By Christabelle…

No one told me. No one warned me. No one gave me counsel on how to beat the weight that would inevitably pack on my first year of college. NO ONE!  I could have gone either way…be bitter and let you figure it out on your own…or give you some serious inside scoop on how to avoid it all together! I chose the latter…cause I’m just that kind of generous gal.

According to a recent study, college students start putting on pounds their first semester and continue to do so throughout their sophomore year. The notorious Freshman 15. The stress of entering a new school, being far from home and readily available junk food are just a few of the many factors that contribute to freshman weight gain.  Can we all say chips and chocolate at 4 am after a night of drinking?!

Lucky for us – experts with the Top Trainers DVD set ( have provided tips to ease the transition and lose/maintain your weight.

Buddy System: Staying motivated may require some help from a peer. Partner up with a friend and put together a weekly workout routine. Scout locations. Utilize the space on your campus, check out the track, hills or find the gym closest to your quad. Partnering up with a friend helps keep your focus on the right track when it comes to staying in shape.

Dorm Room Moves: Late night and didn’t get a chance to make it to the gym? There are simple exercises you can do in your room to stay fit. Grab your iPod and begin by marching in place and keep it moving. Dance your way into shape. Throw in reps of jumping jacks, squats and lunges. If you are not much of a dancer, use your building stairs. Run or walk up and down the flight of stairs, while listening to your favorite playlist.

Fitness Night: Grab your group of friends and have a weekly fitness night. Hit the college lounge area with your favorite fitness DVD and workout, while having a great time with the girls. Try a different workout every week to keep it new and fresh. The Top Trainers DVD set is a perfect example. With 10 different featured trainers, you can challenge your body with Latin dance, Interval Training, Kickboxing, Ballet and Pilates and much more.

Stressed? Destress with Yoga: Exams, papers and endless books to read have you stressed? Drop the bag of chips! Fitness DVDs are the perfect solution for a quick session to distress. With less time required than a trip to the gym, unwind and relax in the comfort of your own dorm room. Instead of popping open a bag of chips, pop in a fitness DVD and manage your stress in a healthy way. Exercise helps eliminate stress. Try Ellen Barrett’s 45-minute Yogini class featured on the Top Trainers DVD set (

*** Information courtesy of Top Trainers DVD set, ***

About Top Trainers

The founders behind have collaborated with the best trainers nationwide to provide one DVD set, offering fitness enthusiasts a dream team of personal trainers in a box.  The Top Trainers ( program is designed to constantly challenge you and your body.  The program uses the “blend method” offering workouts from multiple fitness disciplines. By blending all different techniques for weight loss they have created the optimal mixture of exercises to have the maximum effectiveness.
With the BLEND METHOD, you will be challenged with workouts for:

Cardio                    Buns                       Latin Dance
Thighs                    Yoga                       Plyometrics
Core                       Ballet                      Interval Training
Abs                         Pilates                    Kickboxing

You will never be bored staying fit!

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