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Best of 2021: Top 100 Workout DVDs

This list consists of 2021's most popular DVDs across all workouts and instructors- chosen by you. It's been adjusted to exclude workouts that are no longer offered.

Thanks for making it a great year. Cheers to 2022!

Click here to view the Top 100

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Holiday Hours 2021

Dear Collage Video Customers,

Just a quick note to inform you of Collage Video's schedule for the upcoming holiday: our phone and email will close at 3:00 pm (Eastern) on Thursday, December 23rd, and will resume on Monday, December 27th at 9:00 am.

Orders placed on Thursday, 12/23 through Sunday, 12/27 will begin processing for shipping on Monday, 12/27. For inquiries and questions regarding your order, please call us at 1-800-819-7111 and leave us a detailed message. You may also reach us by email at customercare@collagevideo.com.

We wish all of Collage Video's customers a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!

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Collage welcomes instructors Brook Benten & Aimee Nicotera to the shop!

Exciting news! We're welcoming two highly qualified instructors that will help you crush your fitness goals, shake up your routine, and offer a new source of motivation!

 

Brook Benten, B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science from Texas State University. Masters of Education in Physical Education from the University of Houston. Certified by ACSM, ACE and AFAA. And much, much more.

Learn more about Brook and view her workout DVDs.

 

Aimee Nicotera has 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, having served in a variety of positions ranging from High School Health Educator in South Central LA to Fitness Director at Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa in Lenox, MA. Aimee holds a BS in Nutrition Science, a Masters in Health Education, as well as numerous industry certifications.

Learn more about Aimee and view her workout DVDs.

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Two More Happy Yoga DVDs Coming to Collage Video

Happy Yoga from Sarah Starr is designed to bring you the beauty of Mother Nature as you receive yoga's rejuvenating benefits, including flexibility, toning, clarity and balance. Want to learn more about Sarah? Visit her instructor profile here.

These titles have a release date of September 14, 2021. However, Collage may offer them at an earlier date! Make sure you're subscribed to our email newsletter to receive notifications. Email us at customercare@collagevideo.com and ask to be added to the list!

Gentle Seated Chair Yoga for Beginners with Sarah Starr

This DVD contains two complete gentle seated Yoga practices designed especially for beginners.

Sunflower Meadow: Bask in the serene sunflower meadow as you enjoy a gentle yoga practice while using a chair for support. Including seated sun salutations along with easy to follow yoga moves to create more ease in your hands, neck, shoulders, back, hips and more.

Ocean Twilight: Gently stretch your body from head to toe as you relax with the ocean waves at sunset. Enjoy seated sun salutations and gentle stretches designed to increase flexibility and mobility in your shoulders, back, hips, legs and more.

Gentle Yoga for Beginners with Sarah Starr

This DVD contains two complete Yoga practices designed especially for beginners.

Sunny Bloom: Soak up the sunshine energy in the bright spring bloom while enjoying a gentle seated yoga practice, great for all levels... especially beginners! Stay low on your mat and experience the benefits of gentle yoga. Includes seated, all fours, and supine stretches for your shoulders, back, hips, legs and more.

Golden Rays: Allow the ocean waves and golden sunset to recharge your body as we gently stretch from head to toe with seated and standing poses for your shoulders, chest, back, hips, hamstrings and more. Relax and enjoy all the benefits of yoga as we tone, strengthen, improve balance, increase flexibility, and reduce stress.

 

 

 

Check out our current Happy Yoga collection!


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What is Callanetics? Is it for me?

Some people swear by it. Some people have never heard of it. It’s Callanetics.

Callanetics became a revolutionary method of exercise and gained international recognition for its speedy body-shaping results. Some of the noise behind Callanetics may have softened over the years, but at one point, "Callanetics: 10 Years Younger In 10 Hours" outsold every other fitness video in the United States. But what actually is Callanetics? We’ll answer that- but first, let’s briefly start with its founder and origins.

Callan Pinckney (1939-2012) was an American fitness professional trained in classical ballet along with other forms of dance, movement, and exercise. She developed the Callanetics program in the early 1980s in an effort to correct and find relief from her own physical problems, including congenital spinal curvatures.

Visit Callan Pinckney’s instructor page here.

Callanetics alleviated the discomfort caused by Callan’s ailments, and the program’s approach helped others with similar issues find success. Additionally, regular exercisers who tried the program began transforming their bodies. So, what is it?

Callan + athletics = Callanetics

By definition, Callanetics is a system of exercise involving frequent repetition of small muscular movements and squeezes, designed to improve muscle tone. 

The fundamental logic behind the program is to target the body’s “deep muscles,” which support our “surface muscles.” Exercising the deeper muscles leads to improved posture, which may result in the appearance of weight loss even if very little weight was lost. Deeper muscles are best exercised using small but precise movements (according to her book, Callanetics).

These small but precise movements have a term: Pulses.

As Callan has explained, "the Callanetics Pulse is responsible for the sculpting and toning of the muscles. It is this pulsing action, combined with exact positioning and proper body alignment, which makes Callanetics so effective. These controlled, miniscule, tiny movements are the predominant, most noticeable difference when comparing Callanetics to other conventional exercise programs."

Pulses are used with specific exercises in every position (standing, sitting, lying) to target the muscles you desire to re-define while strengthening your spine and other joints at the same time.

"The key is keeping the Pulse small without bouncing or jerking. The Callanetics Pulse is a back and forth or up and down movement that is no more than 1/16th to 1⁄2 of an inch that is barely visible."

However, the Pulse is only part of what makes the system successful. The entire Callanetics program is a balance of strengthening and stretching your muscles and re-aligning your posture in a gentle, rhythmic and dynamic way.

View the Callanetics book on Amazon (This is not an affiliate link)

The video that made Callan famous (Link to the Callanetics DVD)

Have you tried Callanetics? If so, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below! Here are some customer reviews from our website:

"Not only does it work, but Callanetics makes you feel so relaxed and strong after a session. The DVD goes by so quickly and I remember the old familiar moves. I get a great stretch and feel I am strengthening my body by the minute. It simply works." Laura

"Wonderful program; just what I needed. After just sixteen hours, I'm seeing results." Kara

"I was super pleased to find this workout on a DVD. I bought the VHS version in 1989. Recently it broke and I was in a panic to find another . I have done this video for years. I am 63 years old. I still have excellent results. It still makes me feel young. I have never had any workout work as well as this one. I was 37 years old when I bought this video and I still love it today." Rebecca

 

References:

https://callanetics.com/callan/

Book: Callanetics, by Callan Pinckney and Sallie Batson, 1984

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Memorial Day 2021 Promotion Information

We're excited to announce that our 2021 Memorial Day Sale is live! Details below...

But most importantly, let's not allow the true meaning of Memorial Day to get lost. We recognize Memorial Day as a day of remembrance to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Take a moment this weekend to honor those that served our nation and are no longer with us. Our appreciation extends far beyond one day. We wish you all a safe and happy weekend.

Promotions:


**Terms & Conditions: discount intended for online use only and is applied automatically. Discount cannot be combined with other offers or promotions. Certain items may not be eligible for discount and other limitations may apply. Excludes shipping and handling. Discount valid through June 1, 2021 at 11:59PM (EST).

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5 Superfruits You Must Incorporate Into Your Diet For Amazing Health

Superfoods are all the rage but have you heard of them? Superfruits are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, but not all fruits fall under the superfruit category. Five superfruits you should introduce into your diet include goji berries, pomegranates, figs, acai berries and mangosteen. To gain optimal nutrients from each superfruit, it is best to consume it in its most natural, raw form- not processed or cooked. 

So what's all the hype around superfruits? We know they are healthy for us, but what are the benefits? Consumed on a regular basis, superfruits can help you live a longer, prevent disease and maintain a healthy weight- just to name a few!

 

Pomegranates contain punicalagin, a powerful antioxidant. It attaches itself to free flowing radicals within the body to neutralize them, otherwise free radicals cause damage to cells within the body. Pomegranates are also high in vitamin k, which has been shown to help prevent the hardening of arteries making pomegranates an important fruit for heart protection.

 

Figs are high in fiber, great for people trying to manage and even shed a few pounds. Consistent dietary fiber on a daily basis is important for overall health, especially gut health. Figs contain calcium, iron, and potassium. Minerals important for heart health, bone and blood health.

 

Acai Berries we’ve seen them everywhere, covered in dark chocolate, dried and acai-based smoothie bowls. While acai berries are healthy, they are best consumed in their raw, natural state to attain all the health benefits that include immune boosting, heart health, and natural energy. Due to the high antioxidant content in acai berries they have been hailed as one of the go-to fruits for beauty and skin health. If consumed on a regular basis the berries have been shown to improve ones complexion and give a radiant glow to the skin.

 

Mangosteen grows in Southeast Asia. Mangosteen is a superfruit many Westerners are not familiar with, at least not yet but they have nutrients we should all be searching for from fruit. Mangosteen contains high amounts of minerals like copper, magnesium and potassium. Important minerals help with the prevention of heart disease manage and control blood pressure. One cool fact about this fruit, they have been used in Eastern Medicine practices to treat everything from mental health to gastrointestinal issues.

 

Goji Berries native to China, these berries are packed with amino acids, fiber, iron, and polysaccharides. Research has shown consuming goji berries on a regular basis can boost energy and strengthen the immune system. Due to a high amount of vitamin c and complex carbohydrates, it doesn't give you a sugar crash post consumption.

Superfruits are great to consume when you have access to them, but it is equally important to eat well-balanced, organic meals three times a day. 

We want to know! Do you eat any of these superfruits on a regular basis? If so, comment below and tell us about your favorite superfruit!

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Citrus Sunrise

by Wai Lana

This recipe was my younger daughter’s solution to sour grapefruit, and it’s become a regular breakfast favorite in our home. Since it strengthens your tissues, arteries, gums, and teeth, this juice is especially helpful for maintaining oral hygiene.

Yield: 1 Juice
Cooking Time: 5 Minutes
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Ingredients: 
  • 2 pink grapefruit
  • 2 tangerines
  • 2 persimmons
Instructions: 

Blend ingredients

Notes: 

Benefits: This refreshing combination cools and replenishes fluids in the body, making it an ideal drink after your morning workout. It also helps relieve arthritis, acne, and varicose veins. Citrus fruits give a boost to your immune system and helps relieve coughs and sore throats. Persimmons help treat gingivitis and canker sores.

Tip: I’m happy to see persimmons, which are common in Asian markets, turning up more and more in regular grocery stores. Always make sure that your persimmons are ripe; otherwise you could be in for an unpleasant surprise! Persimmons are virtually inedible unripe because they’re highly astringent. But if unripe persimmons are all you have, you’ll be glad to know that they ripen quickly after being frozen briefly, then thawed.

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Instructor Highlight: Jill Miller

Jill Miller Meditating/Yoga

Embodying 22 years of expertise, Jill Miller’s yoga DVDs and classes synthesize a vast repertoire of movement arts including; Modern Dance, Pilates, Breathwork, Shiatsu, and Butoh. Jill choreographs a total experience for each individual’s body, mind, and spirit.

Her yoga strengthens you from the inside out – removing tension from the body, releasing the entrapments of the mind and reconnecting you to your core in a thoroughly conscious way. Her insatiable curiosity for authentic movement and healing infuses every moment with surprising clarity.

Jill’s fascination with core issues, not only physical, but emotional and spiritual, has led her to develop a unique approach to deep gut work called "Core Integration- A Total Abdominal Awakening."

Jill’s enthusiasm for yoga is contagious. She inspires all levels from newcomer to teacher with her daring, playful, and highly original classes. Her philosophy is deeply rooted in the work of her longtime mentors, Glenn Black, Tim O'Slynne, Lynne Blom, David Downs, and Ana Forrest.

Jill teaches workshops and retreats internationally, is a longtime faculty member of the Omega Institute and has traveled nationally choreographing programs for the Discovery Health Channel. Recognized for her unique approach, she has modeled for Gaiam, with her work featured in Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga, Breathe Magazine, Yogi Times, and on NPR; the L.A. Times calls her "kinetically arresting." Jill has produced the DVD series, Yoga Tune Up® and Pranamaya produced her newest series, Yoga Link: Easy Access to an Ageless Art. Jill Miller is the co-founder of Tune Up Fitness Worldwide and creator of the corrective exercise format Yoga Tune Up® and The Roll Model Method®. With more than 28 years of study in fitness, yoga therapy and anatomy, she is a pioneer in forging relevant links between the worlds of fitness, yoga, massage, and pain-management. Her innovative techniques have catapulted her to a sought-after leader in the field of mind-body fitness and pain relief wellness.


Click here to view Jill Miller's instructor page, which includes detailed descriptions of her workouts. Or, add them directly to your cart below.


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International Nurses Day 2021

Today is a day to recognize the contributions nurses make to society. Thank you for your bravery, heroism, and dedication to caring for and serving others – especially over this past year. You are appreciated.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

Background: In 1982, a congressional resolution designated May 6 as National Recognition Day for Nurses. A few years later, in 1990, the American Nurse Association expanded the recognition to create National Nurses Week, which takes place May 6–12.

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on May 12th, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. ICN commemorates this important day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses' Day (IND) resources and evidence. The theme for the 2021 resource is Nurses: A Voice to Lead - A vision for future healthcare. Learn more.

Pay it forward: You can express your appreciation and gratitude for our everyday heroes by sending a message of encouragement. We know that it can be difficult finding the right words, so here are a few statements (courtesy of Hallmark) that can help you get started:

  1. “Your passion for your patients’ health is appreciated every day. Thank you for all you do.”
  2. “Your compassion, optimism and kindness do not go unnoticed. We appreciate you!”
  3. “Because of you, we live in a happier, healthier world. Happy Nurses Week.”​​​​​​​
  4. “Just a moment to recognize you and your hard work. Happy Nurses Week!”
  5. “You brighten peoples’ days—including ours. Happy Nurses Week!”​​​​​​​

Some health systems offer a form submission that allows you to write to an employee. You do not need to know them or have been personally treated by them. Here are some examples: Atlantic Health System​​​​​​​, The University of Chicago Medicine, and Sanford Health. There’s no limit on thanking a healthcare professional.​​​​​​​

Discount: We're offering all our customers 15% off today using the code IND2021.**​​​​​​​ Terms: For online use only. Discount code cannot be combined with other offers or promotions. Certain items may not be eligible for discount and other limitations may apply. Excludes shipping and handling. Coupon valid through May 12th, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EST). Now extended to May 13th, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EST)

Free gift: If you or a loved one is a nurse - current or retired - we want to give you a gift. Email us your order number at customercare@collagevideo.com and we'll send you a free drawstring bag.

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    This list consists of 2021's most popular DVDs across all workouts and instructors- chosen by you. It's been adjusted to exclude workouts that are no longer offered. Thanks for making it a great year. Cheers to 2022! Click here to view... read more

  • Holiday Hours 2021

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    Exciting news! We're welcoming two highly qualified instructors that will help you crush your fitness goals, shake up your routine, and offer a new source of motivation!   Brook Benten, B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science from Texas State University. Masters of... read more