Under Review: Kim Lyons’ Start Fitness Now

KimLyonYesterday we interviewed former The Biggest Loser trainer Kim Lyons and Dr.  Shaila Singh about their new workout DVDs, Start Fitness Now. And while in that post we got the behind-the-scenes look at the DVDs and life at The Biggest Loser ranch, today we’re putting these DVDs to the FBG test. Are they appropriate for beginners? Are they motivating? Do they annoy the crap out of you? We’re here to tell ya!

There are three DVDs in the Start Fitness Now series. The first DVD is for beginners (or people who have never worked out before) and features  virtually all exercises seated. The second DVD gets you on your feet more and is definitely a little harder than the first DVD, although if you consider yourself an intermediate-level exerciser then this one will probably be too easy for you. The third DVD gets more body-part specific and is definitely the most challenging of the three. Each DVD features two 20-minute full-body workouts. The DVD series is designed for those who are diabetic or pre-diabetic, although they’re really appropriate for any beginner exerciser—especially those who are too intimidated to hit the gym or don’t know where to start.

kimlyons1DVDFirst, let me say that I love the decor on the set. It’s kind of a weird thing to comment on, but it’s just her standing with a basically white background, surrounded by this modern-retro living room with funky green couches. I love it.

The other thing I really love is that Kim is very motivating. Yes, she’s perky. But she really addresses the mental part of weight loss and getting fit, and she’s constantly reminding you to think positively and love yourself. I’m always a huge sucker for that because so many people forget to treat themselves like they would their best friend.

It’s really one of the best beginners’ DVDs I’ve reviewed. The choreography is simple (as it should be for newbies), you only need dumbbells, you have DVDs to progress to as you get more fit, and it’s fun. Kim never takes herself too seriously, even making fun of herself “acting like a cheerleader” sometimes. She’s nice, yet not syrupy, and she knows her stuff.

FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Instruction: ★★★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★★
Music: ★★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★
Overall: ★★★★

Fit Bottom line: If you’re wanting to get active, but have no idea where to begin, start with Start Fitness Now. Jenn

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  1. Kim rocks! I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

  2. cher says:

    can’t wait to check it out!!

  3. Great review- thanks, friends. I have had friends ask me about beginner videos for exercise and this one sounds like a great starting place for them! Appreciate your honest reviews! 🙂

  4. Neil Kirk says:

    After 40 years with diabetes, a medical researcher and an insulin dependent diabetic, I have pretty much figured this disease out from top to bottom. Unfortunaly, many patients are victims of scams and fraud by the drug companies. Here is the problem: Doctors give patients all the choses — you can take the drugs Metformin, or Advandia or Actos. Some cause bone loss, some cause heart damage, all alter the liver and will not protect your kidneys. You could lose weight(the obese patients) or you could take insulin. Gee doctor you are the expert what would you do? I can only give you the options. Oh the patient who really does not want to take insulin, sounds like drug x will not kill me as soon as drug B. So because of the many choices, the patient suffers from a paralysis not knowing which drug to use — little does he know that diet and exericse are king and insulin if the diet thing fails. But when his kidneys fail it is too late to change his mind and when his heart fails sorry dude you just did not try hard enough.

    That my friend is the current medical fraud scheme I tell doctors just give me my prescription for insulin and this not waste time in the office because I am not listening to a word you say. I can test my own A1c and my own cholesterol. I can even get a lab to test my urine for problems — So again why do I need to pay you and besides I can order my insulin from Canada without a prescription. 40 years later I still live in perfect health while those who trust doctors die at the rate of 500 per day. Which would you choose? The doctor route or my approach?