Yahoo! Shine Get It Guide- Fitness Review and Zumba Giveaway

It’s that time of year. Everyone’s talking about it, and it isn’t just with New Year’s resolutions. I walk into my gym this time of year, and suddenly “my” locker isn’t available because of the influx of new members. That’s a good thing. Anytime people make the effort to increase their fitness level, I’m all for it – in whatever form works best for them. Personally, I’m a gym girl. Once I walk in the gym doors, I have to do something because people are watching.

That said, I do exercise at home when I can’t get out. The days when my schedule is jam packed but I need something to pep me up, or the wee ones are home sick from school, or I was lazy and now feel guilty about it? Those are the perfect times to do something at home. I recently had some friends over to do some workout videos and get their thoughts on them, and we actually had a good time, although not everyone would go on camera. Me? I have no such fears!


We received four different workouts from Yahoo! Shine Get It Guide. The Yahoo! Shine Get It Guide, showcases the things women are searching for and talking about. A new Get It Guide will come out every two weeks, focusing on a specific category (i.e. fashion, beauty, fitness, children products, etc.). The first three topics included Celebrity Fragrances, Jeans, and Toys. The current Get It Guide topic is Most Popular Fitness DVDs. Check out the Get It Guide to learn more about what people are saying about each DVD and vote for your favorite!

We received Personal Training with Jackie: Crunch-free Xtreme Abs, Insanity: Fast and Furious, Zumba Fitness, and Kettlebell Basics: Bob Harper Body Shred Workout. Not surprisingly, no one wanted to do the Insanity workout – especially not in front of others. We ended up doing the Zumba Fitness workout(which is what the giveaway will be), which included Zumba toning sticks – which I’ve never seen before but oh man did my arms get a workout! – and the Bob Harper workout, which included a compact kettlebell that fascinated everyone. Apparently we’re all just gadget geeks at heart.

 About the workout videos

Kettleball Basics: Bob Harper Body Shred Workout is a 30 minute toning DVD that features Bob Harper from The Biggest Loser as the personal trainer.  It requires a contoured kettlebell, as there are some moves where you don’t want a traditional kettle ball for comfort reasons.  The video shows a woman doing the moves with Bob Harper acting as her personal trainer while she does the workout.  It includes stretching before and after the primarily strength training session.

INSANITY: Fast and Furious is a 20 minute version of the 45 minute INSANITY series of DVDs.  It is an intense workout designed for those who work out on a regular basis.  This combined both strength training and cardio but needs no other equipment than your body.  It is a very fast video and focuses on using speed to get through a lot of exercises in a short timespan.

Personal Training with Jackie: Crunch-Free Xtreme Abs is a DVD with two workouts aimed at improving your abs without resorting to a single crunch.  The workouts are both 15 minutes long.  One relies on standing, while the other is done on the floor.  They are not meant to be done one after the other but rather rotated across days.  The video claims you can get results doing the videos just three times per week.  You do need a pair of hand weights to do this video as designed, though in a pinch you can do it without any.

Zumba Fitness comes with two videos, “Complete Total-Body Transformation System” and “Zumba Fitness Live! & Flat Abs.”  This is a full body workout that utilizes dance to burn calories.  It is a fast-paced Latin workout that utilizes Zumba sticks to increase the intensity of it.  Interestingly, this comes in both Spanish and English.  It features the founder of Zumba – Beto – running the show with a host of dancers to keep you in the groove.  The videos range in length from 20 to 60 minutes, giving you options depending on the amount of time you have available.

Which was our favorite?

The Zumba video got a more enthusiastic response, as the dancing and moving around is more energizing and fun for us. Yes, we were sweating, and yes, we needed to take breaks, but we enjoyed it. This is one that I’ll add to my rotation.

 Enter to win

One 5 Minutes for Mom reader is going to win this great Zumba Fitness package courtesy of Yahoo Shine! Fitness. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment here telling us what your favorite workout video of all time is.

This giveaway will end on Febuary 3rd and a winner will be chosen by and announced the following Sunday in our Around the Blogosphere post.


In the interest of full disclosure, I received the videos mentioned above courtesy of Yahoo! Shine for review purposes. I was also compensated for this post, although all opinions remain my own.


You can find Michelle currently sitting on her couch where she’s embarrassed at how much effort it takes to stand up after doing Bob Harper’s kettlebell workout that didn’t seem that hard at the time. Laugh at this and other antics on her blog Honest & Truly! Or find her on Twitter as @honestandtruly.



  1. says

    My favorite of all time is the Leslie Sansone Pilates walk workout, it toned my abs so well . I have never tried the Zumba but would love too!!

  2. ♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ says

    my favorite is “Turbo Jam”

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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  3. Michelle says

    I have really enjoyed Zumba classes, but have struggled with regular workout DVD’s. Maybe Zumba would be the ticket since I alreay like the class, but with a toddler at home it is hard to get to.

  4. says

    I loved the 30 day shred like most folks however, I really could use Zumba to help me cross train for my running training. I also love to dance.

  5. loriag says

    I don’t have a favourite exercise video as I haven’t really used them. That said, I love Zumbia and want to try it on video.

  6. Lesley says

    My favorite is Leslie Sansones Walk Away the Pounds. (I also do a Kettle Bell workout, and after the first time, I was sore for days.)

  7. Melissa P. says

    I have never used any workout videos so technically I do not have a favorite. But I will say this, I really need to get my lump of self off the couch and move and this zumba would be great. :)

  8. CherylS22 says

    I don’t have a favorite workout video – I don’t use them. But the Zumba program caught my eye because it uses dance as the basis for exercise.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Michele Anne says

    I use to workout with the richard simmons videos but got a little bored with them….need something new to try.

  10. Dena Kimball says

    I love Ready, Set, Grover….with Elmo. It is a fitness Wii game that I can play with my 19 month old! We jump, run, throw, and catch inside while there is snow on the ground outside! Fun!

  11. jen Mastin says

    i dont have a favorite but have really been wanting to try zumba! i just had a baby and would like to lose a few more pounds.

  12. Tiffany Reynolds says

    TAE BO!!! Really gets your energy up and makes you MOOOOVE!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this! What a great giveaway!

  13. Shawna Knight says

    Richard Simmons – Sweatin’ to the oldies – it is hysterical

    I get a stomach workout just LAUGHING at it

  14. Stacey Bicovny says

    I love the biggest loser workouts. They’re all unique in their own way and they provide a great workout. Thanks for this giveaway I’d love to try zumba

  15. CMC says

    I don’t have a favorite…yet! I do take Zumba classes and I adore them, so I’d bet the DVDs would be my faves.

  16. Debbie Rinaldi says

    Last year I attended a Zumba class at the YMCA weekly. It was such a good class & fun too. This year a YMCA membership is not in the budget. This would be so great to do at home!

  17. Jules McNubbin says

    oh gosh, i havent done any workout tapes in ages. I used to LOVE the jane fonda one when i was a teenager.. more recently i had some kathy smith step aerobics dvds that i enjoyed. I need to try zumba it sounds so fun!

  18. Ileana says

    Hi girls, thank you for this give away, I am under a huge depression at the moment, after having 5 major surgeries and a long recovery time, who forsed me to stay in bed and on my couche for nearly 3 years I’ve put 20 kg (44 pounds) <:"( so basically, nothing fits me on my wardrobe <:"(. I am a singer/songwriter and this saturday I have to appaer in front of an audience with all this weight on ๏̯͡๏ it's a short performance (tank goodness) in the center on Melbourne. Oh! I'm writing from Australia. I am so sad, you can understand, I don't want to see anybody, I didn't even take Christmas photos with my family and I made excuses no to go and see our family in Perth for Easter because I feel totally gross about myself. What I'm doing is really bad, I'm hiding from the world and even from my family, that istottaly unhelthy. I'm making them pay for my weight :'<
    It was not totally my fault that this happened to me, one of my doctors stoped ALL my hormones so I stop bleeding, after I already had 3 transfusions on a emergency visit to hospital. But to tell you the truth. If I would've know I was going to pur all this weight I would've never let him place that implant on my body. Sad but truth.
    Do you have any tips on how I can lose some weigh king of fast? I will really appreciate your help. I even stop the recording of my CD because of this
    /╯﹏╰\ .
    Maybe I just needed to talk to someone who will understand how I'm feeling right now and I found you girls on the Internet. Good on ya' for what you are doing! Thank you for reading my message. Ciao and…
    G'day from Australia.

  19. Amber D. says

    i use the wii instead of videos. but i absolutley LOVE zumba! Used to go to classes but never have the time now :-( maybe a video would help. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  20. Kimberly M. says

    My favorite workout DVD is Karen Voight’s Ultimate Circuit Training though lately I do way more working out with my Wii and EA Sports Active 2. Thanks for the reviews – I’ll have to check out the Zumba DVDs.

  21. says

    I remember Jane Fonda’s first workout tape. I also remember following Richard Simmons tapes. I admit seeing people my size and larger working just as hard as myself is a real motivator!

  22. Cynthia says

    My fav workout video is Gaiam Yoga Video that’s on VCR :) It’s basic but thorough and I feel great when I get done!

  23. Robin C. says

    I loved the Firm Total Muscle Shaping video. I have done quite a few of their videos on and off over the years. I would love to try Zumba. My Mom does a Zumba class in the water and loves it.

  24. says

    Before getting pregnant with baby number 2 I really like this “Hip Hop” abs work out video. Had a sexy instructor, then I got pregnant. When I was pregnant I started getting obsessed with zumba and told myself this would be how I got into shape again after having the baby. My baby is currently 8 weeks old and having this zumba package would be amazing and it would make me feel amazing too!

    Thank you for this giveaway!


  25. Denice P says

    i don’t have a fav. workout video. i’ve did do some work outs by jane fonda back in highschool but they were never really fun. I know i a little behind in the times.

  26. MJ says

    Pure Barre, seriously. The production values aren’t stellar, but I found muscle definition all over after a few months!

  27. Maria H says

    Wow, this is a tough question. I don’t really have a favorite workout video of all time, there are so many good ones! Bob Harper’s Yoga for the Warrior is probably my favorite yoga video though…

  28. Julia says

    I’ve tried some DanceX fitness workout videos, I don’t know if it’s famous, old or what in your country, I live in Italy and I only got my hands on it very recently :)
    I’d LOVE to try Zumba, by the way! I can’t find Zumba classes over here, so I wish I can get the DVD!!!

  29. Jill H says

    Right now I am using Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred and alternating it with my Precor Elliptical, Wii Fit, and the Kettleworx Series….I love them all.

  30. Vivian Reid says

    My fave is Pilates Basics 2.0 from Windsor Pilates. But I’m looking for a cardio workout to pair with it.

  31. Karen Smith says

    My favorite fitness dvd of all time would have to be Jazzercise. I don’t even know if they make them anymore but I have one from 1995 (its actually VHS,not DVD HAHAH! ) But I loved it and still use it almost every day. Time to get on the Zumba fitness bandwagon tho. I can do the Jazzercise workout in my sleep zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  32. Heather says

    My fave workout was Dance Off the Inches: Tummy Tone Party Zone with Marie Forleo. That was the 1st workout I did that I actually stuck with because it was positive, upbeat and fun. It really instructed well, which was great for a newbie and klutz like me! It helped me to lose 6 lbs in my first month. I must admit, I need to get focused back on my fitness. I’ve heard incredible things about Zumba and would love to give it a try!

  33. says

    Thank you so much for the chance to win this! I have been wanting Zumba for some time, I am reinforced now to try it by your review! My favorite workout in the past was Billy Blanks Tae Bo. I used that DVD so many times. This time around I’m really looking for something different though.

  34. ACMommy3 says

    I love Leslie Sansone’s Pilates 3-Mile Slim and Sleek Walk workout DVD!!! :-) Easy enough to catch on quickly, but with challenges to keep you focused. I appreciate her dvd’s for workouts that you don’t have to stress out to figure out how to use them. :-) creedamy [at] yahoo [dot] com

  35. victoria lester says

    My all time favorite work out video is the Wii Fit but if that isn’t a true “video” – the next choice would have to be my step aroebics video.

  36. R Hicks says

    my fav is 10 Minute Trainer: Tony Horton’s Workout for the Busiest People Fitness DVD Program

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  37. Heather says

    My favorite exercise video by far is Zumba. I am overweight and trying to get healthy again. I would like to win the Zumba set because from what I have seen it is great cardio with fun latin dancing thrown in. Yea Zumba!!!

  38. tracy simms says

    I like a 10 minute workout I found at the library…I can’t remember the name but I wish I could find it again!

  39. Michelle Stice says

    I do not have a favorite, I have heard great things about ZUMBA and would love to have something like it to do regularly.

  40. Summer D says

    I used to exercise with my mother years ago to Kathy Smith’s Ultimate Video Workout. I think it’s about 20 years old and it was so much fun.

  41. Shelley Mitchell says

    I have to agree the Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred is an amazing workout!!

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  42. Lori L. says

    My favorite ever was the original Buns of Steel. But I’ve been wanting to try Zumba and this would be perfect! Thanks!

  43. Colleen Maurina says

    I must confess I have never had a workout video. I really like the Zumba because it is so fun to have dancing a part of the workout!

  44. Chris N says

    I know that I am being cheesy, but I like Sweating to the Oldies. It always makes me feel good about my workout. The music is fun and Richard is a madman.

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  45. virginia says

    I love the zumba workout. i tried it with my friend who purchased it and it was so much fun! now shes moved & the zumbas moved with her. you always stick with a workout you enjoy & results are always a plus!

  46. Elisabeth says

    Favorite of all time is Jillian Michael’s Burn Fat Boost Metabolism! Just did it this morning and it gives a great cardio workout!


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