The Firm/Zip Trainer: Firm & Cardio

Firm & Cardio are the deluxe add on workouts available at the time the Zip Trainer program came out (see that review for more info on what a Zip Trainer is). This deluxe add on came with a 7 pound core ball but the core ball is no longer available, only the DVDs. Firm & … Continue reading The Firm/Zip Trainer: Firm & Cardio


The Firm Express

The Firm Express is a 30 day fitness program that contains 12 twenty minute workouts and 2 bonus 10 minute workouts. The workouts in this program are based on a specific HIIT protocol of 8 seconds of high intensity work followed by 12 seconds of recovery, repeated 4 times. The 8:12 HIIT protocol is supposed to … Continue reading The Firm Express

The Firm: Target Toning (Zero-in-Ten)

Target Toning (Zero-in-Ten) contains five 10 minute workouts led by Rebekah Sturkie and Emily Welsh. Each 10 minute segment targets a different muscle group and one is a pure cardio workout, though all of them contain cardio bursts. Do all 5 and you will get a total body cardio + strength workout. You can select … Continue reading The Firm: Target Toning (Zero-in-Ten)

Beginner’s Weight Loss Transformation

I bought Bob's Beginner's Weight Loss Transformation a long time ago--before I even started this blog. I was not a beginning exerciser back then but I was in the process of hoarding Bob Harper's workouts. I read the reviews of this workout and the consensus was that it was not a beginner workout. Bob's workouts are very … Continue reading Beginner’s Weight Loss Transformation

Beginner Shred

Yet another workout DVD I never thought I would purchase--Jillian Michael's Beginner Shred. I love Jillian Michaels' workouts but they are too much for me right now, so I decided it was time to give this a try. This DVD consists of three approx. 25 minute workouts that become progressively harder, so Workout #1 is … Continue reading Beginner Shred

Cardio Back & Bicep Burn

I am feeling much better this morning so I was thrilled to actually enjoy my workout again! I didn't take Nyquil last night so that wasn't dragging me down this morning either. This morning was Cardio Back & Bicep Burn by Yvette Bachman. This is one of her newer workouts and I knew from the … Continue reading Cardio Back & Bicep Burn

10 Pounds Down: Better Body Blast

10 Pounds Down: Better Body Blast contains 3 approx 20 minute workouts that you can play by themselves or play all of them for a 66 minute total body workout. This is another excellent workout DVD from Jessica Smith. The upper body and lower body workouts in particular were tough and challenging and very metabolic, … Continue reading 10 Pounds Down: Better Body Blast

Fit Body by Julia: Legs, Shoulders & Back Strength Gains

Legs, Shoulders & Back Strength Gains is the latest Fit Body by Julia workout I have done. I haven't done any new-to-me Fit Body by Julia workouts in a while but I have returned to ones I've already done and reviewed here. However, this morning I decided to give this one a try since it … Continue reading Fit Body by Julia: Legs, Shoulders & Back Strength Gains

Chest/Triceps Cardio Circuit

Chest/Triceps Cardio Circuit is a cardio + strength circuit workout that alternates chest or tricep strength exercises with cardio bursts. Cardio + strength workouts are my absolute favorite types of workouts and Yvette Bachman continues to deliver some of the best I have ever done. Between yesterday's workout (Step Cardio with Legs/Shoulders and Back) and … Continue reading Chest/Triceps Cardio Circuit

Step Cardio with Legs/Shoulders and Back

Step Cardio with Legs/Shoulders and Back is another excellent cardio + strength workout from Yvette Bachman. Though "back" is in the title, it didn't get a lot of work--at least compared to the work that legs and shoulders received. But it does get some work. I really enjoyed this workout. It is fun like all … Continue reading Step Cardio with Legs/Shoulders and Back