The Year’s Best Fitness DVDs

By Nicole Dorsey Straff / January 12, 2012

The Year’s Best Fitness DVDs
In addition to a great workout, our favorites offer mindful perspective and stress reduction.

Yoga
BEST FOR BEGINNERS
Rodney Yee’s Daily Yoga 103 minutes; $14.98
This tranquil yogi offers five 15- to 25-minute routines that incorporate wildly
different styles and postures. Yee is not afraid of longer silences, which makes
him brilliant on the mat. Gaiam.com

 

BEST FOR INTERMEDIATE
Seane Corne Detox Flow Yoga 110 minutes; $14.98
A visionary and philanthropist, Seane Corne offers three routines with purifying
poses and tension-relieving pranayama, or breath work. Twist and Flow
Practice (35 minutes) focuses on basic standing and seated postures. Purify
(65 minutes) is a strong, flowing practice to tone up and move. Core Energy
(10 minutes) is the final soothing segment. Gaiam.com

 

 

Pilates and Core
BEST FOR ALL LEVELS
Element: Total Body Pilates (with mini sculpting ball) 50 minutes; $21.98
Master Pilates instructor Lisa Hubbard offers an invigorating 30-minute
workout and a mellower 20-minute mat session for when you’re tight on time.
Blow up the mini ball in four breaths, and get ready to feel firmer and more
confident. Amazon.com

 

 

BEST FOR ALL LEVELS
Exhale Core Fusion Power Sculpt 50 minutes; $14.99
Fred DeVito and Elizabeth Halfpapp teach five 10-minute workouts that combine
Pilates and yoga-type sculpting exercises with light hand weights for maximum
definition. Opt for the full 50-minute class or choose one of five punchy
segments to complement any schedule and energy level. Acacialifestyle.com

 

 

Muscle Sculpting
BEST FOR BEGINNER TO INTERMEDIATE
Ageless with Kathy Smith, Total Body Turnaround 60 minutes; $16.99
Smith uses light dumbbells and calisthenics to sculpt legs, buttocks, arms and
core in three separate, 20-minute workouts. AcaciaLifestyle.com

 

BEST FOR INTERMEDIATE
Bob Harper’s Beginner’s Weight Loss Transformation 45 minutes; $9.99
Grab a pair of 5- to 12-pound dumbbells for this challenging circuit-training
routine with The Biggest Loser’s top coach. Move from a weight lifting to
slow-motion jumping jacks and standing balance exercises. Amazon.com

 

 

 

Nicole Dorsey Straff

Nicole Dorsey Straff

Nicole Dorsey, M.S. is a travel and wellness expert who earned a Master’s Degree in the health sciences while writing and editing for industry giants, such as The New York Times, Fitness Magazine and Aol.com. Her true passion is adventure travel and her spa reporting has taken her all over the world.
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