Thursday, June 10, 2010

Huff and Buff has moved

Posted by HuffandBuff at 6:11 PM 7 comments
Dear Followers and Subscribers,

Huff and Buff has moved.  I can still be found here at  However, I have moved from Blogger to self-hosted Wordpress.  They tell me the transition should be seamless for my followers and subscribers, however, erring on the side of caution, I thought I would post my little announcement here.  Should your feed subscription have been interrupted please stop by Huff and Buff and re-subscribe.  I look forward to bringing you more fitness information at my new home.  Hope to see you there!  

Thank you for your patience during this transition.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Confessions of an Exercise Video Addict

Posted by HuffandBuff at 7:18 PM 1 comments
So, here is my vision for Confessions of An Exercise Video Addict.  I would like to take a more casual approach with this blog; chronicle my adventures into the realm of the exercise video world.  Share my trials and tribulations of staying on an exercise program.  And along the way, I will share my reviews of a workout, workout program or instructor.

Here is what you need to know about me:  I am pretty easy to please.  I will try to give a fair and balanced depiction of the workouts I use and touch upon the things that may or may not affect someone else’s enjoyment of the workout.  For me, clothing, set, and often times the music used is not a critical factor in whether or not I will like a workout.  But I am full-aware that these are critical purchasing points for others when selecting a workout.  To that end, I will note these things but they may or may not affect my opinion on the workout as a whole.  What may affect my opinion of a workout are unsafe moves, instructor demeanor, or an unbalanced program.  But again, I will try to be fair and balanced because I realize many things are subjective.

What you will not see discussed from me about a workout is information about calories burned.  Even though, I am analytical person by nature and I love numbers, I try not to put too much stock in calorie burned information; because along with being analytical, I also like accuracy and I don't feel that a heart rate monitor or other calorie monitoring device is 100% accurate.  Also, for me to report on calories burned in a workout would be meaningless because I may burn 250 calories doing a particular workout and it may yield a 750 calorie burn for another person, due to a variety of factors.  That said, I hope you will stick around and hopefully I can offer useful information along the way.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Fitness for the Rest of Us – Taylor Nutrition Giveaway

Posted by HuffandBuff at 12:01 PM 1 comments

Hey Everybody! Fellow Blogger - Fitness for the Rest of Us - has been doing some of the best weekly fitness-related giveaways. Some of her past giveaways include very popular fitness DVDs. This week she is giving away a one lb. Vanilla Platinum Hydro Whey protein powder.  Visit her blog to learn more and to enter to win. Want to know more about Taylors Nutrition? Visit their website to learn more about their products. Good luck!

Your Exercise Video Resource Center - Workouts for Every Budget

Posted by HuffandBuff at 5:30 AM 18 comments
So over the years I have accumulated quite a few exercise videos – okay, that is a bit of an understatement.  At one time my workout collection was enormous.  I am sure I have spent several hundred dollars on exercise videos – probably another understatement.  So, where did most of my purchases come from? 

Most of my Cathe Friedrich workouts have come to me from Cathe dot com (Step N Motion) through her pre-sales.  When Cathe is putting together a new series of workouts she makes them available at deep discounts, if you pre-order ahead of time.  This is not an option that works for everyone however, as it usually takes a few months from pre-order to project completion.  So you will need to assess your patience level before taking this route.  If you are not comfortable tying up your money for long periods of time, there are several vendors who also sell her workouts. 

Two of my favorites include Jen at Advanced Workouts and Mary at Total Fitness DVDs who offer Cathe’s workouts at great prices.  Jen and Mary also carry a wide variety of other workouts from aerobics to strength, and yoga to pilates.  Other sources for great workouts at low prices include Deep Discount DVD, who has a semi-annual sale with discounts up to 25% their already low prices (which is actually going on right now); Overstock, Collage Video and Amazon also offer a large selection of great exercise DVDs at low prices.   

Right now, however, I am on a spending hiatus, ouch.  But that hasn’t stopped me from trying new (or at least new to me) workouts.  Let me share with you some my resources for free or nearly free workouts. 

NetFlix – if you are already using NetFlix to rent your movies, you might like to know that they offer exercise rentals as well.

Neighborhood Video Store - in my case, Family Video, which is located in 18 states, offers free exercise video rentals.

Local Library – Don’t have a Family Video in your area and your local video store doesn’t offer fitness workouts.  Don’t forget about your local library; and if your library doesn’t have a workout you are looking for, see if they offer inter-library loans.

Exercise TV – offers hundreds of free online workout videos led by top trainers – including Jillian Michaels, Cindy Whitmarsh, Jackie Warner and many others.  Depending on your cable or satellite provider, ExerciseTV is also available on OnDemand.

So, where do you go to satisfy your exercise video habit?  Have I missed one of your favorite places?  Any other free or nearly free options that I may need to look into?

Monday, June 7, 2010

Me in Threes

Posted by HuffandBuff at 7:28 PM 4 comments
So, Blogger was down all day today and is finally back up and running.  Back to my regularly scheduled posting schedule tomorrow.  In the meantime, I've been tagged with a "blogging" chain letter from Lindsey at Fitness for the Rest of Us, so I thought I would oblige:

Me in Threes: Maria

Three names I go by: Maria, Mia, and Mimi

Three jobs I've had: Accountant, Bank Teller, Deli Counter Person

Three places I've been: Italy, Disney World, Las Vegas



Three movies I love: 13 Going on 30, Never Been Kissed, Miss Congeniality


Three shows I can't miss:  Grey's Anatomy, American Idol, Rules of Engagement(Honorable Mention goes to 24 which, alas, ended this season)


Three books I love:  Dear John, The Choice, and The Last Song (yes, all Nicholas Sparks Novels)


Three hobbies I do in my spare time: Exercise, Blogging, Crocheting/Knitting 

Three things I am really, really looking forward to:  Watching my daughter grow up, Summertime, Getting Re-Certified as a Personal Trainer

Three People Who I Think MAY Continue This Blog Chain:  Well, being new to this whole blogging thing, not sure who will actually continue this.  Lindsey would have for sure but given that she tagged me I don't think she'd be willing to do it again ;).  Maybe Debra at Bikini or Bust

Friday, June 4, 2010

Exciting News: Win, Lose or Blog!

Posted by HuffandBuff at 5:43 AM 0 comments

I have very exciting news to share with everybody.  I have teamed up with five amazing bloggers - Fawnda from Fireflies and Jelllybeans, Jill from Women Who Do It All, Lindsey from Fitness for the Rest of Us, Sumo from Sumo's Sweet Stuff, and Holly from 504 Main - and we are launching our fun and exciting new blog today:  Win, Lose or Blog.

Win?  Win what?  Great prizes donated from our sponsors.

Lose?  Lose what?  Lose those unwanted pounds and have fun doing it.

Blog?  Blog what?  Blog about your weight loss journey.  We will be there every step of the way to encourage, support and motivate you to a healthier, fitter, trimmer you.

Stop by Win, Lose or Blog and sign up to be a contestant.  You can also be eligible to win great prizes just by following our blog and leaving a comment supporting the contestants.

To learn more about the contest, meet the team or be a sponsor.  Visit our blog today!

Go check it out!!! And spread the word!

Head on over to Win, Lose, or Blog now and you'll notice that you can leave three comments for displaying our button on your blog and five comments for writing an exciting post announcing us to your friends. We want you to invite others to join the the fun and gain some motivation to live a healthier lifestyle.  Hope to see you there!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Video Virgin Phenomenon

Posted by HuffandBuff at 6:28 AM 3 comments

Hello, my name is Maria, and I am an exercise video addict.  Yes, we have already established that.  Now let's dive into one of the many mysteries that have long plagued the “vidiot”:  The video virgin phenomenon.  It goes something like this: 

It’s a beautiful Saturday morning, you put together your errand list, which includes a trip to your local Wal-mart/Target/BJ’s, and head out the door.  You pull into the parking lot and grab your purse and your grocery list and make your way inside.  You grab your cart and weave methodically through the aisles, placing the items from the list into the cart.  Mysteriously, somehow, you have made it to the fitness section of the store.  From the corner of your eye, you see the latest and greatest workout from your favorite instructor.  Yes, you are in the middle of the latest and greatest fitness rotation, but the workout effortlessly makes it into your cart, and you head to the checkout. 

A week later, you login to the computer and get on to your favorite fitness forum to check out what’s new.  Oh, look, it’s another workout everyone is raving about.  Before you know what is happening your credit card has somehow made it into the computer room and you are clicking on the button marked “Click to Complete Order”.  Another workout purchased.

Meanwhile, you finish the fitness rotation you have been focused on completing.  You remember the workouts you purchased and decide today is the day you are going to give one a try.  But just as you reach for it, the sixty day program that gave you fantastic results the last time you followed it, catches your eye and you grab it instead and place it into the DVD player. 

The workouts you bought, still in their pristine cellophane wrap, sit on the shelf, along with the nine other workouts that you have been “meaning” to get to.  They sit, waiting; untouched, wondering if they will ever make it into a DVD player; the innocent victims of the video virgin phenomenon.

Have your workout DVDs fallen prey to the video virgin phenomenon?  How many unused, “I’ve been meaning to get to them” DVDs do you have?  At last count, I have eleven, but I know without a doubt, I have had more than that in the past.  

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