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‘YOUv2’ Workouts Focus on the Fun

I had a few different fitness setbacks pile up, so between a cranky achilles on one leg and an IT band flare-up on the other, followed by dental surgery and a cold … let’s just say I’m a little deconditioned and in need of a good beginner workout to get me back in the swing. […]


I had a few different fitness setbacks pile up, so between a cranky achilles on one leg and an IT band flare-up on the other, followed by dental surgery and a cold … let’s just say I’m a little deconditioned and in need of a good beginner workout to get me back in the swing.

And I found it! I’m not sure where I first saw it, but a video of trainer Leandro Carvalho (he’s the Brazil Butt Lift guy) having the time of his life with a room full of “real-sized” women had me seek out his new YOUv2 workout DVD set.

I ordered it and promptly popped the first disc into my DVD player.

OMG, fun! Seriously, I’m in love with this workout set.

It’s not a big, complicated “system” — you get two discs with six 30-minute workouts. They’re primarily cardio but a couple of them focus on bodyweight sculpting.

You get a guide that goes over each workout, a four-week journal for charting your goals, “daily vibe,” and inspiration, a calendar to keep track of your workouts (with a cute backside of motivational sayings), and a Keep It Super Simple Meal Guide that features some good-looking recipes and a weeklong sample meal plan.

These aren’t intense, hard-body workouts by any stretch but that’s not what I was looking for. I glanced down at my Fitbit and saw that my heart rate was at a respectable 150 bpm while in the cardio phase.

Leandro is motivating and cheerful without being condescending — something that often crops up in workouts meant for the less fit. The background exercisers, diverse in age, race, and size, are freaking delightful — none of them fit the typical workout DVD mold, and they all appear to be having a blast. The music has a bit of a Baby Boomer vibe with songs like Love Shack, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, and Let’s Get Loud.

Best thing about these workouts — I promise you can complete them all without any modifications. That alone is a huge motivator. In fact, the only background exerciser doing anything different is the woman wearing weighted gloves for a little more upper-body resistance.

The set is available on DVD through Beachbody and Amazon and is also offered through its Beachbody On Demand streaming channel, which is available on many platforms, including Roku and Amazon Fire. One little extra in the streaming version is that there are kid-focused workouts, featuring younger exercisers.

How do you get back into the swing of exercise after a setback? —Gail



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Podcast Ep 63: Caleb Marshall, The Fitness Marshall

Do you want a podcast with an extra dose of fabulousness? Of course you do! And we’ve got it today with YouTube ensation Caleb Marshall, who is best known as The Fitness Marshall. If this is the first you are hearing about him, do yourself a favor and check out his YouTube channel right away. (It’s […]


Do you want a podcast with an extra dose of fabulousness? Of course you do! And we’ve got it today with YouTube ensation Caleb Marshall, who is best known as The Fitness Marshall. If this is the first you are hearing about him, do yourself a favor and check out his YouTube channel right away. (It’s super dancey and incredibly motivating!)  

Caleb began his fitness revolution while still in college by combining his love of choreography with his passion for video production. Now, he not only creates new videos at a fast pace, but he also leads a series of off-the-chain Cardio Concert Tours around the country, showing off his unique moves live such as … “Pat yo’ pancake.” Seriously. He’s an exuberant person who prides himself on connecting with people of all backgrounds. The FBGs are certain you will become his newest fan — we LOVE him!

And another fun fact?! The Fit Bottomed Girls Podcast is now on Spotify! Listen here.

A few of our fave quotes from the show …  

Podcast Episode 63 Highlights with The Fitness Marshall

  • How Caleb became a YouTube fitness star in spite of the fact that he doesn’t see himself as a fitness guy and rarely checks out YouTube in his downtime
  • His decision — and yes, it was a choice — to have a positive perspective
  • The struggle for him to live his truth when growing up in a very conservative environment
  • The sheer number of people of all ages reaching out to Caleb to tell him how his videos have made a huge impact on their lives
  • The comedians who make him laugh the hardest, as well as his all-time favorite comedy
  • How he manages to create bigger ideas with his videos
  • The workouts he digs in addition to dancing
  • Plus, we FBGs talk about our favorite videos to find inspiration and smiles

Get the episode with the Fitness Marshall here or below!

Get more info on our podcast here and be sure to subscribe on iTunes so that you never miss an episode!

What are your favorite videos for motivation? —Margo

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The 10 Best Fitness Marshall Workouts

With more than A MILLION subscribers to his YouTube channel, the Fitness Marshall has a serious following. And if you love a good dance workout, it’s easy to see why. His workouts are insanely fun, super poppy, full of attitude and they make you sweat. So, pretty much the best thing ever, right? Right. While […]


With more than A MILLION subscribers to his YouTube channel, the Fitness Marshall has a serious following. And if you love a good dance workout, it’s easy to see why. His workouts are insanely fun, super poppy, full of attitude and they make you sweat. So, pretty much the best thing ever, right? Right.

While every Fitness Marshall workout we’ve done is awesome, these 10 videos are — hands down — our faves. Crank up your speakers and get ready to sweat (and laugh)!

Fifth Harmony: Worth It

There’s a reason why 17 million people have seen this video. Baby, you’re worth it!

Ed Sheeran: Shape Of You

Hilarious. All of it. Now, pat yo’ pancake.

Britney Spears: Work B**ch

Get to work … hair flip!

Sia: Cheap Thrills

For when you want to dance from your soul. (So, um, all the time.)

Anaconda: Nicki Minaj

You knew we’d love one about butts, right? OF COURSE.

Meghan Trainor: Me Too

The only thing better than his facial expressions are the background dancers tearing it up behind him.

Taylor Swift: Look What You Made Me Do

Kinda perfect for Halloween, huh?

Usher: Yeah! Feat. Whitney Thore

Can you imagine walking by and seeing them film this?! EVERYTHING.

Justin Timberlake: Can’t Stop The Feeling

Proof that The Fitness Marshall workouts aren’t just for girls.

Portugal The Man: Feel It Still

Look at you, you little go-go dancer. LOL forever.

Also, guys? He’s on tour! Later this month, Kristen will be at the Fitness Marshall event in Lakeland, Fla., put on by the PHEEL GOOD Foundation (a really cool non-profit started when the founder’s husband, Phil, was killed while riding his motorcycle to work earlier this year, and the mission is to bring communities together to enjoy quality events that make them ‘pheel good’ — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually). Will we see any of you out there — or will you be hitting an event in your neck of the woods?

What’s your favorite Fitness Marshall workout? Hope we’ll see you at the concert! —Jenn



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Videos That Are Inspiring Me to Sweat Right Now

You guys know how I love turning to social media when I need a little inspiration to get my butt in the gym, right? Well, it’s not always me asking my Facebook friends and Twitter contacts to help me out — sometimes people just share videos that make me think, “Okay, closing the computer and hitting the […]


You guys know how I love turning to social media when I need a little inspiration to get my butt in the gym, right? Well, it’s not always me asking my Facebook friends and Twitter contacts to help me out — sometimes people just share videos that make me think, “Okay, closing the computer and hitting the gym NOW.”

And these three videos are the most recent examples in my life.

First up, we have a Very Good Dog who (along with his person) probably trained really, really hard for this competition, and, well. Ever been totally into your superset and going hard as can be … and then realized you have no idea what to do next, or that you just did a completely different exercise than you were supposed to do? Ollie here knows that feeling. But his enthusiasm is contagious!

Providing me with a completely different form of motivation is Thor. Shirtless Thor. Sharing part of his workout with his trainer. If just watching it gets your heart racing, does that count as a warm-up? Asking for a Thor — I mean a friend! Asking for a friend.

And if you guys think I don’t have this whole routine DOWN PAT due to practicing it daily in my kitchen while I wait for my coffee to brew? All I have to say to that is PAT YO’ PANCAKE.

Kind of a mix, but they’re all inspiring in their own way, right? Which one has you ready to rock a workout? And also, who’s gonna dance to Shape of You with me? —Kristen



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Zumba and Beachbody Kick Up New Country Workouts

Had your fill of hip-hop? In a salsa slump? Well, cowgirl, you’re in luck — country workouts are having a moment, and two of the biggest players in the game — Beachbody and Zumba Fitness — have jumped on the bandwagon. Country dance workouts were hot in the 90s but fizzled out, giving way to […]


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Had your fill of hip-hop? In a salsa slump? Well, cowgirl, you’re in luck — country workouts are having a moment, and two of the biggest players in the game — Beachbody and Zumba Fitness — have jumped on the bandwagon.

Country dance workouts were hot in the 90s but fizzled out, giving way to hip-hop and Latin varieties. You can still find those DVDs, but the look and sound are dated as well as the moves.

We took a gander at the Zumba Country DVD and Beachbody’s Country Heat DVD set.

Zumba Country: A Calorie Inferno

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You know when the workout starts with a “Yeehaw! This is Zumba Country, y’all!” that it’s not your mama’s Zumba workout.

Kass Martin, a longtime Zumba Fitness instructor, leads the two 30-minute workouts on the DVD. In both the workouts she is accompanied by two male and two female background dancers — one of whom is her sister, Emily.

The DVD, filmed in a real country honkytonk (my neighborhood one!), has an authentic nightclub party feel. The exercisers are clad in jeans, boots, trucker hats and cowboy hats, which makes the workouts seem more accessible.

But hold your horses! Some of the footwork is mighty fancy, albeit fun, and Kass offers modified moves if you can’t master the footwork at first.

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So how does Zumba do country? Pretty dang authentically with a dash of Latin flair. We spied some cha-cha and even a little Colombian cumbia mixed with the boot scootin’.

As always, the cueing is exceptional, so much so that you can turn the voice cueing off after awhile and just dance along with Kass and the gang, following her hand motions.

The music is the real deal, not “sound-alikes” or instrumentals. Some of the more fun selections are the Dixie Chicks’ “Sin Wagon,” the Charlie Daniels Band’s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and the line-dance standard “Cotton-Eye Joe.”

Country Heat

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Autumn Calabrese (who we’re talking to for an upcoming podcast episode!), creator of the hugely popular “21-Day Fix” workout program and those little portion-control containers, shows off another side in this three-DVD workout collection. There are five 30-minute dance workouts as well as a 24-minute dance-inspired conditioning workout, a 12-minute line-dancing lesson and a bonus Dirty 30 half-hour workout from her “21-Day Fix.”

While the Zumba crew looks like they’re ready for a night on the town, Autumn and her posse of background exercisers are dressed more athletically with sneakers instead of boots. The setting is a rustic gym-barn with a Shakeology saloon (of course).

While the songs feature country faves, such as “Here for the Party,” “Chattahoochee” and “Fake ID,” these are sound-alikes — but they’re well done. The music can be played at a normal level or turned up so Autumn’s cues are nearly drowned out.

The dance moves in this set are more simple than Zumba Country, and Autumn — a college dance major — does a good job of explaining the moves and cueing.

In addition to all the workouts, you get a set of her portion-control containers, a 30-day workout rotation calendar and a comprehensive eating plan that is largely recipes, many of them super simple.

Are you a fan of country dancing? —Gail



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