If you're looking for a full-body workout focused on strengthening and toning the body, you may not want to opt for a cardio-focused DVD or video. Studies have shown that there is a great benefit to strength workouts that include some kind of apparatus for resistance, such as hand weights or rubber bands, or even your own body weight. In fact, total-body strength training videos have received the most positive feedback out of any other home fitness DVD category in recent years. The more modern take on strength training often includes a challenging, heart-pumping cardio element.
Of these videos, circuit training style exercise DVDs and videos are some of the most highly rated fitness routines we've found. Celebrity trainer Jackie Warner is known for these types of routines. Her Personal Training with Jackie: Power Circuit Training (*Est. $16) DVD earns our spot as the Best Reviewed Strength-Training Video. The DVD earns accolades from users, professional publications and online resources, such as Fitness, More, and Woman's Day magazines; FitBottomedGirls.com; ThatsFit.com and more. It includes five different workouts, which can be completed individually or as one longer workout. Reviewers often praise the DVD for its stellar instruction and unique, calorie-torching moves.
Warner's other DVDs -- Workout: One-on-One Training with Jackie (*Est. $10) and Personal Training with Jackie: Xtreme Timesaver Training (*Est. $11) -- which are based on circuit training, also come highly recommended. Other celeb trainers, such as Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper of "The Biggest Loser" also earn high praise for their circuit-training, total-body videos. Bob Harper: Inside Out Method -- Bob's Workout (*Est. $15) provides two 30-minute circuits: one that is more upper-body focused and one that targets the lower body.
Next to Jackie Warner, Jillian Michaels has become a favorite within the lineup of new fitness DVD superstar instructors. Her Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred (*Est. $9), which also follows a circuit-style routine, is the top-selling fitness video of all time according to The Wall Street Journal. The video includes three routines of various difficulty levels. For each routine, viewers begin with three minutes of weight lifting, proceed to two minutes of cardio and conclude with one minute of abs. Each routine also includes a warm-up and a post-workout stretching session.