Party Off the Pounds

As most of you know, I have trouble motivating myself to work out. Like tonight. I worked a full, busy day, came home, worked on some homework, went with the husband to drop off a library book, grabbed dinner, stopped at the grocery store, watered the yard, cleaned up the kitchen and then… I knew I had to work out. But I felt lazy. And feeling lazy is such a precursor to blowing off a workout. But then! I remembered one of the awesome birthday gifts I received this weekend.

Personalized Pineapple Cutting Board

It wasn’t my personalized cutting board that Matt got me….

Turtle Fruit Corer

And it wasn’t this awesome turtle shaped fruit cutter that my best buddy Katelyn got me…

Excited much?

It was… Richard Simmons’ Party Off the Pounds DVD! I’ve been wanting a Richard Simmons DVD for awhile, ever since the first time I worked out with him in person. Matt got it for me for my birthday, and it’s perfect for nights like tonight where getting dressed, filling up a water bottle, driving to campus, parking, and going into the rec center to do some cardio just feels like too much work. I was able to prance and dance and sweat in my very own living room, with no cares about if I looked stupid or if I remembered the padlock for the locker. My cats were kind of confused, though.

Anyways, this DVD is no joke. This DVD is a good workout! It’s no P90X or Ass Ripper 10,000 or whatever those fitness DVDs are called, but it’s a good, solid workout. I was sweating thoroughly, but most of all, I was having fun dancing along to hits like “Mickey” and “Hit me with your best shot.” Also? There are fat people in the video, like real, actual fat people – not Hollywood fat people like Christina Aguilera. (Sorry Christina, but everyone says you’re a chubster and we know you’re not. You aint the real thang, girl.)

I’m excited because I may have finally found a good solution for nights like tonight when the gym just isn’t going to happen. Now I kind of want to check out some more fitness DVDs – anybody got some recommendations for me? And also – could you work out with a fitness DVD, or is just too strange for you? I know some people aren’t into busting a move in their living room, so I’m curious – are workout DVDs a do or a don’t for you? Why or why not?


11 thoughts on “Party Off the Pounds

  1. “Ass Ripper 10,000” LMAO!!! I LOVE working out at home with DVDs and On Demand videos! Recently I’ve been working out with these videos I found on YouTube by fitness blogger Cassey Ho. She is so perky and is very chatty but it distracts from the pain of working out! Check her out at or

    It’s mainly Pilates and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). Most of the videos are about 10 minutes and you can repeat as needed.

    I also consider playing Just Dance on the Wii a legit cardio workout 🙂

  2. I definitely agree with Monique, I totally consider Just Dance a cardio workout 🙂 My favorite DVD is Jackie Warner’s Power Circuit Training. I just checked and it’s only like $7 on Amazon. All you need are some hand weights and there are a few different options for workouts. It’s really good for getting a little strength training in and getting your heart rate up for a while!

  3. I love working out at home. My fave DVDs are Leslie Sansone’s walking DVDs, any of them are great and they’re a lot of fun!

  4. Jillian Micheals’ 30 Day Shred DVD’s are pretty cool- you move up in intensity each week and they are available on Netflix.

    I personally do not like doing work out dvds- but we have a crappy downstairs neighbor who likes to bang on her ceiling/our floor whenever we walk too hard, so I am sure that has something to do with it. But I hate the gym too, lol. I guess it is all about finding what works for you. And remember- that first step is always the hardest :o)

  5. Having a fun and challenging DVD at home to use when you’re not feeling like leaving to go to the gym is so important. I’ve never tried a Richard Simmons workout, but you make me want to look into getting this DVD. Thanks for the review.

  6. I like Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred as well. I have also found some good stuff Ondemand from Comcast. I’ve also recently discovered for pilates mat classes.

  7. I’m doing that DVD in about 10 minutes. Whoa! I’ve done Party Off the Pounds so many times that I could do it at this point without looking at Richard. It’s my favorite DVD of all time! =0)

  8. Came from Amazon, although based on the party in our living room, I thought Richard Simmons was crawling through our television.

  9. LOL! I can’t wait to meet Richard with you the next time I come to visit! Also: go turtle apple slicer!

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