There are so many DVDs out there that get your heart rate up, so I was psyched to find a video devoted to strength training called Strong Body, Ageless Body with Erin O'Brien. This woman is the definition of bubbly, and I love how she says, "We are so fortunate we get to exercise." She's very personable and encouraging, and the fact that this workout was filmed in her (or someone's) living room gave the DVD a comfortable feel.
The beginning warm up is very much like an aerobics class, but then O'Brien gets into some pretty intense exercises with weights. She moves quickly from each exercise, alternating between working the upper and lower body, so you end up a little "breathy" as she calls it. The exercises are pretty basic but still tough, and repeating sets of each is what makes you "feel the burn." This 40 minutes workout involves 20 minutes of standing moves, and 20 minutes off floor work and stretching. It's definitely a great complement to any cardio routine you have going, or a great DVD to pop in on a rainy day.
If you want to tone up your muscles, get strong, and learn how to use those dumbbells you have lying around, I definitely recommend this DVD. You can order it through Acacia.