Fitness Videos - What have you found to be the best work out for weight loss?

little pony
08-31-2008, 12:02 AM
Hi, I have the following programs that I can borrow and was wondering if any one has tried these and if they found them to be helpful in losing weight and/or inches.

The Firm with weights

Denise Austin Powerzone

Core Secrets

Windsor Pilates

Turbo Jam

Any input would be appriciated.


08-31-2008, 10:42 PM
I personally don't do just one type of video. I like to mix them up so I don't get bored. One of my favorites is The Firm. I have over 20 of their videos and they are great to lose inches and weight. I also mix them up with Turbo Jam and sometimes Tae Bo. I also just ordered The Biggest Loser, so I'm hoping that will help with my variety more.

little pony
08-31-2008, 11:50 PM
I am glad you said that because I was thinking of borrowing the Frim, Turbo Jam and the core, I figured it wouldn't hurt to mix things up.

Thanks for your input.

09-01-2008, 10:08 AM
the firm, the firm the firm the firm :)
i hav a lot so i don't get bored at all :)

09-01-2008, 10:47 AM
I have several Walk Away The Pound dvd's, the Biggest Loser, Denise Austin, Turbo Jam and some Prevention ones that I do. And I walk a lot! No matter what I walk...then add the dvd's witht he walking. Honestly, I love the Walk Away the Pound DVD's the best. The ones I have been doing lately are a set of three with the Walkblaster...Slim & Thin, Firm & Shape and Sculpt & Burn. I add one to my walking that I do everyday. The Denise Austin Burn Fat Fast and the Turbo Jam are killers for me, but in a good way, lol. I have to have variety so that I don't get bored and I am always looking for new ones.

09-01-2008, 12:33 PM
Just curious which Firm videos would be recommended for beginners?

painted lady
09-01-2008, 04:14 PM
I do Yoga Booty Ballet and I've lost 35 pounds over the past year.

i want to try The Firm, I think.

09-01-2008, 05:39 PM
I have many dvds and mix them up, I love the ball and have a few dvds that have exercises for it. Still to this day my Jane Fonda step tapes always work for me in toning and losing weight.

09-01-2008, 05:56 PM
Okay - it depends how you want to classify "Beginner"

If You NEVER really excerised - or just have been excerising for a while.
I reccomend any of the Transfirmation series. ie:
Total Body Time Crunch (Rebekah Sturkie)
Core Solutions (Alison Davis)
Ultimate Fat Burner (Alison Davis)
Tight Buns, Killer Legs(Kelsie Daniels)
Tina Smalley's Fat BUrning Workouts (Either with the Cords or the Ball)
and the cardio-weights system (that includes 4 dvds).

If you are a beginner but want a challenge (and don't mind dated stuff). I STRONGLY reccomend: Firm Classics 1-3. (they are awesome and they will whip your butt).

Also - if you like step - get anything "Fanny Lifter" or "Transfirmer" invest in that, and it will be good. the Firm is something that you can seriously grow into. you can do any of thse "advanced" stuff, w/o weights or the lightest weights and then just heavy up on it. that's what I did :)

09-02-2008, 11:00 AM
Thanks so much for your help. I purchased the Total Body Transfirmation kit with the cardio weights several months ago but, haven't tried them yet:o

09-02-2008, 11:55 AM
I've done The Firm off and on for 18 years. When I was getting ready for my wedding and wanted to up my routine (workout in morning and evening), my morning routine consisted of The Firm. I've always loved their workouts and think that you can modify them pretty easily to be hard or easy.

Shy Moment
09-02-2008, 12:10 PM
I have to admit I am a Leslie Sansone junkie. I lover her personality. She is very motivational to me. Her and I are exactly the same age and if she can look like that lol I can look like that again. Some find her to talking and bubbly. Well, I am talky and bubbly so she and I workout well together lol. I have probably 2 dozen of her videos so I mix them up. Sometimes I do a few and then will switch to others. I can't say which are my favorite ( I really like her christian workouts ) workouts because that can change from week to week. Her walking/aerobic videos and her toning videos are one of the reasons my body is becoming the body I wanted to have back. I have to admit I don't see any difference in how fast I lose weight rather I exercise or not. Still stays the same about a pound a week BUT the toning that is going on with my body is well worth the effort of exercise.

09-02-2008, 01:12 PM
Thanks so much for your help. I purchased the Total Body Transfirmation kit with the cardio weights several months ago but, haven't tried them yet:o

I like those! I have the Transfirmation kit too but I prefer to do the Firm kit with the weights. But between the two sets I have 8 different workouts to rotate, which I like.

little pony
09-03-2008, 06:59 PM
Wow thanks so much for all the input and information. I am glad to hear that a lot of you mix things up and don't stick to just one program. I think that will work best for me.

09-14-2008, 09:14 PM
I have been using workout with jackie for a couple of weeks now . This dvd is not too hard for beginning weight training .

I also go to the gym daily and do the treadmill for an hour.

09-14-2008, 09:21 PM
Mixing it up does more than keep you from getting bored. Different types of exercise will work different muscle groups in different ways.
Also, exercising the same muscles in the same way will cause them to get "used" to the workout, and thus diminish its effectiveness.

I rotate among fitness ball, weights, stretchie bands, yoga, pilates DVDs for my morning workout and Tae Bo, WATP, Zumba and other aerobic dance videos for my afternoon session.

I have had excellent results - even with "moderate" routines that are low-impact.

Good luck - and the most important thing is - just stick with it!

09-23-2008, 12:24 AM
I just bought the new Zumba and it looks really good. However, the dance moves are NOT simple. The "how to" video is an hour long! I do have high hopes for it because I hate to exercise and if I can trick my brain into thinking I'm dancing then WOO HOO.

I am also trying to get my hubby to do the "learn to" dvd with me. In ten years of marriage we've danced together maybe four times? Mostly it is the junior high slow dance back & forth sway. Maybe guys who hunt & fish and wear plaid aren't supposed to meringue?

yobi new mom 2007
09-23-2008, 10:56 AM
I love TJ! I have lost like 50 pounds with it! I also go to the gym or strenght training, but it was mostly TJ. I also have the biggest loser 3 -4 and theyare pretty good. I bought the dvds from jillian called biggest winner andyou need a stepper, so they weren't good for me!.

09-26-2008, 03:41 AM
I have done Winsor Pilates and it does take away belly inches. My aunt also did it and got a 6 pack, but she had already lost the belly fat. I think the key with this and any video is consistency and they will all work. You just have to find the one you will keep doing, not just do once and never again :)

That's my problem, I start to do them for a couple weeks and then get busy and stop. Lately I've been doing Tae Bo and Winsor Pilates, though. I like them both. You just have to make sure you focus on the correct form in order to get the results. It takes me a couple of times to learn the correct way and go the same speed as the video.

09-26-2008, 08:58 AM
I'm in love with The Firm videos! I haven't bought any of their actual "systems", I just picked up some videos from the store. Although at first I was horribly frustrated with them because it seemed like they moved a little too fast with little learning curve for those first begining the moves, after a few times I was hooked! I love the cardio/weight Firms--they really get you sweating and make you feel strong and accomplished.

My favorite begining Firm (the one that frustrated me at first) is Cardio Overdrive. I think it might be a part of the newer TransFIRMation kit, but I just bought the single video and used my own hand weights.