Living Room Workouts: Four Exercise Videos Worth Watching


“I don’t have time.” “I don’t know how to begin.” “I don’t like gyms.”

These are just a few of the laments of three-quarters of American adults who fail to exercise as much as is currently recommended?30 minutes at least five days a week. To help bridge the motivation gap, here are four exercise videos targeted at the beginner to intermediate. They?re time-efficient and don’t require leaving the comfort of home.

Lilias? Yoga: Flowing Postures for Beginners

Overview: Yoga is a hot fitness trend right now and, contrary to popular belief, you can get a fairly good workout from it. The four 35-minute videos all begin with simple breathing exercises and a light warm-up. By no means a demanding cardiovascular workout, the many yoga poses do require balance and the stretching calls upon muscles in the legs, hips, buttocks, back and stomach.

Audience: Beginners to yoga; anyone over 40 seeking increased flexibility. However, if you?re looking for a hard-core sweat fest, you?ll be bored.

The Host: Lilias Folan is a 60-year-old yoga guru who wears stretch pants and a baggy sweatshirt?very down to earth. Her yoga tapes are wildly successful, especially with older viewers.

Equipment Needed: Exercise mat or carpet to lie on.

Price: $39.95 for the set of four tapes; available from Goldhil Video, call (800) 250-8760 or visit http://www.amazon.com/ or Borders Books or Target stores.

Strong Women Stay Young

Overview: This 50-minute workout is a strength-training routine that begins with a quick warm-up and leads you through eight key exercises. It ends with stretching to cool down. A personal trainer explains proper form, body alignment and technique, as she leads you through two sets of each exercise, for a total body workout. The movements are precise, even slow, but this is correct form for maximum benefit when lifting weights. In between sets, Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., of the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, explains the benefits of strength training for bone mass, muscle strength and body fat loss.

Audience: Women age 30 and up who are new to weight training will benefit most from this video.

The Host: The personal trainer is fit, with a voice that doesn’t get annoying.

Equipment Needed: Chair, dumbbells of 3, 5, 8 and 10 pounds, adjustable ankle weights.

Price: $24.95 plus tax and shipping; available from Women First HealthCare, call (800) 696-9212 or visit http://www.strongwomen.com/ (click “Retail Shops).

Body Power Pilates!

Overview: Unique exercises called Pilates (pronounced puh-LAH-teez) were developed in the 1920’s by Joseph H. Pilates, but are enjoying renewed popularity today?especially among the rich and famous. This tape covers Pilates mat exercises, but not those using Pilates equipment. The moves are designed to improve flexibility and strength. The workout includes a 10-minute session that focuses on the “powerhouse” muscles? abdominals, lower back and buttocks. The moves, surprisingly taxing to the abs and back, are safely adapted for people with bad backs, knees or neck. There is also work strengthening the inner and outer thighs. This is a solid workout, though at times poorly edited, with often annoying sound effects.

Audience: Beginners and intermediates of all ages.

The Host: The certified Pilates instructor has more than 20 years experience as a personal trainer. She offers precise movements for viewers to follow.

Equipment Needed: Exercise mat or carpet to lie on.

Price: $12.95, available from Collage Video, call (800) 433-6769.

10-Minute Solution

Overview: This workout includes five very different 10-minute workouts, each targeting different body parts. While the boot camp and kickboxing segments require previous conditioning, the yoga, Pilates and ballet workouts are more appropriate for beginner or intermediate exercisers. Designed to pack a lot into 10 minutes, each segment gives a total body workout, including both aerobic and strength training if you complete all five. (You must warm up and cool down on your own.) The trendy variety reduces the inevitable monotony of workouts.

Audience: Beginners and those with some basic physical fitness and stamina; excellent choice for those with just 10 minutes to work out.

The Host: The host’s movements are the perfect model of great form, though she falls a bit short in guiding the viewer on how to follow along.

Equipment Needed: Exercise mat or carpet to lie on, chair.

Price: $12.95; available from Collage Video, call (800) 433-6769.

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