7 Suggestions Before You Buy Another Fitness DVD

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
8/14/2008 6:26 PM   :  188 comments

If youíre like me, you probably have a thing for workout DVDs (and if you're old school like me, the VHS tapes, too). Working out with fitness videos can be a nice way to add variety to your routine, try new types of exercise in the comfort and privacy of your own home, and fit in a workout at home when youíre short on time or trying to avoid bad weather.

Over the years, I've amassed quite the collection: yoga, Pilates, cardio dance, jump rope, step aerobics, kickboxing and more. I like to have a wide variety of choices depending on my mood and goals for the day.

But who hasnít seen a shiny DVD box in the store or online, bought it, and been completely disappointed after trying it? (Raising my hand with you!) Youíre not aloneóeven the best of us can be deceived into buying something that is: too easy, too hard, way too boring, unsafe, really weird or just plain bad.

So for those of you who love to use videos too, here are a few tips so that you donít waste your money.



  1. Check out your local library. Most libraries have some fitness DVDs and videosóespecially newer selections. And since itís free, youíre not out anything. In fact, you have preview a video before you choose to buy it from the store. Or, even better, never buy it. Just continue to use your library video selection, rotating between new workouts every few weeks when your selections are due back.

  2. Try Netflix. For just $4.99/month (plus taxes), you can rent one DVD at a time, up to two times per month. Netflix (and other retailers like Blockbuster) has a vast selection of workout DVDs. This is another great way to preview before you buy. But even betteróuse the Netflix (or similar) plan to try all sorts of DVDs, keeping each one as long as you want and turning it back in for a new one once you get tired of it. You can even sign up for a bigger plan of nearly unlimited choices per month for less than the cost of most gym memberships.

  3. Read consumer reviews. Both Amazon.com and CollageVideo.com (my favorite) allow consumers to rate and review DVDs. You can learn a lot from these written reviews that will help you save your money by avoiding bad workout videos.

  4. Watch a preview. You can find previews of old and new selections on sites like amazon.com, collagevideo.com, and YouTube.com. Watching even a short preview, if possible, of the actual workout (not just a commercial for it) can help you decide whether the exercises, intensity, or even the instructor (letís face it, many are annoying) is right for you.

  5. Buy used. Iím a big believer in buying used consumer goods whenever possible. It saves money and itís a better environmental choice. Once you find a title youíd like to buy, check out eBay, craigslist.org, or even amazon.com (look for individuals who are selling their used titles, usually for much less than retail). Secondhand sporting goods stores (such as Play It Again Sports) might also have what youíre looking for.

  6. Ask around. Post on SparkPeople's Message Boards about the DVD youíre interested in. That way, you can get information from people just like you who have used it!

  7. Donít buy spontaneously! All of the tips above add up to one thing: do a little research first. Donít fall for the infomercials either.


Have a favorite DVD? How about one that you bought and now regret? Share in the comments below!


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  • 188
    CollageVideo dot com is NOT out of business - you can still call or email and they will sell you dvd's etc. They are just moving to a new platform/web host:

    "Weíll be back and running at full speed very soon. Weíll be on a new web host with a faster store platform, but will still have the great features youíve come to love, as well as the top-notch customer service youíve come to expect, from Collage Video. Not to mention an even wider selection of terrific fitness DVDs and associated products. "

    You can always set a "watch" on eBay or Amazon etc for items you are looking for. The one lady above was looking for used copies of the T-Tapp videos and if she sets a watch for it on eBay, then if one shows up for sale, eBay will send her an email notifier to let her know. - 5/21/2014   5:36:14 PM
  • 187
    I haven't read every comment so someone might have suggested this already but if you have a HuluPlus subscription, do a search for Leslie there. HP has some great excerpts of her walks via Gaim Walking, from the very basic to the more advanced and from 4 minutes to 11 minutes or so. If nothing else, it's a great way to give her stuff a try to see if it's something you'll like. :) - 4/14/2014   6:55:59 PM
  • 186
    Great ideas - Collage Video went out of business. TotalFitnessdvd.com has a great website with the ability to preview the videos. EBay is great too! - 4/10/2014   11:15:13 AM
  • 1TOODLES
    185
    Great comments. I am looking for used T-Tapp DVDs. I cannot afford the regular retail price of her workouts but I do believe that they work and want to find some good used ones. I did find her book, "Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes" for around $6.00. I have looked at Ebay-same prices, Half.com-doesn't have, Amazon-same prices, B&N-doesn't carry, Abe Books-doesn't carry, Valore Books-doesn't carry, and finally Craigslist Worldwide-not any listed. Also, checked my local library system and they had zilch. I did puts wanted ads on Craigslist in Los Angeles, CA (where they're located) and Atlanta, GA (where there is an upcoming event.) I am waiting to hear something from them. Any leads would be appreciated. - 4/20/2013   4:30:54 PM
  • 184
    lots of help - 1/22/2013   9:17:32 AM
  • CLARAELIZABETH1
    183
    I love the idea about posting on the message boards about a Fitness DVD to see get others opinions! - 1/21/2013   10:27:50 AM
  • CLARAELIZABETH1
    182
    I just bought Leslie Sansone's Pilates Walk DVD from QVC and it is my Favorite so far of ALL Leslie's Walks! (AND, that says a lot, because I have several favorites of hers!) Way to go, Leslie! :-) - 1/21/2013   10:25:56 AM
  • SPARKPEG11
    181
    I love most of the prevention magazine videos, especially Chris Freytag's Belly, Butt and Thigh = awesome little 10 minute workouts. Who doesn't have 10 minutes and the 3-2-1 = an awesome beginners video... I lost 20 pound when I did it 3x a week a couple years back and I'm a big Chris Freytag fan. She is really easy to follow. I also have this dorky video called "Sexy Arms" I got on Amazon, but it covers all the bases on working your arms. All are great when you have no time to think about it.... just pop in and someone else gives you the moves. It's a great brainless way to workout when you need it!! - 3/19/2012   12:50:51 PM
  • JPGSTART
    180
    I too am a best fitness DVDs nut! You posted a lot of great ideas for people to use to spend their money wisely when it comes to choosing the best fitness DVD for them. I have used the library and looked at reviews myself before purchasing DVDs. I always make sure I look at the reviews in the middle not the first few. I also have a few friends that use netflix and love it! Lets all keep our body moving and get healthy in 2012! - 2/13/2012   9:11:30 AM
  • 179
    I use Amazon then read and analyze all the reviews. After I purchase I then review them on Amazon to help others. Throw away the top reviews and bottom reviews. Read the middle reviews and you will get a good idea of what it is about. - 11/2/2011   10:47:52 PM
  • FITNESSFAN27
    178
    Expanding on number four, one great way to avoid buying a bad DVD is to see if there are any detailed examples of what is in it online. For example, I recently found a new fitness program called rippedtraining.com that will be coming out with a DVD soon. But to make sure people like it, they posted a bunch of samples on their YouTube channel, rippedtrainingdotcom. There are some great videos by many different trainers, and I'd encourage all of you to check it out. - 7/19/2011   7:15:15 PM
  • LIZAPO
    177
    A another idea is Half Price Books, they have alot of exercise videos for less and if you don't like it you can always return it. I've tried doing the videos at different times of the day and found out it just could be just I was't feeling at that time and once I do it again I loved it. - 6/25/2011   6:29:55 AM
  • 176
    Strongly agree with all mentioned. These are all awesome tips I have discovered and had to chuckle when reading this since I am so guilty of the same. - 5/27/2011   8:33:31 AM
  • 175
    #4 youtube - right on, nicole! Check out bodyrock.tv on youtube. They put out new videos each week geared at home workouts with minimal equipment. Free and extremely challenging workouts, with alternate instructions for beginners to do certain moves. Let me know what you think! - 5/26/2011   9:53:36 AM
  • 174
    The worst video I have bought was a 10 minute AB workout. I just didn't find it to able to keep my interest. I have since learned what motivates me and I have a few that I use on a very regular basis.
    - 4/29/2011   6:56:37 AM
  • 173
    I am a cheesy old-time 80`s vhs buff.I love exercising to these oldies.
    I got lots of them for a penny on Amazon. - 3/15/2011   1:04:28 PM
  • 172
    Good ideas. - 3/11/2011   1:42:45 PM
  • 171
    I visit the library for the latest DVD's. I don't watch a lot of DVDs so I'm not sure if Netflix in for me. I exchange with friends. - 2/21/2011   12:05:02 PM
  • KAKIPOPUP
    170
    In addition to the other online purchase options, check to see if there is a freecycle.org listserve in your area - you maybe able to get DVD's for free from people who don't want them anymore - - 2/1/2011   9:43:41 AM
  • 169
    Great ideas. This is one area of shopping I have trouble with. I want every exercise video out there because the nest one will make me thin! - 11/7/2010   7:22:59 PM
  • 168
    Never thought about my local library for fitness dvds; but will definitely check them out!! Thanks! - 11/6/2010   8:30:34 PM
  • STATS2332
    167
    I love all the Leslie Sansone dvds. The four/five mile ones are a little long if you are in a hurry but all of hers are generally great and make you feel good at any level. You can power it up or power it down depending on your fitness level. - 7/14/2010   9:34:45 AM
  • LAAJMA7
    166
    I have been using my local library for workout DVD's and if my library doesn't have it, I can request it from another library and have it sent over. This has been such a great idea. I have tried some that I thought I would like and I didn't, so all I had to do was return them to the library. No regretting that I spent money on something that I wasn't going to use anymore. And every week or every other week I have a different DVD so I don't get bored doing the same one over and over. - 5/13/2010   10:04:29 AM
  • 165
    I've just started again with Netflix so thats a great idea. I was previously swapping my dvd's (Exercise and other) on http://www.swapadvd.com/index.php that was a GREAT investment when I decided I couldn't listen to some of the instuctors on the DVD's anymore!! - 4/7/2010   7:51:09 PM
  • 164
    My cable service offers video on demand with a free exercise.tv channel. I can take my choice of lots of different workouts without spending a dime extra. They include the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred, some Biggest Loser stuff, even an Urban Strip workout. I usually do a couple and mix it up with harder ones on alternate days. If I really liked a particular workout I could buy it - 4/7/2010   12:57:15 PM
  • SUNSET09
    163
    If you have cable, there are also fitness channels that you can work out with and options ot fit your time, fitness level and environment. So, check there and see who may be your favorite instructor, then maybe go buy the DVD so you won't be disppointed. The other suggestions are great as well. Let's get to stepping! - 3/22/2010   12:52:10 PM
  • 162
    I am going to check out Fit, firm and Fired Up. Sounds like it would fit into life pretty easy with the 10 minute sessions of exercise. - 3/20/2010   2:24:05 AM
  • KATIECAN3
    161
    Some of the DVD's from Netflix can be used right on your computer-I have used them several times to see if I think the program is good before I purchase. - 3/17/2010   1:38:30 PM
  • 160
    Thanks for the suggestions. I had a nice library of VHS tapes but we've rolled along with technology here and have DVD players. I have enjoyed using the online videos here on SparkPeople to get me back in the swing of things. I will look into the library, NetFlix, and Collage Video (thanks, on that one I used to order from them all the time & it slipped my mind on what the name of the catalog was I used). Now I have a way to beat the heat and humidity around here, I am on my way! - 3/17/2010   12:58:11 PM
  • 159
    You can also find great deals at half.com if you don't want to bid but just compare prices and buy. - 3/9/2010   6:40:33 PM
  • 158
    Before I buy a video I DVR Fit TV then see often I do the the exercise and see, if its worth buying. - 2/18/2010   10:01:59 AM
  • 157
    Great idea on looking for used DVD's. - 2/17/2010   4:38:37 PM
  • KATIECAN3
    156
    I subscribe to Netlix! They have you might want to try. - 2/4/2010   6:38:00 AM
  • JMEISSNER18
    155
    Netflix is an awesome idea! I didn't even realize they had fitness DVDs! - 1/18/2010   9:25:06 AM
  • 154
    talking about the old school VCR I HAVE THE "OLDIES FOR SENIORS WITH RICHARD SIMMONS" THEY GIVE YOU MOVING... - 1/17/2010   5:38:15 PM
  • IZZYBEBOP
    153
    I'm so glad I saw this. I'd just placed an order for more fitness DVDs (like I need more to add to my 30+ collection) and just canceled it. I'm going to check out Netflix. That way I can try them out and THEN if I like them, buy them later. - 1/16/2010   3:04:40 PM
  • 152
    I am like you I have lots of videos that I watched once and then gave away. Not for me. I am going to check Netflix (HUGE netflix fan anyway). I didn't realize they had workout videos. Thanks! - 1/15/2010   5:29:39 PM
  • 151
    Great suggestions! I love Collage Video too - great reviews and clips. They actually have fitness experts who do all their videos and write reviews. Very helpful. I have never been disappointed in any bought from there. Have also learned recently of totalfitnessdvd.com - they also have review and sometimes even longer clips. Have also done the library thing, but will try Netflix as well. Sometimes the checkout time from the library is too short for me. I like the one month option. Thanks for the info!
    - 1/10/2010   3:44:01 PM
  • 150
    Another source for online exercising videos is exercise tv, http://www.exercisetv.tv /. They have full length 20 to 30 videos and lots of videos to preview. Kendall Hogan is my favorite trainer there. I also, like Kathi Smith's videos.

    There are also a few exercise videos on Dr. Oz's Realage website: http://www.realage.com/videos - 12/18/2009   12:42:41 PM
  • 149
    I am also a Leslie Sansone fan. The moves are uncomplicated but effective. - 12/17/2009   4:44:25 PM
  • HAPPYJOLO
    148
    This is a great little artical - thanks for the tips. I too have my collection of fitness DVD's and I think I'll check out the library next time. - 11/15/2009   6:11:46 AM
  • PHILASOCCERGIRL
    147
    I bought the Jillian Michael's Wii last year....big disappointment. Next time I'll definitely check out the customer responses. - 11/13/2009   12:45:00 PM
  • AUGUST_66
    146
    I will use this information thanks - 11/9/2009   11:09:21 AM
  • 145
    thanks ,great idea - 11/4/2009   11:53:15 AM
  • 144
    GREAT idea! Thank you. - 11/4/2009   10:43:33 AM
  • 143
    I LOVE the idea of using the library and Netflix to broaden my choice of exercise DVDs. It's an extra great idea for previewing dvd's that I might buy. - 10/29/2009   10:34:30 PM
  • 142
    Tae bo for life. Billys favorite moves have helped me shed twenty pounds and counting. I looked at some of the new programs out there and they contain soo many of his moves. I also love prevention fitness shortcuts to big weight loss.

    And yes try your local library, like I did. I haven't paid for a video yet. I can renew twice which gives me three weeks. Return and rent the same one again or try something new if that one is unavailable. The public library in my area charges nothing to check them out and has a wonderful selection.

    - 10/22/2009   7:19:14 PM
  • 141
    and, a great resource for used DVDs is www.half.com along with ebay. I purchase a variety of them for....pennies sometimes, and then when I "loan" them out, I don't stress about getting them back. : ) - 10/19/2009   5:41:46 PM
  • BACKFROMAFGHAN
    140
    I really enjoy doing the videos and dvd's sometimes. I like ones that are different. Not the same moves we did in Highschool PE. I like Turbo Jam and any that are dancing or something like that.
    I remember when I was little, my parents had Denise Austin (80's version). We would move all the furniture so that all 5 of us could do the video together. Also, Richard Simmons-Sweatin to the Oldies. My dad hated this one, so it was just my mom, me and my 2 bros. We all loved this one. We would do it especially on mornings before "deep cleaning days" and we would all be doing the moves and singing the songs all day.
    - 10/19/2009   3:42:46 AM
  • 139
    I bought a Leslie Sansone DVD for about $6.00 at the local used DVD/game store. I truly love it. I have an old Weight Watchers one, but like Leslie better. Hers is much easier to follow and you don't need very much room. I want to get some more to mix them up and I am a Netflix member, so maybe I'll get some from there to try them out. Years ago I tried Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons. I spent more time trying to figure out what to do than actually working out. - 10/7/2009   9:51:55 PM

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