I spent a good portion of the year sweating it out in my living room, (upsetting my downstairs neighbors) testing the hottest DVDs on the market. Here are the five standouts from 2013 that have earned a permanent space in my home workout collection.
Tracy Anderson Dance + Cardio
The reason celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakira, and Kirsten Dunst are hooked to the Tracy Anderson Method? The program delivers real results. Even if you can't attend class at her Brentwood studio, bring Tracy to your living room in her Tracy Anderson: Dance + Cardio DVD ($15). Tracy "performs" solo, offering two 30-minute dance routines that tone your entire body and get your heart pumping. For those self-proclaimed as having two left feet, this DVD is doable but will definitely keep you on your toes. If you're really concerned about keeping up, invest in Tracy's Method for Beginners DVD ($15) that makes sure you have every move mastered.
The Biggest Loser: Six-Week Cardio Crush
There are so many reasons I'm a fan of The Biggest Loser: 6-Week Cardio Crush DVD ($15) — OK, I'll be frank, Bob and Dolvett are two big reasons I love this pick. Effective and fast-paced, this six-week program offers three engaging workouts that build in intensity, plus a warmup and cooldown program to make sure your muscles get all the attention they deserve. Anyone who's a fan of The Biggest Loser — or is looking to transform their body in 2014 — will benefit from this DVD.
Sexy Abs Cardio Sculpt
Jeanette Jenkins is one of our favorite celebrity trainers, and we've been loving her new DVD Sexy Abs Cardio Sculpt ($20, originally $25). Featuring The X Factor judge Kelly Rowland, this 60-minute workout DVD combines different fitness methods like kickboxing, weight training, yoga, and even ballet, with Jeanette's signature moves that whip her clients into shape. For more info, check out our interview with Jeanette and Kelly where they discuss this project and share great healthy tips!
Doonya Bollywood Workout
This year, Bollywood-style dance workouts caught on for good reason, and The Doonya Bollywood Workout ($33 for three DVDs) is one of the most fun series I've worked out with to date. The Doonya Workout is a three-part series consisting of: separate beginner breakdown; cardio dance and conditioning; and abs, glutes, and cardio DVDs. Quality instruction keeps you connected to your workout from start to finish, and the two Doonya instructors, Kajal and Priya, serve as the perfect ambassadors for this high-energy cardio craze. Their infectious smiles and positive energy transcend the screen, helping you stay motivated as you feel the serious burn.
Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno
Jillian Michaels promises, and certainly delivers, two intense workouts in her most recent offering of 2013: Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno ($15). Yoga and Jillian seem like incongruent concepts, but surprisingly, the Jillian Michaels brand of no-nonsense motivation translates well to these two challenging and creative 30-minute sequences. This DVD somehow manages to toe the line in order to find that perfect sweet spot for an effective and quick yoga-inspired workout that mixes things up.