Truly, we’ve never seen anything like this. And after you take a moment to question whether or not it’s real, you’ll get a serious ab workoutfrom the belly-wrenching laughter.
According to the description on this surreal three-minute clip, it’s a “word-for-word parody of Susan Powter’s first workout video.” You remember her, the early-90s fitness star who coined the term Stop the Insanity!
The actress, Mariko Takahashi, is quite convincing as having the most outrageous plastic surgery of all time, until you realize it’s a body suit modeled after the poof-balls on a well-groomed poodle.
Her back-up exercisers, essential to any quality workout video, are humans in dog suits. (Spoiler Alert!) Live dog heads have been superimposed over the costume heads; just for added freak-show drama! (more…)
I don’t think there is a middle ground when it comes to Jillian Michaels. Either you love her or you hate her.
Perhaps “hate” is too strong of a word. Strongly dislike, maybe? I admit I used to be in the dislike camp. My only exposure to her was the character that The Biggest Loserhad made her out to be. Then I tried her exercise videos and listened to her podcast. In her own element I found a different side of her. I came to enjoy her uncomplicated workouts and identified with her personal story and fitness philosophy.
Her workouts have become my go-to DVDs when I’d rather work out at home than in the gym. Her catalog is huge and, perhaps, a bit overwhelming. If you would like to work out with television’s toughest trainer, but aren’t sure where to start, here are my five favorite Jillian Michaels workouts:
There’s no easy way to sum up Destination Fit, the new venture from David Norton, a former producer of several seasons of The Biggest Loser and the Miss Universe pageant, among other large-scale happenings. But the closest way to describe the venture might be along the lines of “American Idol for the fitness industry.”
In short, Norton’s goal is to help bring obscure but talented fitness instructors into the spotlight.
So how, exactly, does Destination Fit work? Workout pros with all sorts of backgrounds—from Pilates to bootcamp to indoor cycling—are invited to upload a full-length workout as an audition tape. They compete for votes against all of the other trainers who submit videos; when 12,000 total votes are cast the round is over and a winner is named.
You’ve got one week left to meet your 2020 New Year’s resolutions! No problem if you fell off the wagon sometime back in, oh, February. There’s no reason you can’t get fit(ter) by NYE! We searched far and wide for our favorite 10-minute toning routines and came back with these stellar seven. Do one each day between now and New Year’s and you’ll start 2020 stronger and slimmer than before!
10-minute Butt Lift with Rebecca Louise: The first 8-minutes of this lower-body routine are prop-free. The last two require an exercise ball and a resistance band. (Don’t have ’em? Repeat your two favorite moves for a full 10-minute workout.)
10-minute barre3 workout with Sadie Lincoln: Get graceful while you get fit with this full body workout. All you need is a sturdy surface to hold onto, such as a kitchen counter.
Here’s a sneak peak at one of five workouts on Sara Haley’s newest DVD Sweat UNLIMITED. Sweat UNLIMITED excuse-proofs your workout with a selection of 45, 30, 15, or 5 minute workouts, so that you always have something to fit into your day. The workout Sara shares here combines boxing drills and core training for a quick and efficient cardio sculpting routine that you can get done in thirty minutes or less.
When the word exercise is mentioned, a lot of people tend to begin thinking aboutlong and hard hours spent at the gym. What we need to remind ourselves is that exercise doesn’t have to be dreadful and there are hundreds of ways to get a few minutes in each day. Ever thought about just simply walking for exercise? The benefits for walking are extensive, ranging from improving blood pressure and sugar to easing anxiety and arthritis pain. As today is National Walking Day, there’s never been a better time to put one foot in front of the other.
The list goes on and go, but for some reason we still find excuses to not go out for a walk. One of those excuses might be the poor weather. So what can we do about it? Check out an at-home walking DVD. Fitness experts like Leslie Sansone and Jessica Smith have given you excellent options in their new DVDs.
Walking DVDs give you no excuse for missing a 20-minute walk. With these programs, all you need is a little floor space and a few minutes before getting ready for work in the mornings. Not only will getting a quick and simple walk in at the beginning of your day rev up your metabolism, but it’ll also give you more energy to take on your crazy schedule. Think about it, has there ever been a time where you actually regretted a workout? And the bonus with these DVDs is the little time required to make it happen! (more…)
In case you missed the announcement, Jillian Michaels is very much back and on track to be bigger than ever. She rejoined Biggest Loser this season and is as popular as she ever was. Meanwhile, she just released a new book, Slim for Life, the sixth title by the star trainer that will no doubt join the ranks of bestseller alongside the others. A new workout DVD just hit the shelves, and this spring she’ll embark on a journey unlike any she’s taken before. You’d think the woman never sleeps, and you might be right, considering she has brought two young children in to her home since May – Phoenix, a son with her partner Heidi, and Lukensia, a daughter she adopted from Haiti. She’s talked about being Unlimited before, but clearly the woman is unstoppable.
We caught up with Jillian to hear how the new book developed and its uniquely customizable format, the status of obesity in our country and what else we need from Let’s Move, and even how these tiny tots have influenced her tough-as-nails training style.
What’s the big take away for Slim for Life? Anyone in particular you’re trying to talk to?
After my last diet book, I honestly thought I had said everything there was to say. Then, over the past four years, I have come to realize just how much conflicting information there is out there. With so many fad diets – and a new one popping up almost daily – I realized people were more lost and confused than ever. I also realized that maybe what had been asked of them in prior diets was too overwhelming. So I decided to write SLIM FOR LIFE. The book is for anyone looking for simple strategies that are affordable, effective and DOABLE because they won’t make you miserable [and will] get results.
I definitely wanted to clear up all the conflicting information and dispel diet, weight loss and fitness myths, debunk fad diets and trends, and provide solutions for every possible diet dilemma from hunger and cravings to finances and travel. (more…)
I admit to shrugging my shoulders when I first heard of the DDP Yoga program, referred to as “Ain’t Your Mama’s Yoga.” Originally titled Yoga for Regular Guys, I thought it was just some egotistical attempt at yoga by some inflexible macho man. I was wrong.
Developed by former pro wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, DDP Yoga is not your average yoga. Just minutes into a high-spirited interview I had with Dallas, it was clear that he is not your average yoga teacher.
Muscle-clad, tatted, and standing at a lofty 6 foot 4 inches, you definitely wouldn’t want to be Dallas’ opponent in the wrestling ring, or meet him in a dark alley. But watching Dallas in action on his DDP Yoga DVDs, and speaking with him over the phone, left me inspired. (more…)
Just in time for the new year, Gaiam, leading distributor of healthy lifestyle products and media, introduced a new weight loss DVD featuring Colleen Saidman. As the wife of acclaimed yoga teacher Rodney Yee, Saidman is not just a yoga celebrity’s sidekick, she is in her own right a successful yogini, businesswoman, and co-director of Donna Karan’s highly honorable Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program.
Stepping out on her own, “Yoga for Weight Loss” is Saidman’s first solo DVD. Combining muscle toning, core work, flexibility and relaxation techniques, Saidman provides a holistic approach to weight loss and health maintenance.
Understanding that successful weight management is not about deprivation, Saidman states, “Weight loss does not simply occur from eating less and burning more calories; it involves other factors such as proper relaxation.” She believes that a relaxed mind and body contribute to making healthy choices, resulting in better health and weight loss.
Saidman’s choices are certainly not about deprivation. Claiming that the purpose of yoga is to prolong and enjoy life, Saidman also endorses the health benefits of drinking wine and having sex. “There is nothing wrong with having sex and enjoying a glass of wine, particularly Estancia.” Saidman has partnered with Estancia winery to help boost their wine sales. (more…)
The Fitness Trampoline is a product developed by JumpSport that can add some uniqueness to your at-home workouts, or even expand the class offerings at your gym.
This piece of equipment includes workout DVDs hosted by Kathy Jo Burgett with KB Fitness. So no one is just jumping up and down, there’s a pretty legit workout that takes place. The trampoline and corresponding DVDs can be bought online through JumpSport’s website. Each DVD focuses on something different such as core, strength, cardio, and one for all of the above. If you’re someone who would like to be involved in all of these different workouts, a DVD can be purchased that contains all of the fitness trampoline workouts.
Each session lasts between 15-30 minutes so it’s great for those on a time crunch. The workouts focus on core, cardio, strength, or basic, which is a combination of all of those. We recommend that to get the most out of your time on the trampoline. Each workout session can be a little different so that you’re working something different each day. A great feature of these videos is the option of three different difficulty levels to follow – one for beginners, intermediates or more advanced. This concept enables users to start on the beginning level and work their way up to higher levels after they’ve made improvement. (more…)
What do you do when you live in an apartment, don’t belong to a gym and have a hectic schedule? How do you find time to workout? As a working mom with two young boys, it’s often a struggle to find the time to fit fitness into my day between work, school drop-off and pick-up, client meetings and other responsibilities.
Over the summer, I was introduced to theJCORE Accelerated Body Transformation System – a 40-day program that claims to work around these constraints and transform your body. It was created byJay Cardiello, a celebrity fitness trainer and wellness expert. I mean, he trains 50 Cent so his plan must work, right?
I will admit that I was highly skeptical before starting this program. Generally I try to workout for an hour, 4-5 days a week, mixing cardio with strength training. For JCORE, all you need is a 4×4 space, no weights, and 20 minutes a day/4 days a week. Was 20 minutes going to be enough?
I opened the calendar and found 40 days of workouts, rest days, and fit tests. Literally, I did not have to think about a thing. There are five different workouts, each fast-paced and comprised of 20 minutes of 30-second intervals of body-weight exercises. While 30 seconds might not seem like a long time, believe me, it can be intense. I was breathing hard and a sweaty mess by the end of the workouts. The exercises largely focus on your core, which helps build overall strength and stability. Think lunges, squats, planks, and fire hydrants. I modified many of these moves to make it easier on my knee. JCORE also starts with a Fit Test that allows you to gauge your progress week-to-week. (more…)
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