It’s seems a long time since the New Year already and your New Years resolutions, but when I started to read the comments left by our lovely readers I was struck by the amount of us wanting to shape up for 2011.
I don’t know why it surprised me, given that with dress fittings, make-up worries and the prospect of 100 or more people coming to see you look radiant on one day, most Brides-to-be have looking their best weighing firmly on their mind. How better to do that than to tone up?
What was an even bigger surprise however was the amount of you who were planning on using a home fitness DVD to do it with and even better, the amount of you who had experienced real results from your favourite celebrity fitness DVD’s. Again, given the economic climate and the black hole of spending we call a wedding, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise and I started to wonder if I have been missing a trick over the years, smug in my gym membership. Ever curious, we did a little Facebook survey and have some reader recommendations to share with you later.
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I’ve got to admit, I’ve never been much of one for home work outs, I can’t quite get past the fact that I’m jiggling around in my living room while people are walking past with their dog and getting a real eyeful! I’ve always experienced the best results from cardio and weight training, with one exception. Yoga.
It’s pretty hard to find a good Yoga class, never mind have time to attend it and that’s before we hit on any motivational issues, but Yoga is a form of exercise that I return to time and time again. It helps my lower back which is stressed by work and hours in front of computers, plus I find it intensely relaxing and love the feeling of achievement which comes with improving my distinct lack of bendy-ness! My recommendation for anyone who wants to add some Yoga into their routine would be Jayne Middlemiss’ Love Yoga DVD. Together with Ryan Spielman who takes the lead, (in fact Jayne doesn’t speak at all apart from in the introduction and extra features, which is handy if you find her a little annoying!) they perform 2 sequences for beginners and more experienced practitioners, which I really enjoy… why not try it out?
Another favourite of mine is the New York City Ballet work out. I started doing this years ago, when I wanted to take Ballet up again but couldn’t find an adult class and found it a great work out for your legs arms and abs with all the grace and elegance of practicing ballet. For anyone who fancies themselves as a repressed ballerina, it’s a really nice way to get back into Ballet!
When we decided to ask for your recommendations there were some old steadfast choices and a couple of suprises. Several names cropped up more than once however so we though we would share your reviews here…
I owe a lot to Davina’s Super Body Workout – this was the first workout that taught me that exercise can actually be enjoyable and helped me shed 3 stone over the space of a year and a half! Her new Body Buff one is pretty good too, but my favourite workout is from The Firm called Get Chisl’d – despite the cheesy title (and slightly cheesy instructor too!) this one is amazing – great workout with handweights that really works the whole body! – Katy
Davina has always worked for me – 3 thirty minute workouts & the superfit one!! – Donna
I use the woman from The Biggest Loser- Jillian’s yoga body meltdown. It combines power yoga moves with repetitions- it is kick ass! I feel like I have died after each 30min session but it works! – Sarah
I’m with Sarah, you can’t beat Jillian Michaels, her 30 day shred is amazing! Hardcore, but it really does work. She’s got a new abs one out too that I want to try. The retro Cindy Crawford one was always good, shame no one has VHS anymore!… – Liz
And the surprise contender? (which you can still find on Amazon!)
I know this’ll sound odd, but the best exercise DVD I’ve ever used (and the only one I’ve used regularly), is the one done by Kate Lawler – she of Big Brother fame, yonks ago. I accidentally scratched my copy a little while ago too, and damnit – they don’t make it anymore!?! But seriously though, it was so good – very varied, and you could easily increase and decrease the intensity of each exercise. – Maya
I know it’s really old, but Kate Lawler’s one is great, easy and really got me in shape for my wedding (I have tried lots of other dvd’s too!) – Hannah-Jayne
The One We Want to Try…
Just this Saturday, the team were all together for a Rock My Wedding meeting (more on this to be revealed soon enough!) and of course after adam was safely locked away in the Rock My Wedding development cupboard again, Charlotte and I turned to the usual gossipy catch up we all have with friends :). And who should crop up but Tracey Anderson and her self titled Tracey Anderson Method.
Recently featured in the Sunday Times and famed for being Gwyneth, Madonna and Shakira’s personal trainer (charged with the job of ‘softening’ Madonna’s muscular physique) this lady is supposed to be able to actually change your body shape, making it leaner and more feminine, with a no-nonsense approach and demanding a commitment of 4-6 times a week. We’ll be trying her Tracey Anderson Mat Workout and Dance Cardio workout.
…Tracey Anderson’s mat workout, which I nicknamed ‘Teeny Tiny Arms’ (and it really does work) – who would have thought waving one’s arms in the air was so bl**dy knackering…! – Alexandra.
So there you have it ladies, no excuse not to get toning and with a substantially smaller investment than a gym membership, what have you got to lose except inches?!
Thats not the end of the hard work though. We want you to tell us 2 things… what’s your favourite home work out (past and present)?
….And have you tried the Tracey Anderson technique? – We are dying to know if it really works!