As I mentioned last time, I am in a bit of a fitness slump and I’m thinking of ways to get myself out of it, and jumpstarted back into my training and exercise routines.  I am an unrepentant devotee of Richard Simmons exercise tapes.  I have two current favs: Broadway Sweat and Latin Blast-off, the latter of which takes place in a ‘cantina’  and all dancers are in costume – Ole!  I do love them, but I think my body has gotten used to them, so I’m not sure they are as effective as they once were  So, how can I get some variety in my exercise video collection and jumpstart myself to a new level of toned fitness?

 Does anyone notice that in January, after the horror of the holiday indulgences have taken their full toll on the waistline and New Year’s Resolutions have been sworn to, the television airwaves are bombarded with all manner of hunky exercise gurus touting their ‘boot camps’ and their ‘PowerX’ workouts, etc, all guaranteed to slim, bulk up, tone, or become more flexible?  Some of them sort of scared me, but I started to wonder about what was out there and about how I might discover some new exercise videos to supplement my training workouts.

 I found a fantastic website that markets all manner of exercise CDs You can search their website in a number of helpful ways.  These include:  “your goals” , e.g. weight loss, tone lower body, strength, heart health, flexibility, stress relief’;  ”workout types”, e.g. Latin dancing, tai chi, kickboxing, aerobic,  muscle toning, dance, boot camp;  “brands” ;  ‘instructors’; “equipment used” , e.g. dumbbells, stability ball, rubber bands, kettle bell, bosu.   According to their ‘about us’ page, they vet all the videos that they list  … “Every video on this site has been tested by an ACE-certified instructor and a “regular person.”. Consequently, they don’t carry every exercise video on the planet. The website has pages of current magazine reviews of fitness CDs, testimonials, discussion forums, upcoming videos and an online store. It’s a gold mine of information, and could be a useful tool in the search for another strategy for gaining fitness. I especially appreciate the video reviews.  I haven’t settled on another exercise video yet. I know for sure that videos featuring kettle bells are out, likewise kickboxing or boot camp, and I just don’t think Jillian Michaels will give me the same warm and fuzzies I get from Richard Simmons, but you know de gustibus and all that. I am going to try something new. This strategy WILL  give me a change of pace, keep me on my path to increased fitness, trick my body  into resuming its fat burning and muscle toning, and make me feel less guilty on those dark early mornings where I simply cannot get myself out of the sack, dressed and out into the cold.   

Do any of you have a favorite exercise video? If so, what is it, and why is it your favorite?

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