Metabolism magic

If you haven’t heard, strength training is one of the keys to kick-starting a stubborn metabolism into gear. If like me, you are engaged in shaping-up, you may want to check out the Step-by-Step Strength Training with Petra Kolber.Learning the proper form and technique is what affects your results. 

You’ll need hand weights and a chair to follow this effective DVD. Beginners may want to start with lighter weights (three pounds) and work up. It’s divided into two 10-minute segments that target the lower and upper body, and two additional 20-minute segments that offer a total-body tone-up. You can mix and match to get your beach body in no time at all. Bonus Features include: Eight “Before You Begin” tips/guidelines, Eight Bonus Moves, and bonus workouts, including Step-by-Step Belly Dance and Dance and Be Fit: Brazilian Body.
Petra Kolber is the 2001 IDEA Instructor of the Year and was named Best Female Presenter by ECA in both 2003 and 2004. She travels the world educating other fitness professionals, and hosted Acacia’s Cardio for Beginners DVD. She is a survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Born in England, Kolber now resides in Los Angeles.
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I love Acacia’s selection of workout DVDs. They have the best instructors and offer wonderfully produced DVD’s. Check our archives for reviews and Acacia for more fabulous exercise options.

Get Bethenny’s booty

The original “Skinny Girl”, Bethenny Frankel of The Real Housewives of New York, now has her own workout DVD. And it is not bad at all. Bethenny and her personal trainer, celebrity instructor Kristin McGee, present a relaxed, but effective workout. Bethenny’s workout recipe is combination. There is a 40-minute hatha yoga workout that will tone, sculpt, stretch, and flex. She follows it with a basic stretch workout. Many women do not realize that working out with weights is what will help you lose weight, not cardio! You need both, but the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn!

There is even a quickie bonus booty work-out! I loved it. It was deceptively simple, but very effective. This would make great mother’s Day gift, if Mom is a fan of The Real Housewives of NYC or Bethenny. Or, get it for yourself. It is the perfect  get-in-shape for summer DVD.
Bethenny Frankel is a New York Times bestselling author of Naturally Thin and The Skinnygirl Dish. See the archives for our reviews.
Bethenny and KirstinA certified personal trainer, Pilates master, and yoga instructor, Kristin McGee has worked with numerous celebrity clients including Steve Martin, LeAnn Rimes, and CNN’s Soledad O’Brien.
Available for pre-order now, Body by Bethenny will be sold exclusively at on May 4.