WORKOUT VIDEOS I'VE DONE/RECOMMEND
I LOVE workout videos. I have absolutely no idea how to workout on my own, so I need something that tells me what to do and when to do it. If you have any videos you like that I haven't mentioned, I'd love to hear them!
- •InsanityInsanity is, yes, insane. The warm up will kick your butt and you will leave dripping sweat after each workout. But Shawn T (the creator and trainer) pushes you to do your best, and you will definitely see results if you stick with it. It's a lot of jumping and squats, and videos can range from 45min-1.5 hours. I might recommend having some baseline of fitness before starting, not because it's impossible, but because it can be easy to become discouraged. But don't let that stop you from trying!
- •Insanity Max 30This is probably my favorite workout video series. It's everything from regular Insanity but condensed into 30 minutes. While it's only half an hour, I'm still exhausted by the end of it. I found it hard to fit regular Insanity into my schedule, but c'mon, who doesn't have time to squeeze in 30 minutes of exercise? Plus this one has a low impact modifier. Both this and regular Insanity will get you in great shape. I would definitely recommend Insanity Max 30.
- •PiYoPiYo combines Pilates and yoga, and helps build strength and improve flexibility. Whereas Insanity relies heavily on cardio intensive exercises and jumping, PiYo is low impact and leads you through sequences of yoga poses and strength positions. Plus the created and trainer, Charlene, is the most encouraging person ever, and she makes you feel great about yourself. If you need a lower impact workout that still works, this is great.
- •P90XI did this in post season for soccer a few years ago. I remember it was a lot of punching the air (that actually left your abs sore) and was pretty cardio intensive. The other videos I've already mentioned don't require any equipment (other that a yoga mat if you desire) but P90X requires two Dumbbells, resistance bands, and a chin up bar. I didn't do the complete 90 days, so I can't attest to all of it, but I think it is a good workout.
- •Zumba FitnessZumba is essentially dance. I did it during soccer post season. I was like 1 of 3 white girls among all Hispanic girls who knew how to move their hips, so I always dreaded Zumba. But if you're at home/with friends/don't care, Zumba is a lot of fun! We always did Zumba for our off days, which meant it wasn't super difficult. It is medium-ish cardio, but there's no strength training, so you probably won't gain any muscle. But it's great if you're looking for a fun way to get cardio in.