Working Out with Nutritionist Joy Bauer in Her New DVD


Credit: Acacia

Yesterday we had a blast with our interview with the personable and knowledgeable Joy Bauer, and today we’re happy to be reviewing her fun and encouraging workout DVD that’s perfect for beginners! Joy Bauer’s Slimdown Workout for Acacia is just about everything you could ask for in a beginner’s workout DVD. It’s fun, has mix-and-match options, includes a variety of exercise moves so you never get bored, and it includes work on the three factors that make for a truly fit body: strength, cardio and core. Oh, and all you need is yourself, a mat and a dumbbell. Score!

After a quick easy-to-do 5-minute warm-up with Joy and accompanying instructor Lisa Wheeler, you get two 20-minute workouts that can be done on their own or together, followed by a 5-minute cool down with stretching. Both of the 20-minute segments include cardio moves like grapevines, kicks and V-steps, along with strength moves such as lunges, planks and push-ups. While the first segment is a bit easier than the second, both feature moves that can be modified to any level of exerciser—including ways to increase the intensity as your fitness improves.

While there’s nothing overly fancy or crazy about this DVD, it is fun with some easy-to-do dance moves, and you can really see that Joy and Lisa are having a good time. In the beginning of the first segment they seem to be a little uncomfortable co-teaching (their extreme height difference is also somewhat entertaining), but they figure it out after the first 10 minutes and really work together well. The DVD also features bonus segments with Joy including her top weight-loss tips and even healthy recipes. We love!

FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Instruction: ★★★★
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★★★
Music: ★★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★★
Overall: ★★★★1/2

Fit Bottom line: The perfect DVD for beginners that walks the fine line of being challenging but not too challenging. Plus, with a nice mix of strength and cardio moves, it’s a fab quick total-body workout selection!

Want to try this DVD yourself? Leave a comment, and we’ll select one random U.S. commenter to win in about a week. The winner will be notified by email. —Jenn

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  1. TJ says:

    I’d love to try it!

  2. Joy says:

    It sounds perfect for my (supposedly) weekly exercise “date” with my friend. We’ve gotten a bit off track lately, but this sounds like the perfect thing to get us going again!

  3. Debbie says:

    Love 20 minute dance dvds. I used to counsel in nutrition (BS Dietetics and tons of grad work) back in the 80s and I never told anyone I was a nutritionist either! Didn’t lie, but didn’t share. I don’t share that I’m a nurse either–people want to ask you too many questions about their conditions (and share TMI!!) Would love to win this. Thanks!

  4. nicole says:

    From Canada, but still trying *fingers crossed*

  5. donnikah says:

    This one sounds like just what I need. Love that it can be short (20 min ) or longer depending on ones schedule. Can’t wait.

  6. Robin says:

    Sounds great, thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Nicole says:

    I love to try new workouts!!

  8. Michelle Narry says:

    As a busy full-time working mom, I love to get a work in early before the kiddos get up and chaos begins. DVD workouts are just perfect for that and I would love to try Joy Bauer’s Slimdown Workout. 🙂

  9. Jen says:

    This sounds like just what I’ve been looking for. I’d love to give it a try.

  10. Deb says:

    Always looking to shake up the workout routine – this would be something totally new!

  11. Rachelle Edmund says:

    My mother is asking me for a “beginner” dvd that would help her get into better shape…and to go with her new eating habits. She has just retired and has RArthritis and knows that eating right and exercise will keep her feeling better! I have told her that I am on the lookout for a good one. This just might be the one.. 🙂

  12. Theresa says:

    This would be perfect as a gift for my younger sister!

  13. Lisa says:

    Sounds like a good DVD to add to my collection. Great give-away. Thanks!!

  14. Lily says:

    would definitely beinterested in trying it. I never knew anything about Joy until I found your website. I think it’s great.

  15. Amanda says:

    This sounds like a great DVD, I like the mix-and-match idea.

  16. Debbie says:

    I’ve just started exercising and this would be a great video to work out with,

  17. Alison S says:

    Sounds like a great DVD!

  18. amber says:

    Sounds like a good extra workout at the end of a day, or a quickie when you need to get some movement into your day. Pick me pick me!

  19. Tammy Gordon says:

    Would love to win this!

  20. Star says:

    I’d love to try it! Sounds fun!

  21. Stacy says:

    Sounds like an awesome video,I would love to try it!!!!!

  22. Elizabeth says:

    Pick me! I get bored with dvd’s quickly so I always enjoy a new one!

  23. Andrea says:

    Sounds like a fun workout!

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