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Home fitness: Fitness DVDs to get you fit

Sarah Wassner Flynn is a New York City-based writer. She's contributed to magazines such as CosmoGIRL!, National Geographic Kids, Runner's World, Women's Health, Prevention and MetroSports New York. She is also the author of The Book of ...

Fitness DVDs: Just press play

Skipped the gym again? Whether you're cutting costs or just can't make it to that cardio class, you don't have to give up on exercise all together. After all, getting in a good workout can be as easy as pressing the play button on your DVD player. So if you're looking for ways to workout from home, try out these three top fitness DVDs. You'll be guaranteed a great workout right in your living room.

The Abs Diet For Women Workout

The Abs Diet For Women Workout

The folks at Men's Health magazine are pros at guiding guys to six pack abs. But when it comes to whittling women's waistlines, do they know their stuff? Apparently so, judging by the comprehensive Abs Diet for Women Workout. One of the latest items to roll out of the magazine's ever expanding cache of merchandise, this program takes you through a series of workouts and exercises targeting the midsection. The workouts are short (8 to 10 minutes), but pack a powerful punch as they guide you through separate routines. You can choose from straight ab work to cardio to Pilates or Yoga. Do them all or just pick one – either way, you'll learn some great ways to tone that tummy.

GET IT: Abs Diet For Women Workout

Squeeze Lower Body Challenge

Squeeze Lower Body Challenge

One look at the chiseled, hard-bodied trainer featured on this DVD's cover, and you know you're in for a tough workout. And that's just what the Squeeze Lower Body Challenge offers. Celebrity trainer Tracy Effinger, who's rocked the bodies of such A-listers as Renee Zellwegger, Dyan Cannon, and Will Ferrell, takes you through this 30-minute program focusing on your legs, hips and butt. You may sweat and grunt your way through series of squats, lifts and lunges, but the struggle will be worth it when you finally fit into those skinny jeans.

GET IT: Squeeze Lower Body Challenge

THE COMPLETE FIT & HEALTHY PREGNANCY WORKOUT

THE COMPLETE FIT & HEALTHY PREGNANCY WORKOUT

You may think you'll never measure up to the statuesque and svelte Gabrielle Reece, but this DVD – featuring her during and after her pregnancy with her now one-year-old daughter, Brody Jo – makes the model much more approachable. Geared towards expectant moms who want to stay fit throughout the three trimesters, Reece, along with personal trainer Mike Monroe, created nine 15-minute workouts (three for each trimester). You'll do strengthening and stretching moves that keep you strong and fit without overdoing it. An added bonus: Three postnatal workouts to tone that post-baby belly.

GET IT: Gabrielle Reece The Complete Fit and Healthy Pregnancy

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