Wednesday, March 17, 2010

My favorite workout DVDs and a new smoothie recipe

I have tried tons of workout DVDs (although not nearly as much as my sister) and have compiled a list of my favorites.  Just thought I would share in case any of you were looking for some good workouts to do from home. 

The Firm Bootcamp
I love the Firm workouts in general because they rotate between cardio and stregnth training every few minutes which makes the workout more fun!  It is also very effective!  They  have a "guaranteed results in 10 days" and I believe it!  This is one of my favorites.  It is tough but easy to modify and there's none of that dancy stuff (I am not coordinated enough for that :))  No equiptment needed.

The Caribbean Workout: Kickboxing
It shouldn't surprise any of you that I love this workout because it's kickboxing, but waht I really like about it is that it has 4 20 minute workouts.  On days where I only have 20 minutes it gives me an effective workout but on days where I am motivated to do more I can just do another segment.  No equiptment needed.

The Firm: Complete Aerobics and Weight Training
I like this workout because it is fun, easy to follow, and has some kickboxing in it :) I actually got this DVD in a set with two others and all of the equiptment needed for it.

The Works with Sharon Mann
I love this workout because it is actually like 16 workouts for the price of one! It is customizable. You choose from 4 different warm-ups, 4 different choices for the three cardio segments and a cool down. It is so much fun! No equiptment needed.

Denise Austin: Cardio Blast
Fun and effective.  There are many segments on here including kickboxing, cardio dance, toning, and more.  You can do as many or as few as you want.  Easy to follow and the workout goes quickly.  You just need weights for some of the segments.

and finally that smoothie recipe.  Just tried this tonight and it was delish!

1/2 of a frozen juice concentrate (we used strawberry guava)
1 cup milk
blend these ingredients first then add
a handful of ice
a little splash of vanilla
and try adding some flax seed to this or any smoothie to get some fiber and make it more filling :)

and another great thing to have for dessert without breaking the diet: cereal!  My favorites are Waffle Crisp and honey vanilla granola.  A little secret too, some of the sugary cereals aren't that much worse than the healthy ones really, especially if you put sugar into the healthy cereal anyways.  Plus they are all fortified with vitas and the milk gives us some good calcium.  Just check labes and choose something you like.  Cereal is a good late night snack to curve worse cravings :)


  1. This made me want to share my fave smoothie recipe,it sounds a little 'off' but try it once and you'll be hooked to! 2 Bananas, 1.5 C Spinach, 1 C Ice, add water to thickness you like. Its so yummy!

  2. I like all those too! Well I dont have the Carribean one, but the others I love! Good taste.

  3. I chuckled when I read this post! I own some of these DVD's and they are some of my favorites! My husband and I make smoothies every morning, and find that they last a long time! Our recipe isn't as easy, but it makes really tasty smoothies.

    Yield: 2 lg!
    1c. milk (soy or ff.)
    1c. apple juice
    2c. frozen fruit (We like Dole's mixed fruit. It's at Sam's in 6 lb. bags!)
    1c. ice
    1 scoop vanilla protein powder
    1 container ff/low fat yogurt
    1 packet of splenda
    Add water as needed

    Have a great Wednesday!

  4. Thanks for sharing your smoothie recipes ladies! I will definetly be trying them both, always looking for new recipes to keep me from getting bored of them :)

  5. mixed frozen fruit and apple juice. easy and so yummy!


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