I’ve had Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl Workout DVD stashed away for more than a year now. After I got it, I opened it, put it in the drawer with our other DVDs and forgot about it.
(Can you tell my DVDs are on the right and Ryan’s are on the left?)
Today I was in the mood to workout but didn’t want to drive to the gym, so I figured I could do the 45-minute yoga workout in my living room.
One major problem:
Sadie, while fantastic at the downward dog pose, doesn’t seem to believe in people practicing yoga peacefully at home.
As I went through the first 10 minutes of the workout, I got body slammed several times and Sadie tried to coerce me into multiple rounds of The Hand Game.
And then a squirrel decided to run around outside and I was free! Free from doggie madness!
Bethenny’s Skinnygirl Workout
Despite my love for Bethenny, I didn’t have high hopes for the workout because I tend to get really, really bored during workout DVDs and mentally check out.
Well, this one kept my interest and I ended up doing all of the segments back-to-back for one long workout. (The DVD offers two 15-minute workouts and one 20-minute workout, which you can do individually or together.)
The workout was led by New York City yoga instructor Mike McArdie and Bethenny participated right along with him as he gave pointers and talked through the workout.
Bethenny didn’t just go through the motions of the workout and stay quiet. Her funny remarks made the workout much more entertaining.
Bethenny also made comments about how hard certain moves were and noted where in her body she felt certain poses working which I loved because so many workout DVDs don’t acknowledge when you feel like you’re working extra hard. I feel like I’m out of shape or something when the instructor is peppy and excitable and I’m sweating or feelin’ the burn, so it was great to have Bethenny’s “real world” voice chime in and say when she was working hard so I didn’t feel like a crazy person when I was sweating through a pose.
Plus, Bethenny seems to love the pigeon pose as much as I do!
No, not that one.
I really liked this DVD and think it would be a great one to pack if you’re traveling and won’t have access to a gym or if you want a quality at-home yoga workout at your fingertips.
After completing my workout for the day, I immediately fixed myself lunch.
I made myself a flatbread pizza by topping a whole wheat flatbread with marinara sauce, spinach, mushrooms, fresh mozzarella and red onion.
It was fantastic!
On the side I snacked on some homemade peanut butter granola.
I ate a few handfuls before stashing the rest for later.
Question of the Afternoon
- What is your favorite workout DVD?