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LESMUM Posts: 4
12/31/12 8:51 A


have been looking through messages as I am new to this and just saw yours. Already it has given me inspiration. I have not exercised in years so need a slow but steady start, to help me become more fit and to lose 30 pounds. I shall check out the Leslie Sansome dvds. :-)

BASKETLADY13 Posts: 301
12/30/12 9:36 P

I love Jillian Michaels. I have several of her DVD's and I love them. I also do alot of Coach Nicole's videos on Spark and have printed off several of the workouts and adjusted them to my own liking. Because you're new, I would start with a little of each until you find what you like. You're more likely to stick with it if you like it. Good luck!!!

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,044
12/30/12 9:35 P

I agree with 2 points here. The Jillian series might be a bit aggressive for a beginner. I don't own them, so not sure of the intensity. When I started, all I did was walk for the first 4 months. I was out of shape and lacked energy, so that was all I could really do. Then I started to add weight training and machines.

The other point is this journey is 80% of what you eat. You can do all the fitness videos and go to the gym etc, but if you don't change your eating it's pointless.

Glad you are here and good luck on this journey! Just get moving, that is what counts.



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SARBEAR126 Posts: 89
12/30/12 9:22 P

I always liked The Firm dvds - they mix in cardio with weights and I saw great results when doing them diligently! My problem is getting the tv away from everyone else, so I usually use my spin bike, treadmill, or just go for a run, but I do miss those DVDs!

Find one you like and stick with it - those two conditions are really what is going to be the key to success!


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DAKOTA50 Posts: 909
12/29/12 11:23 P

I saw someone mentioned the Leslie Sansone DVDs. They are what I use. I'm 56 and need to drop 40 pounds. I've tried so many diets in the past few years, but nothing worked. I'm now on Synthroid, and I'm finally starting to see the pounds come off.

My doctor said watch the diet (she said eat around 1,500-1,600), but she said it is the exercise that is the key. She wanted me to exercise 60 minutes a day at least 5 days a week. I'm up to 4-5 miles a day with Leslie. You can work as hard as you want or you can go a bit easier on yourself that day if you need to. You can find some of her workouts on to see if you'd like her. You do need to find something you will keep doing or you'll give up. Best wishes!

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12/29/12 10:07 P

It doesn'tmatter what works for others, but what works for you and is something you can stick with.You can find a lot of videos at the local library. Great place to try before you buy.

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12/29/12 7:14 P

Not moving much these days since I have been sick. Still going slow at this time.

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12/29/12 6:46 P

Even though you're a beginning exerciser, I think you can still do some of the DVDs that you already own. I can't speak for the Biggest Loser boot camp video, but watch it without working out to it first to see if there is a level you can follow along to. I think you could probably do the 30 day shred (combo. of cardio, weights, and abs), just don't do the workout every day at this point, stick to level 1, and take breaks when you need them. BFBM is all cardio. I would not recommend doing the whole workout, but there is a modifier you could follow. Maybe start with one or two of the circuits, and work your way up from there. NMTZ is weight training, you could alternate that with the BFBM. Good luck!

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
12/29/12 10:19 A

I agree with starting with Coach Nicole's videos. You can buy the DVDs from Sparkpeople but also some of her video workouts are available online (here and on youtube) for free.

OOOOO! Join this challenge! I joined a similar one a couple years ago and it was great fun, very motivating and easy to stick with, but also effective. I might join this one!

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12/28/12 11:32 P

Try Coach Nicole's DVD's/videos, they are much more suited to beginners.

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12/28/12 11:21 P

I also recommend a slower start than Jillian Michaels. Her workouts are pretty hard core -- and if you don't enjoy exercise, you are likely to really not enjoy her DVD's. You'll get discouraged and quit.

Find a type of exercise that you can actually do -- and that is not torture for you. If you enjoy music and want to learn to dance a little, try a zumba DVD. I started with the Leslie Sansone DVD's and found them do-able when I first started. Check out some DVD's at your local public library to find out which ones you like. Or check out to see little clips of the DVD's they have for sale. Both sources will give you a free taste of what's available on the market so that you can make an informed decision.

Find something you will enjoy enough (or at least not hate enough) to do it regularly. Then just start moving -- modifying moves as needed.

But it's true -- You can't "out exercise" bad nutrition. Don't could on exercise to fix your weight problem. You'll need to work on the nutritional side of the equation to get results, regardless of whatever exercise you choose.

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JENMC14 Posts: 2,763
12/27/12 1:57 P

If you are new to working ut, I'd start smaller. JM is typically intense, and, without watching it first, I wouldn't start with a boot camp style workout. A lot of people rave about Leslie Sansone's walking DVDs, maybe start there. Starting out too fast and furious can lead to burn out and injury. You should also get medically cleared before starting a program.

And, weight loss really comes from what you eat. Make sure you eat at a deficit and focus on cutting junk from your diet.

Edited by: JENMC14 at: 12/27/2012 (13:58)
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12/27/12 1:55 P

The real trick to losing weight isn't exercise; it's your diet. You simply can't out-exercise a bad diet, no matter how many videos you do!

All the videos you describe are basically the same principles, so it doesn't matter which one you do. Pick one you enjoy, and can stick with.

Realize that the key to losing weight is about the food you eat. So while exercise is critical for being healthy, and living a better lifestyle (and it DOES make the process easier!) you should focus first on what you're eating to lose weight.

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12/27/12 1:37 P

I have one of the biggest looser workouts and the Jillian Micheal's shre (Just bought it but haven't use it yet). I like Turbo JAM, lots of fun. I have been walking/running. One of the things that we do at my house, is we play wii fit. Infact we are going to do that tonight. This allows us to play together, while exercising.

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12/27/12 1:31 P

I own the 30 day shred and a different biggest loser DVD. Neither of them are my favorite, however, they definitely help. My opinion is that it doesn't really matter which one you start with as long as you do. Most DVDs offer modifications if you cannot follow the original moves. Which is Lso nice if you get extremely tired and sore and do not want to simply sit and be done. Just try the ne that you tank you will be able to stick with, simply because you are the one that is going to have to be doing it every day.

Good luck with your journey to getting healthy!!!!

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12/27/12 1:21 P

I was wondering if someone could offer any advice as to when/which DVDs to do to effectively lose weight, Currently I own The Biggest Loser Boot camp work out, Jillian Michaels banish fat, Boost metabolism, Jillian Michaels 30 day shred and Jillian Michael's no more trouble zones.

I NEVER really exercised... but I'm 250 lbs at 5'6 and need to get in better health. I work full time, go to school part time, single mom so I used the excuse of no time... but I'm sure a few mins I can spare for help.

I'm clueless to which DVD to start first ... anybody own these - results? I know it seems like a dumb question ... i apologize for that but I any advice would be very helpful.


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