Return of the Workout Video

Before I had my daughter, running was a regular part of my workout. Since her birth, running has lost its allure for me. I think it had to do with breastfeeding my daughter. My huge boobs attracted attention as I jogged with my daughter in the stroller and it was unattractive, uncomfortable and no matter how many sports bras and running tanks I put on, my girls still soared for the sky and dove for the ground. All you ladies out there with big boobs know just what I am talking about.

Now that I have stopped the breastfeeding, my boobs have started to return to their normal size and I may start running again, but its not on the top of my workout list. What I am enjoying is workout videos at home. I dont have to do my hair, get all dolled up, find a sitter, its free, and I can fit it in whenever I get a spare 20 minutes in my day.

Workout videos are not a new phenomenon. I remember doing Cher’s aerobic workout with my mom way back in the day - now that was a classic. Who else but Cher could get away with doing a workout in a g-string? Seriously now. We also owned the complete abs & buns of steel collection and some of the Elle McPherson videos - torture, but they did the trick. When we couldn't get to the gym we turned to the VCR. Yes, VCRs, they were all the rage back then.

After doing a bit of research a few months ago on the newest videos out there, I decided to try Turbo Jam with Chalean Johnson. Out of all the workout videos this one is by far my favourite. I am sure some of you have seen the infomercial in the middle of the night; I have probably watched it at least 10 times. Those things are evil, but the videos are great!

The first time I watched the 20 minute workout I thought it was a spoof, but once I got going I was hooked. Her newest series chalean extreme promises to “help you burn fat long after your workout – even while you sleep”. Hell, if my butt can do anything while I sleep, (when I can get sleep that is) I’m in.

There are always classics to try - Billy Blanks Tae Bo and slimy, sweaty and way too shiny for my taste Richard Simmons. Personally, I’ll take my bubbly, bouncy Chalean Johnson over Richard Simmons any day. I just can't get over the slick and the shorts, sorry, but if thats the kind of thing you are in for, check out Carmen Electra’s Aerobic Striptease. Yes, she really does have a workout on stripping. Now i have seen some of them and they seemed a little like soft porn and more like something for our hubbies to watch when we are conveniently out of town with the kids, but hey, it may work. It sure would be fun to whip it on the next time i have some girlfriends over, some drinks and we need a good laugh. But hey, wait, whos kidding who, whens the last time I have had time to do that? 2 years ago???

So let's put on our legwarmers, our cute yoga outfits or hell, pull a Cher and whip out your g-string and let's get moving! With the economy the way it is today, you don’t need to go to a pricey gym to get a great & stylish workout when you can do it, g-string and all, right in the comfort of your own home.

Remember - you're worth it and you deserve it!


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Shannon Cook is the creator of where she dishes on the latest crafty projects, her series of tutorials for newbie sewers, fitness, and other resourceful goodies to help moms survive (and love) life in the mommyhood. She shares with humour and insight her life with hubby and 2yr old daughter in Victoria, BC.

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