Celeb Workout DVD Battle: Bethenny Frankel vs. Marisa Tomei

It’s interesting that so many celebrities are coming out with workout DVDs these days. It’s kind of like getting an inside peek on exactly how they get—and stay—so fit. Granted, they have more hours of the day to dedicate to looking good because their day jobs depend on it, but it’s fun nonetheless. Plus, since they’re not playing a role in the DVD, you get a peek at what they’re “really” like. Well, except for our first DVD review that features a reality TV star…

Regardless, today’s workout DVD head-to-head pits Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel up against “Mona Lisa Vito” Marisa Tomei to see who wins the title of Best Celebrity Workout DVD. Game on, ladies!

Body by BethennyBody by Bethenny

I could never really get into The Real Housewives of New York, but the Orange County version has long been a guilty pleasure, and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t caught a couple of episodes from New Jersey, bizarro as they may be (that Danielle sure does have the crazy eyes). Despite this, I know who Bethenny Frankel is, and I’m familiar with her SkinnyGirl books and outlook on fitness, so I was curious to try her new workout DVD, Body by Bethenny.

First off, let me say that the DVD set was one of the coolest I’ve seen for a workout DVD. Very posh, yet flowy and open. It was like the giant living room you’ve always wanted to do yoga and drink Mai tais in (not at the same time, of course). Thankfully in the DVD, you get a 40-minute yoga session to fulfill that need. You have to do the drinks on your own.

The yoga session isgood for 40 minutes of beginner’s yoga—sun salutations, warrior poses, tree pose, nothing crazy. Well, except Bethenny, but I’m getting ahead of myself. The DVD also features a 10-minute sculpting segment that is a solid and quick upper-body workout for beginners, and a 5-minute Booty Bonus session that consists of a few moves that you can do anywhere.

Certified personal trainer and yogi Kristin McGee does much of the instructing, and she does a pretty good job of cuing the moves and explaining proper form, even when Ms. Frankel chimes in with rather, ahem, interesting remarks. “Boobs to thigh” comes to mind. As does, “I can touch easier than you because of my boobs,” and maybe my personal favorite “You don’t have boobs like me.” See a theme?

Nothing is overly intense in any of the segments, and if you’ve been working out regularly for a few months, you probably won’t break much of a sweat. Beginnersthough? It’s good stuff. And all boobie snarkiness aside, I really did like the yoga.

FBG Rating (Out of 5):

Instruction: ★★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★
Music: ★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★

Overall: ★★★

Best for: Bethenny Frankel fans who are just starting out on their workout journeys! (Note: If she annoys you at all, I highly recommend forgoing this purchase. Trust me.)

Marisa Tomei DVDMarisa Tomei: Core & Curves

I have loved Marisa Tomei ever since My Cousin Vinny. “Oh yeah, you blend.” Seriously a classic. And, over the years, Ms. Tomei has always seemed kinda tall and graceful to me—flexible yet goofy and normal. A little hippity-dippity, sure, but there’s wrong with that. When we were told that she had a workout DVD—Marisa Tomei: Core & Curvescoming out, the FBGs’ collective ears perked up. And we were not disappointed.

The DVD pairs Marisa with her fitness trainer, Key Son, for an entire 60-minutes of working out, broken down into Body Definition (20 minutes), Best Legs Workout (15 minutes), and Quick 10 (10 minutes). It looks like it was shot in an older urban yoga studio (just a guess), and the lighting is soft and warm, so it’s kinda relaxing and refreshing right from the get-go. Before each segment Marisa runs you through a quick warm-up on her own and takes you through a few stretches for a cool down after the workout.

The moves in all of the workouts aren’t ground-breaking but they’re definitely unique and very focused. There’s some trotting involved in parts (yes, trotting), skipping and baby lunges. The DVD comes with a small green toning band that you put around your ankles to make all of the moves more challenging and give them some resistance. Overall, it’s like a mix of Pilates and highly targeted, physical therapy-type moves (although maybe that’s just because I’ve been doing some of Key Son’s lateral walks with resistance for my running injury rehab). All of the workouts and moves get you to feel the burn some, but like Body By Bethenny, you won’t get your heart rate too high or get sweaty (for me, a good workout equals a little bit of sweat). However, at the end of the Body Definition section you will be AMAZED at what Marisa’s abs can do. She’s like the Energizer Bunny!

What I probably like most about the DVD though is its good instruction by Key Son, plus helpful yet non-interfering comments from Marisa. It’s almost like you are working out with a trainer and a good friend. Marisa wears a pair of regular-looking shorts (like cut-off sweat pants), a normal tank-top and her hair is a bit of a mess. WHICH IS SO REFRESHING! After all, you’re working out, not in a beauty pageant. So, obviously, big points there for me.

FBG Rating (Out of 5):

Instruction: ★★★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★★
Music: ★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★

Overall: ★★★★

Best for: Beginners looking for something more than or different from Pilates. Also good for intermediate exercisers looking to increase their grace, flexibility and core strength!


But don’t take our word for it! Leave us a comment in the next week and you could win one of these two workout DVDs! U.S. residents only, please. All winners will be randomly selected and contacted directly by email, so keep an eye on that email! —Jenn

Categories: Giveaways, Past Giveaways, Pilates, Strength, Workout DVDs, Yoga

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  1. i’ve never been a huge fan of fitness dvds unless they are yoga… Marissa’s sounds like it would be great to try out though!

  2. I can admit that I’m not so sure about either of the DVD’s, but I’m always willing to try. I may just find my diamond in the rough!

  3. Marissa Tomei always makes me think of the Seinfeld episode about her. Hehe.

    Sounds like some fun dvd’s! (But don’t enter me as I don’t have the required US address.)

  4. Not quite sure how Bethenny Frankel qualifies as either a celebrity or a fitness instructor, but oh well, I guess anybody can put out a video. Dunno why but I thought the Marisa Tomei video was going to have a hula-hooping segment. Celebrity fitness videos were big way back in the eighties, I can remember a Cindy Crawford, Ali McGraw, and Cher to name just a few. Of course the smart ones always had their trainers do the teaching and they were the background exercisers.

  5. I might be requesting my local library gets the Marissa Tomei DVD, just so I can try it out. Although I do enjoy getting a bit sweaty while I work out, I like to have a couple around that I can get a great workout in without having to take a shower right after since I like to workout throughout the day on my days off.

    Body by Bethenny, on the other hand, would probably annoy me to no ends. I’ve never seen the show, but I’ve heard enough about it and seen enough previews to know that I would get annoyed by Bethenny.

  6. Pretty sure I would get irritated by Bethenny, mainly because I think reality TV is one of the worst television developments. The Marisa Tomei DVD looks like it could be fun though!

  7. I can definitely relate to Marisa Tomei. She has the ideal figure for me. Except I thought she was a short girl too.

  8. One of these would be awesome for helping me get my extra baby weight off!! I had him 2 weeks ago so I’m excited to be able to start working out again!

  9. Another vote for trying Marisa’s DVD. I really don’t know much about the Bethenny DVD but have heard good things about Marisa’s. Love yoga though, so either would be welcomed!

  10. As a Florida resident, I’m always looking for some great new workout DVD’s to use during our hot summer afternoons. The Core & Curves DVD would be perfect!

  11. I’m totally in need of a new DVD workout to add to my workout routine! I had no idea Bethenny even had a dvd

  12. I know knowing about either of these ladies, but you make both dvds sound like so much fun!

  13. Oh, heck yes! I agree with you about Marisa Tomei seeming graceful, goofy, and normal. She is one of my favorite film actors. I can imagine her workout DVD is fun. Bethenney cracks me up with her sarcastic remarks. Oh, the boob comments during a workout would be priceless to hear! Thanks for the review, ladies!

  14. I am always looking for new workouts and adore Marisa Tomei. I’d love to win either of the DVDs though.

  15. Marissa Tomei is my pick, my hardest area is my core and I love doing pilates and mixing up my workout. Her stomach looks good and not too tones, which worries me with other core DVD’s, so this one looks good.

  16. I’ve seen Marisa’s DVD at the store and was wondering if it was good. Would love to win either one!

  17. I like Marisa’s better because the program seems to have more variety but I’d love to win either one.

  18. I love Bethenny and Marisa. Did not know about Marisa’s DVD, so I’ll be trying it out. I’ve tried Bethenny’s DVD, though, and I’m surprised that you found it to be for ‘beginners’. Granted, I’m no yoga freak, and it had been a while since I had done any sort of yoga poses, but I almost hurt myself and did NOT find it to be ‘easy’ at all. In fact, I felt it went way too fast for those of us who are not seasoned yoga practitioners, and there was little to no instruction or pausing between moves.

  19. Marisa’s DVD is an innovative workout. The green exercise band takes many of the moves to another level, particularly abdominal crunches and the tricep toner. I wrote about this DVD on my own blog, Fantastic Fitness DVDs by Mandy Higgins.