Fitness Classes Without the Gym

by Jackie on October 25, 2012

I love going to group fitness classes!  But gym memberships can be expensive and the class times can be inconvenient.  You can get the same benefits of a group fitness class with an exercise DVD!  There are so many fitness DVDs to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you?  Check out these top picks based on your interests and fitness needs.

 Have only 10, 20, or 30 minutes? Try these workout DVDs!

Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred

One of the most well-known exercise gurus, Jillian Michaels guides you through 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.

Physique 57 Express 30 Minute Full Body Workout

From the popular New York City exercise studio, the full-body workout quickly tones all major muscles using your body weight, a ball, and chair.

Personal Training With Jackie: Xtreme Timesaver Training

A complete head-to-toe circuit workout in just 30 minutes using compound moves to train multiple muscle groups at one time. These compound moves give you both strength training and cardio at the same time.

10 Minute Solution: KnockOut Body!

Super short on time?  These are not only quick but you will get lots of variety with these 10 minute kickboxing, cross-training, cardio, upper-body, and ab routines.

 Weight and Cardio workouts

50/50 Cardio and Weights with Angie Gorr

Offers 30 minutes of weights and 30 minutes of cardio to mix and match to fit your schedule. With three levels of intensity for every move and 12 total sections you can choose your level and customize your workout.

Jari Love: Get Extremely Ripped! 1000

This workout switches back and forth between weights and cardio to give you a complete cardio, full-body workout.

 Circuit Training DVDs

Jillian Michaels: Ripped in 30

A comprehensive 30-day diet and exercise plan comprised of four 24-minute workouts.  The workouts are based on Jillian’s 3-2-1 interval system: 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs.

Personal Training with Jackie: Power Circuit Training

Jackie Warner shares her signature circuit-training workout in four different 15-minute workouts or one 40-minute total body workout.

 Love Pilates?

Core Fusion: Pilates Plus

Five 10-minute mini programs work abs, arms, and glutes.

10 Min Solution Pilates

Five Pilates workouts each only 10 minutes designed so that you can utilize individually, mix to create a custom workout, or put all 5 sets together for a 50-minute total-body workout.

 For the Yoga lover

Shiva Rea: Daily Energy–Vinyasa Flow Yoga

With seven 20-minute routines, this program will help you fit yoga into your busy life every day.  Sessions range from slow-paced for relaxation to more intense for an energizing workout.

Yoga For Beginners

If you are new to yoga, this DVD is the perfect way to be introduced.  It includes eight routines ranging from 10-60 minutes to help build strength, increase flexibility, and improve your health.

 Just Abs

Bob Harper: Totally Ripped Core

Two workouts (one 50 minute and one 10 minute workout) using Bob Harper’s exclusive and proven techniques of activating, engaging, and sustaining the entire core.

Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack

Two 30 minute routines of vigorous aerobic work to build core strength.  Start with Level 1 for three weeks and then advance to Level 2.

 Wanna dance?

So You Think You Can Dance Get Fit: Cardio Funk

This fun routine features hip hop, contemporary, and disco moves led by dancers from the show.

Zumba Exhilarate Body Shaping System

Seven total-body workouts including breakdowns of basic steps, a quick 20-minute workout, and the Zumba Toning program.


No matter what your interest or fitness level there is an exercise DVD that is perfect for you!  DVDs are the perfect solution for those with little time to get to the gym.  If you a beginner going to the gym can be intimidating!  Exercise DVDs can be done in the comfort of your home and you can work out at your level.  If you are trying to find a workout that is right for you try renting a DVD at the library or video store.  This is a perfect way to see if you like the DVD and instructor before you buy!



Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I'm a fitness nut. I know what you're thinking, one of these people who has never been fat a day in her life, and can eat whatever she wants. The truth is I struggled with my weight growing up and lived in a household where everything seemed to be fried. Once I got away from home I realized I had the choice to eat and exercise how I wanted. I've gained a lot of insight into working as a personal trainer, and feel I can relate to others that were in my situation. I think if I can do it then you can to, and if you want to start kicking butt then hop on board and lets get started.

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