10 Favorite Workout DVDs From a Guy Who Knows His Workouts (& Giveaway!)

With so many workout DVDs on the market, even we FBGs—who review new workout DVDs all the time—get a little lost in the shuffle sometimes. So this list of Darren Capik’s, CEO of Watch It Now Entertainment, 10 favorite workout DVDs? Well, we knew we had to share it. First, because this guy knows his stuff (he’s worked with everyone!), and second, because we’re human and need new workout DVD ideas, too! Read on for Darren’s faves—which obviously include more than just the ones he has produced!

My 10 Favorite Workout DVDs

Below are my 10 favorite fitness DVDs—some are extremely popular and some are unheard of. They represent the best workouts on the market, as all of them engage both body and mind. These 10 DVDs create the ultimate at-home gym!

1. Billy Blanks: This is Tae BoTae Bo has been around for so long because it is effective, unique and fun. This DVD is classic Tae Bo and will tone and strengthen the whole body.

2. Bob Harper: Total Body Transformation. The title says it all—this IS a total-body transformation using powerful intervals, plyometrics, and strength and endurance training. It is one of the most intense fitness DVDs on the market.

3. Brooke Burke: Tone & TightenThis hardcore DVD will help shape the body with dynamic exercises geared toward anybody. Brooke is engaging, lively and really speaks to the fitness mom.

4. Duncan Wong: Yogic Arts Source PowerA yoga workout that really challenges you, makes you think and captures the mind and body to push you to a discipline level you’ve never experienced.

5. Jillian Michaels: Ripped in 30This has four distinct 24-minute workout routines accompanied by a diet and lifestyle plan. It’s not just a workout series; it’s a lifestyle program.

6. Georges St-Pierre: RushfitMMA champion Georges St-Pierre created a program that emulates his own training regimen. It challenges every muscle in the body at every level. There is nothing like this series, and it is a more efficient body performer than P90X.

7. Michael Olajide Jr.: Aero Jump/SculptMichael Olajide Jr. is a former boxer and is the most underrated fitness person in the market. This DVD uses eight highly intense rounds of jump rope and body sculpting that will absolutely get you in shape from your living room.

8. P90X: The OriginalThis system includes workouts, nutrition plans, supplement options and more for an undeniably effective workout. This is admired for a reason—it works.

9. Tara Stiles: This is YogaTara created an epic all-encompassing five-DVD yoga series that is coming out soon. It has everything you need to know about yoga for the price of one. The program includes a how-to encyclopedia of all yoga moves geared for beginners and advanced yoga enthusiasts and is the quintessential yoga resource that touches upon every part of the body.

10. Tracy Anderson: Dance Cardio 2009This DVD incorporates amazing movement patterns and basic dance choreography for solid cardiovascular work. It is an intense, well thought-out program that will help you grow and learn.

We have to say that we agree with most of Darren’s selections here, and we definitely have a few new workout DVDs that are on our radar! What would be on your 10 favorite workout DVD list? Tell us in a comment, and we’ll select one lucky U.S. winner to receive five of the above DVD titles!—Jenn



Comments

  1. Claudia says

    For me it’s Jillian Michaels Body Revolution. Great meal plan and awesome DVD set that only takes 30 minutes out of your day! Very intense but gets you results! Luv it!!

  2. Erin W says

    I have been doing the Insanity workout and love it. It’s intense interval training and really helps build up my endurance. Lots of great workout dvd’s listed too.

  3. Julie V. says

    Mine is already on the list! Total Body Transformation by Bob Harper is AWESOME! I have never sweat so much in my life… seriously.

  4. NICOLE says

    Cathe Friederich is my favorite, I love all of hers but her Low Impact Series is what I reached for this morning! Always a great workout.

  5. Michelle Thayer says

    Jillian Michaels Banish Fat Boost Metabolism – I like to believe I’m fairly fit and this one kicks my butt every time!

  6. Nikole says

    Karen Voigt Fit & Firm. The queing is great and the exercises are efficient and you can customize the DVD which is a HUGE plus when you are short on time.

  7. SinnerElla says

    Jillian’s 30 day shred, then ripped in 30. I also love the Power Yoga DVD I found at a thrift store, I find the guys in Flabs to Abs funny in the outtakes and intro and their workouts are quite difficult. I had a beginning belly dance set that I loved, but I don’t know where the 2 discs ended up. :( Other than that, I don’t really have other DVD experience.
    I do wanna try out one of the Jackie Warner ones and the Rushfit would be pretty awesome! My UFC trainer for my Wii is a lot less intense than I was expecting. I found the NFL Trainer for Wii to be more demanding.
    I’ve also been dying to try P90X and would consider even trade for one angsty and quick to anger 12 year old boy. ;) lol

  8. Jenna says

    anything by jackie warner! i prefer her over jillian. definitely my fave in terms of effectiveness.

  9. Colleen says

    My workout list would have to include Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred and Yoga Meltdown DVDs, as well as P90x (especially the yoga sequence..it is tough, but I love it!).

  10. Mariah says

    I did p90x because it really worked! But I would have enjoyed a little more variety, so using other DVDs would be perfect!

  11. jeanne says

    Good list! My list would consist of pretty much anything by jillian michaels. Just tried her kickboxing one and loved it!

  12. Missy says

    For me, it’d be Bob Harper’s Super Sculpt or Kelley Coffey Meyer’s Circuit Training. Both sneak up on me the next day!

  13. Sabrina says

    When friends/family ask me how to get started with weight loss I *always* recommend all of the Biggest Loser DVDs. There isn’t a bad one in the bunch and they’re not overwhelming to beginners!

  14. Mary Anne says

    I’m now a huge fan of turbofire and Chalean Extreme….Cathe Friederich is fantastic, love Jillian Michaels and I’m dying to try Bob Harper’s Total Body Transformation.

  15. Beth says

    Tae Bo is still one of my all time favorites! I also love Bob’s kettlebell workouts!

  16. Samantha says

    It’s not TECHNICALLY workout DVD, but I LOVE Zumba Fitness Rush for the Kinect.

  17. dana says

    I always seem to rotate between Jillian’s 30day shred and the original billy blanks tae bo buns and abs video

  18. Kelsi says

    Currently, I’ve been obsessed with Insanity. I love the HIIT workouts! Also, Bob Harper’s Kettlebell Cardio Shred.

  19. Paige says

    I love anything by Jillian Michaels. 30 Day Shred is probably my favorite though!! Quick results, and not too much time out of my day.

  20. bri says

    Jillian michaels banish fat and boost metabolism kicks my butt every time. Love to tey new ones and need to to keep on tje right track. Down 25 pounds.

  21. Michelle says

    I have the entire series of Billy Blank’s Tae Bo Bootcamp – he is awesome, inspiring and very motivational. Anyone know of a really good Salsa workout vid?

  22. Michelle says

    I would love to try P90X too – I did the ab ripper workout after finding it online and it was really great! Easy to figure out moves but super challenging.

  23. Sidney says

    Definitely Jillian Michaels’ No More Trouble Zone and Ripped in 30. I also really like the Self Bikini Ready Video and Shape’s Hollywood Workout. Nothing with anything too dancy for me!

  24. Jenna Z says

    She may be a bit corny but I LOVE Denise Austin. I used to tape her Light and Fit and Daily Workout shows onto VHS when they were on tv. And I have several DVDs like her fat blasting yoga and buns and abs workouts. I also LOVE Jillian Michaels 6 week six pack DVD, it’s super cardio AND abs in one! At fit club, we just did a Tai Chen DVD and it was….interesting. I really like it when they play Insanity workouts!! Those are SUPER cardio!

  25. ashley says

    i love the kama sweat dvd, it is new and totally focuses on the pelvic core and tightening up your tummy and butt and pc muscles. it looks really light, but you really feel the difference after only a couple workouts.

  26. Savannah says

    I love the Mark Blanchard yoga DVDs (when I have time) and Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred for days when I only have half an hour.

  27. BK says

    Right now it’s the new Jillian Michaels Kickbox DVD. Just came out. It’s just what I need. 3 kickboxing workouts that are only 20 minutes but they’re an incredibly efficient 20 minutes.

  28. jeanine says

    I really like the Firm workouts. I have and old one from the 90s and it’s the perfect mix of cardio and weights. Despite the bad clothing and music, I still break it out every so often since it works so well.

  29. Megan Kendall says

    I just finished Jillian’s Ripped in 30 and I absolutely loved it! It was exactly what I was looking for: an intense, effective workout that was only 30 minutes and easily fit in my hectic schedule. I highly recommend it.

  30. Jialin Zhang says

    I love all of jillian’s videos like all the people before me. Not just because people accident call me Jillian though (:

  31. Laura says

    Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones, Banish Fat Boost Metabolism, 30 Day Shred
    Exhale Core Fusion
    P90X
    Turbo Jam

    Love me some home workout routines :)

  32. Jennifer says

    I’ve recently been working with the APY 60 and was super surprised how quickly I saw changes! Love it!

  33. Jessica says

    1. Chalean Extreme – Burn Intervals
    2. Rip60
    3. Turbo Fire
    4. Tracy Anderson Mat DVD and Metamorphosis series
    5. Bob Harper Kettlebell Cardio Shred
    6. Jillian Michaels Banish Fat Boost Metabolism
    7. Jari Love Get Ripped and Chiseled
    8. Jillian Michaels Extreme Shed and Shred
    9. Jackie Crunch Free Extreme Abs
    10. Richard Giorlas Cardio Barre

  34. SarahGo says

    My favorites are: Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30, Mina Lessig Tank Top Arms, Bikini Abs and Boy Short Bottom, New York City Ballet Workout, any yoga with Shiva Rae, and Cheryl Burke’s Disco Abs.

  35. Amber says

    Zumba is my favorite. I also really like the walk away the pounds dvd’s by leslie sansone.
    I hear the 30 day shred is goodbut I am not a fan of jillian michaels.

  36. Melissa P says

    Jillian’s 30 day shred AND Jillian’s power yoga.

    lol…I guess I’m a bit of a Jillian whore. :)

  37. Beth says

    I’m a mom of two (under 3) and for the first time since high school I’m getting active again. I want to model a healthy lifestyle for my kids, but I live in a rural area so I depend on workout dvds. I’m currently on day 26 of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. I’ve lost 17 pounds and my body is different in every way! It was the perfect DVD to kick my butt, but still feel like I could reasonably fit it in with two little kids running around. Love it!

  38. Keetha says

    Thanks for this post – I love reading workout DVD reviews!

    My favorite is a toss up between Jillian Michaels’ Extreme Shed & Shred and her Ripped in 30.

    The post – and comments – have given me lots of titles I want to try. Thanks!

  39. Robin says

    1. P90X2
    2. P90X
    3. Tae Bo Advanced
    4. Tae Bo Bootcamp
    5. Turbo Jam
    6. Bob Harper Total Body Transformation
    7. Cindy Whitmore Less is More
    8. Yoga Booty Ballet
    9. Biggest Loser DVD’s
    10. Gin Miller’s step

  40. Betsy says

    1. I love the first Biggest Loser Workout DVD (that Strength and Sculpt session is my go-to workout!)
    2. Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred
    3. Jillian Michaels – Shred it with Weights
    4. Pretty much all of the Leslie Sansone Walk-at-Home DVDs
    5. MTV Power Yoga with Kristin McGee
    6. Crunch Fitness Candlelight Yoga
    7. SparkPeople 28 Day Bootcamp (which I discovered here on FBGs)
    8. Denise Austin’s Super Stomachs (I don’t have this anymore, but I did this ALLLL the time in high school)
    9. Buns of Steel (Another I no longer do, but loved in college)
    10. Active for Wii (Technically it’s not a video, but it’s still fun and a good workout)

  41. Lisa @ Fat Chick Fed Up says

    I am working my way through Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred. It’s tough but I love that each workout is only 20 minutes-great results in a short amount of time are so important for this busy mama. I also love Bob Harper’s Yoga for Warriors.

  42. Tasha says

    I love the New York Ballet workouts! When I finish, I feel strong instead of just exhausted like some DVDs.

  43. Jordan D says

    I love Jillian Michael’s dvds, but I’ve been eyeing some zumba workouts lately. P90x is fun, too!

  44. Debbie says

    Good list but since he’s a guy, he doesn’t list a barre workout. I love The Bar Method’s Super Sculpting (either I or II). Never tire of it and it’s deceptively challenging.

  45. Valerie says

    Here are my top 10:

    Insanity
    P90X
    Jillian Michaels shred
    Rushfit
    Build up your muscles
    Get ripped: slim and lean with Jari Love
    Swissball abs
    The pit workout
    Savage and serene

    I haven’t tried a lot of your top 10 so I would love to win. Either way, I love your site! Thanks for doing what you do.

  46. Brigid says

    I love Zumba DVD’s! I hate saying it, b/c it’s such a cliche, but it is more like dancing than working out. I’ve heard great things about P90X and am thinking about trying that next…if I feel brave enough!

  47. barbara says

    I LOVE claudia schiffer/ Kathy kaeler’s classic 4 part series, usanas 5 min abs, zumba, insanity, Jackie warner, Kathy smith, jillian micheals

  48. Melissa says

    Some of my favorites include: 30 Day Shred, Leslie Sansone’s Five Really Big Miles, Tae Bo Cardio, and Element’s Yoga for Weight Loss. I haven’t tried any of the above DVD’s – I would love to win them.

  49. Linda Kish says

    I don’t have a top 10. I do like Leslie Sansone and the Bar method.

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  50. Jillian says

    Jillian Michaels Killer Buns and Thighs would make my top 10. Of course, I love just about all of Jillians DVDs. :) Windsor Pilates would also make my list because I think it rocks for toning.

  51. Amber H says

    The Insanity Program is my favorite set of workout DVDs. I loved measuring my progress along the way through measurements, the scale and pictures. So inspiring! And who can complain about having to watch Shaun T. everyday?

  52. Samantha Wallace says

    My top 10 workout programs are:

    1. P90X The Original (I’ve completed 5 rounds, my absolute fav!)
    2. Brazil Butt Lift (would love to see you review this workout!)
    3. Insanity
    4. Turbo Fire
    5. Rev Abs
    6. Slim in 6
    7. Jilliam Michaels Ripped in 30
    8. Bob Harper Total Body Transformation
    9. Les Mills Pump
    10. P90X2

  53. Anastasia says

    Tonique Premier
    Buns of Steel (the original)
    Ballet Body – all 3 DVDs
    Tracy Anderson – original Mat DVD

  54. Michelle says

    Wow, just watched the aero jump sculpt on youtube. That looks intense (but awesome)! Would love to win and add to my collection!

  55. Char W says

    I haven’t done very many so I don’t have a top 10. I have some of The Firm DVDs with the step and I do like it. char.groups(at)gmail(dot)com

  56. Michelle says

    For yoga, I love the Namaste series from Kate Potter. For an effective workout, anything by Jackie Warner.

  57. Michelle says

    I’ve been doing Billy Blanks Boot Camp workout videos – they are so energizing and tough! I love the way I feel after – especially the next day when my muscles feel tighter and I feel strong and motivated. Billy really motivates well and I just love the way he explains things. Only con – he doesn’t seem to count sets well… he does say “ok last set” a few times and then he keeps you going – which makes you want to grunt/scream the count of reps out harder!

  58. Kelly N. says

    My favorite is definitely Jillian Michaels 6 Week 6 Pack, that was the main one that jump started my weight loss. Using almost all her dvds since last July I’ve lost 40lbs and I’m went from a size 14 to a size 6.

  59. Jeanne Guernsey says

    I’ve only tried a couple of the P90X vidoes which are super tough. I’d love to try Jillian’s ripped in 30. I love her!

  60. Jennifer R says

    I haven’t tried Turbo Fire yet, but I love my Turbo Jam videos. They are really fun workouts and they really work you hard (if you put the effort into it).

  61. LaShaune says

    I’d have to add:

    TurboFire (new DVDs were released this week).
    Les Mills Pump
    Shiva Rea Daily Energy Yoga
    Zumba
    Any of the Jackie Warner DVDs

    I’ve been wanting to try P90X and I plan to get ChaLEAN Extreme to add for strength.

  62. Cassie Britton says

    I don’t have a full 10 but I LOVE:

    Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shread
    JM – Killer Buns and Thighs
    Bob Harper – Yoga Warrior
    Bob Harper – Pure Burn
    OH – My old school loves are Billy Blanks Tae Bo…in high school we’d do that every day after school & I got the workout DVD’s again!

  63. Ivori says

    1. Billy Blanks – This is Tae Bo
    My sisters’ and I would work out together with Billy !
    2. Richard Simmons – Sweatin’ to the Oldies
    I liked how upbeat Richard always is, and I also really liked how he put real people in his videos.
    3. Tony Little – Target Training: Hips, Buttocks & Thighs
    The very first time I started working out was with Tony Little.
    4. Keli Roberts – 10 Minute Solution Kickbox Bootcamp
    5. Jillian Michales – 30 Day Shred
    This is a banging video for when I had busy days.
    6. Jeanette Jenkins – Kickbox Bootcamp from Exercise TV
    I always loved kick boxing !
    7. Jeanette Jenkins – Sexy Arms, Abs & Legs
    I loved how Jeanette sculpted your entire body.
    8. Chris Freytag – 10 Pound Slimdown- Lower
    I used the “Lower” segment to help tone my legs; what a killer video !
    9. Stephanie Vitorino – Bootylicious Buns DVD combo pack
    Short and simple, but left my buns on FIRE !
    10. Jillian Michales – Banish Fat/Boost Metabolism & No More Trouble Zones
    I loved alternating these DVDS for an all-over, body burn workout.

  64. Alicia says

    I love all of the biggest loser DVDs. Jillian Michaels would feature pretty prominently on my personal list. :)

  65. Toni Fitzgerald says

    I love P90 Sculpt 3/4, Yogalosophy, Lose Weight in 8 series, pretty much anything Jillian … and I have high hopes for the Booty Barre DVD I have yet to unwrap :)

  66. Sara Stanton says

    I have yet to find one I really love. I feel silly in front of the TV trying to mimic what they are doing. Maybe it is time for a change?

  67. Kristen says

    Not going to lie, the Jane Fondas are still fun, I do them with my aunt – can’t go wrong with basics. Anything Jillian Michaels is amazing too!

  68. Laura Szczepaniak says

    Bob Harpers Inside Out Series. Love them. If I had to pick one it would be the yoga. It’s what a workout should feel like!

  69. Amanda says

    Anything and EVERYTHING by Jillian Michaels! She can’t create a ba workout DVD even if she tried!

  70. Stephanie Foster says

    1. Mindy Mylrea- All About Arms
    2. Mindy Mylrea- All About Legs
    3. Mindy Mylrea- All About Abs
    4. Flirty Girl- Kick Ass Cardio
    5. Billy Blanks PT 24/7
    6. Hip Hop Abs
    7. Insanity
    8. Turbo Fire
    9. P90X
    10. Piloxing

  71. Tammy says

    Love Billy Blanks DVDs. Lost about 70lbs before working out to some of his first ones. like tubojam and turbofire, P90x, PINK wasn’t as good as these. Also have a couple core workouts and windsor pilates too. Have a bunch just can’t remember all the names right off. Definately need new workouts though, especially Billy Blanks and some Yoga :)

  72. Michele says

    I love all the Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper DVD’s so far!!! Would like to try Insanity & Turbojam and those other ones like that…LOL

  73. Lisa says

    I would love to expand my horizons and try some of the above… I typically follow Chalean extreme ( love burn intervals) and the Firm (bootcamp and firm express if I am short on time)

  74. Christina says

    I would have to put the following titles in my top 10 list:

    30 Day Shred
    Ripped in 30
    Train For Your Body Type by Women’s Health
    Jackie Warner Power Circuit Training
    No More Trouble Zones
    Booty Barre
    Shed and Shred
    Killer Buns and Thighs

  75. Joelle says

    Love everything by Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels! They will really work you out and you will thank them when you are done. I would so love to try P90X. I love doing yoga as well.

  76. jen gersch says

    p090x ab ripper x
    po90x kenpo x
    p90x yoga
    p90x arms
    po90x core
    po90x-stretch
    po90x-(2nd one ) plyocide
    po90x second one (arms)
    po90x (second one yoga)
    jillian michaels kettlebell workout

  77. Melisse says

    I would love these DVDS:
    2. Bob Harper: Total Body Transformation.
    5. Jillian Michaels: Ripped in 30
    9. Tara Stiles: This is Yoga.
    Anything by Bob and Jillian totally rocks!!

  78. Jenn says

    And the winner is… Anastasia with comment #74! Emailing you now to get your address. :)

    Congrats! And thanks to all who entered!
    –FBG Jenn

  79. Andrea Mikker says

    Jillian is awesome. I also love Billy Blanks. My latest craze is Jannette Jenkins. She helps burn lots of calories with her Interval routines.

  80. RWHIT says

    Can you recommend a DVD for a “fat bottom” girl who hasnt worked out in quite sometime. I am 42yo and was previously very athletic and would like to do something challenging but not something that will kill me. I see Jillian has several DVD’s but not sure which one to tackle first..should I combo a few.. etc. Or direct me where to go to get started on working out/ dieting etc? Thanks…I really want to get my life back in order and I am ready to start feeling good about myself again.

  81. Jen says

    My go to DVD right now is Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, I do quite a few DVDs but I always go back to that one! Though there are quite a few I want to try on your list!

  82. Jen says

    I preferred Jillian’s 30DS to Ripped in 30 … just a personal preference (more basic, straightforward moves). Pinning this list for reference though, I’ll see if my library has some to borrow and try before I buy …

  83. Kat says

    Zumba because I can do it on my own at home and not feel self-conscious if I do the steps wrong! Also anything by Bob Harper and the Biggest Loser Yoga DVD.

  84. Farrah says

    Love Tae Bo and Insanity, and I’ve been wanting to try out the Fusion Fitness DVDs for a while.

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