Fast-food giant, McDonald’s, the creator of such jaw-dropping concoctions as the Angus Burger and the McRib Sandwich, has gone to a few commendable lengths in the past few years to lighten up their image among health-minded customers and nutrition experts. In addition to low-fat yogurt parfaits and apple wedges, they have also quietly added fitness to their menu of offerings.
In 2006, McDonald’s launched a series of workout DVDs called McDonald’s 15-Minute Workouts. Not much publicity was generated around the DVDs unless you happen to buy one of the Golden Arches’ premium salads and a drink. Then, you received one DVD for free. The DVDs were part of the company’s GoActive! Happy Meal for Adults campaign.
Today, the DVDs are no longer handed out alongside your plastic salad fork, but they are still floating around certain retail stores in cyberspace. (more…)
I’ve never been a gaming fan. We have both a Wii and a GameCube in my home, but I’ve never enjoyed playing on either one. We have a Wii Fit board and I tried that for a little while, but I didn’t really enjoy it. It has too much nagging and the strength training was too repetitive. Also, seeing my weight every time I went on it quickly became an obsession. So, when I was sent Just Dance 2 to review, I was blase about the entire thing.
But I do love to dance – love, love LOVE to dance. I took ballet for more than 20 years and any time there is music on, I can be found shaking what my mama gave me. Happily, my kids have inherited this trait from me. We can often be seen dancing around the kitchen and generally having a good time. (more…)
With so many different workout DVDs out there for you to purchase, it’s hard to know which ones deliver and which ones fall flat. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book or DVD by its cover, but in the world of workout videos, you can tell a lot from its packaging.
Read on for some tips on how to find a solid workout DVD that’s worth your money!
1. Look at the details. Have you ever taken the time to really read the back of a workout DVD? You can tell a lot about a DVD just from reading its packaging. For example, at the very bottom in small print it should say how long the DVD is. If it’s less than an hour, you know you’re probably not getting much for your money. Also, does the DVD say if the workout is for beginner or advanced exercisers? If it doesn’t say, just know that you may be taking a gamble on its intensity. Lastly, a good DVD will specify what equipment, if any, is needed. If you see dumbbells or other equipment being used in the photos on the packaging yet the back cover doesn’t specify what equipment it requires, beware! As I’ve learned, there’s nothing worse than popping in a DVD to realize you don’t have the equipment they’re calling for. Learn from my mistakes. (more…)
Show will re-air Thursday, December 23, 2010.
Tune in this Wednesday, October 27 to the Oprah Show to listen to legendary Jane Fonda talk about her life, getting older and of course, working out.
Jane Fonda, 72, is springing back into her workout gear this fall to release two new DVDs designed for the generation that came of age feeling the burn from her first blockbuster workout tape, Jane Fonda’s Workout, debuted in 1982.
“I’m very excited to be back in the fitness business,” Fonda told PEOPLE magazine. “I know from experience and from my research how critical it is for boomers and seniors to be physically active. Even if they’ve never exercised in their lives, now’s the time and my programs are a good, safe way to do it.” (more…)
You may know Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino from MTV’s reality show, The Jersey Shore. What you might not know is that his financial empire is growing. Given his beginnings as a personal trainer, it’s not surprising that his fame has shifted to the fitness industry and beyond.
Sorrentino is expected to make $5 million in endorsements and other financial ventures by the end of the year. The Situation Ab Workout is his DVD scheduled for release this winter. A lot of us are excited to start reading those reviews and finding out the secret to Situation-abs. Sorrentino’s abs seem to get more publicity than he does, so it’s only natural that they start making some money.
The Situation is also a contestant on Dancing With the Stars. Although he hasn’t been known for earning the highest scores, he’s hanging in there and so far hasn’t been sent home. (more…)
Tracy Anderson is one of the hottest fitness trainers around. With a client roster of Gwyneth Paltrow, Courteney Cox and Shakira, this pint-sized former ballet dancer is famous for her specific training method, which she devised all by herself after years of researching the anatomy of the human body, exercise physiology and nutrition.
Her latest creation, Tracy Anderson’s 30-Day Method, makes her amazing system accessible to anyone who is willing to commit 30 days to her tough but result-getting program.
DietsInReview.com had a chance to talk to Tracy about her new book. At the end of the interview, don’t forget to enter your chance to win a free copy of Tracy’s highly coveted release. (more…)
UPDATE: The winner, MIO, was selected 10/1/10.
Tara Stiles has been referred to as “the coolest yoga instructor ever” by Vanity Fair. She is the founder of the New York-based yoga studio Strala and personal yoga instructor to Deepak Chopra.
As the face and resident expert of the Women’s Health Yoga Channel, Tara promotes the ideology of “yoga for everyone‚” and incorporating it into your everyday routine, whether you’re at the office or sitting on the couch. Tara is also the Yoga Master for the Master the Shift program, a national health initiative sponsored by Nissan.
As if Stiles wasn’t busy enough, she just released her new DVD, Yoga Anywhere: The New York Sessions, and she has a book out today called, Slim, Calm and Sexy.
DietsInReview.com had the pleasure of speaking with Tara about Yoga Anywhere. At the end of the interview, you can enter a chance to win a free copy of Tara’s new Yoga Anywhere DVD. Read on to find out how.
Tell us about Yoga Anywhere: The New York Sessions. (more…)
When we think of computers and television, we tend to think of sitting on our bums, moving maybe just our hands to press a remote control button or move our mouse pad. But (and fortunately), the industry of Wii games have helped to turn a sedentary and solitary pasttime into a fitness activity for the entire family.
And JumpStart is jumping on this technology bandwagon as a way to improve kid’s health.
Kendra Wilkinson and trainer Nicky Holender
Playboy Bunny, wife of NFL wide receiver Hank Baskett, and new mother to Hank Jr., Kendra Wilkinson is coming out with her own workout DVD.
Set to hit stores on June 15, the DVD will also feature celebrity trainer Nicky Holender who has helped Kendra drop most of the 50 pounds she gained during her pregnancy.
“It was a culture shock to see my post-baby body. I don’t want to go back to size-2 jeans. I want to stick to my curves. I’m focusing on sculpting my body. I’m a huge athlete,” says Wilkinson.
The “good cop” to Jillian Michaels‘ “bad cop” on NBC’s Biggest Loser, Bob Harper is a favorite amongst the show’s loyal followers. Fans usually perceive him as having a gentler approach to fitness and weight loss than his tiny and formidable counterpart, but they might be surprised to learn that he’s equally tough in the gym. Need to see it for yourself? Then you’ll want to grab Bob’s new three-DVD series of workout videos, My Trainer Bob: Inside Out Method.
While still being finalized, Bob’s first self-branded fitness videos will provide users quality and intense cardio, strength training and yoga workouts that can be done at home. The series includes the following DVDs: Body Rev-Cardio Conditioning, Pure Burn – Super Strength, and Yoga For the Warrior. Bob proves that yoga is a legitimate and worthwhile workout on The Biggest Loser, and now you’ll get to have him show you how.