Exercise has long been an important part of the weight-loss equation for Weight Watchers, recently named the top diet plan by "U.S. News and World Report" magazine. To make working out more convenient for members as well as non-members, Weight Watchers has recently introduced three new fitness kits that feature yoga, boxing and stability ball workouts.
Stephanie Huckabee, who is also a popular instructor on The Firm workout DVDs as well as her own PowerFit workout DVDs, leads the stability ball and boxing workouts with her trademark precision cueing, and Sara Ivanhoe, a favorite yoga instructor of ours in many yoga DVDs, leads the yoga workout with a friendly, welcoming style of instruction.
Here's a quick look at the kits, which are available at big-box retailers and at Amazon.com. for around $30 each.
- Weight Watchers Work Your Belly, Butt & Thighs: The DVD includes three workouts: 30 minutes for beginners, 35 minutes for intermediates, and 45 minutes for advanced exercisers. The workouts are total body, but emphasize the lower half and core. The kit also has a 65cm silver stability ball that can support up to 500 pounds, an inflatable stability ring that you can set the ball on for beginners, a hand pump to inflate the ball and ring, and a 10-week workout journal.
- Weight Watchers Punch: The DVD includes three workouts: 30 minutes for beginners, 35 minutes for intermediates, and 45 minutes for advanced exercisers, although the skill set for all the workouts is within anyone's reach -- it all depends on how long you want to go. The kit comes with 3/4-pound weighted adjustable gloves in "Weight Watchers blue," which provide added resistance to the arm moves, and a 10-week workout journal.
- Weight Watchers Yoga Starter Kit: The DVD has two workouts: A 30-minute standing routine and a 30-minute seated/floor routine. Unlike the other Weight Watchers kit DVDs, both of these workouts are designed for all levels -- the difference is that Sara and two background exercisers demonstrate moves for beginners, intermediate and advanced yogis. The kit comes with a foam yoga block to help you reach various poses and a cotton yoga strap, which helps with upper- and lower-body stretches. You also get a 10-week tracker.