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Ask the FBGs: What’s a Beginner Exerciser to Do?

Today we’re featuring an Ask the FBGs post. This feature allows readers like you to ask the FBGs for advice. Nothing is off limits, although we do prefer that it’s fitness or nutrition related, so send your undying health questions to AsktheFBGs@fitbottomedgirls.com. You just might see them posted on the site in the future!

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Dear FBG,

I’m new to FBG and somewhat new to working out. I’ve tried to get in a routine a dozen times and joined a few gyms but never follow through. I am 26 and LOVE to eat. I eat pretty healthy, but I am a foodie, so I eat out way more than I should and love cheese, sauces, dips and such. In the past four years, I have put on about 20 extra pounds and I have to lose it! I hate to run, and I am looking for a good workout video and any other advice you have.

I want something fun with great results! I looked at your DVD review section, but it’s a little overwhelming to a newbie. Also, I didn’t see any mention—good or bad—of P90X on your site. What are your thoughts? I’m not terribly overweight (145 pounds at a height of 5-foot 7-inches tall) but I’m not in good shape. Any help or encouragement you have would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

—Elizabeth

Hi Elizabeth,

What a great question! We know that a lot of readers are in your shoes and are looking for a place to start getting active.

First, let’s talk about workout DVDs. There are so many good ones to choose from! If you’re just starting out, Denise Austin has solid beginner to intermediate DVDs, and Bob Greene recently released a great get-started DVD. This workout DVD is a little kooky, but Erin loved it. And, surprisingly, Kim Kardashian’s workout DVDs are really good. Also be sure to check out Exercise TV and try out their free videos. You may findtrainersthere you like and can buy DVDs that feature them for your collection.

Once you start getting stronger, Kathy Smith and Jackie Warner are more advanced, but not impossible. Once you’re more advanced (and you will be!) try Mindy Mylrea, Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper or Cathe on for size. They will kick your butt. Trust us. And really all you need for any of the DVDs is space to move, some dumbbells, a mat and determination.

On to the P90X question. Although we haven’t tried all of the DVDs, we do believe it is a great workout system. However, it’s definitely for an intermediate to advanced exerciser and it requires at least an hour of working out almost every day. If you have a lot of time and get your feet wet with some of these other DVDs first, it could be a good challenge. But if you can’t devote the time, it’s probably not worth the money because you couldn’t squeeze it in your life. And we like life!

Lastly, working out is awesome for your health, but when it comes to really losing weight, working out plus tweaking that diet is KEY. Try to cut back on the number of meals you eat out or order items that are more health-conscious (be a healthy foodie!). We don’t believe in dieting, but rather eating lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, healthy fats and lean proteins. Everything in moderation—it’s the perfect fix for food lovers!

Hope this helps!

Jenn & Erin

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  1. vicki says:

    Here’s a question for the FBGs: What do you think of the Bar Method?

  2. Ashley says:

    The Biggest Loser: 30-Day Power X-training has to be one of my current favorites. It is tough, but none of the moves are too challenging and there are some modifications shown that you can do since you are just starting out.

    I also enjoy using the 28 Day Boot Camp with Coach Nicole. She is really good about showing variations and modifications for all moves, that you can use as your fitness level progresses. I like that all of the workouts are different and the format of the dvd allows you to follow a calendar or customize it as you see fit.

    You can find a lot of workouts from various trainers, most of which are mentioned above, on youtube that you can try out before committing to a specific set of dads, or to just add variety.