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Friday Favorites: Cardio DVDs
Last week I shared a few of my current favorite weight training DVDs (see it here), so this week I'm finishing up my with a few cardio DVD favorites.
Just a couple of things to keep in mind with my recommendations
1. I like workouts with complicated choreography. I read through the Amazon reviews of most of my favorites below and basically anytime someone gave it a one star rating, they said it was, "too complicated." I like a bit of challenge in learning the routine and a sense of accomplishment when I master it! I also find they stand the test of time for me better than repetitive or simple workouts. If you don't like complicated footwork, most of my suggestions probably won't be your taste except for some of the kickboxing options.
2. I like workouts with higher intensity/high impact options. Even if I don't perform all of the higher impact options, I like seeing it and pushing myself to do as much of it as I reasonably can to get the most out of my workout time.
3. Speaking of workout time...even though most of these DVDs have a cardio segment of 45 minutes or more, I prefer about 30-40 minutes of cardio in a session. (Then I'll go on to abs and stretches to finish up my one hour workout time.) A lot of times I'll do the first 30 minutes of the DVD on one day and the second 30 minutes on a different day, which kind of makes it like getting two workouts in one DVD!
Favorite Cardio DVDs:
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This is probably my all-time favorite kickboxing DVD. I like the "Cardio Conditioning" and "Kicking and Punching" Premixes the best. The ab work on this DVD is also excellent. It's a short but very challenging ab workout on a stability ball. The DVD also comes with the workout Legs & Glutes, which is a great lower body workout for intermediate to Advanced exercisers.
Unfortunately you can only buy these as part of the complete Turbo Fire set through Beachbody, but I bought mine individually on eBay ages ago because I knew I didn't want the other workouts in the set. At any rate, these are fun, fast paced workouts with fun music. The combinations are not that complicated but they change enough to keep me interested.
Of my favorite kickboxing DVDs, this one is the most unique and has the most original/challenging choreography. (But that's what Amy Bento is known for.) There were a couple of moves that I didn't think flowed very well, but still I like this the originality and music in this one and it stands out to me above a lot of others I own.
Floor Cardio (Dancey or HiiT Based):
This has a dancey cardio routine with Kickboxing "blasts" in between each one, so it's kind of a kickbox/dance hybrid. I love the floor choreography and the music is fun in this one too. Probably my favorite Amy Bento cardio workout of all.
I talked about this series last week in my Weight Training Favorites, and the four cardio workouts in this series are just as good. They're all 30 minutes or less but at a good, intense pace. These do not have complicated footwork, but they have a lot of variety in movement to keep me motivated. If you don't want to buy the full workout set you can buy the four workouts separately on two DVDs: Plyo HiiT One & Two and Low Impact HiiT.
Like I mentioned above, Amy Bento is the queen of innovate choreography in workouts. Her step workouts are so original, innovative and fun! They definitely take some work to learn but are so fun to do once you have them down. I also really enjoy Amy's personality and sense of humor in all of her workouts.
Same opinion as Advanced Step Challenge 2! She also has Advanced Step Challenge 1, 4 and 5, but I didn't think her cue-ing was very good in 1 and 5. I like ASC 4, but it's just not a favorite.
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Thanks for reading today and I'll see you back on Tuesday for the first post in my end-of-summer blogger collaboration series!