Bethenny’s Skinnygirl Workout

“People keep asking me houw I STAY in shape. This is what I do.” _Bethenny Frankel

Three easy-to-follow yoga workouts, plus recipes from The Skinnygirl Dish

Following the success of Body by Bethenny, celebrated author and reality TV star Bethenny Frankel returns with Bethenny’s Skinnygirl Workout, debuting on DVD from Acacia on Monday, September 12, 2011 exclusively at Target and on (SRP: $16.99). Bethenny is the star of Bethenny Getting Married? (the most-watched series premiere in Bravo’s history), and New York Times bestselling author of Naturally Thin, The Skinnygirl Dish, and A Place of Yes. Since people always ask Bethenny how she stays in shape, she created Body by Bethenny last year, and this creative-based follow-up features three yoga workouts (two 15-minute, one 20-minute) with instructor Mike McArdle.

Life is hectic–some days I have 30 minutes to work out, other days I have 45, and sometimes I only have 15.  That’s why I designed the Skinnygirl Workout with three quick yoga segments that tone the entire body.  You can squeeze in a segment every day or do a couple several times a week-the most important thing is that you enjoy it.

I don’t believe in expensive trainers. I don’t believe in people yelling at you.  I believe in realistic, sustainable fitness plans.  This practice will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and toned.  Whether you’re a first timer or an experienced yogi, this is your workout_for every day or any day.

Welcome to the Skinnygirl Workout. Make it your own, be consistent, and have fun!”

Special Features: Bonus stretching segment (12 min.) and a recipe booklet from Bethenny’s Skinnygirl Dish.

Bethenny Frankel is the breakout star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City and the star of Bethenny Ever After, which begins filming its third season in summer 2011. The New York Times bestselling author is also creator of the Skinnygirl Cocktails.


As a stay-at-home mother of 2 children, I don’t get nearly enough time to exercise and I convince myself that my exercise most days is running after my 4 1/2 year old and 1 1/2 year old.  This being said,  I figured anything is worth a try.  I am not super flexible,  but I have some degree of flexibility.  I can easily sit in a modified criss-cross applesauce position with my thighs overlapping.  I think you need some flexibility to do yoga, but I have not have a lot of expereince.  My exercise in the summer is my weekly softball games, running after the kids, and occasionally going to our basement to do Wii Fit or Zumba for the WII.

When I turned this DVD on, Bethenny started talking about why she works out this way and how it works for her.  This was nice and is good reinforcement on how this could work for anyone.  I then went on to try the workouts, the DVD is divided into 3 workouts- two 15 minute and one 20 minute workout.  It also has a 12 minute stretching segment and a few recipes from Bethenny’s cookbook.  I started the first 15 minute workout with my 4 1/2 year old trying to do the moves with me and the first couple of moves went okay for both of us, but neither of us knew enough yoga to follow along very well.  I found that as a novice I was looking up and trying to figure out what each move was and by the time I figured it out they were pretty much done with it and were starting the next move.  This was very frustrating for me.  I kept trying to do the moves, but was so lost after awhile I was ready to give up.  Then I was thinking my 15 minutes should have been up and why wasn’t the DVD asking me to click on the next one? Low and behold it had already gone onto the next workout which was the 20 minute workout.  I don’t know much about yoga but was wondering if it is normal to not have a warm-up or cool-down?  The other question I had was if they are trying to go after people that only have 15 to 20 minutes at a time wouldn’t it work best if they stopped after each workout and made you pick the next part or quit?

The instructor and Bethenny work well with each other, as they are constantly giving tips on how to make the move a little easier or more difficult.  The instructor was also very good at helping Bethenny when she was not quite doing the move how he would like her to do it.  I also like that the people are not overly bubbly and hyper-like.  I think most workout DVD’s the instructors are too hyper and happy.

Overall would I do this on a regular basis? Probably not, as I personally like the dance and energy on my Zumba tape and the motion activities on the Wii Fit.  I get bored easily with the relaxed pace of the yoga, so perhaps yoga in general is not for me.  However, if yoga IS your thing, check out Bethenny’s SkinnyGirl Workout!

This review was written by Melissa for The Mama Report.

I received the above mentioned product for review purposes, all opinions are my own.



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