Trainer Andrea Orbeck helps keep Heidi Klum and many other Victoria's Secret models in runway shape, and now she can help you get ready to walk the aisle. Andrea created this 10-minute workout to target all the areas a bride-to-be wants to tone. Even if you're not prepping for your wedding, this workout will work your arms, legs, and abs. Grab a set of dumbbells, and get ready to sweat.
Jimmy Kimmel: talk show host by night, fitness instructor by day? Based on this video it looks like all of Hollywood's fittest ladies are joining his "Hottie Body Hump Club." Scarlett Johansson, Minka Kelly, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Kelly Ripa, Eva Longoria, Emily Blunt, Sofia Vergara, and Lindsay Lohan all make appearances in this hilarious sketch promoting the hybrid workout Humpilates, which makes "your cardiovascular system a partiovascular system." Warning — may not be safe for work due to uncontrollable laughter.
Get excited! Donny D-Fine is back, and has managed to turn another popular social networking site into a fitness workout. This time it's Twitter. We first came across Donny a few months ago when the OnSugar blog goddessbody shared his Facebook workout: "Update your body, not your status." It was pretty hilarious, and also effective if you were looking to sweat a bit.
This time around Donny has named a series of upper body moves after Twitter actions, throwing in his own brand of humor: "Don't let you body sag so throw in a hashtag." He even references Kim Kardashian outing a federal marshal via Twitter and Britney Spears having the most followers. Are you gonna work out Twitter style?
Now that The Real Housewives of New York City is on break, star Kelly Bensimon has time to film her own reality videos. Leaving the housewives drama behind, Kelly opts for a fitness video instead, which she uploaded onto her YouTube account. In the video, Kelly demonstrates that her moves for a quick, fit workout are lunges, squats, and headstands. (This all came after a two-mile run with her dog, Chi.) Check out Kelly in action!
Hey it's Karena and Katrina from ToneItUp.com!
Here is the workout we do in our Celebrity Bikini Body Bootycamp! Below is your printable routine. Have a great workout.
Workout: Do each move 15-16 reps and repeat each circuit twice.
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Not everyone has an hour a day to work out, so it's great to have fitness videos available to lead you through shorter sessions. The Fit in 5: Ultimate Body Blitz DVD ($17) includes five unique workouts, so you can choose one you're in the mood for, or do all five at once to get a full body workout. Each of the five 20-minute sessions is a snippet of a previous DVD Acacia has published, making the video kind of like a greatest hits compilation. They are:
- Weight Loss Cardio Sculpt: Led by Violet Zaki, this workout blends a combo of cardio and strength training to burn calories and tone your muscles. You'll need a set of lightweight dumbbells.
- Yoga For Everyone: De-stress your mind, and stretch and strengthen the entire body in this playful yoga practice led by certified yoga instructor Hemalayaa.
- Weight Loss Pilates: Unlike most Pilates DVDs, which focus on mat exercises, this workout, led by Pilates master instructor Kristin McGee, also contains some cardio intervals.
- Dance and Be Fit: Latin Groove: Led by certified fitness instructor Desi Bartlett, this part of the DVD is low impact and features merengue, salsa, and rumba dance steps.
- Cardio For Beginners: Easy to follow and effective, this cardio workout led by Petra Kolber, IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, burns calories and strengthens the heart.
This DVD is definitely good value for your money since it's really five unique workouts in one. Combining strength training, cardio, dance, yoga, and Pilates, it's a great mix that works your overall body, and I'd definitely recommend it for someone looking for an easy workout to do at home.
Although I'm not a fan of Acasica's title choice for its DVD series being "Weight Loss," I enjoyed Weight Loss — Cardio Sculpt and Weight Loss — Cardio Kick workouts. The latest in the series, Weight Loss — Pilates ($15), didn't disappoint either.
Unlike most Pilates DVDs, which focus on mat exercises, this workout contains some cardio. The instructor, Kristin McGee, leads you through cardio intervals to get your heart rate up and to burn extra calories. There are two 20-minute workouts to choose from, and if you do them with the warmup and cooldown, each workout comes to 33 minutes. If you're craving a longer workout, you can do both back to back.
The cardio portion involves plyometrics, Pilates jumping jacks, Running Plank, and ballet moves such as plies. These moves raised my heart rate and had me feeling a burn in my legs, which is a good thing. The Pilates portion includes basic exercises like the 100s, Double Leg Pulls, and Mermaid Side Planks.
Kristin appears in the Pilates For Beginners DVD too, but I actually liked this video better because it combines Pilates with cardio. My only gripe is that although I appreciated her upbeat and encouraging personality, the instructor seems a bit on the thin side and her slight frame was actually distracting. Aside from that, this is a great toning and light cardio workout to do when you want to exercise at home or on the road.
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Madonna may have given trainer Tracy Anderson the boot, but that hasn't stopped pal Gwynnie Paltrow from professing her adoration for all things Tracy. The actress pens a love note to the trainer in her latest GOOP newsletter that also includes a video workout and mini-interviews from celebs like Courteney Cox, Donna Karan, and Kristin Davis.
"Tracy shares with us a little arm series that I did everyday preparing for Iron Man and that I take on the road. She just made it home-made style for me, lo fi. But it's good. Especially for the batwing problem."
To see what Courteney, Kristin, and Donna say about Tracy, read more
I have a shelf on one of my bookcases devoted purely to workout videos, because let's face it — between work, my family, and other obligations, getting to the gym or to a class doesn't always happen. I love knowing I can pop in a video whenever I have space in my schedule, and feel good about having a little "me time," even if it's only for 10 minutes. Plus, since there are so many types of fitness DVDs out there, I can strengthen my core doing Pilates, stretch my hamstrings doing yoga, or sweat it out kickboxing, depending on my mood. I definitely own more than 11 videos; what about you?
Hemalayaa is back, but this time she's not burning it up Bollywood style. This sensual and upbeat instructor is all about yoga in her video Yoga for Everyone. Her approach is far from serious. Hemalayaa thinks yoga should be fun, playful, and even make you feel giddy. She says, "when you practice joyfully in your home, then you can take that joy out into the world with you," making you feel calmer and happier. Don't expect to do a lengthy 90-minute practice either; Hemalayaa has found doing 20-minute sessions daily to be more beneficial than the occasional longer session.
There are two 20-minute sessions included in this video. The first focuses on connecting with your body, shaking off stress, and coming to a feeling of openness and gratitude. The second focuses on strengthening the core and other areas of the body so you can feel more grounded and confident.
I really loved the traditional Indian music including sounds of the sitar and tabla. It made me feel peaceful and inspired me to move my body. If you're new to yoga, you'll appreciate Hemalayaa's detailed instructions and the way she eases into opening the body. Those who've practiced a lot before may find that this video is good for days when you're tired or feeling under the weather. It's not a very active practice, so don't expect to sweat a lot or feel your muscles burning. Do expect to feel calmer, less tense, and more open, both physically and mentally.
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