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LUCKYNUMBER23
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2/8/12 1:27 P

Before you buy one, rent it from your library. They are all good exercises. The key is which one will you like and stick with. You should switch between 3 different exercises or you might hit a plateau.



JADOMB
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2/8/12 10:56 A

Back in the days, I was content with running and weight training. Due to time constraints I limited my Cadio distance and just increased my speed. As long as my heart was pumping and I was sweating, it was good. Then in weight training, some may think it is boring, but I looked at results more than boredom. But back then I really didn't feel the need to always be looking for the next fad exercise.

Fast forward 20+ years, and now I'm just getting back into it. At this point I am still easy to amuse and am not getting bored yet. I am doing the treadmill for cardio and am just increasing the speed at the moment. Again, as long as my heart is pumping at the top of my rate and I am sweating, that's good. I am starting back easy to get my muscle memory to get back in step, so I am mostly doing calisthenics and light weights. I have increased the amount of different ones to cover all body muscles, especially the core muscles.

I don't know if this time around I will feel the need for changes and different exercises yet. But if and when I do, I know there are plenty out there and I would just pick one I feel comfortable with that makes me sweat. I would also pay attention to all the movements to ensure it is covering all the areas I want. Ballroom dancing is OUT. ;-)



SLYSAM
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2/6/12 7:55 P

Following on with what Sergeantmajor said... I haven't done the zumba dvd's but I have attended live Zumba classes. The classes I attended were pretty much cardio. I realize there is a zumba toning, but don't know the content. If you are not currently doing a challenging to you strength training program, that might be where you will be best looking. You can continue doing zumba for your cardio if you are not bored with those dvds, or join a live class, or try a different type of dance cardio (dvd or class) if you want. I guess I would look to your diet and strength component and really work on getting those going strong.

I think any well thought out fitness program is good if you are consistent with it and if it offers you: 1--challenging full body strength training (relative to your fitness) 2--cardio that you enjoy and is challenging enough but not too much for your fitness 3--stretching and flexibility work (and maybe some practice balancing). The combination of a good diet and a good, well rounded fitness program work well together.



SERGEANTMAJOR
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2/6/12 6:26 P


The best fitness programme is any one which uses the three part formula (in ranked order) nutrition (diet), strength training and then cardio. Nutrition is 80% of the formula and exercise is the remaining 20% which is normally split 15 strength and 5 cardio unless you are training for an endurance sport or activity.

While you can purchase a multitude of DVDs of varying price you can also find exactly the same material online for free or you can teach yourself the fundamentals and create your own.



SNATION88
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2/6/12 6:13 P

I do Zumba as well and when i hit my plateau I started doing Step Aerobics again because I'd done it with good results in the past-and i've broken the plateau just in the few days I've been doing it. I think the main thing is to keep mixing it up. My husband is in the air force and really loves P90X-which I think is similar to programs like Insanity and Crossfit.



SUE5007
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2/6/12 6:03 P

I agree with UNIDENT.

I find myself apprehensive to do things because "I'm afraid it will be hard" ...or "I'm afraid...".

So what if it's hard? You're smart and pretty fit so just modify it a couple times until you build the endurance to do it. :) You'll want one that is harder rather than easier because you'll use it more often and feel like you got more of your $ worth.

Guaranteed results...they don't guarantee you will look like the person on the cover. Just that you'll have "results". That could mean anything! Instead do what feels right for you.



UNIDENT
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2/6/12 1:10 P

None are better than any others, and you should ignore any so-called "guaranteed results". All fitness videos keep you moving, and movement is good!

I would go with a harder one. You can always self adapt it down while you find it a struggle, but it gives you something to keep moving forwards with as you get fitter and stronger. If you got HHA or 10MT and then felt in 3 months that they weren't challenging enough now - then what? Whereas if you get Insanity and modify it down to a level you can actually do, you can keep running through the program and adapting up a bit harder every time, and it'll still be challenging.



JAZZKATO
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2/6/12 10:34 A

I'm doing the Insanity workout and I really like it. I haven't done the other two you mentioned so I can't compare them. It's definitely tough but I can tell I'm getting stronger and the weight is coming off. The only thing is that the program is designed for 6 days/week. I have four kids with the oldest being 5 and I can't get in that much exercise but even doing the videos 3 days/week I've seen a lot of change. I love that it it's Plyometric training combining strength and cardio for extra burn. There's a reason it's call Insanity! Good luck on whatever you choose.



A-NEW-START
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2/6/12 9:29 A

I have been doing the Zumba program, and I do love it, but I think I've hit a plateau and I'm looking to find something else to do as well at home to change things up. looking at a few programs, and each of them has its own appeal to me, as well as a bit of a set back. For example, I was looking at the Insanity workout, and i love it because of the guaranteed results in a small amount of time, and i love the challenge, but even though i consider myself somewhat fit and possibly ready physically to handle it, I'm afraid that it might still be too much to handle. Next was the Hip Hop Abs program and the 10 minute trainer, but I dont know if they are challenging enough.

Long story short, it really comes down to results. Which one works best and is really worth the money? Insanity, Hip Hop Abs, or 10 Minute Trainer?



 
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