The most popular in the time-saving exercise video and DVD category has long been Personal Training with Jackie: Xtreme Timesaver Training (*Est. $11). Both professionals and users hail this video as a challenging workout video that can be done in a mere 30 minutes. As with all of her videos, Warner provides good instruction, an innovative approach and is tough without being annoying. Unfortunately, this DVD offers just one routine option. Reviewers still say that this is the most effective workout you'll get in just 30 minutes, making it our top pick in the time-saving workout video category.
However, more recently, we have also found impressive reviews for Jillian Michaels: Ripped in 30 (*Est. $15). The 30 in the name of the DVD is actually the number of days Michaels claims this program takes to complete. The program is a follow-up to her ever-popular Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred (*Est. $9). In fact, each of the four routines can be completed in around 25 minutes. The program also comes with a 30-day diet plan to help maximize the effectiveness of the program. Unfortunately, some reviewers say that the program is far too difficult for beginners, which drops the video into our runner-up position to Warner's option.
If you're looking for an even shorter workout (albeit with less positive reviews than the previously discussed DVDs), the 10-Minute Solution collection of DVDs may be your best fit. The 10-Minute Solution: 5 Day Get Fit Mix (*Est. $11) receives solid reviews. The video includes five varied 10-minute routines that range from Cardio Kickboxing to Belly Fat Burner. Reviewers say that the DVD is challenging enough and the multiple 10-minute routines can be mixed and matched if you have more time, but that instructor Amy Bento's friendly demeanor and cues are more geared toward beginners.