Anyone trying to get into prime bathing suit condition knows that lots of hard work and dedication are required. But what if you don’t want to get a membership and lug your flab to the gym every day? There are many different routes to take if you want to get into shape, such as mountain biking, jogging, and swimming. But what about doing it in the comfort of your own home? That sounds like a dream coming true, right? Well, the effort required to get that six-pack is really more of a nightmare, but at least you don’t have to travel to do it.
Many people think about getting a DVD from Wal-Mart and popping it in to the player and the pounds magically melt away. The problem is that the same DVD gets stale after a while. The newness wears off of the routine and you are more likely than not going to can the whole regimen. But I’ve figured out a way to keep the workouts fresh and new, unlike your sweat socks.
With a membership to Netflix, you have access to a vast library of workout videos ranging from weight training to yoga. They also feature different experience levels for beginners, intermediate, and advanced. But the best part about it is you have the option of changing the videos as much as you want. Instead of paying $20 for one DVD that you will use for a couple of weeks and then trash, you can choose from literally hundreds of workout videos. Change them out as often as you like and keep them as long as you want. Not only will this keep your workouts exciting, it will also give you an opportunity to try different styles of workouts. You can also request three at a time, so you could rotate the videos once each week.
Not only is this a great option, but an even better feature is the streaming capability that Netflix offers. If you have an Xbox 360 or computer where you are going to workout, you can choose from about 50 different titles that are instantly available. Just click on the selection and you’re ready to go. This makes the daily workout options virtually endless. Don’t feel like doing yoga today? Maybe you’d like to try any one of many titles from Jillian Michaels (one of the trainers from The Biggest Loser) and start a high intensity cardio workout. Or maybe a Crunch Fitness title that uses dance steps to workout.
Here are some of the great workout videos available on Netflix:
Crunch Fitness: Total Resculpt – Full body weight training workout. Available for streaming and on DVD.
Crunch Fitness: Cardio Dance Blast – Uses dance routines to work cardiovascular conditioning. Says it is booty-shaking and booty-blasting. I guess that is a good thing. This is also available for streaming or on DVD.
Jillian Michaels: Shape Up: Front – This one focuses on upper body sculpting and cardio. Michaels is ripped up, so she must be doing something right. Stream or DVD.
Men’s Health: 15 Minute Workout – Available on DVD, this features four 15 minute workouts that require minimal equipment and are geared for time-pressed individuals. This would be good for a quick wake me up in the morning.
Gilad: Ultimate Body Sculpt: Core & More – You may remember this guy from the Bodies in Motion show that used to come on TV. That was when I was a kid and this dude still looks the same as he did 30 years ago. I guess it might be good to follow his advice. Available on DVD.
Crunch Fitness: Yoga Mama – This workout is for pregnant women, so you won’t lose the belly, but you will be stronger and more flexible. Demonstrates variations on poses, depending on your trimester. This is available for stream or DVD.
There are many, many more to choose from, so there really is something for everybody.
Most of the workouts available are full body workouts and last 30-45 minutes, so it is a great opportunity to try new exercises and more importantly, keep your workouts fun. That is the best way to ensure that you stick with the program and make the pounds melt away.