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Ask the FBGs: What Couples Workouts Do You Recommend?

Today we’re featuring an Ask the FBGs post, where readers like you ask the FBGs for advice. Nothing is off limits, although we do prefer that it’s fitness or nutrition related, so send your undying health questions to AsktheFBGs@fitbottomedgirls.com. You just might see them posted here or addressed in a podcast ep in the future! Question from DJ: What’s […]


Today we’re featuring an Ask the FBGs post, where readers like you ask the FBGs for advice. Nothing is off limits, although we do prefer that it’s fitness or nutrition related, so send your undying health questions to AsktheFBGs@fitbottomedgirls.com. You just might see them posted here or addressed in a podcast ep in the future!

Question from DJ: What’s a Good Couples Workout?

Hello!

My husband and I took a marriage class last night. The takeaway was trying to maximize the limited down time you have after the kids go to bed to do an activity together and not just sit and stare at media. We would like to buy (or stream via Amazon Fire or another online source to our TV) a partner workout DVD. This can lean towards a sexy inspired workout or a true calorie burner. We’d buy both.

Can you please make a recommendation? Or five?

Thanks!
—DJ

Answer from the FBGs

Oooh, we love this question, DJ! After all, the couple of that sweats together, stays together, right? (That’s the phrase in our house!) Especially when you’ve got kids and are trying to do all the things — what a great way to make sure you both get a workout in, but also get to spend quality time together.

We honestly haven’t covered many couples workouts recently, although we reviewed this one years ago and really liked it. We also really like this book — it’s got some really unique and fun ideas.

Another option are workout streaming sites like Booya (hey, we’ve even created programs on there!) or Daily Burn. While they may not have specific couples-themed workouts, they do have a variety of different types of workouts that you can do side by side. (Kristen and her hubby have been doing Bob Harper’s Black Fire and are loving it — total ass kicker, and it’s an easy one to get competitive with, if that’s your jam.)

Additionally, keep checking the YouTube! There are always new ones going up that might be fun. Here are a few of our faves (a lot of them are more friend than romantic partner, but, hey, they work!):

Have fun sweating together, guys — and thanks for your question!

—The FBGs

Anyone else found any good couples workouts? Share ’em in the comments, please! —Jenn



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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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2017 Fitties: The Best Fitness- and Health-Related Products

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for …. and — quite literally — the post we’ve been working on for the past 365 days. It’s the 2017 Fitties! In case you’re new to the Fitties game or need a refresher, the Fitties are basically our version of the Oscars. And we give them out to only […]


It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for …. and — quite literally — the post we’ve been working on for the past 365 days. It’s the 2017 Fitties!

In case you’re new to the Fitties game or need a refresher, the Fitties are basically our version of the Oscars. And we give them out to only the best-of-the-best fitness- and health-related products that we have tried in the last year and love like whoa. We mean, we covet this stuff and only select products we believe in and recommend 100 percent.

We’ve got each content category divided up on individual pages so that you can find exactly what you’re looking for. So gird up your fit loins, click each of the page numbers below to get started and let’s do this!



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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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