Best Home Workout Programs

It's little wonder so many people resolve each year to lose weight, eat better, get stronger and treat their bodies better. When you're healthy, you feel better, look better, and are all around more happy.

But maintaining a good physique isn't necessarily easy, especially as we get older. There are a lucky few who are able to stay fit simply by living their daily lives. The rest of us, however, have to put forth an effort.

Too often, this is something we don't do until there is a problem. Maybe you're looking in the mirror and you don't like what you see. Maybe you are participating in an loved activity and realizing you have lost a step and can't keep up. And maybe it has come to the point where a poor physique is actually affecting your health and quality of life.

Regardless of their motivation, come January 1st people flock to their local gyms in hopes of making this year a better one. But this crowd quickly dissipates as the year progresses and it doesn't seem to be because people are reaching their goals and living happily ever after. Instead, it appears that people are getting discouraged and giving up. And it's not just the people in gyms who spent the first few months of the year aimlessly trying out the various machines at the gym and not seeing results. Millions more have treadmills, exercise bikes, dumbbells, and other home gym equipment purchased with the best of intentions that often times ends up being a high priced clothes hanger.

Why is this? Why do so many people fail at achieving their new year's resolution to get in shape?

Part of it may be that working out is just that, work - and work is hard. But that doesn't appear to be a complete explanation. Most people will work extremely hard if they believe it is worth it. And what reward is better than a trim and strong physique? Instead, a better explanation may be that people get discouraged by a lack of results. Granted, it takes time to make a difference in your body, but if you don't know what you are doing when you work out, results may come at a snail's pace if at all.

In order to get the best results in the shortest amount of time, you need to work out properly. For some, this means signing up for sessions with a personal trainer, but at $50+ an hour, this can be prohibitively expensive. More and more often, people are avoiding the gym altogether turning to home workout programs.

Unlike the aerobics videos on the past, today's home workout programs are more complete fitness solutions. Many feature multiple routines, diet plans, online interactivity and more. There are no magic weight loss potion and you will have to work, but know that if you select a quality workout routine and put forth the effort, you will see results, and you will see them quickly.

To help you get started, here is a list of the top home workout programs.
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The Top Ten

I'm now currently in my second week of insanity and my god is it tuff, but when I see the huge sweat stains on my t shirt that is what keeps me going.
Even if there is no science behind it (which there is) the simple fact is that you are working your ass off and so your going to see results.
The thing I like about insanity is that there are no equipment needed unlike P90X and Chalean Extreme. Insanity is good cardio workout! It will drop those pounds off of you and of course with healthy eating. But as soon as you hit your goal weight time to add weights.
I love how insanity requires no equipment and it is so tuff and difficult, and its not boring. Because its so tuff and your basically always moving, its hard to remember things. I lost 10 pounds in 2 months, my brother lost 20 pounds in two months! Its amazing, totally recommend it
[Newest]The best workout to reduce your fat in short period...
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I love P90X for one reason and one reason only. It is THE most effective program out there. It's effectiveness is simply due to it's all around approach. It challenges you in all areas of your fitness, whether it's strength training, cardio, or just overcoming the greatest obstacle of all, YOU. If you want a total life transformation, P90X is your tool for achieving it.
P90X is a good program to use but its tough todo. I use it when I can't go to the gym which in the gym you can spend hours and with this program you can do one workout only just a hour which I think its amazing. 'It challenges you to succeed and a month you end up with a decent new body, workout more, the more your muscles will build 'and I believe theirs is something you eat that after the workout which is helpful I don't know what is called.
This is without question the most challenging workout I've experienced. I feel as if I have earned back my self-confidence (and my rocking bod laugh out loud).


[Newest]Made me sore like words can't even describe but it was worth it. It is very effective and I got abs quicker than I expected. I am now confident. Thank you P90X! The exercises are enjoyable and they vary from kick boxing to yoga.

Amazing workout. After completing Insanity 3 times I never thought a 25 minute workout could make me work this hard. I am in BETA now and it is amazingly tough to be so short. Well worth the money.
Such a great FULL BODY workout! I've gotten amazing results with T25! Almost done with my 10 week program and am already excited to start round two next week! Have REALLY tightened and toned ALL OVER.
This program is accessible to everyone. Yes, it is intense. But there are low impact modifications that make it something people at any fitness level can do. Top athletes will also be challenged by this workout if they go all out at it. It is perfect for cardio and muscle tone and the optional third phase Gamma will work more on strength, if you want it. Core development is also a huge part of this workout. Push play.
[Newest]I'm on beta stage

I loved TurboFire... It was the most fun workout that I've done at home and as a result, it kept me motivated to keep doing it. I Lost 15lbs at the end of the program and would have probably lost more if I'd followed a proper nutrition plan. I start doing other workouts but on the day that I don't feel like doing anything, I always do a turbofire workout because I know I would enjoy it! I would highly recommend this workout to anyone interested in a good home workout program!
This workout gets the job done! I've lost 15 pounds and 12 inches off my body in 8 weeks! The workouts are FUN, varied, and keep you wanting to come back for more! A better workout than a gym workout, and less money than a gym membership! Turbo Fire makes you feel like you're actually IN class with the rest of the people. Can't say enough about it. Cardio, strength training, and high intensity interval training all in one! There's also modifications for those who need to keep things more low impact. Don't think twice about trying this workout!
I've done this program three times beginning to end, and supplemented my half marathon training with it. I LOVE IT. Its SO much fun. Hardly feels like you're working out...until your flat on the ground, out of breath, sweating like a crazy person! Really makes getting your fitness on track super fun and easy!
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It makes you stronger more flexible more explosive more athletic more durable and less vulnerable to injury doing your everyday routine. All this and at the same time getting you absolutely ripped.
This program adds balance & proper recovery training in to the mix. Most people need this to feel better as they make the journey.
Same style as P90X, but with a focus on athletic performance and overall durability, as well as getting ripped! Best program for the money, hands down.
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6Insanity: The Asylum
If you want to get in shape and turn your life around, choose insanity it doesn't get much better! It really works you will have a great trainer and really just great everything! Join insanity for the best choice of your life!
Asylum pushes not only my body, but my mind. The agility, quickness, explosiveness and focus required reap HUGE results!
Amazing combination of resistance paired with cardio type moves designed to increase your functional fitness in your sport of choice. Excellent and challenging.
[Newest]I love the sports theme to the Asylum workout. it keeps me motivated.
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7Body Beast
Love this program and the progress I am seeing so far! It is also increasing my confidence in myself!
Body Beast is an awesome program for women too! You will not bulk up like men do, but you will certainly get strong, lean muscles and definition. Will be doing this one again!
Best for skinny guys like myself! For maximum result you gotta take the supplement but the program also works pretty good without it.
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8Hip Hop Abs
Hip Hop Abs is fun to do, and what people don't realize is that it can be pretty hardcore as it includes good plyometrics just like like P90X and Insanity! The only difference with Hip Hop Abs is that I's FUN! You don't realize how hard you're working out till you notice all the sweat dripping off your face and splattering on the floor!


Love HHA, for an older no longer willing to do much on the floor (to many issues, back troubles and such) This is a great work out...Might not be as fast losing your inches, but also not as intense as Shaun's T25 Better to start with one you will use/finish, than buy one that you start and use once or twice and never finish. I go to a fit club where we do most of these on the list. So I know the difference between them. HHA is a good starter program. Although you can modify the others...they are not near as fun though
I just finished my first month and I'm loving it! Its so fun and the time pssed by so quickly it almost feels like yesterday I was just starting, I can see differences in my body and I'm starting the next month tommorow, wish me luck!
[Newest]Tilt, Tuck and Tighten!
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9Les Mills Combat
I don't know why Les Mill Combat is ranked #10. It should be one of the top 3. I am on my second round of the Ultimate Warrior Hybrid and am seeing amazing results. I went from day one of hardly keeping up to now matching their every move. My body is definitely changing shape and I am loving the empowerment it gives me! I highly recommend this program to women and to any one who likes more martial art type workouts.
This program ROCKS! I am doing it for the 2nd time, and I thought it might be too easy to do again from the beginning... Not so. It's still a challenge, but every bit is entertaining, fun and engaging, and it gets the job done. Les Mills Combat is only so far down on this list because not nearly as many people know about it as the other programs. It should be #1.
I love Les Mills combat. I lost 10 lbs and 10 inches in 30 days. The trainers are great, I love how they start slow then ramp up the moves. The music is motivating and entertaining to listen to. I recommend this workout program to anyone.
[Newest]I think this should be the First, I lose weight, learn some fighting discipline and no need for any equipment and there are different exercises.

It's a scientifically proven workout system that really works! You'll get results incredibly fast.
It's a smart &handsome
This guy beat the Guinness world record for random exercises.


The Contenders

11Les Mills PUMP
Les Mills Pump is an awesome program which helped me lose 40 pounds in 5 months
Love this program. Lost 36 inches and 12 pounds in 3 months!
The only class workout that I have done where I have seen a change in my body! Also helped with my running and achieve my own personal best time in the Manchester BUPA 10K!

Great program for couples to do together. My wife and I have completed it and not only did we get fit, but we had a blast connecting. I recommend it to any couple looking to get fit and healthy together.
Great program for couples and busy parents! I was really happy with my results, especially since the workouts take less than 30 minutes.
Jump started my fitness quest. Helped me a full time workingng parent of two young children find a way to make it work to squeeze in tim for myself.

13ChaLEAN Extreme
This program is easy to do and easy to follow. It doesn't matter what your fitness level is, you see results.

14Tae Bo Classic
I love tae bo too! I have the PT 24/7 and have tried numerous at home workouts and this is the most motivational, energizing and the only workout I have done that I could get into and have had the best results from... I got down to my smallest weight in combination with healthier eating and running occasionally than I ever have. I just recently started again, I have done 3 workouts and I can ALREADY tell a difference I just love Billy Blanks.
I have been doing his videos for 10 years and I love them! I still get sore and I run 4 times a week and this video still gets me!
Once you've finished a 1 hour session with your home personal trainer Billy Blanks you'll be filled with new energy, eventhough it is as difficult as it gets.

15Truth About Abs

Much better planned program that all of the above and below. Probably the only one that marries science with working out (those that don't should be dumped as they can easily cause injuries to people that follow them - which are almost all of the other programs).
Great program. Much better than the more marketed ones listed here- especially if you want to be athletic in your movements - whether you are an athlete or not. Jeff really knows his stuff.
If you want to look like an athlete and not looking like a bodybuilder or a skeleton then try this program

17Tapout XT

18Slim In 6

19Insanity Max 30
Serious workout with more advanced moves than insanity. Feels like the same fitness levels in 30 min
Shaun T has the best workouts! This one doesn't disappoint.

Amazing workout with zero impact on your joints while still getting a good calorie burn and building muscle while improving balance and flexibility.
Great program, stresses doing the best that YOU can do with progressive modifiers to make it assessable to anyone who is willing to give a good effort.

21Insanity: The Asylum Volume 2
More Asylum, only better. Roll on Volume 3

2230 Day Shred
Jillian is an angel, she is a great motivator. This work out is do able for a mid ranged fitness level, 30 something mum of two. And you see results in a few days.
I've been doing this for 3 weeks, and really starting to see results.


24Georges St-Pierre's RUSHFIT
Who better to train you than one of the most physically fit human beings on the planet?
Outstanding workout. Well taught, well paced. Great for focused core training.
Great workout for strength and agility. You will walk away with a sense of acomplishment. well rounded.

25JNL Fusion


2710 Minute Trainer
There really isn't an excuse for finding 10 minutes in your day. You are sitting here reading right now, right? This program helped me find my health and redefine my future fitness goals. Fun, challenging and a great first step from couch potato to athlete.

28Jonathan Roche's Boot Camp


30Jillian Michaels Body Revolution
Jillian Michaels is awesome! Oh, yeah! Go super-tough ladies!
Week two and I see results.

31Walk Leslie Sansone

Great Program, probably in top 3. Well balanced cardio/resistance. And all in just 30 min. Watch your diet and the success is yours with that amazing program. 10/10
Awesome program and helped me lost 18 lbs

33Power 90

34Wii Fit
The most beautiful piece of matter created on this earth. Foolish not to vote for this one.



36New Rules of Lifting

37Zumba Sentao
AMAZING, it's not hard at all and is super effective!

38Shake Weight
Ha ha ha ha ha ridiculous!

39Winsor Pilates Fat Burning Workout
It awesome! I feel great every time I do the workout!

Easy pilates/yoga/cardio combo with more of a girly vibe. A lot of muscle building through easy-to-do moves. This one is great for beginners looking to lose chub and gain some nice looking muscles. Casey Ho is great as an instructor, and all of her videos are free to view and are on YouTube and the Blogilates website and the Blogilates Social Site. 90% of the videos require no equipment! Casey Ho also offers daily workout calendars and clean eating tips and recipes. She does it all for you, makes it really easy to live a healthy lifestyle. Give it a try, girls! And guys, if you're brave enough to listen to a very girly instructor.

41Peak Physique

42You Are Your Own Gym

43Can You 24
AdvoCare distributors leading the way to better health. Don't let that fool you. This is no joke!

44Sahaja Yoga Meditation
It is the best
Only path to get part of god


46EA Sports Active 2
Fantastic fitness program for the Wii or Xbox 360.

4721 Day Fix
Everyday a different challenge and Autumn push us really to the limit. A great programme for everyone, truly complete.

4812 Days - Amy and Jamie Honey System
Fun is the key ingredient of everything: a healthy diet can be fun, exercises can be fun, learning important facts about your body, nutrition and fitness can be fun.

Mark MacDonald trainer to the stars. Founder of Venice Nutrition! Monavie products and 90 RVlution life change. Ditch the Diet! It not just a work out its life change

Great workout easy to follow great results


Great full body workout. The host isn't annoying even after several viewings.

53Buff Dudes' 12 Week Program

60 minute effective full body workout. Cardio and strength. Has stood the test of time since 1969.

5520 Minute Workout
4 more, 3 more - stop bending over, or I'll never make it to 1

56Six Pack Factory

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