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Tracy Frank, Published May 07 2014

Review: Workout DVDs quick, effective

FARGO – Time seems to be my biggest barrier when it comes to exercise.

If I don’t work out first thing in the morning, chances are I won’t do it at all.

Quick workouts have never really seemed worth it to me. I mean, why bother if it’s not going to do anything? But I recently saw an infomercial for Tony Horton’s 10-Minute Trainer DVDs and I decided to give it a try.

It turns out the DVDs are a great way to get an effective, hard workout in, even when you don’t have a lot of time.

Horton (who created the P90X workout system) calls 10-Minute Trainer “multi-tasking for the body.” The moves work multiple muscle groups at a time and an exercise band provides extra resistance.

The exercise band comes with an attachment to connect it to a door for the cardio and some of the weight-training routines. It didn’t work on my door, but I was able to connect it to my elliptical machine and it worked just fine.

The program comes with eight fitness routines that work the upper body, lower body, abs, total body and cardio. It also includes the workout band, a cardio belt, a suggested meal plan, measuring tape, a workout calendar, rapid results guidebook and access to an online trainer.

I have not followed the meal plan, but I signed up for the free online trainer and found it to be a good way to stay motivated and accountable.

What I really like about the program is if I have more time, I can combine workouts, but if I truly only have 10 minutes, I still feel like I’m making a difference.

If I do the warm-up and cool-down, the workouts are closer to 15 minutes long.

The DVDs have the option of a “trainer” setting or a “normal” setting. In the trainer setting, Horton explains the moves in more detail, so it’s a good way to start each of the programs.

The program costs $80 plus $13 for shipping and handling. It’s sold through beachbody.com.



Readers can reach Forum reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526