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DVD Review: Weight Loss Workouts

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Weight Loss Workouts: Three Complete Programs is a three-DVD set that will be available from Acacia Lifestyle on April 6, 2010. Weight Loss Workouts offers six 20-minute fat-blasting workouts contained on  three DVDs. The DVDs included in this set are "Cardio Sculpt," "Cardio Kick," and "Pilates." Each DVD includes a 16-page 'tips and recipes' booklet from Cooking Light magazine.

Violet Zaki leads the "Cardio Kick" and "Cardio Sculpt" DVDs. Zaki is an international fitness expert, black belt in karate, star trainer on Exercise TV and teaches at Equinox in New York City. She emphasizes proper technique and fitness goals.

Kristin McGee leads the "Pilates" DVD. Kristin is a Pilates master instructor and celebrity trainer for LeAnn Rimes, Soledad O'Brien, and Steve Martin. She created the popular MTV fitness workouts and teaches in New York City's top fitness centers: Equinox, Sport Club LA, Clay, and Reebok.

"Cardio Sculpt" incorporates both cardio and strength training into two 20-minute workouts. There are also warm-up and cool down sections. There is a bonus section that includes easy, fun activities you can do throughout the day to increase your calorie burn. There is also an eight-minute bonus "Ab Challenge" you can do. The DVD is 50 minutes in length.

"Cardio Kick" defines your arms, shoulders, and back using light hand weights and a variety of punches. Kicks target the inner and outer thighs and lift and tighten the glutes. Like the "Cardio Sculpt" disk, there are two 20-minute workouts and warm-up and cool down sections. The DVD is 50 minutes in length.

"Pilates" uses traditional Pilates exercises with calorie-burning cardio blasts to keep your heart rate elevated. This allows you to tone muscle and burn fat at the same time. The DVD contains two 20-minute Pilates and cardio workouts and is 50 minutes in length.

Each disc offers the ability to layer workouts using your DVD remote so you have the option of doing a warm-up, workout, and cool down or simply focusing on the workout or any variety of these. The longest individual workout is 20 minutes in length. By adding in the warm-up and cool down sections, it makes each workout 31 minutes instead of 20.

The workouts are very easy to follow for the most part. The instructors show each move once before incorporating it into the workout. There is an alternate "modification" exercise for those who are new to exercise or are dealing with health issues. "Cardio Sculpt" and "Cardio Kick" both use light weights in their routines.

If you're a beginner to exercise, you may want to follow the modification exercises included with these workout DVDs. Having a background in martial arts, I found the "Cardio Kick" disc to be the most enjoyable of the three DVDs. I had the most problem with the "Pilates" DVD since some of the core exercises focus heavily on abdominal muscles that I just don't have.

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Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media. You can find her at http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ and http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com/.
  • Thank you for this invaluable information. Pilates is well worth looking into if you haven’t started yet. In fact keeping fit and healthy, by exercising frequently and eating smaller, nourishing meals several times a day – is a great way to have good health for many, many years.

  • Thanks, Lucy. I will have to look into Pilates more. I have been doing Weight Watchers and with that and the exercise have lost almost 30 pounds.

  • You’re very welcome, Patrice!