Top 10 Workout DVDs of the Year

A poll of 80 women were asked about the latest releases.

Here are the titles that will take you at-home routine to the next level.

  1. Best Total-Body Trimmer; Bob Harper Inside Out Method Pure Burn Super Strength You will need a pair of 3 to 10 pound dumbbells.  This “all business” head to toe workout shows another side of Harper, The Biggest Loser‘s good cop.
  2. Haute Yoga Hybrid: Denise Austin Hot Body Yoga. You will need a yoga mat, a pair of 2-5 pound dumbbells.  Austin has a “do what you can positive attitude,” testers say–perfect for newbies.
  3. Butt and Thigh Master: Barre Total Body Lift Workout. You will need  a 9-inch soft ball (included), a yoga mat, a chair a pair of 2 to 3 pound dumbbells (optional).  The combo of ballet barre work, yoga and Pilates uses “slow and controlled movements” to make your muscles feel it during and after.
  4. Boxing Champ. Aerobarre. You will need a pair of 1-pound dumbbells, a weighted body bar.  You’ll never be bored with this inspired mix of boxing and ballet from instructor Leila Fazel of New York City’s hip Aerospace gym.
  5. Top Trouble-Zone Tamer. Exhale Core Fusion Lean & Toned. You will need a yoga mat, a chair, a pair of 3-5 pound dumbbells.  Consider this DVD a compilation of the most requested spot toning:  The five segments are divided into upper body, thighs, core, butt and abs.
  6. Fab Ab Tightener. Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack. You will need a yoga mat, a 3 to 8 pound dumbbell.  Don’t be fooled by the title:  Your not cranking out sit ups here.  Michael’s, America’s favorite drill sergeant, makes sure “there isn’t an unused second” during either of the firm and burn circuits, between standing and on the floor exercises, cardio and toning.
  7. Best Dancefest. Dance With Julianne:  Just Dance! You will need nothing.  Instructor Julianne Hough of Dancing With the Stars fame has experience with newbies, and it shows.
  8. Maximum Flab Melter. Jeanette Jenkins Blast The Belly Fat. You will need a stability ball, a yoga mat, a pair of 3 to 5 pound dumbbells.  Testers vow to use this cardio and toning DVD “over and over.”
  9. Sizzling Circuit Workout. Amy Dixon Super Fit Bod! You will need an aerobic step, a pair of 5-pound dumbbells.  This isn’t your mother’s step class.  Celebrity instructor Amy Dixon, group fitness manager for Equinox Fitness Clubs in Santa Monica, California, keeps each of the si 4 to 10 minute mini sculpting sessions sweaty with high impact cardio, like jumping squats onto the step and high impact cardio, like jumping squats onto the step, and challenging sculptors, such as one-legged dead lifts with a lateral raise.
  10. Ultimate quickie Makeover. Personal Training With Jackie:  Xtreme Timesaver Training. You will need a pair of 3 to 5 pound dumbbells.  The star of Bravo’s reality show Thintervention With Jackie Warner shares her training secrets in this”well-rounded” heart pumping workout featuring back to back full body moves.


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About Nicole Griffin Eakin

Born in Columbus, Georgia at Fort Benning, my mother and I moved back to our hometown of Scottsboro, Alabama. My mother is my hero and the best role model a person could have. After she and my father divorced, she remarried and had 2 more children. We moved to Stone Mountain, Georgia after the tragic loss of my step father, where my family still resides. I am the oldest of 7 children. We call ourselves The Brady Bunch. I began writing as a form of self expression. Married and Divorced, I moved back to our hometown of Scottsboro. I am a single mother of 3 beautiful children. Wyatt, who 14 years old and begging for his motorcycle license. Which is not about to happen! My daughter Savanna, age 7, is the child that is most likely to one day break my heart. She is my mini-me. Daisy, age 2, will probably be the most mischievious of the three. She loves to sing! Children are a gift from God and I have definately been blessed! I have saved everything ever written which chronicles different periods in my life for them to have one day. Not to be read by them until they are much, much older! I have been asked numerous times why I did not write my life story. I remember thinking – Are you nuts…..!!?? As I have gotten older, I have decided that maybe one day....... I sure do not want anyone telling it for me! .

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