Best Exercise Programs and Workout DVDs

Best Home Workout and Cardio DVDs, Weight Loss Exercises, and Upper Body Exercises

The best exercise DVDs have five things in common.

Deciding what the best exercise DVDs are means considering a lot of factors, not the least of which is understanding which home workouts will work the best for you. Look for several important factors the best exercise programs have in common before making your choice. Ultimately, the best workout DVDs will be the ones you use and keep using, whether they're cardio DVDs, upper body exercises, core exercises, or lower body exercises. The key to home workouts is motivation, and great exercise videos provide that.

For starters, the best exercise DVDs are going to give you a variety of workout styles. Cardio DVDs with hip dance moves are fun, but what happens when you are tired of doing the same dance moves over and over again? Chalene Johnson's TurboFire® has fun dance moves, but the exercise videos also have kicks, punches, plyometrics, Fire Drills, and a raft of other approaches to exercise that keep you engaged. Upper body exercises alternate with lower body exercises in a variety of approaches to keep you interested and progressing. Tony Horton's exercise videos in the P90X® series use everything from martial arts to strength training to cardio to deliver muscle workouts.

In the same vein, the best exercise DVDs present a regimented program, so that you are guided through a meticulously crafted series of exercises that change the intensity, target, and duration of exercises. The best exercise programs, such as Tony Horton's P90X, use the power of Muscle Confusion™, the mixing of exercises to keep the muscles from getting comfortable, to increase the effectiveness of exercises. The home workouts of P90X have been tested by researchers from the University of Wisconsin, who discovered that P90X's weight loss exercises burned more calories while delivering an effective cardio workout. (American Council on Exercise)

The best exercise DVDs are offering a program, not just a series of exercises. Look for the best exercise programs to include such things as workout calendars, nutrition guides, and detailed exercise instructions. Even specialized home workouts, such as fitness expert Leandro Carvalho's Brazil Butt Lift® , include extensive aids, such as workout cards and resistance bands.