is a new DVD created by Fitness Instructor Jillian Hessel. It is a great beginner workout that can be done at home without purchasing expensive equipment or requiring a lot of space! This is a "no-excuses" workout because all you need are the things that are easily found around the house to serve as your workout equipment.
The workout is a hybrid of Dance, Pilates, and Yoga, it's designed to get you moving, stretching, toning, strengthening your core, and improving your posture. The workout cleverly uses common household items like food cans and water bottles to serve as hand weights. A straight-back chair is also needed for the seated exercises.
Initially, I thought some of the seated exercises were too easy, but for folks who sit at a desk all day, they are great for working the upper body and easy to incorporate into a work day to keep your upper body both strong and flexible. The neck and shoulder relaxation section is WONDERFUL. It's like giving yourself a mini-massage.
Jillian says, "I created HomeBody because I want to inspire folks to get up off the couch and start moving, dancing, and toning in the comfort and security of their own homes. Homebody is for everyone who likes to move to music, but doesn't want to spend a lot of money or time getting into shape."
The HomeBody workout is divided into four main parts (plus bonus tutorial!) that can be performed separately or in their entirety, depending on your time schedule. Special navigation buttons allow certain sections to be repeated if you want to concentrate on a particular exercise or sequence. Here is the workout summary:
Part I — Standing Dance Warm-up:
Gets the heart rate up, warms and limbers the entire body, and tones the arms using props found at home.
Part II — Chair Workout:
Chair squats, triceps dips, pelvic lifts, spine twist, a special neck & shoulder tension taming section, plus more arms work!
Part III — Mat Sequence:
Challenging Pilates floor work session. Great for the abs, back, and waist. Includes a special section focusing on toning hips & thighs.
Part IV — Rise to Standing and Finish:
Works on balance and coordination to integrate the core work from the mat sequence into your new improved standing posture.
Bonus Personal Trainer Tutorial:
A unique 12-minute add-on featuring Master Teacher Jillian Hessel offering individualized tips on posture and the exercises included in HomeBody, designed to enhance your understanding and execution of the workout.
Launched in January 2010, HomeBody is now available in Walmart Stores nationwide, on Amazon.com, and here at Jillian's website.
I highly recommend this workout for beginners, but there are portions that are more intermediate. I also like that it's easy to segment into times that will work for different schedules. So, no excuses. Give this one a try!
Have you tried HomeBody? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.