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How to Get Slim Without the Gym

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Courtesy of Jillian Michaels

For brides who'd rather break a sweat on the home front, a workout DVD is a shape-up solution. Here, BRIDES magazine picks five of the best, no matter what your fitness goal.

Best Calorie Burn
Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred
What to expect: She's the tough-love personal trainer on The Biggest Loser, so don't expect Michaels to let you coast on her watch.
Warning: Level three takes the term shred to a whole new realm of crazy.
How much time: Three 20-minute segments (with minimal rest periods) of hard-core circuit training that alternate among strength, cardio, and abs moves.
What you need: Weights and a mat.

Best Total-Body Toning
The Firm Boot Camp 101 Kit
What to expect: A no-nonsense instructor shows you how to use a medicine ball for core training and muscle sculpting, while another coach guides you through a high-intensity jump-rope session.
How much time: Thirty minutes, with customizable options.
What you need: The DVD kit comes with a four-pound medicine ball and a jump rope.

Best Yoga Workout
Crunch Yoga Body Sculpt
What to expect: Tone from head to toe, thanks to a variety of moving poses, standing lunges, and planks. The cues are simple, and the instructor sets a steady (but not rushed) pace. The big finish? A meditative stretch session.
How much time: The 40-minute yoga routine targets thighs, butt and core.
What you need: A mat.

Best Abs Workout
Exhale: Core Fusion Body Sculpt
What to expect: The most intense 10-minute core workout you'll probably ever get, it keeps your abs and obliques constantly engaged.
How much time: Additional 10-minute segments will sculpt other trouble spots like the arms, glutes, and thighs.
What you need: A mat.

Best for the Time-Crunched
ExerciseTV Presents Ultimate Body Slim Down Fast
What to expect: Each workout combines cardio and strength training for an effective allover burn.
How much time: Three 20-minute workouts and a 15-minute bonus segment of mix-and-match routines to prevent boredom.
What you need: Light weights, a medicine ball, and a mat.

—Marina Khidekel, BRIDES magazine

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