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This blog details some of my experiences with Library materials. You can also check out my Staff Picks reviews or take a look at the books I've set out on the Staff Picks Shelf at the Library. Some of the items I review on this blog are also pinned on Pinterest.  - Sara,  Electronic Services Librarian


  1. Sword Workout

    Forza, the samurai sword workout by Ilaria Montagnani

    I have already testified my love of Ilaria Montagnani’s kickboxing DVDs.

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  2. Rushfit 8 week program

    Georges St. Pierre's 'Rushfit' program

    I am more than half way through MMA fighter Georges St. Pierre’s 8 week Rushfit program. I love it, especially how quickly I see gains in strength without injuries or soreness. (I should add that I am only doing the workout portion and never even read all the way through the nutrition aspect of it.)

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  3. Kickboxing DVDs

    Kickboxing DVDs

    Kickboxing is probably my absolute favorite workout. If you enjoy a tough workout without too much instructor-perkiness, it might be for you, too. This review covers three different kickboxing instructors that I most certainly recommend, all of whom are available for checkout at the Library.

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  4. Ballet Beautiful series

    Ballet Beautiful series

    After training Natalie Portman for her role in “Black Swan,” ballet dancer Mary Helen Bowers has re-released two ballet-inspired workout videos under new titles. I enjoyed them, but found the lack of modifications for people who do not have a ballet dancer’s turnout – practically everyone – was cause for concern. Even though, of course, ballet dancers are extremely strong, I also found it comically demoralizing that someone with such a non-muscular build could be that much stronger than I.

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  5. Ballet Body series Workout DVDs

    Leah Sarago's Ballet Body series

    Here’s another workout DVD review that could be added to the “videos that sort-of make me think I’m going to die, yet I love them” list.

    Leah Sarago’s three-part Ballet Body series incorporates elements of ballet, Pilates, yoga, and athletic moves. As always, you need to think about proper pelvic and spinal alignment while doing the exercises, but she’s pretty good at cuing correct positioning. The videos, aside from tremendous strength-building, incorporate a lot of flexibility and balance work. I put these in when I want to work really hard but don’t want the extreme cardio of Brooklyn Bridge or one of my kickboxing DVDs. She does not include a warm-up at all, so you want to make sure to warm up your muscles before starting these.

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  6. Workout DVD: Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp

    Workout DVD: Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp

    I can’t resist -- here’s another review of a workout DVD. This one could be the first in a new series: “videos that sort-of make me think I’m going to die, yet I love them.”

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  7. Ellen Barrett Workout DVDs

    Skinny Sculpt
    For nearly a year in 2011, a coworker and I went through almost all of Ellen Barrett’s workout DVDs, reporting daily on what we thought and, as we used them repeatedly, whether and where our muscles were sore or if difficult moves were becoming easy. Increasingly amusing was discussing whether, in the aftermath, we found it difficult to perform mundane tasks such as walking up stairs or picking up paper that we dropped on the floor.
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  8. Dance-inspired Workout DVDs

    Bellydance: Cardio ShimmyI am at the tail-end of my first week of the two-week vacation I saved up for this year. Today I decided to do some of the 9 workout videos that I checked out on my last day of work before vacation.

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