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Binfullofmaggotsonthe45 Sun 02-Jan-11 14:10:44

I need some feedback on fitness videos.

I know everyone is raving about the shred heads one but I am not sure I have the tenacity at the moment. I lost 4 stone last year on weight watchers but have gained 2 in the last 4 months due to starting a very busy job new country etc. Difficult to get foods I am used to husband is doing the cooking and we are eating out more.

I won't have much success with a gym as I work away so much and am in hotel rooms and working late. It is also very snowy here so just walking is difficult. Also limited in going out with ds sleeping in evenings when I am here.

So, my question is - can someone recommend a fun, active but not to the point of extreme pain DVD to get me moving. If I work to the plan that I can finish breathless and sweaty (which won't take much) but can walk the next day, I know I'll be motivated to do it regularly build up some strength and progress by the end or Jan to the shred head level. However, at the moment I am very unfit following weight gain lack of exercise and have metal bar in my arm which prevents high impact stuff to some extent. Oh, and I am forty

Not excuses, but I don't want to fall at the first hurdle, anyone know of some good introductory ones???

Binfullofmaggotsonthe45 Sun 02-Jan-11 14:21:37

Bumping this with my big wobbly belly on the keyboard.....


CybilScissorhands Sun 02-Jan-11 14:22:35


Sounds like you are making LOTS of excuses

Buy Shread heads

its 20 mins a day

Do it

Binfullofmaggotsonthe45 Sun 02-Jan-11 14:29:05

I wouldn't be able to do any of the press ups and anything that involves using my arms to support me on the floor to be honest. I only have the use of one arm so if I lost my balance I would have a nasty accident. Can't really risk that as am sole provider for the household at the moment! I can't afford the healthcare bills either tbh!

Not excuses although it sounds like that reading back I know!

I think I need something sort of dance led to start with, just to get moving.

If there was something with hand held weights at the same time it would be fine.

CybilScissorhands Sun 02-Jan-11 14:30:26

I've heard Davina is good

Binfullofmaggotsonthe45 Sun 02-Jan-11 15:04:15

I've just downloaded the biggest loser uk fitness DVD, so will give this a try over next few weeks. And ad it is downloading I can start tonight.

Great for me as there are obese people working out in t shirts and jogging bottoms so realistic and means I can do it too! Sorry am a rational and six packs don't motivate me at all they just depress me! I followed this biggest loser when SAHM so quite nice to see the people on it working out!

Having on my iPad so I can travel with and do it quickly.

A bit of dance and low impact and weight work while standing for upper body as far as I could see on the preview.

Hip hop dance routine looks like a laugh.

Quite fancy male personal trainer, Richard....grin

A decent warm up and cool down session.

It isn't the amount of time a day at the moment, I can dedicate and hour In the evenings, just want to enjoy it first IYSWIM.

upahill Sun 02-Jan-11 19:25:58

Davina's are good

I believe Mel B's are good as well but don't personaly knkow

Shed is the one most talked about on here!

singingcat Sun 02-Jan-11 19:27:21

I found Davina quite hard - some of the moves are in the 2nd or 3rd shred levels

Binfullofmaggotsonthe45 Sun 02-Jan-11 19:36:29

I know they look ace, but if I do one week and feel in utter agony, then it will put me off completely. Can't do too much high impact yet because of very damaged arm, so I think I will keep it in my sights as a goal to try next month after I have completed this one.

I did try Davina once but her wittering and facial expressions just got on my wick frankly - and I actually quite like the woman!

singingcat Sun 02-Jan-11 21:09:11

What about jogging? No arm-weight-bearing necessary

Watersign76 Sun 02-Jan-11 22:22:26

Firstly, congrats on the loss and for trying to do something about the gain now rather than going back to WW 5 stone heavier. It is easy to do - I should know!

I would recommend Davina. She generally has somebody doing the "easy version" and she and the muscles man do the harder version so you can work up to her level. It is also split up into sections, so if time is pressing you can just do the 1 section (along with warm up and down).

I have Super Body Workout but she has just bought out a new one.

I like the fact there is lots of repetition so you can get the hang of it and keep up with her.

I also have a ye olde Weight Watchers 'Move that' which is also ok. It is simple to follow etc.

I have just bought Tracy Anderson, her cardio is mental - no instruction, she just launches straight into a v complicated routine. I think it will be good in the end but it probably isn't what you are looking for should you happen across her.

Good luck!

dalek Sun 02-Jan-11 23:11:32

Try Beverley Callard - sounds naff I know but she is good and her dvds consistently come up high on the lists of people who know about these things - Good luck

Binfullofmaggotsonthe45 Sun 02-Jan-11 23:24:27

Cheers folks, I tried the warm up of biggest loser and it really got me thoroughly loose and energetic. I quite like the double hard trainer lady as she is instructive and no nonsense. I like the biggest losers puffing in the background too, doesn't make me feel as bad for trying! I might download a bit of Davina or the Corrie bird too to have a bit of diversity.

singingcat I would love to run, but find real trouble as I am a H cup blush and get very subconscious bouncing about, even in a sports bra. Also I don't know if it is my gait or apple shape (size 14 bottom and size 18 top) but I get terrible terrible shin splints when I tried to do the couch to 5k challenge. Couldn't walk for two weeks, and that was with a check for pronation and proper shoe fitting. sad

I hope once I get a bit of the weight off the top I can enjoy a nice run again. I am in Switzerland and everyone here just walks and walks with sticks, so once the snow clears hubby is buying me a set!

Thanks for the help guys!

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