30 of the Best Workout DVDs for Getting Into Shape

Some only take 10 minutes a day!

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Hold off on buying that gym membership! These workout DVDs are a great alternative for busy women who still want to get toned. Just pop one of these DVDs into your computer or television when you get home and see how much easier it is to integrate working out into your everyday schedule. From yoga to strength training, there's a workout for everyone.

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Fit After 40

$30

Created by Natalie Jill, Fitness After 40 is an eating and training plan built to transform and sculpt your body. The package includes simple 15-minute workouts, flexible meal templates, and an eight and 12 week training plan. Plus, there's no equipment required.

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The Toning Transformation

$30

If you want to tone your butt, belly, and thighs, try this series of 20-minute workouts. Led by fitness expert and personal trainer, Sarah Kusch, The Toning Transformation plan allows you to work out in your home with just a few small weights and an exercise mat.

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Flat Belly Yoga

$20

This gym-free workout might be just what you need. The Flat Belly Yoga DVD is led by Kimberly Fowler who will guide you through a energy-boosting workout designed to eliminate belly fat for a flat and fit stomach.

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The Whole Body Cure

$32

The Whole Body Cure is a book and DVD combo pack focused on reversing chronic inflammation through structured eating plans and the ancient Chinese practice of qigong. Led by expert qigong instructor Hilary Smith, RN, CFT, this practice is all about flowing movements, breathing methods, and meditation.

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Easy Yoga for Weight Loss

$30

Yoga can be intimidating — but this DVD from Prevention is an ideal intro for beginners. It includes stretches and detailed plans built to flatten your belly, tone your arms, butt, and thighs, and boost your metabolism. Plus, each workout will only take about 14 to 24 minutes to complete!

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Fit in 10: Total Body Transformation

$30

If you want to get into shape, but are pressed for time, this is the workout for your lifestyle. This DVD is designed as a strength training program and is packed with 10-minute daily workouts for busy women who still want to be fit, toned, and in shape.

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Body By Simone: The Signature Classes

$25

As a former professional dancer, Simone De La Rue incorporates easy-to-follow choreography into her 55-minute workout classes. Designed for all fitness levels, you only need a mat, towel, and 3- or 5-pound hand weights to get moving and achieve your best body yet.

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Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred

$8


There's good reason this DVD has become a cult favorite in the fitness and exercise world; Jillian guides a full-body 20-minute workout (in three different levels for varying fitness abilities) that's meant to be repeated each day for 30 days to see real results.

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Tracy Anderson: Cardio Dance Express

$11

Celebrity fitness instructor Tracy Anderson (clients include Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Lopez) offers six 10-minute, total-body dance workouts in this DVD. The first lesson covers basic steps, while the other workouts have titles like "Cardio Party" and "Sweat Fest." Don't worry if you have two left feet: Even novice dancers can master these moves.

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Denise Austin Body Makeover Mix

$7

It's no secret we love Denise Austin here at Landcruisers, and this DVD reinforces why. Her simple instructions and cheerful attitude help each of the three 15-minute routines zip by. She focuses on one area of the body per session — upper body, lower body or ab & core conditioning — so I can target a trouble zone (ahem, thighs) or get a great full-body workout.

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Dancing with the Stars: Dance Body Tone

$5

If watching Dancing With the Stars inspired you to get grooving, you should definitely try this DVD for a guided shape-up. Although I suggest shutting your curtains and banishing anyone else from the house while you shake it, learning the routines kept me focused and by the end, I was sweating and laughing (at myself). Skimpy sequined outfits and B-list celebs not required.

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21 Day Fix

$73

Celebrity trainer Autumn Calabrese's 21 Day Fix claims you can lose up to 15 pounds in 21 days, but regardless of the number on the scale, you're sure to love her seven 30-minute workouts. Plus, the videos also come with a meal plan and portion control system to make focusing on nutrition easy.

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Suzanne Bowen: BarreAmped Boot Camp

$18

Suzanne Bowen built her fitness brand around the idea of striving to be the best you rather than for perfection. Her bootcamp workout gets you healthy and toned with arm, thigh, seat, and core work. The workouts are short yet effective so you can make fitness a part of your life rather than your entire life.

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Ashley Bordon: 6 Weeks to Sculpted

$30

Fitness expert Ashley Borden has trained Hollywood stars and world-class athletes, and now she can train you from the comfort of your own home. This full-body workout includes 14 different workouts for training six days a week. Grab hand weights and a foam roller, and you're ready to go.

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IGNITE by SPRI 900 Calorie Burn

$8

Designed as an introduction to high intensity interval (HIIT) training, this DVD includes four 25-minute-long, calorie-torching workout: upper body, lower body, hard core, and head-to-toe. Pick and choose based on your schedule — or do all four at once for the ultimate sweat session.

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Element Beginner Level Yoga

$9

If one of your resolutions is to try yoga, start with this DVD. The Element program revolves around common Hatha postures that are the basis of most yoga practices. It will help you improve flexibility, build strength and release stress. Win, win, win! There's also a bonus guided meditation segment to help you learn to focus your mind.

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Jillian Michaels: Killer Arms and Back

$8

Another favorite from Jillian Michaels, this DVD includes three 30-minute workouts that will help you get a toned and fit upper body. Jillian offers modifications for every single move, so even if you don't already have arms of steel, you can always keep up — and get a good workout in.

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Dance It Out: All In

$12

Remember Billy Blanks, the guy behind the craze? Now his son, Billy Blanks, Jr. is getting in on the family business too. Along with his wife, Sharon Catherine Blanks, Billy Jr. will help you learn various types of dance styles in this fun-packed DVD. The duo takes you through six 5-minute cardio workouts utilizing dance styles from all over the world: hip-hop, Bollywood, African, disco, country, and "old-school" cardio. It's designed for the whole family so kids can join in too!

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Belly Beautiful Workout: Pre and Postnatal Pilates Barre Fusion

$13

Calling all new moms! Whether you're looking to stay in shape during pregnancy, or get back into shape afterward, this workout is designed to give you a long, lean body. A blend of Pilates and barre moves, it follows the guidelines of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists so that you can rest assured that you're exercising safely.

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30 Minutes to Fitness: Cardio Pump with Kelly Coffey-Meyer

$12

If you're one of those busy folks who thinks you simply don't have time to exercise, let this DVD prove you wrong. You'll get two 30-minute cardio-strength workouts: The first is a bo workout, and the second is focused on strength training with weights. Meant to be quick, effective and empowering, these workouts will be over before you know it!

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Kathy Smith: Total Body Toning

$15

This DVD is focused on strength training — you can choose whether you want to do an upper body workout, a lower body workout, an abs and back routine, or a quickie 10-minute total body workout. But don't think you have to already be super buff to jump in: This workout is designed for people of any fitness level — though you will need some equipment for it, like a stretch band and exercise ball.

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Element: Targeted Toning Yoga

$10

This DVD includes three 20-minute yoga programs that zero in on all the problem areas you might want to target: glutes and thighs, arms and shoulders, and abs and core. The instructor's goal? To help you create a toned, streamlined body of course, but also a calm, focused mind.

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Leslie Sansone: 5 Boosted Miles

$10

There's no easier workout than walking, but it can get a little ho-hum after awhile. This DVD offers five different one-mile walking workouts that include ways to "boost" your routine for more intensity and calorie burn. It's easy to do one mile if you're short on time — or you can add on a few extra miles if you've got time to spare.

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The Studio by Ellen Barrett: Fat Burning Fusion

$10 and up


Barrett's no-frills video combines Pilates, calisthenics, and simple ballet moves. Even though I wasn't jumping around or sweating up a storm, by the end of this routine, my body ached all over — in a good way. Barrett's routine brought me back to my childhood days of dance class: fun activity and exercise.

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Weight Loss Cardio Kick with Violet Zaki

$9

The two 20-minute high-energy kickbo routines combined with other cardio moves eliminate boredom in this program. When I felt particularly ambitious, I did both together for one calorie-blasting 40-minute workout; I chose one or the other when I only had 20 minutes to spare in the morning. Make sure to do this in a spacious room, because the amount of kicking, punching and movement, as I unfortunately discovered, is not tailored to tiny spaces.

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Physique 57: Express 30 Minute Full Body Workout

$20

I've always wanted to try out the trendy fitness classes at Physique 57 in NYC, but they run a pretty penny. Now, the infamous Physique 57 technique (certain muscles are targeted, overloaded to point of fatigue and then stretched for relief) is available to all in this 30-minute workout. It was just enough to make me realize why people are obsessed with the classes and left me — especially my glutes — sore the next day.

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Shiva Rea: Daily Energy--Vinyasa Flow Yoga

$9

I love this DVD because it's basically the equivalent of seven DVDs in one — offering seven different 20-minute yoga practices to mix and match. I liked the freedom of being able to do a different one each day or combine two when I wanted to do a longer session. The flows range from slow-paced for relaxation to more intense for an energizing practice.

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Core Fusion: Pilates Plus

$10

One of the main reasons I don't do Pilates very often is that, for me, it gets too boring after a while. Enter this DVD. Made up of five 10-minute workouts, it kept me engaged because I was able to change up the routine often, or, if I only had a few minutes available, I could still squeeze in a workout with just one of the programs. I just might be a Pilates convert after all.

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Personal Training with Jackie: Power Circuit Training

$58


Anyone who watched Jackie Warner on Bravo's Work Out knows she takes a tough-love approach to fitness. And, clearly, if you've checked out her abs lately, it works. She shares her signature circuit-training workout in this high-energy DVD that gives the option of four different 15-minute workouts or one 40-minute total body circuit, and left me feeling like I just had an up-close-and-personal training session with the exercise guru.

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Bettie Page Fitness Total Body Strength & Cardio

$20

Bettie Page Fitness is claiming to have created the first-ever , led by mind-body fitness expert Tori Rodriguez. The goal isn't to look like Page, but to embody the pin-up star's confidence, self-acceptance and strength. Each move in the 45-minute circuit-style strength and cardio workout is based on a photo of the Queen of Pinups, who was a fitness buff well before the idea of working out became popular. The total-body workout encourages viewers to challenge themselves while respecting their bodies' limits, with moves that emphasize the core strength, balance and posture that were hallmarks of Page's physique. Modifications and tips are offered to make the workout accessible and enjoyable for all levels.

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