Exercise videoes/dvd's??

  1. Hi guys. I am terrible out of shape, and I have to do something about it now!

    I have been looking for a video that is really low impact and easy to follow. I wanted to do some pilates, but I can't even do those postures right now!

    I did get a great dvd Leslie Sansome's walking the pounds away. It was a 3-pack and I just did the 1 mile walk today. It was the first of many many exercise tapes I have gotten that I could keep up w in my very unfit condition, yet was challenging enough I wasn't snoring, and no fake pop music either.

    I have tried Richard Simmon's sweating to the Oldies, but I just couldn's stand him! And his fake music.

    I love hip hop music, but those grind videos were too hard for my current state of deconditioning. Ditto for Tae Bo (Good Lord Heart attack waiting to happen!)

    Anyone else out there needing to take it slow have any good recommendations for a very out-of-shape person to try?? No yoga pretzels!
  2. 35 Comments

  3. by   oramar
    I have had Leslie Samson's Two Mile Walk for over a year. I liked it so much that I bought the same set of which you are speaking. Have been using it for about a week and I love it. Up until that I was doing Denise Austins hour workout which is on every morning at 7 to 8. I also have a few other Denise Austin tapes like her "Best Of", her Two Mile walk and her Lite walk. Let me see what else do I have of Denise's large selection? Oh I know, I have that six week abdominal workout that comes with three tapes. Until Leslie came along I thought Denise's walking tapes were the greatest. However, I like Leslie better because even now some of Denise's steps are so complicated that I can't follow them. What was that guys name that introduced those 8 minute Abd tapes? Jamie something, well anyway I still use those tapes and it has been 10 years since they were first introduced. I have tapes I don't like at all. Like my Buns of Steel tape. It is to difficult and has toooo many squats. I am suprised some people have not blown their knees out with that thing. I have another tape by some model on the cover she looks like she has anorexia. It is so complicated and difficult, it is only for the very young and very fit, big mistake buying that one.
  4. by   Sarah, RNBScN
    I bought at Walmart, pilates for dummies and fat burner work out for dummies. $8.99 can. They are great. They show you what you shouldn't be doing and then show a proper routine.
  5. by   Mkue
    I've heard of Denise Austin, wonder if her tapes are worth it.
  6. by   Momto3RN
    I personally find Denise Austin a little tedious but she has some good tapes.

    For starting out, Kathy Smith is EXCELLENT! I particularly like her "fat-burning" workout. I highly recommend her!

    Also, The Firm tapes are fabulous. Working out with light weights has made a huge difference for me. Don't worry about building big muscles, you won't be using super heavy weights. But boy do I look and feel better!

    Check out www.CollageVideo.com. They have tons of exercise tapes for all fitness levels!

    Congrats and good luck!
  7. by   swtshyn20
    You might want to try Winsor Pilates. It comes with a basic video, 20 minute workout video, and an advanced video. The basic video really goes into detail on how to do the different positions and they also show a modified version. I like them alot.
  8. by   Hidi74
    Ok I must be an idiot.....what the heck is a Pilate?
  9. by   WalMart_ADN
    i just bought some pilates tapes and i like them....feel the burn girls, feel the burn lol.... :roll:
  10. by   hoolahan
    PIlates is someone's name, the person who created this kind of abdomial workout. I think?? Someone else can probably explain it better.

    I wanted to get the windsor pilates but they didn't make a dvd version, and right now, that is all we have working, plus, I coud play it on my laptop if I ever need to (Yeah, like I'm gonna exercise on vacation I can't even manage to get into a routine at home let alone vaca!!)

    When I was in beter shape I could do Kathy Smith's fat buring workout, but right now that is a little too long for me. I've been really SOB, and I am thinking I need to slowly get that heart muscle back in shape before I worry about the other muscles! I'll check out that link waggy, thank you.

    I have watched Denise on TV, but an hour is one thing a) I could never make it thru right now, and 2) really don't have time for. That was what appealed to me about the one-mile dvd, it only took 18 min, and I felt great afterwards.
  11. by   Brownms46
    I used the FIRM tapes and I love them. I bought the "fanny lifter" also, and it is just a little too high for me when using both pieces. I don't like all of the tapes I got...but I do really like the "Hips, Buns, and Thighs" one.

    Another traveler here bought them with me, and we both enjoy working out to them. We take the tapes to the fitness center at the hospital, and workout with them there also. There are four of us that go to the fitness center at the hospital. It makes it more fun to workout together.

    I also use the exercise ball..which makes it easy at least for me to do crunches on. It helps you not pull on your neck while doing them. I workout to Gospel tapes, and the one I use now is "WOW" Gospel 2002...which is very upbeat. Good luck with your workout and fitness goals
  12. by   swtshyn20
    Hoolahan the Winsor Pilates come on DVD as well.
  13. by   hoolahan
    Really? Last time I tried to order it, maybe last year, it was only on video. I'll have to check it out.

    BTW that site noted about has great selections, even some videos for chair aerobics. Off to do my mile now
  14. by   renerian
    Is good but it is a killer. Well worth the effort in a short period of time.