The Best Fitness DVDs for Getting in Shape Without Leaving the House
The Best Workout DVDs
A new study in the
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
had groups of college women participate in two exercise protocols: One was a 6-move circuit with a personal trainer and the other was a 6-move circuit with an exercise DVD. Not surprisingly, the study participants preferred working with the real-life trainer, who helped get exercisers' heart rates up and burn more calories than the TV screen instructor. (Plus, they're not too bad to look at... just check out The 50 Hottest Male Trainers in America 2014.) But we can’t all shell out for a trainer every week—and you really don't need to! You can get great results on your own, or with a workout DVD—as long as you choose the right one!
To help you find the right motivation, we rounded up our favorite workout DVDs—the ones that feel just like having a personal trainer IRL (without having to pay their pricey fees, of course).
WWE Fit Series: Stephanie McMahon DVD
Wannabe fighters, this one's for you. This 7-part DVD will put your whole body through strength, cardio, and interval-style routines to get you in fighting (or just bikini-season) shape. ($15, shop.wwe.com)
Anna Kaiser Happy Hour DVD
Get sculpted by trainer-to-the-stars Anna Kaiser. Her routines incorporate yoga, plyometrics, dance, and more to get you in red carpet-ready shape. ($25, AKTinmotion.com)
Slim Sexy Strong by Holly Perkins
For those who like to DIY everything, this DVD allows you to mix and match routines to create over 64 different workout combinations! ($19, HollyPerkins.com)
Kathryn Budig Aim True Yoga DVD
How could we forget the yogis out there? Kathryn Budig's approach gets you all the benefits of a regular flow, and it takes up the energy a notch so you'll burn calories to boot. ($15, Gaiam.com)
Zumba Incredible Results System
If you're a Zumba-devotee, this bundle is for you—you'll get four DVDs, plus a "rizer" to help you take your workouts up a notch (literally). ($60, Zumba.com)