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#1 of 10 Old 10-21-2006, 10:11 AM - Thread Starter
 
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We're transitioning from a regular gym to a home gym. We'll eventually buy an elliptical trainer and other items but I'd like to build a decent exercise video library to make sure I get in the cardio. I don't want toning videos as I lift weights, just cardio videos. And I'd love things that get the heartrate up there. Something fairly intense. Thanks!

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wow, that sounds wonderful! I highly recommend the FIRM videos, although they are aerobics AND weights together (to maximize both). Although doing them without the weights woudl be good too. rent from your library first (if they have them) if you want to check them out before you buy. have fun!
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Cathe!! She's the best for high intensity She has TONS of cardio to choose from, both step & kickboxing (not much hi/lo if that's your speed). Her website is just http://www.cathe.com If you cruise her forums, you'll find suggestions for other instructors, too. There are tons to choose from, but IMO, Cathe's the best!

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Seconding Cathe Her workouts are power-packed & the cardio is pretty straightforward, especially the 2nd-3rd time through.
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I would go over and look at the forums at www.videofitness.com. Tons of reviews and opinions of different videos. I always check there before buying anything.
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bumping this thread because I could also use some suggestions. I have Tae Bo cardio which I love but am kind of bored with it. When I went to look at the other Tae Bo offerings there were so many that I got overwhelmed and gave up.

I like Tae Bo because it's the only video workout I've found that approximates running in the level of intensity and isn't too complicated for me in the coordination department. I'm not good at "dance" type aerobics.

I really need some variety and some toning also. I'm a blob these days. I love running but haven't been able to get out (cold weather, baby who hates jogger, no $$ for treadmill or gym, yada yada yada). An early a.m. session with the boob toob for workout would be best so I could do it before my family erupts into a.m. chaos, kwim?

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Turbo Jam, the Cardio Mix 2 and 3, are good choices. Some of Cathe's videos come with that annoying old-fashioned background music. I need music to motivate me. So Charlene's Turbo Jam gives me a good workout that is long enough, intense enough and easy enough to follow. You don't have to do the dancey moves. Just the kicking and punching alone will do it.
I heard the Fat Blaster video from Turbo Jam is great too because it's three 10-minute sessions of cardio on Turbo mode.
Videocollage.com offers straight-forward breakdown in terms of intensity and cardio sessions of most videos.
Turbo Jam videos are only available from beachbody.com or e-bay (if you can find them).
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Maying, thanks. I will check and see if the library has the TurboJam.

I think we might live near each other. I will pm you.

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I don't know if you avoid watching TV but if not and you have cable TV you can find Cathe Friedrich on the Fitness Channel. She has weight-lifting shows and cardio shows. Both are great. I'm at work when the shows are on so I miss it though I have several of her videos and they are KILLER!! You'll definitely see results with Cathe. I usually can't make it through one of her videos without taking a 2 minute break.

The FIRM videos are good too although some of the instructors turn me off. They seem a tad too perky.

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I've got both the Cathe ones and Firm ones. They both really fit the bill for good exercise and I love using the weights. Wasn't Cathe an instructor at the Firm for a while?
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