Layla, what do I say about Layla? Besides the fact that she is the most inspirational, strong and amazing person I know! She’s hilarious, sassy and not afraid to say what she thinks, which is why we are such good friends. I’m so happy I “met” her through Twitter because she makes my days infinitely better! Thank you Layla for guest posting while I’m getting ready for my honeymoon!
Hi y’all! I’m Layla from Wish Fulfillment Every Day, and I was thrilled when Claire asked me to write a guest post for her while she’s off in weddingland! I met Claire through my favorite thing ever, Twitter, and we became fast friends. I’ve followed along on her wedding planning journey with great impatience – I know it’s going to be a beautiful wedding. I’m so excited for her and Elliot and I can’t wait to see photos! (I may or may not have threatened to crash her wedding….and I totally would have if I were able.)
I wanted to tell you guys about some fitness DVD’s that have been a total lifesaver for me. If you’ve ever had an injury or just fell off the workout wagon before, you know how difficult it is to get back on. Your stamina is just not the same, and exercises that were simple before aren’t so simple now. You may have been able to workout for an hour straight before, but are having a hard time making it through 20 minutes now. I totally get it, because I’ve been there. It’s frustrating, but it takes time.
Well, I found some DVD’s that are awesome for easing you back into it. The 10 Minute Solution DVD’s have been a godsend for me. They have a huge selection with everything from yoga, pilates, weight lifting, aerobics, etc. The best part? Each exercise is 10 minutes long. You can handle anything for 10 minutes! And each DVD has five different exercises on it, so you can do all of them if you want, just one, or you can create your own workout by combing several of them together.
Belly, Butt & Thigh Blasters was the first 10 Minute Solutions DVD I bought, and it’s definitely my favorite. It comes with the band you see in the photo; they call it a “sculpting loop.” The band adds a bit of tension during the exercises, which consist of squats, lunges, and planks. The instructor is upbeat but not annoying, and you can add several of the 10-minute exercises together to create a custom feel. The only complaint I have: since the exercises are only 10 minutes long, there isn’t much time for instruction. This is also something I love, because when you’re doing the exercises for the 50th time, you don’t want to sit through the instructions again. However, this also means that some of the moves can be a little difficult to understand and by the time you’ve figured out what you’re doing, she’s moved on. I can feel and see a difference in my butt and thighs (my trouble zones) after one week of using this DVD consistently.
Next is Slim & Sculpt Pilates. I’m not a limber person at all, but this DVD definitely helps me get a good stretch in. It also comes with a pilates band, and I feel it makes all of the difference. You use the band for tension, but you also use the band to help you keep form and to assist with stretches. Some of the exercises are best for just stretching, I don’t feel or see any real results afterward. But some of them, such as the upper body workout, WORK. Just using that band, no weights, gave me one of the best arm workouts I’ve ever had. The instructor is soothing and calm, moves in and out of moves with ease, and does a good job of explaining how to do the moves and how to hold the band.
And finally, Ultimate Boot Camp. This one is killer…I’m not kidding. I bought this while I was working out consistently and was in pretty good shape, and I struggled through it. It’s definitely a challenge (kudos to you if you can do all five of the workouts on this DVD in sequence!) but I can definitely say that it works. Not being able to fork over the funds for an outdoor boot camp in my area, I researched DVD’s that had similar exercises and found this one. You are constantly moving, jumping, running, lunging, squatting, zigging, zagging….it’s exhausting. It’s also pretty fun!
One thing to note about Belly, Butt & Thigh Blasters and Ultimate Boot camp is that there isn’t a lot of stretching at the end. I like a good stretch after a tough workout, and the one or two little stretches they throw in at the end of each 10-minute segment just won’t cut it for me. But overall, I love these DVD’s. I’m able to ease into workouts in 10-minute increments in the privacy of my own home, and no extra equipment (weights, etc) is needed! I bought all of my DVD’s at Target, and they were cheaper than they are on Amazon (hint, hint). Thanks for reading!