New Year: New Fitness Videos and Gear
Videos: Zumba Fitness Gold Live It Up
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If you like dance fitness programs, here’s an ideal (and new) get-fit kit. Irresistible Latin rhythms get the booty movin’ on three workout DVDs, while the included maraca-like Toning Sticks add more fun to the routines, not to mention some nice toning action for your arms.
Videos: Ballet Beautiful Body Blast
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Ballet barre workouts are a hot trend in exercise studios across the country, and the core-strengthening practice is increasingly popular for at-home routines. Just released in early December, the latest entry from Mary Helen Bowers (trainer for Natalie Portman in “The Black Swan”) promises an elegantly toned physique.
Videos: Ultimate Kettlebell Workouts for Beginners
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Don’t go down swinging -- join the kettlebell revolution the safe and smart way with this new instructional DVD made just for beginners. While this cardio-strength training hybrid workout is a great way to torch calories, it can also lead to injuries if done wrong, so this program focuses on mastering the technique.
Videos: Billy Blanks: Tae Bo Advanced
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Mr. Blanks is well known for his take-no-prisoners fitness training style, and on his 2012 release he directs all of that inspirational intensity into teaching you some rad Tae Bo skills. Kicking and punching moves abound, but heed the title’s “advanced” descriptor -- beginners may find this too fast and furious.
Videos: Leslie Sansone Walk At Home
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Looking for something low impact and with a super easy learning curve? Leslie Sansone is an expert in walking as a way to lose weight, firm up and stay healthy, and some of her more popular DVDs zero-in on walking at home (ideal for winter) to achieve your fitness goals surprisingly quickly.
Videos: P90X Tony Horton Extreme Home Fitness
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We’ve heard lots of buzz around the P90X workout this past year, and Tony Horton has put together a powerhouse of a kit to get you ripped in 90 days. This mega best-seller offers a fat-blasting, muscle-sculpting regimen that’s best suited for those ready for stamina-testing workouts.
Videos: Shiva Rea Yoga
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Yoga expert Shiva Rea gets stellar reviews from both critics and fans for her excellent and intelligent fitness videos. Whether you’re an absolute beginner, an advanced student of yoga, or are simply looking for a new way to target problem areas, Shiva’s mindful routines will both work you out and bliss you out.
Videos: Console game exercise programs
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Console gaming isn’t always kids’ stuff. Witness the huge variety of popular fitness games on offer -- newly released programs like Just Dance 4 and Zumba Fitness Core turn living rooms into dance fitness studios, while trainers-to-the-stars like Harley Pasternak release titles targeted for the Xbox, Wii or PlayStation modules.
Gear: Resistance bands
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Fitness fans love resistance bands for their simplicity, portability, and (of course) the muscle-building results they provide. Most new varieties easily attach to a door in your home (or hotel room for travelers), and allow increasing levels of difficulty as your strength improves. Black Mountain makes a highly rated all-in-one kit.
Gear: Activity monitors
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Keep close tabs on your fitness goals and with the hottest little gadgets around. Dubbed “activity monitors,” they come in various configurations, including critical faves Fitbit One, Nike + Fuel Band and the Jawbone Up. All keep track of calories burned, steps taken, distance covered, plus some even monitor your sleep habits.