HomeBody Workout
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HomeBody Workout


A fun, accessible, and effective workout that can be done at home without special equipment — coming soon to a Wal-Mart Store near you!

About the DVD

Format:: 16:9 widescreen
(originally filmed in HD)
Running time: 60 mins.
Level: All levels of ability
Release Date: January 2010


Finally there's a workout that can be done at home without purchasing expensive equipment or requiring a lot of space!

HomeBody, a new DVD created by Certified Fitness Instructor Jillian Hessel, is a fun and challenging fusion routine set to music. A hybrid of Dance, Pilates, and Yoga, it's designed to get you moving, stretching, toning, strengthening your core, and improving your posture.

Using a unique and motivating soundtrack, the workout cleverly employs common household items such as 15 oz. cans of beans, water bottles, and oversized ketchup containers to use as weights, along with other household items such as towels or blankets, throw pillows, and a straight-back chair. Hence the name: HomeBody.

"I created HomeBody because I want to inspire folks to get up off the couch and start moving, dancing, and toning in the comfort and security of their own homes," Jillian says. "Homebody is for everyone who likes to move to music, but doesn't want to spend a lot of money or time getting into shape."

HomeBody is divided into four main parts (plus bonus tutorial!) that can be performed separately or in their entirety, depending on your time schedule. Special navigation buttons allow certain sections to be repeated if you want to concentrate on a particular exercise or sequence. Pilates student Stephanie Float appears in the DVD and demonstrates the Bonus Tutorial Workout.

Get fit at home!
  • Part I — Standing Dance Warm-up:
    Gets the heart rate up, warms and limbers the entire body, and tones the arms using props found at home.
  • Part II — Chair Workout:
    Chair squats, triceps dips, pelvic lifts, spine twist, a special neck & shoulder tension taming section, plus more arms work!
  • Part III — Mat Sequence:
    Challenging Pilates floor work session. Great for the abs, back, and waist. Includes a special section focusing on toning hips & thighs.
  • Part IV — Rise to Standing and Finish:
    Works on balance and coordination to integrate the core work from the mat sequence into your new improved standing posture.
  • Bonus Personal Trainer Tutorial:
    A unique 12-minute add-on featuring Master Teacher Jillian Hessel offering individualized tips on posture and the exercises included in HomeBody, designed to enhance your understanding and execution of the workout.

Launched in January 2010, HomeBody is now available in Walmart Stores nationwide, on Amazon.com, and here at Jillian's website.

Recent reviews of Jillian's HomeBody Workout DVD

from CMG Community Health — Finger Lakes

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(February 2011 issue, p. 19)
"5 Winter Workout DVDs"
by Haley Shapley

Even if the weather outside is frightful, you can still have a delightful workout — indoors...
This routine is a low-impact hybrid of dance, Pilates and yoga that gets you moving while strengthening your core, improving your posture and stretching your limbs. The music will propel you through the workout, which makes use of common household items like a can of beans, a ketchup bottle, throw pillows and a chair...[T]he DVD includes a dance warm-up, a chair workout, a mat sequence, a rise-to-standing end segment and a bonus tutorial to help ensure correct posture.

People's Choice Silver Telly

31st People's Choice Silver Telly Award

(May 4, 2010)
A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who voted recently on YouTube for Jillian's fitness fusion workout DVD, HomeBody. The studio has just received notice that we won a 2010 People's Choice Silver Telly Award for this DVD — their highest honor!

The Telly Awards honor the best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web. Since 1978, their mission has been to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. The Telly Awards receives over 13,000 entries annually from all 50 states and 5 continents. The Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, from large international firms to local production companies and ad agencies.

We know that every vote counted in helping us win this prestigious award —so many, many thanks!
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Jillian holding her three People's Choice Telly Awards

HomeBody Wins TWO More Telly Awards!

(June 23, 2010)
The news just came in last week, and two more statuettes are on their way to the Studio in Beverly Hills. Jillian is thrilled to be honored by her peers in the following categories:

  • HomeBody has been awarded a Silver Telly (highest honors) in the category of Health & Wellness.
  • Jillian also earned a Bronze Telly for her Use of Music on HomeBody — an achievement she is bursting with pride about, since she personally selected the music.

Previously, HomeBody was awarded a People's Choice Silver Award, thanks to all of YOU, who voted for it!

from About.com

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(September 7, 2010)
This is an upbeat workout DVD that draws on dance, yoga, and Pilates moves for 3 fairly easy workouts — on the mat, with a chair, and standing. This DVD is appropriate for beginners, and enjoyable for more experienced exercisers.   ★★★★
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from Simply Stacie Product & Book Reviews

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(August 18, 2010)
I am at a beginner level, so I appreciated that it wasn't a bunch of heavy cardio or aerobics. The exercises were slow, deliberate moves that I could feel working my weak muscles. I was sore afterwards, as to be expected, but it was a good pain, so I didn't mind.... Highly recommended!
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from Little Yaya's Reviews, Giveaways & More

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(August 17, 2010)
Jillian is a caring, soft-spoken instructor who provides a great slow-paced workout. The Jillian Hessel HomeBody Workout is easy to navigate, provides individual exercises, and offers modifications. If you like a great workout without the high impact, then this a great workout for you.
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from Pilates Style

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(March/April 2010 issue, p. 95)
BUY THIS BECAUSE: You'll get a dose of flowing Pilates exercises, but what really set this DVD apart is Jillian's masterful cueing.
SPECIAL FEATURE/BONUS: The bonus personal-trainer tutorial is great for beginners.
[read review]

from Personal Fit Coach

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Easy Home Workouts with HomeBody DVD
Initially, I thought some of the seated exercises were too easy, but for folks who sit at a desk all day, they are great for working the upper body and easy to incorporate into a work day to keep your upper body both strong and flexible. The neck and shoulder relaxation section is WONDERFUL. It's like giving yourself a mini-massage.... I highly recommend this workout for beginners, but there are portions that are more intermediate. I also like that it's easy to segment into times that will work for different schedules. So, no excuses. Give this one a try!
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from More

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The Best Workout DVDs (#12 of 12)
In this calming but rigorous blend of Pilates and dance moves, veteran instructor Jillian Hessel offers a full-body workout that moves from standing, to a chair, to the floor, and then standing again.
[read review]

from Self

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3-Minute Stress Solution:
De-cramp those texting hands!

Calling all text-a-holics: As convenient as your berry may be, typing away 24/7 can lead to seriously cramped thumbs. Add that onto clicking a mouse all day and you've got yourself a recipe for pain. It's time to drop those devices, relax your hands and tone your arms (all in only 3 minutes!) with celebrity Pilates instructor Jillian Hessel.
[read review]

from Real Simple

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If You Want to Work Out at Home
Try the HomeBody DVD workout. No fancy equipment is required — just a few household items like a chair and water bottles to use as weights. Former dancer and certified fitness instructor Jillian Hessel moves through a fusion routine of dance, yoga, and Pilates for a full-body workout set to fun music.
[read review]

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