They say it should only take 10 workouts to see visible results with most fitness workout plans.
This month I’m testing out Denise Austin’s workouts. I think of Denise Austin as a bit of a classic fitness motivator. I started out exercising to Jane Fonda in the 1980s, but Denise Austin was my “second.”
Now days Denise Austin has her own online fitness program at DeniseAustin.com. I imagine her perky personality continues to motivate people to lose weight and get fit.
Many of us watched her “Getting Fit” on ESPN and later her Fit and Light and her Daily Workout on the Lifetime Television Network.
In order to get fit, it’s important to cross train. With such a variety of DVDs and videos, it’s easy to find something different every time you want to workout with Denise Austin.
Even if you are like me and have memorized some of the moves, it’s still extremely motivating to have her follow you through the routine.
Here was my workout plan for the month:
WORKOUT No. 1: I worked out with the “Hit the Spot” Arms and Bust video. I was short on time and needed to tone my arms in addition to a 45 aerobic session on the elliptical.
WORKOUT No. 2: I tried the Denise Austin 3-Week Boot camp DVD. My heart rate stayed up high and I could feel a great sweat.
WORKOUT No. 3: I used the Denise Austin Pilates for Every Body DVD to really work on my core/mid-section. My stomach was sore the next day, but I can see how this will get results.
WORKOUT No. 4: I worked out to the Yoga Body Burn. While I’m not a fan of yoga because of all the unusual positions, I really felt like I could do this with Denise’s guidance.
WORKOUT No. 5: I wanted a little higher intensity so I tried the Boot Camp Body Blast. I wore my heart rate monitor to keep track of the intensity and stayed at the top part of my fat-burning level almost the entire time.
WORKOUT No. 6: I wanted to tone up my legs so I used the Hit the Spot series “Thighs.” The quick workout only lasted 10 minutes but there were two more to choose from for another time. I completely enjoyed the workout.
WORKOUT No. 7: I decided to do another Hit the Spot 10-minute workout since I was short on time, but this time tried the “Buns” segment. It was easy and fun.
WORKOUT No. 8: I tried the “Core Complete” DVD to work on my abs. It was a challenge, but I’m glad I did it.
WORKOUT No. 9: I used the 3-week Boot Camp DVD again to get in some cardio.
WORKOUT No. 10: I ended my 10 workout experiment with the J. H. Pilates Mat Workout tape. It’s an extremely relaxing tape in some ways but also a good workout.
Now for the results. At the end of the month I had lost 4 pounds but more impressive was having lost inches all over. My body fat percentage was down by 2 percent.
Bottom line: Thumbs up.