection
Workout guru Nancy Marmorats draws on her vast experience to devise this specially adapted keep fit programme for people aged over 50.
In this series of three DVDs she uses stretching exercises and gentle gymnastics to increase flexibility and strength.
Nancy demonstrates how dedicating 15 mins a day to her easy-to-follow routine can help make joints more supple, tone up muscles, eliminate stiffness, promote flexibility and create an improved sense of well being.
7. Kettlebell Kickboxing Scorcher Series 4 Disc DVD Set
Fitness and martial art expert Dasha Libin Anderson has devised this one-of-a-kind female only method: Kettlebell Kickboxing. Tackling all women’s pet hates such as flabby arms and wobbly tums, all you need is your TV or computer and either one Kettlebell or dumbbell (pick a five, eight, ten, twelve or twenty pound) to get on your way to lose those bingo wings and develop impressive abs.
8. Now That's What I Call A Fitness DVD
Harness the inspirational effect of music as you work out to a selection of chart hits by Jennifer Lopez, Jessie J., Cheryl Cole, Nicole Scherzinger, and more besides and sweat those pounds off whilst listening to your favourite beats.
Music is proven to help motivate during workouts, so why not give it a go?
9. Miranda Hart's Maracattack
The nation’s darling usually has people in stitches from laughing but with her attention turned towards fitness her unconventional approach provides a refreshingly light hearted approach to getting fit.
The combo of comedy sketches with a cardio/strengthening workout (led by fitness instructor Amelia Watts) sees Miranda and pals Patricia Hodge, Sarah Hadland, Tom Ellis and Kirstie Allsopp put through their paces during this fun regime.
10. Strictly Come Dancing: Dance School
Fans of the ever popular television series can limber up and get to grips with a variety of dance styles and techniques by following the user-friendly tutorials from three of the shows pro-dancers.
Personal dance classes led by Aliona Vilani, Katja Virshilas and Artem Chigvintsev simplify the moves so that people of all ages and all capabilities can develop the confidence to strut their stuff and burn off a few calories whilst practising the Cha Cha Cha, Salsa and Rumba.
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