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DEBHAPPY2B Posts: 575
3/7/13 10:57 A

Think I will check out Coach Nicole's DVD...

ELYRIADANZIG SparkPoints: (0)
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3/7/13 10:51 A

Hey there! I've been using Coach Nicole's new DVD, Total Body Sculpting, and I recommend it.

Like you, I need a low impact workout, and that was part of why I chose this DVD. What's also cool about it is that her workouts are a combination of both cardio and weight training all in one, so you get to work the entire body in 20 to 30 minutes. All you need are dumbbells and a chair.

JACQUM01 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/6/13 11:06 P

Since your focusing more on muscle, i agree with alot of people about Jillian Michaels, try ripped in 30. Its $9.00 at Walmart. :)

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (80,558)
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3/6/13 11:03 P

I second The New Rules of Lifting for Women! I got it today, started reading it and didn't want to put it down.

JSLICE812 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/6/13 5:49 P

ChaLEAN Extreme. I started using Turbo Jam a while ago (mostly cardio) and just found out about Chalene Johnson's newer workouts that focus on strength training and toning. I"'ve heard good things

DMJAKES Posts: 1,634
3/6/13 3:36 P

In addition to some of the videos mentioned, I would suggest checking out The New Rules of Lifting for Women by Lou Schuler. It's got routines already made up for you, plus descriptions and pictures of all the moves. If you've got free weights, you could do the vast majority of the moves they suggest, and could probably substitute another move for those you don't.

Edited by: DMJAKES at: 3/6/2013 (15:36)
ANGUSSANDY Posts: 10,516
3/6/13 7:12 A

If you like to sweat, anything by Jillian Michaels.

GZELLEFRO SparkPoints: (85,208)
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3/5/13 11:16 P

I love Cathe Friedrich's videos. She has a wide variety of workout types, from stretching to cardio, to High Intensity Interval Training to yoga. Her website is You can adjust the fitness level down if you need to. Her more recent videos are a little more advanced, but she usually gives you hints on how to do the exercises if you're not as advanced.

I love the Firm too, but I got tired of them. I still use them though, mixed in with my Cathe videos.

Have you tried wrapping your knees?

You can still get a good workout using only one platform with The Firm. Just increase your weights or use your arms if they aren't being used already. I'd ask a doctor. My sister had a bad bike wreck a few years ago and her knee pops out. Her Orthopedic doctor told her to strengthen her quads by doing seated leg lifts (bend knees and then straighten but don't lock them out) because they are the supporting muscles for the knees, and that would keep her knees from popping out. Hope you get some help it's horrible not to be able to do what you love!

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,617
3/5/13 9:09 P

Jillian Micheals

KISSYCAT73 Posts: 2
3/5/13 7:29 P

Thanks everyone! Like I said, The Firm videos are too hard on my knees, so I think I have to give them up unfortunately. :-( Unless you Firmies can give me some advice on how to make them easier on my knees?? I'm short (5'2"), so maybe it's the tall box climbs that wreak havoc on me? I'm afraid that if I only use one of the segments of the box for those I won't get a good workout.

I actually did check out three p90x videos from the library today and have reserves on the others. I'm going to review them. I also have the 10 Minute Trainer videos, which are by the same guy, and I really like them. I like HARD workouts!! I'm not going to get into the best shape of my life without putting a lot of effort into this!

SMANISMELL SparkPoints: (76,799)
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3/5/13 2:37 P

the Firm..... started using them over 15 years ago

3/5/13 2:26 P

"The Firm"

LUCKYNUMBER23 SparkPoints: (12,425)
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3/5/13 1:53 P

Have you tried the sparkpeople videos.

TENTHUMBS SparkPoints: (0)
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3/5/13 10:29 A

Jillian Michaels. Great workouts

HANA11 SparkPoints: (44,360)
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3/5/13 1:43 A

Try Bob Harper's inside out series. These DVDs are awesome!

MARTHROID Posts: 383
3/4/13 12:48 P

I just got Jillian Michaels for beginners at Big Lots for $3. I like it. It really is a good workout, but it's not hard to do the moves and it doesn't use equipment. You can use weights, but I just used my own weight, soup cans and flexing. But most of the moves don't use anything at all. I finally learned how to do a proper lunge...huge difference to my knees.

I also go to the library and try new ones to see if there is one there that I like. You'd have to have a decent library or interlibrary loan system for that.
Good luck.

CUDA440 SparkPoints: (84,691)
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3/4/13 11:18 A

Well, P90X is mainly strength training with some cardio mixed in. uses Weights, bands. Personally I was bored with this set but that is because I really like a more intense cardio mixed with the weights. I don't know if you can see if your library has it to rent or not but at least you wouldn't have to purchase it. I was able to borrow the set from my brother, but only made it through week 6.

Currently I am doing Tapout XT which is more kickboxing and uses resistance bands. I do like this cause it does have more cardio mixed in.

I have also done a bunch of Jillian Michaels and Bob harper DVD'S. But these would be more cardio with weights.


KISSYCAT73 Posts: 2
3/4/13 9:09 A

I'm turning 40 in a couple of months. Oh God, I almost passed out just typing that. I'm having a mid-life crisis. So, I want to take the next couple of months to go on a fitness kick and get in GREAT shape, maybe even the best shape of my life.

I like to do workout videos at home, so I'm trying to figure out which program is right for me. P90x, Insanity, ChaLean extreme, something else.

Here's what I'm looking for:
- I don't want to have to buy a bunch of extra equipment (already have free weights and 4 different Firm steps).
- I want something that focuses more on weights than cardio. Weight loss would be nice, but I'm more interested in building muscle (but not body-building!).
- I need something that's not too high-impact.

I have 25+ Firm videos, plus Jackie Warner's videos, and several others. Jackie's videos are my favorites. The Firm is a little too cardio-heavy, too high impact (my knees hurt when I do Firm videos), and too light on the ab workouts.

Any advice would be very much appreciated!


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