UnderReview: A Sexy DVD Round-Up (& Giveaways!)

It’s time for another round-up here on FBG! Today we’re taking a gander at some workout DVD titles that are a tad risqué, meaning they either blatantly market themselves as making you sexier or they inadvertently have moves that we think will make you sexy. Read on for who reigns supreme in the sexy DVD category!

allphysique57workoutdvdcasesdiscsPhysique 57

We first learned about the Physique 57 workout when Kelly Ripa raved about it (and made Anderson Cooper try it) and credited her uber-fit body to it. So naturally, when we found out they had DVDs, we had to request review copies to try! And try we did. I put the 57-minute (clever, right?) Full Body workout to the test, and it kicked my ass. The workout  includes a bunch of Pilates and dance moves with some fun beats and a lively instructor. The entire DVD is very professional, and the moves are effective.

This is one of those DVDs that I could do over and over again, albeit on mute as the instructor kinda-sorta annoyed me by about minute 40. However, the unique and challenging moves are worth it. I aspire to doing this workout all the way through and not being sore the next day. (I guarantee Anderson Cooper was sore the next day!)

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

Overall: ★★★★1/2

Best for: Those who dream of looking like Kelly Ripa.


Susan Hyatt’s Rockstar Workout

I laughed when I got this DVD. I had never heard of Susan Hyatt, and here she was on the cover claiming to be a rockstar and a rather boobalicious one at that. BUT, I was so surprised by this DVD. I really liked it! Sure the production quality was pretty low, but Susan is totally fun and she leads you through a no-fuss easy-to-follow but challenging bootcamp-style workout. The DVD has a great menu with fun options to learn more about Susan (she has an interesting back story of going from high-pressure dieter to balanced chick) and to customize your workout.

Plus, throughout the workout, you get both Susan’s cues and these fun little bits of info and tips that pop-up on the screen, a la VHI Pop-Up Videos. And during the workout you get to jam out to Susan’s music, which is kinda girl-rock-poppy. I dug it. And the boobs weren’t nearly as distracting as I thought they’d be.

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

Overall: ★★★★

Best for: Those who like a no-frills but effective workout and girlie music.


S Factor 1: The Beginning

Hands down, this one was the sexiest of the DVDs. You learn how to crawl, grind and strip in the name of fitness. No, seriously, you do. This is the beginning of a series of S Factor series, so in the DVD you learn the main moves, including how to gracefully strip-down (pretty fascinating stuff, really). And that’s about it.

There’s not much cardio and not a whole lot of traditional strength, but there is some serious writhing—which is great for the core. At one point, the instructor Sheila even has you spank yourself playfully. I guess it’s all in good fun (and fitness), but really I’d rather run or…have sex. Just saying.

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

Overall: ★★★

Best for: Those more interested in working on their horizontal tango moves than their overall fitness.

FIT BOTTOM LINE: If you want to get better in the sack, go with the S Factor. If no-frills fun is the name of your game, go with Susan. And if you want to look like Kelly Ripa, go with Physique 57.

And there you have it! If you’d like to try any of the above DVDs, leave a comment within the next week, and we’ll pick three readers to win. All winners will be notified by email. U.S. residents only pretty please! —Jenn

Disclosure: All DVDs were provided by their respective manufacturer, but in no way is this post or our review of products sponsored, influenced or paid for by any company. We tell it like it is!

Categories: Dance, Giveaways, Past Giveaways, Pilates, Workout DVDs

This article was originally published on fitbottomedgirls.com.

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  1. I have recently lost 40+ pounds and am trying to keep motivated by doing a variety of exercise dvds. I would love to try the Physique 57 dvds!! Thanks!!

  2. I was asked if I was pregnant TWICE yesterday–and I am definitely not–so I would LOVE to try Physique 57! Thanks for such a great giveaway!:-)

  3. I remember seeing Kelly Ripa in one of the fitness magazines, raving about Physique 57. I was really interested, but them forgot all about it. And since I’m no closer to looking like her, I’d love to give it a try! 😉

  4. I have wanted to try Physique 57 ever since Kelly Ripa first talked about it. (I just love her). I would love the chance to get these DVDs!

  5. It seems I’m like everyone else as I two dream of looking like Kelly Ripa, but can’t afford to take classes at Physique 57. I’ve tried a few of the moves that magazine articles have posted and they totally rock! I would absolutely love to try out the entire video! Thanks for the opportunity to win!g

  6. I’m another one of the Physique 57 admirers! I just ended a long-term relationship and I really want to do something great for myself!

  7. Hmmm, I could use 57 for sure since just having twins has left me with a jelly belly. And on that twin note I could use some spice a la the S factor… but def 57, with a rockin’ bod I wouldn’t need spice!

  8. I love Physique 57 & do the videos whenever I can. I highly recommend that you get them! The 1/2 hr arms/abs video and 1/2 hr full body workout are just as tough as the full 57 minute one.
    I would love to try either of the other videos!

  9. I’ve never heard of the Physique 57 DVD, but it sounds good, as does Susan’s DVD. I’d take either one for sure! Must look these up for the pre-bikini season time. 🙂

  10. I heard about Physique 57!!! I’m glad to see you guys liked it. I would love to try it…but I live in a postage sized apartment close to NYC….now that’s a DVD I’d love to see “How to workout at home in a postage sized living room.” lol!

  11. I love me some Kelly Ripa, so I’m dying to try Physique 57. It sounds like it’s just like Exhale’s Core Fusion, Dailey Method or Bar Method workouts, no?

  12. I love your reviews!! I’m already good in the sack, so hopin to win one of the other two!! LOL!! THANKS!

  13. Great review! I am always looking for something to shake up my fitness routine. Kelly Ripa is my hero (and FBG are too!)! 🙂

  14. I’ve never heard of Physique 57. I’m definitely going to try it. I’m always looking for something fun and new. If you want to do the sexy moves AND get a workout, go to a pole class. It is a real workout and such a good time

  15. Physique 57 or the rockstar workout sound fun…I’m not sure I’d be able to do the S Factor without laughing throughout the whole thing!

  16. As always, thanks for the great reviews! I can’t say that I’m interested in slapping my own butt as part of a workout, but I wouldn’t mind looking like Kelly Ripa!

  17. Thank you for the Susan Hyatt review since I had never heard of her either but love girlie music, especially bootcamp-style workouts. Billy Blank’s bootcamps are motivating but a girlie rockstar workout would be even better!

  18. Any of these look interesting… I’ve been trying to look for fitness DVDs at the library lately, but their selection… well, it sucks. My husband of course wants The S Factor workout so he can be “entertained” while I work out. I think any of these would be fun though. I haven’t had a good workout video at home since I used to do Tae-Bo when my kids were little and I needed to work out some frustrations! 🙂

  19. All of these look fantastic! I could use them all : ) I’d pick the Susan Hyatt DVDs, or the Physique 57 workouts…

    thanks for the contest…ya’ll are awesome!! ; )

  20. I am so glad that you have reviewed the Physique 57 dvds! I have been wondering about whether or not they are worth the money, and it looks like they are! (Although I would rather win them for free!) Keep up the good work! I love your website.

  21. i would totally love the physique 57 dvds – looking for a new workout to spice up the routine – especially this time of year!

  22. Reading this review reminded me that I have the S factor and had forgotten about it. When I got it, I did it a couple of times then promptly forgot about it it. Time to dig it out and give it another try, I remember not liking that I didn’t get any cardio from it. The other 2 I’d lov to try though. Love trying out new workouts.

  23. The first set of DVD’s sound great Jenn – would love to give them a whirl! Not sure if I would try the S Factor… 🙂

  24. Physique 57 sounds fab! If it kicks your butt, I’m sure it’s a great workout! (I would not mind looking like Kelly Ripa either 😉 )

  25. I would LOVE to win a new dvd… I need some spice in my fitness routine! Great reviews and would love to try them all!

  26. I’d love to try one of the first two dvds! They sound fun and challenging. The third one sounds, um, interesting, but I don’t think I could get away with doing that one in front of my 11 year old son!

  27. I’d like any &/or all of the DVDs, particularly “The S Factor 1:The Beginning”.Feel that these type exercises help in making me feel coordinated, sexier, more psychologically poised my my movements. Plus tightening, toning & strengthening abs,abdomen, etc. A fun way to exercise!

  28. Great reviews!
    I will definitely try one of the Dvds!

    It made me sign up for your twitter page and have been loving the tips ever since!

  29. Physique57 sounds aweseome, and although the other 2 sound like they’d be fun to try once or twice, I’m the type that needs a kick-ass routine to follow, not something flirty and fun. Would love to try it!

  30. I’ve tried some of the Physique 57 moves after I saw Kelly Ripa demonstrate them on TV, they’re serious! I would love to have those DVDs, or the Rockstar ones. I think I’d be too embarrassed to do the last one even in the privacy of my own home!