Slideshow: Gear Box: Workout Videos
Can't get to the gym? Traveling? Want to work out in the comfort of your own home? Fitness videos offer a great alternative to the gym and allow <i>you</i> to control the conditions -- time, place and price. These videos have come a long way since the "Jane Fonda Workout" and feature some of the hottest trainers in the country. Here are five workouts that will exercise your body and mind. (As always, consult a doctor before you begin any new exercise program.) <i>By Christine Yu, special to espnW.com</i>
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Can't get to the gym? Traveling? Want to work out in the comfort of your own home? Fitness videos offer a great alternative to the gym and allow you to control the conditions -- time, place and price. These videos have come a long way since the "Jane Fonda Workout" and feature some of the hottest trainers in the country. Here are five workouts that will exercise your body and mind. (As always, consult a doctor before you begin any new exercise program.) By Christine Yu, special to espnW.com
Booya Fitness brings some of New York City's best trainers and innovative fitness classes to your living room through on-demand workout videos. Classes currently featured include As One Effect, ChaiseFitness, Fusion Yoga with Zander Giadish, Warrior Fight Club with Amanda Rose Wellness and Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp. Later this year, they'll add more workouts and fitness plans with nutritional guidance. All workouts are 30 minutes or less, and 75% don't require any equipment. Each month, Booya features seven videos -- one for each day of the week -- for free. If you want unlimited access to all the workout videos, you can sign up for $9.99 a month or $99 a year. Compared with the typical cost of $20-$40 per class, that's a steal!
Physique 57 brings its barre-based workout to your computer, tablet or mobile device wherever you are through video-on-demand workouts. Physique 57 blends cardio, strength training and stretching (think intervals and isometric training) to sculpt long, lean muscles. Workouts are appropriate for beginners and advanced exercisers. Some workouts require a playground ball and/or a barre or chair. You can pay per video -- $5 for a 30-minute video or $7 for a 57-minute video -- or pay $57 a month for unlimited access.
Jillian Michaels DVD
"Ripped in 30" ($14.98) is a 30-day diet and exercise plan from Jillian Michaels. She incorporates an interval system into each 24-minute workout: three minutes of strength, two minutes of cardio and one minute of abs. Each week features a new routine, and they increase in difficulty over the four-week period. The moves get harder and more creative as you progress. All you need are dumbbells and a mat.
In "XTRAIN Tabatacise" ($22.97), Cathe Friedrich uses tabata training, or high-intensity intervals, to improve your aerobic capacity and increase your body's fat- and calorie-burning capacity -- all in four minutes. Each tabata workout consists of eight rounds of a 20-second interval of work followed by a 10-second recovery period. Because you're working with negative rest periods, your heart rate never fully recovers between rounds so you're constantly working. This video includes five tabata workouts with a step recovery between to bring down your heart rate. You can do a tabata (or two or three) on its own or as an add-on to your other workouts for a quick, intense challenge.
Yoga for Your Week
Looking to add some yoga into your weekly routine? "Yoga for Your Week" ($14.98) is the latest offering from renowned yoga instructor Rodney Yee. He offers five yoga practices to help get you through the week. Each practice focuses on different aspects of the mind and body: mental focus, energy, flexibility, strength and relaxation. Since each segment is only 20 minutes, it's easy to fit a little bit of yoga into your day. Who wouldn't benefit from that?