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EMMITOM Posts: 7
4/16/13 8:09 A

I really enjoy the Body Gospel DVDs. Very encouraging and I am dripping sweat. She is also very easy to follow.

THEIS58 SparkPoints: (154,728)
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4/16/13 8:03 A

Anything by Jilian

BETTE88-5 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/16/13 7:56 A

I agree, the Kelly Coffey Meyer series gives you a lot of choices, favorite is the kick boxing. I also love Cathe and Petra Kolba but they are usually 45 min. to an hour. 10 minute trainers from Beach Body can be mixed and matched for shorter or longer workouts too.

BUNNY52281 Posts: 7
4/16/13 7:52 A

Turbo Jam Live Cardio Party Remix is a great 30 minute workout! It's really fun and intense, I love it on days when I'm short on time. :)

VW_SARAH SparkPoints: (4,266)
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4/16/13 7:33 A

I like Kelly Coffey Meyers' 30 Minutes to Fitness series, especially the kickboxing one.

If you're looking for kettlebells under 30 minutes, you might try the RKS system. IIRC, it's a month-long rotation.

I like heavy lifting and I have to agree with the other poster that CLX has good, 30 min segments. But I tend to prefer Body Beast (which can run a little longer per session) to CLX now that I have them both.

I also regularly chop longer DVD's into smaller segments. Look for ones with chaptering and it will be relatively easy. For instance, I use Ilaria's Atletica, AOS's Providence, Susan Chung's Rapid Fire, etc.

ROSE284 Posts: 90
4/16/13 7:31 A

I love Turbo Jam with Chalean Johnson. The 20 minute workout is great on busy days.

There are also some really good Denise Austin video on YouTube as well. The Ultimate fat burning ones are really good. I used to find her far too perky but I've got used to her style now and her videos do work me hard.

I also do Amy Dixon and Jillian Michaels as well from time to time and occasionally a bit of Billy Blanks TaeBo.

4/16/13 7:05 A

How about Richard Simmons? I know old old school but I like that he has all sizes and ages. Also since I'm old,old, too I remember the music. Makes it more fun.

LAYAH613 SparkPoints: (791)
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4/16/13 6:30 A

Tried, tested and loved all the Jillian Michaels, Hip Hop Abs and Zumba DVDs!!!

TENACIOUSTRISH SparkPoints: (186,083)
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4/16/13 5:58 A

I really like Coach Nicole from SP. Any Gaiam for yoga/pilates, stretching quick exercises too.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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4/16/13 5:30 A

Jillian Michaels has great videos

HELASTIEKJE86 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/16/13 5:08 A

I LOVE Jessica Smith´s workouts (Youtube)!

KENNY1924 Posts: 7
4/16/13 3:22 A

We have gone through a lot of videos, and out of approx 50-60 videos that we have tried from ALL of the popular folks, we have converged on:

1. Chalene Johnson
2. Jillian Michaels
3. Zuzana (You Tube)
4. P90X
5. Fitness Blender (website)

My wife and I rotate between these videos and it keeps things fresh for us. Also, this gives us the rotation between exercise types, eliminates boredom, gives us the mix between Cardio, Circuit, low-end, mid-end and high-end, HIIT, 10min/20min/30min/40min/50min versions.

THIS IS THE BEST ADVICE WE CAN GIVE YOU. And, of course, I have lost 61 lbs, and my wife has lost 39 lbs to prove it.


MIMISUGAR SparkPoints: (2,072)
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4/15/13 9:07 P

Did you and hubby lose inches and weight on this program? How about the toning?

I started the program, but I got a bad ankle sprang and had to stop. I want to start it again this week.

4/15/13 8:13 P

I enjoy the Leslie Sansone videos, they are great for beginners getting you start...........and you'll see the pounds fall off with consistency.

SPECIALGURL7 Posts: 3,210
4/15/13 2:42 P

I like Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds.

NIKKSJOURNEY SparkPoints: (7,758)
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4/15/13 1:21 P

The Firm's Power Half Hour is a good one.

4/15/13 10:05 A

Glad I found this board. I see a lot of people do like Jillian. I may have to give her a try again now that I have become more active again. I just completed my first DVD, Sparkpeople 28 day bootcamp, and I loved it because of the short workouts. Majority of the workouts are not extremely long which made it easier for me to stick with it and get back into the habit of working out regularly.

CANNONAP Posts: 22
4/15/13 9:16 A

I actually love the Rockin' Body DVDs from Shaun T. They have a bunch of different ones that are under 30 minutes and target different areas.

4/15/13 1:29 A

I love the Jillian Michaels Cardio Blast Workout -- 50 minutes of intense cardio that burns tons of calories! It flies by.

LUV2SURFCHIC Posts: 2,507
4/14/13 12:21 P

Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 is pretty good :-)

4/14/13 12:19 P

I agree not everyone can do the jumping. I had back problems and found Leslie Sansone's videos great for not increasing pain. Her longer ones do build a sweat. For anyone with joint/back issues, here are three others:
10 minute solution pilates perfect body (really 5-10 min workouts)
10 minute solution slim & sculpt pilates (also 5-10 minute workouts with a band)
Healing Yoga for Aches and Pains by Charles and Lisa Matkin

PHOENIX2279 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/13/13 7:28 A

AdvoCare has a You Can 24 dvd. All the workouts are 24 minutes.

MOMMYOF2RN Posts: 579
4/12/13 11:28 P

I love all Jillians 30 or 20 min videos, and there are some great biggest loser videos as well that work up a sweat!

4/12/13 5:57 P

I love the Jillian Michael's DVDs. My favorite is her Ripped in 30. They are 20 minute work outs but really get you going (of course you have to put out the effort). I also have the Yoga one. I don't like that as well. She combines yoga with cardio. It is good, I just prefer the Ripped in 30.

AFFINITY6 Posts: 26
4/12/13 2:10 P

i have wii fit, i place the platform on a regular step platform you get at walmart and do step with wii fit or sometimes i use step aerobics videos...... i burn a ton of calories as specialy when i advance from low impact to high impact

GRACEANNE46 SparkPoints: (8,002)
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4/12/13 12:22 A

I have been meaning to try some Jillian Michael's DVDs (although I am definatly a beginner). It seems that DVDs (especially if they are only 30 minutes) are a great way to fit in a workout if you are too busy to get to the gym regularly. I listen to Jillian Michaels podcast and she said that now that she has kids, she uses her own DVDs occasionally because she is so busy. Although, she turns off the sound because she finds her voice annoying. I thought that was pretty funny.

4/11/13 6:13 P

I just started the Turbo Jam DVDs. There is a 20-minute workout for those short on time. So much fun!!!

GANEC5104 Posts: 425
4/11/13 3:22 P

Chris Fraytag
Amy Dixon
Bob Harper
Jessica Smith

NILBOGGER SparkPoints: (0)
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4/11/13 2:20 P

Most of the original Hip Hop Abs vidoes are around 30 minutes.

I also like Amy Dixon's Give Me 10 (she has a newer one out, too, but I don't have that) because it's just 10 minute segments that you can mix up however you want.

KATELAU1 SparkPoints: (75,447)
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4/11/13 1:52 P

My son showed me how to set up a youtube channel and now I subscribe to cafemom, realfittv, Jenny Ford and my favorite, Jessica Smith. Jessica Smith creates a whole variety of exercise videos from her home: strength, walking, jogging, kickboxing, yoga, etc. Jenny Ford has marching, strength, dance, floor aerobics and step aerobics. Between just those two channels, I have a huge variety of exercise videos to choose anywhere between 25 to 50 minutes. Some are more intense than others, but I can always find one to meet my exercise goal for the day and the time I have to do it in.

Edited by: KATELAU1 at: 4/11/2013 (13:55)
JULIE3231 Posts: 13
4/11/13 1:20 P

I really like the videos on They range from 15min to an hour but there is a good variety to choose from- dance, boxing, HIIT, yoga, target trouble zones, all kinds. A membership is $10 a month but I don't get bored so its worth it.

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4/11/13 1:09 P

Jackie Warner, Xtreme Time Saver, Power circuit, her standing abs dvd can't remember the name and one of her older ones... she has good workouts, strength circuits that double as cardio because you don't stop moving, all 30-45 min max and similar to that style of workout.

YANKEEGAL16 Posts: 1,480
4/11/13 12:39 P

I can only do Leslie Sansone walking dvd's or tapes & find some of her later workouts to be more cardio involved and U break out a sweat from them. I do her 30 minute or 45 minute WalkSlim dvd's and enjoy them. I also have a set of dvd'd from Stephanie Huckabee (former trainer with the Firm) - they are 20 minutes each & some are very good/challenging. I do them twice because I find 20 minutes is not enough or I do 2 different ones to make the 40 min. workout.

My arthiritis prevents me from doing Jillian or others that have to much jumping/squats/lunges in the workouts - joints don't allow me to do that anymore.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
4/11/13 9:27 A

wow, lots of JM fans on here!

GZELLEFRO SparkPoints: (88,974)
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4/11/13 12:28 A

Cathe Friedrich has some 30 min videos. I like HiIT, she has some step videos that are 30 min. and Fusion and MMA. She's a lot of fun too. Her website is

4/10/13 7:46 P

I also love jillian michaels' 30 day shred... hard but totally doable :)

APRILFUDGEY SparkPoints: (46,665)
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4/10/13 6:17 P

I love Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. 20 minutes of strength, cardio and abs - 3 different levels and modifications for beginners on each level.

THRDTRY Posts: 6
4/10/13 4:12 P

Because I am on the road a lot, I like having internet access to videos through YouTube. One channel on there, CafeMom Studios, has some really great workouts from Chana Balk. I am not a mom, but those kick my butt! I often pair them with one of my Jillian Michaels videos for a 50- or 60-minute long routine.

STEPH057 Posts: 252
4/10/13 12:54 P

Jillian Michaels has a kettlebell workout - Shred-It With Weights. I really like it!

Edited by: STEPH057 at: 4/10/2013 (12:54)
4/10/13 11:08 A

I love Biggest Loser Yoga! It's an older DVD but the basic workout is about 35min all told.

EARTH-ANGEL Posts: 310
4/10/13 11:08 A

Most of the Chalean Extreme videos are under 30 minutes and the HIITs and Fire30 from TF are great cardio workouts 30 minutes or under.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
4/10/13 10:07 A

OKOBOJII Posts: 447
4/9/13 2:24 P

Thanks for starting this, by the way. I've been working my way through Jillian's and have been wondering what to do next.

Does anyone know any good 30 minute kettlebell routines?

SPARKVAMPY2012 Posts: 2,510
4/9/13 1:52 P

Have you checked out Jackie Warner's videos? I really like her workouts. She has some that are 30-45 mins.,

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
4/9/13 1:48 P

Thank you. Could NOT remember his name.

HERE2BME Posts: 2,461
4/9/13 1:22 P

BTW - Shaun T is the one coming out with T25

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
4/9/13 10:52 A

Have you tried Jillian's other workouts? Extreme Shed and Shred, Burn Fat Boost Metabolism, and No More Trouble Zones? They have her unique format, though they are a little longer.

Tony Horton (P90X, Insanity) is coming our with something called T25, which are supposed to be as intense and effective as those other workouts but 25-30 minutes.

I have a 20 minute Insanity cardio video. It is insane. But really good work.

HCORNETTO SparkPoints: (18,405)
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4/9/13 10:23 A

I've been doing Weider XFactor: ST, the disks run about 40 minutes. This is more strength with body weight and endurance than straight forward cardio, but I've been enjoying it.

Also, on youtube, you can find BeFit in 90 on the BeFit channel. Those routines are about 30 minutes long and mix strength and cardio segments.

SSJIGGER Posts: 37
4/9/13 8:57 A

I LOVE the ChaLean Extreme program from Beachbody. My hubby and I have 2 weeks left of the 90 day program and have seen so many results. Some of the videos do go over the 30 mins. but all the videos include warm up and cool down/streching.>

4/9/13 7:54 A

Hi everyone,

I love working out at home using workout videos. My favorites are Jillian Michaels and have gone through nearly all of hers. I especially love the structure of her Ripped in 30 and 30 Day Shred. What are other good workout videos that are similarly structured with a mix of cardio and strength training and are about 30 minutes long? I've tried some Denise Austin videos and can't seem to get into her and I love Bob Harper but his workouts tend to be longer and like I said I like the structure and repetitiveness of Jillian's, it seems to help the time fly by. Thanks for any recommendations!

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