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New Exercise DVD Roundup: Win 6 New Fitness DVDs

If you enjoy group fitness classes but don’t want to pay pricey gym membership fees, exercise DVDs are an inexpensive and effective way to feel the burn. Most fitness DVDs sell for under $20, so they are a cheap way to exercise in your own home.

I received a bunch of newly-released fitness DVD titles to test. I’ve been working out to them for a few weeks, and I’ve also lent my review copies to a fit friend who actually enjoy group fitness classes to get an additional perspective. All of the DVDS reviewed below are currently selling for less than $10.

Lisa Rinna: Dance Body Beautiful-Learn & Burn and Lisa Rinna: Dance Body Beautiful: Jive, Jump, Ballroom Bump: These dance-inspired workouts from Dancing With The Stars alum Lisa Rinna fell flat with me but were a hit with my fit friend.

Lisa Rinna leads viewers through fast-pasted dance routines that you can do without a partner. “Learn & Burn” features the rumba, hustle, paso doble and the quick step. “Jive, Jump, Ballroom Bump” features jive, cha cha, salsa, and disco.

I’ll admit that I am rhythmically-challenged and not the quickest study when it comes to dance routines. So it isn’t surprising that I found the routines hard-to-follow and frustrating and Lisa Rinna’s 80s-esque outfits distracting. But I am clearly not the target audience for this DVD.  My friend, a Dancing with the Stars fan, is both musical and fit. She enjoyed these DVDs as a pleasant and fun change from her usual routines and had no difficulty learning the moves. 

Skinny Bitch Fitness: Boot Camp and Skinny Bitch Fitness: Body are two new fitness DVD titles from the best-selling authors of the Skinny Bitch diet book and cookbook series.

“Boot Camp” is a thorough workout DVD that includes a 25-minute interval-based boot camp that will get your whole body in shape as well as a 10 minute ab routine that was fairly challenging in my opinion. I particularly liked the “5 by 5s” section, which included five 5-minute quick-fix workouts for each body part. “Body” includes four 20-minute routines customized for abs, legs, arms and buns. You can do all four routines in sequence or split up your workout over several days.

Modifications are offered for many exercises, which makes these DVDs a good fit for semi-fit beginners like me or super-fit people like my friend. And all of the exercises are done purely with your own body weight, which is great if you don’t own weights or resistance bands.

However, this DVD series isn’t for everyone. As you can guess from the title, the instructors use lots of language that isn’t appropriate for children. The frequent exhortations to “move your ass bitches” and other similar expressions might motivate some, but they made me feel like I was working out with Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie. I found the language a bit distracting. But I would recommend the DVD to someone who has no objections to the frequent use of profanity.  

Abs of Steel: Sculpting and Toning and Buns of Steel: Sculpting and Toning are my hands-down favorites of all the DVDs reviewed. My fit friend liked them so much that she didn’t want to return them to me after testing them.

You might be familiar with the old Abs of Steel and Buns of Steel series. These DVDs are completely new and updated workouts that integrate techniques like yoga, ballet and pilates to make your workouts shorter and yet more effective.

Modifications are offered for each exercise, which makes these DVDs a good fit for people of all fitness levels. You can choose to work at the moderate, intense or ultimate pace. Instructor Leisa Hart offers clear and detailed instructions for each exercise that were easy even for a beginner like me to understand. And I really felt the burn after just one workout.

I also liked the simplicity and organization of the DVD menu. Depending on how much time you have available, you can pick and choose from different workouts. For example, I really like the 10 minute yoga ab workout and the 5 minute pilates ab workout. It’s great to skip right to those sections rather than having to watch the seated or standing ab workout segments too. 

Want It:

All of these DVDs are available for less than $10 at Amazon. (Click here to shop for exercise DVDs at Amazon.)  

Win It:

To win a copy of each of the DVDs featured here, leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm Eastern Time  January 30, 2009 telling us your biggest fitness challenge or your exercise goals for 2009.  (Unless otherwise specified, all Mamanista contests are open to U.S. residents only.)

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Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.

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298 Responses to "New Exercise DVD Roundup: Win 6 New Fitness DVDs"

  1. cindy ratz says:

    I have @ family members pregnant. They could share these tapes!

  2. Sandra S. says:

    My biggest fitness challenge is keeeping myself motivated! I find it hard to get myself started on exercising. This dvds would be great! Lots of new routines for me to try. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Andrea Evans says:

    My biggest fitness challenge is finding the time and motivation to get up and exercise.

  4. Samantha Miller says:

    My fitness challenge is to lose the fat on my stomach and replace it with some real abs!

  5. Laura says:

    My biggest challenge is I need to lose 2oo pounds …I am desperate to be healthy for my children!

  6. tony davis says:

    being bored with working out

  7. hazel hunt says:


  8. Regina M says:

    Getting started and keeping it up are hard. My goal is to become more fit and shape up.

  9. kathleen romans says:

    Found out I was pregnant- my fitness goal is to have a healthy pregnancy and only gain actual baby weight!

  10. Holly Norris says:

    My biggest challenge is simply not having enough “me” time to exercise. Having three children can really tie up your time. But I’ve been making myself take the time so far in 2009. Thank you for the chance to win.

  11. Debbie B says:

    my biggest fitness challenge is getting motivated to do what I need to do!

  12. Melanie says:

    My biggest fitness problem is my lack of focus.
    I get bored so easily. I need something to grab my attention and keep me interested. Something fun.

  13. Jennifer H says:

    My biggest challenge is myself… got to make myself do it.

  14. Kristen Hendricks says:

    I would love to win these DVDs. I could really use them especially since I like to exercise outside but am having a hard time doing that with the snow that has fallen. If I was lucky enough to win these DVDs I could exercise inside. This is a great giveaway. Thanks.

  15. Jennifer Jozwiak says:

    I aim to lose the weight i gain during this pregnancy hopefully by the end of the summer.

  16. Kathleen S. says:

    My biggest challenge is trying not to get bored, so these dvd’s would come in so handy because I could switch up my workouts. Thanks so much!

  17. GWEN G. says:

    I would say my main focus is weight loss. I know I will need to work hard at it!! I find it hard to get out and exercise…I could really use these DVDs!! I am shooting for a new me for Summer!!

  18. Rebecca C says:

    Thanks so much for sharing, I could really use this! I am just trying to get in the habit of exercising!

  19. salina m says:

    im hoping to lose between 20 to 40 pounds this year. i quit smoking a year ago and gained about 25 pounds. thanks for the chance to win these videos. i recently bought a tae-bo video to get me started :)

  20. Amy Griffin says:

    I excerise all the time, my downfall is getting too hungry and then over-eating. I have to get back on track and get MOTIVATED!

  21. jjean says:

    My biggest fitness challenge in 2009 will be making the time and effort when I have newborn twinfants. I love the gym, but having videos is really more practical.

  22. Jennifer S. says:

    My biggest challenge is to simply get motivated enough to get myself to the gym!

  23. michele anne jaquays says:

    Wow…this is just what I need…hope to win…

  24. kathy pease says:

    my biggest fitness challenge is i always get hungry at night..i love food :(

  25. Lisa C says:

    My goal is to lose the 50 lbs of baby weight from my pregnancy!

  26. Amy Smith says:

    my biggest challenge is not being able to get out to the gym – so a great selection of dvd’s i can do at home with a lot of variety would be great!

  27. Elizabeth Ray says:

    My biggest challenge is the diet! I’m an emotional eater. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 years ago, i was “reminded” that obesity can lead to breast cnacer. I had never heard that before. After a year of surgery, chemo and radiation, I’m fine now. My mantra? “Chemo sucks! I never want to have to go through that again!”

  28. tanya says:

    My goals for 2009 are to run a half marathon. This is a big goal considering I can barely do a 5K now. Thanks!

  29. Krissi Sorrell says:

    My goal for 2009 is to loose 20 pounds that I have put on since having two babies in the past two years. I am having a difficult time shedding these last 20 and also getting to a gym!

  30. Karen says:

    Finding the TIME!

  31. Tommy Johnson says:

    I plan to loose 100 lbs by next xmas. I’m already down 18lbs!

    Enter me please! Thanks a ton!

    Thomas Johnson

  32. Kristin C. says:

    I’m struggling with my weight after having 2 babies, I’m also helping my sister loose weight… she’s only 5’4″ and is right at 300lbs, Im 5’7″ 160, wanting to drop 30lbs! We need help!!!
    Thanks for considering us!

  33. Krysti says:

    Biggest challenge was quitting competitive figure skating. I kept eating like I was still burning 4000 calories a day!

    I’d like to start getting more active again by enrolling in dance classes!

  34. Kelly m says:

    I would love to win these DVDs, my husband deploys next month and i will have plenty of spare time to exercise or mope around and eat chocolate LOL. Hopefully he won’t come back to a much larger wife.

  35. Teri P says:

    #1 Challenge: getting off the computer (my behind) and exercising my body instead of my brain. Just a lateral move to the tv from the computer though, lol.

  36. Nannette Ryan says:

    My biggest fitness challege is to get to the gym.

  37. Marcy Strahan says:

    My biggest challenge is that I suffer from depression & it’s hard mentally to get out of the house & walk or do anything.
    I am a strass eater & that causes alot of my weight gain.

  38. Jana says:

    My fitness goal is to tone up my arms.

  39. leah says:

    This year, I plan on eating healthier and try to get into better shape. I don’t need to lose weight, I just need to get fit!

  40. my exercise goals is to at least exercise 4 times a week!

  41. michelle robbins says:

    Staying motivated and resisting temptations.

  42. kathy yohanna says:

    My biggest fitness challenge is my tummy. I have had four operations and I can’t do sit ups or heavy lifting. 2009 is the year that I lose weight for my health. Thanks for the contest.

  43. Suanne Giddings says:

    My biggest challenge is staying motivated. I am my own worst enemy when it comes to willpower. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

  44. Charlene Kuser says:

    My biggest challenge is being entertained
    while I work out.If Im bored I tend to
    give it up easier.Thanks for the giveaway

  45. Marc says:

    My biggest challenge is to continue lifting my weights even when it hurts. I do this now, but it is hard to exercise when “it hurts.”

  46. Rhonda Clemens says:

    Please enter me into your wonderful contest :)

  47. Lily Kwan says:

    My biggest fitness challenge is losing weight.

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