Monday, September 12, 2011

The notorious Freshman 15

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According to a recent study, college students start putting on pounds their first semester and continue to do so throughout their sophomore year. The notorious Freshman 15. The stress of entering a new school, being far from home and readily available junk food are just a few of the many factors that contribute to freshman weight gain. 

Experts with the Top Trainers DVD set ( have provided tips to ease the transition and lose/maintain your weight.

Buddy System
Staying motivated may require some help from a peer. Partner up with a friend and put together a weekly workout routine. Scout locations. Utilize the space on your campus, check out the track, hills or find the gym closest to your quad. Partnering up with a friend helps keep your focus on the right track when it comes to staying in shape.

Dorm Room Moves
Late night and didn’t get a chance to make it to the gym? There are simple exercises you can do in your room to stay fit. Grab your iPod and begin by marching in place and keep it moving. Dance your way into shape. Throw in reps of jumping jacks, squats and lunges. If you are not much of a dancer, use your building stairs. Run or walk up and down the flight of stairs, while listening to your favorite playlist.

Fitness Night
Grab your group of friends and have a weekly fitness night. Hit the college lounge area with your favorite fitness DVD and workout, while having a great time with the girls. Try a different workout every week to keep it new and fresh. The Top Trainers DVD set is a perfect example. With 10 different featured trainers, you can challenge your body with Latin dance, Interval Training, Kickboxing, Ballet and Pilates and much more.

Stressed? Destress with Yoga
Exams, papers and endless books to read have you stressed? Drop the bag of chips! Fitness DVDs are the perfect solution for a quick session to distress. With less time required than a trip to the gym, unwind and relax in the comfort of your own dorm room. Instead of popping open a bag of chips, pop in a fitness DVD and manage your stress in a healthy way. Exercise helps eliminate stress. Try Ellen Barrett’s 45-minute Yogini class featured on the Top Trainers DVD set (

About Top Trainers
The founders behind have collaborated with the best trainers nationwide to provide one DVD set, offering fitness enthusiasts a dream team of personal trainers in a box.  The Top Trainers ( program is designed to constantly challenge you and your body.  The program uses the “blend method” offering workouts from multiple fitness disciplines. By blending all different techniques for weight loss they have created the optimal mixture of exercises to have the maximum effectiveness.
With the BLEND METHOD, you will be challenged with workouts for:
Cardio                    Buns                       Latin Dance
Thighs                    Yoga                       Plyometrics           
Core                       Ballet                      Interval Training
Abs                         Pilates                    Kickboxing

Lindsay Brin’s Shed Five Fast     Lindsay's program gives you two different 30 minute workouts that are total body and balance toning exercises with bursts of energetic cardio.
Ellen Barrett’s Yogini     Ellen incorporates classic yoga poses subtly intensified with Pilates and body-sculpting techniques.   You get the flexibility benefits of yoga plus the firming benefits of muscle toning. If you want to blast fat, firm up and de-stress, this is an all in one workout that is perfect for you.
Angie Miller’s Core and Strength Fusion     Angie's workout is a fresh, creative and fun total body workout. It is a challenging program that will give you the tools you need to achieve a stronger fitter you!

Jennifer Galardi’s Ballet Body     
Jennifer's workout allows you to achieve the coveted sleek, toned muscles of ballet dancers. Jennifer has created five mini workouts blending exercises from classic ballet, Pilates and yoga to deliver a workout that elongates and strengthens your entire body and it feels amazing.
Tracey Mallet’s Six Minute Quick Blast Method     Tracey's workout includes a total body calorie blast that fuses cardio with deep toning techniques to lengthen and strengthen your entire body. It targets the core for a flat, lean belly and healthy back.
Michelle Dozois’ Your Best Body Circuit     Get ready to create your best body ever! Michelle's workout is a complete weight and fat loss system which utilizes a powerful combination of fun and easy to follow cardio intervals and metabolism boosting exercises.
Ilaria Montagnani’s PowerStrike 5     An intense kickboxing workout filled with energy packed, exciting new drills and challenging choreographed routines.
Christi Taylor’s Mission: Possible     An exceptional step and multi-impact workout for all exercise levels. Christi’s workout will help burn calories and increase your flexibility.
Susan Tuttle’s Latin Sensation     You will love exercising to spicy Latin rhythms with Susan Tuttle’s Latin Sensation dance workout. Listen to great music as she takes you through a variety of Latin dance routines such as Salsa, Meringue, Cumbia, Cha Cha and Reggaeton. 
Stephanie Vitorino’s Ultimate Body Shaper
     Allows you to get in the shape that you have always wanted. This workout takes your body where no workout has gone before.

Information courtesy of Top Trainers DVD set,


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