Before I joined a gym, I used to do workout videos. They were convenient and more motivating than writing down exercises on paper and attempting to do them.
I don't watch The Biggest Loser, but I am not hiding under a rock. I do know that Jillian is a tough trainer on the show and has been semi-responsible of hundreds/thousands? of pounds of weight loss.
So when I saw this video at Target for $9, I decided to add it to my collection. A 40-minute attack on women's worst ailments -- abs, arms? -- I'm sold. Plus, I saw a good review of it on the blog Healthy Tipping Point.
The recommended tools for this workout are a mat and set of hand weights. The first realization that I made was that the set of hand weights I have at home (at 8 lbs) is WAY to heavy to complete all the moves without dying. I think 5 lbs would work better, but I am too cheap and paranoid about stuff taking up extra space to add another set. So this means that I need to get stronger!
After a 5-minute warm-up, Jillian leads circuits. She does a few exercises and then runs through them again as a set. Without giving too much away, there is definitely ab work, squats, lunges, and planks. While I didn't find the moves difficult, the weight definitely made it excruciating at some points. My clothes definitely got the sweat shower that I was expecting.
I'm hoping this workout, which I may do 1-2 times a week, will be a good gym substitute for when I can't go. We'll see what it can do for these "trouble zones," though.