Rent Before You Buy – The World of Exercise DVDs

When it comes to picking up a new exercise DVD or fitness workout, you should always rent before you buy. Whether the purchase price is $3 or $30 – there’s no reason in the world to spend that much money when you aren’t even certain you want to work out to that exercise video.

Rental Programs

Whether you download a copy through iTunes or rent via Netflix or Blockbuster – check out the selection you are interested in. The nice thing about a Netflix rental is that you can keep it for as long as you like. So whether you are interested in aerobics, tae bo, strength training, yoga or pilates – they have a huge selection available. In fact, I plan to take advantage of this over the next few months to rent a few titles that I have been interested in.

You’ll see reviews for these workouts posted here and if you are interested in seeing a particular workout DVD reviewed – send me a note and I’ll add it to the queue for reviewing. If you’ve used a workout DVD or other item that you really enjoy, let me know about that as well – I’d love to hear about what you like and what you don’t.

When Reviewing a DVD

When you rent a fitness DVD or video, you should always begin by sitting down and just watching it from beginning to end. You want to do this so you can get a feel for the workout before you start it. You also want to get a feel for the instructor on the video.

  • Are they clear when they give instructions?
  • Can you envision yourself listening to this instructor day in and day out?
  • What do you think of the overall workout?
  • Do you feel like it will challenge you without overwhelming you?

After you’ve enjoyed the review of the workout and if you’re still interested in it – dive in and give the workout itself a shot:

  • How did you feel about the workout? Did you enjoy it?
  • How did you feel afterwards? Exhausted? Pleasantly tired? Recharged?
  • Did it hold your interest or did it bore you?
  • Interested in doing the same workout tomorrow?

If you feel you enjoyed it a great deal, give it another workout or three – if you’re still enjoying it and want to continue – you may consider purchasing it. If you just want to use it for a few workouts and move to another – go for that too.

Have you ever rented an exercise DVD?

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.