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13 Workout Videos to Whip You Into Shape

Feb 03, 2014

13 Workout Videos to Whip You Into Shape

No gym? No problem. There's no magic in belonging to a sports club. While treadmills, stationary bikes, and stairmasters might deliver a decent calorie burn, they may not be enough to get you revved up about getting in shape day after day.

Of course, many gyms offer a variety of classes that promise to tone, strengthen, and sculpt, but we're not always so comfortable shaking our stuff in a room full of strangers. For some of us, putting ourselves at the mercy of a gritty, hard-nosed fitness instructor sounds like a nightmare we'd rather avoid.

Exercise videos that bring the workout to you in the privacy of your own home open up a whole new world of phenomenal heart-racing activityClearly, our mothers were on to something when they were moving to the beat of fitness powerhouse, Jane Fonda, back when she had a monopoly on the industry. She's still working it, we're happy to report, but she is just one of many fit faces charged with getting you in the best shape of your life right in your own living room.

Whether it's yoga you're into practicing or cardio kicks you're intent on perfecting, we've rounded up thirteen of the best workout videos money can buy. While your little one naps, you can whip out the mat and the kettlebell (some of our selections explicitly call for certain fitness equipment, so do read the fine print before you decide), pop in the video and burn off breakfast, lunch, plus that cookie you snuck in between the two--all in far less time than it would take to shuttle off to the gym.

Click through the slideshow above for a break-down of the the top workouts based on the type, level, and intensity of exercise you want. 

By Stacey Gawronski

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