Friday, January 13, 2012
Home workout videos to help keep you fit this winter:
"Personal Training with Jackie: 30 Day Fast Start" ($15, Anchor Bay) — Celebrity body sculptor Jackie Warner's technique for breaking through plateaus is "power pyramid training."
She pairs two exercises (such as push ups and hammer curls) and forces you to do one of each, then two of each, and so on until you reach 10 reps. That's 55 altogether.
Choose between the upper-body routine and the lower-body (and abs) routine, or do both, which takes about 50 minutes — and every ounce of your strength.
"Sculpt & Burn Body Blitz" ($15, Lionsgate) — Short on time? You need only 10 minutes for each of these four workouts with Denise Austin, a former member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. (The warm up and cool-down add 10 minutes.)
Austin pep-talks you through mixed martial arts (kicking drills), athletic conditioning (jump like a basketball player!), kettlebell-inspired moves (swing a dumbbell) and cardio sculpt exercises (effective combos that target two muscle groups at once).