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From the Community: How to Find a Workout DVD That You’ll Love

FitSugar reader (and certified trainer) JessicaSmithTV posted these tips for choosing the right fitness DVD in our 10 Pounds Down! community group.

Workout DVDs can be a wonderful way to stay in shape — they are convenient, ready when you are, and can introduce you to new exercises, techniques and instructors you may otherwise never meet. And while the benefits of workout DVDs are many, so are the options to choose from! It can be overwhelming to try to find one that you really enjoy and want to do over and over. Here are three tips to help you find your perfect match:

1. Borrow, swap and ask for suggestions
Not sure where to start? Ask friends for suggestions, and better yet, borrow a few from their libraries to test drive first. Post an inquiry on Facebook asking for your friend’s favorite titles to get ideas on what to start looking for, and where the best deals are (did you know that Costco sells fitness DVDs?).

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2. Don’t limit your workout preferences
Many online dating sites use algorithms that specifically match you up with people who have traits that you specifically said you didn’t want, and yet you may end up dating that person — why? There is usually a big gap between what we say we want, and what we end up really liking. For example, if you love light-weight, high-repetition barre workouts, don’t limit your options by only searching for "barre-style workouts." Who knows? You may end up falling in love with kickboxing!

3. Check out Collage Video
What if you could preview workouts, check out a full breakdown and review from certified instructors who have done the workout, and read comments from people who have already bought and tried the DVD? You can with the website Collage Video! Search by DVD title, instructor, equipment used, and fitness goals to find your ideal workout. And, if you buy it and don’t like it, they’ll take it back, no questions asked — even opened DVDs — within 30 days of purchase.

Have your own fitness tips to share? Post it in our FitSugar Community — it might even be featured on the homepage!

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teambrewer teambrewer 5 years
I like the "10 minute solution. rapid results pilates" DVD.  There are five 10-minute workouts that you can mix and match to create your own workout.  Nice strength training routine for abs and upper body after a run!
nyc729 nyc729 5 years
And don't forget online group fitness classes.  They are also a great way for people who can't get out of the house to work up a great sweat and keeps them "connected" to the outside world.  I love emglivefitness.com because of their weekly classes.  And not expensive.  Many of their instructors have DVDs as well, for those times you want those too.
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