Truly, we’ve never seen anything like this. And after you take a moment to question whether or not it’s real, you’ll get a serious ab workoutfrom the belly-wrenching laughter.
According to the description on this surreal three-minute clip, it’s a “word-for-word parody of Susan Powter’s first workout video.” You remember her, the early-90s fitness star who coined the term Stop the Insanity!
The actress, Mariko Takahashi, is quite convincing as having the most outrageous plastic surgery of all time, until you realize it’s a body suit modeled after the poof-balls on a well-groomed poodle.
Her back-up exercisers, essential to any quality workout video, are humans in dog suits. (Spoiler Alert!) Live dog heads have been superimposed over the costume heads; just for added freak-show drama! Read Full Post >
I don’t think there is a middle ground when it comes to Jillian Michaels. Either you love her or you hate her.
Perhaps “hate” is too strong of a word. Strongly dislike, maybe? I admit I used to be in the dislike camp. My only exposure to her was the character that The Biggest Loserhad made her out to be. Then I tried her exercise videos and listened to her podcast. In her own element I found a different side of her. I came to enjoy her uncomplicated workouts and identified with her personal story and fitness philosophy.
Her workouts have become my go-to DVDs when I’d rather work out at home than in the gym. Her catalog is huge and, perhaps, a bit overwhelming. If you would like to work out with television’s toughest trainer, but aren’t sure where to start, here are my five favorite Jillian Michaels workouts:
There’s no easy way to sum up Destination Fit, the new venture from David Norton, a former producer of several seasons of The Biggest Loser and the Miss Universe pageant, among other large-scale happenings. But the closest way to describe the venture might be along the lines of “American Idol for the fitness industry.”
In short, Norton’s goal is to help bring obscure but talented fitness instructors into the spotlight.
So how, exactly, does Destination Fit work? Workout pros with all sorts of backgrounds—from Pilates to bootcamp to indoor cycling—are invited to upload a full-length workout as an audition tape. They compete for votes against all of the other trainers who submit videos; when 12,000 total votes are cast the round is over and a winner is named.
You’ve got one week left to meet your 2013 New Year’s resolutions! No problem if you fell off the wagon sometime back in, oh, February. There’s no reason you can’t get fit(ter) by NYE! We searched far and wide for our favorite 10-minute toning routines and came back with these stellar seven. Do one each day between now and New Year’s and you’ll start 2014 stronger and slimmer than before!
10-minute Butt Lift with Rebecca Louise: The first 8-minutes of this lower-body routine are prop-free. The last two require an exercise ball and a resistance band. (Don’t have ’em? Repeat your two favorite moves for a full 10-minute workout.)
10-minute barre3 workout with Sadie Lincoln: Get graceful while you get fit with this full body workout. All you need is a sturdy surface to hold onto, such as a kitchen counter.
Here’s a sneak peak at one of five workouts on Sara Haley’s newest DVD Sweat UNLIMITED. Sweat UNLIMITED excuse-proofs your workout with a selection of 45, 30, 15, or 5 minute workouts, so that you always have something to fit into your day. The workout Sara shares here combines boxing drills and core training for a quick and efficient cardio sculpting routine that you can get done in thirty minutes or less.