Fitness and Fun for Moms and Sons! – Review by Cara Potapshyn Meyers

When the weather begins to sore into the upper nineties and over one-hundred degrees, it’s time to escape indoors for a little fun. I have three great DVD reviews for our readers! For Mom’s who want to catch up on their exercise when the temperature reaches the hundreds, we have a terrific workout to help them stay in shape! For their sons, we have two cool DVDs to watch when the weather is oppressive! Here they are…


Kristi Yamaguchi: POWER WORKOUT

Get fit with an Olympic gold medalist;

First DVD workout from America’s beloved ice skating and

Dancing with the Stars champion

With the London Olympics already underway, there is no better time to get summer fit than with one of America’s most beloved figure skating Gold Medalists, Kristi Yamaguchi. Kristi remains one of the top ten most beloved athletes and the highest ranking among female athletes. According to a 2010 study, she ranked No. 6 behind superstars Michael Jordan and Peyton Manning. 

Led by celebrity trainer Erin O’Brien, Power Workout features three fast and effective circuit workouts. Split into three 10-minute circuits, plus an abs and chest segment, Power Workout will tone the whole body and burn major calories, while suiting even the most hectic of schedules. Kristi and Erin have developed this incredibly efficient workout to blast fat and give you a lean, sculpted figure. It combines heart-pumping cardio blasts with strength-training moves that target all of the main muscle groups. Kristi stays in championship shape with these exercises and now you can too. Power Workout will get you feeling fit and looking great in no time.

One blistering hot day, I decided to forgo my usual water workout and tried Power Workout. I loved the segmented format! As many readers know, I typically do exercise in spurts. With the three 10-minute circuits, I was able to put the DVD on pause, throw the laundry into the dryer, then resume to the next circuit! I tried the video a few days later, when my son was at home. I was actually able to finish the entire workout, despite calls from my son to help him find things or prepare a snack. I give Power Workout kudos for helpings busy Moms stay fit while still being able to fulfill their full-time role as “Mom!”

Athlete, mother, New York Times best-selling children’s author, fashion designer, and Dancing with the Stars champion, Kristi stays healthy, strong, and energized with this body-transforming circuit workout. Celebrity trainer Erin O’Brien worked closely with Kristi to create these workouts and is readily available to offer tips/advice on staying fit. Now no one has the excuse that we don’t have the time to stay fit and healthy!

Approx. 53 minutes                 Price: $16.99

Equipment needed: light hand weights and a mat


Featuring the 7-part story arc spanning the first two seasons of

emmy® award-winning series, 

seamlessly edited together in this special presentation

Produced by hasbro studios


This summer, get ready for a special presentation of TRANSFORMERS PRIME for home entertainment. On July 31, 2012, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will debut TRANSFORMERS PRIME – ONE SHALL STAND DVD, featuring the compelling story behind the most iconic autobot ever, OPTIMUS PRIME, and an epic tale of deception, sacrifice, loyalty and triumph.

With Unicron’s awakening, extreme measures needed to be taken. An unlikely alliance formed between Autobots and Decepticons to defeat Unicron, a foe who could spell the end of the Earth. The action unfolds as the Autobots battle alongside Megatron against the evil Unicron. Enemies became allies, allies became confidantes, and with the Matrix of Leadership, the planet Earth was saved.

Though at immeasurable personal cost, when Optimus surrendered the Matrix, he lost more than the collective wisdom of the Prime. He lost himself. With the power of the Matrix no longer within him, it would stand to reason that Optimus has reverted to his pre-Prime state as the historical archivist Orion Pax.  Megatron manipulates the impaired Optimus into joining the Decepticons. But does the Optimus and Autobots’ true key to salvation lie in the trusted hands of a teenaged boy named Jack?

While I was finishing up my Kristi workout, I decided to have my son watch this exciting DVD before I joined him. I kept hearing calls of, “Mommy! You have to come see this!” Once I finished my workout, I sat down to watch with my son. Knowing all about Transformers characters, my son was able to fill me in on who were the “good guys” and who were not. Once I got a handle on these characters, it was much easier to follow and enjoy! We spent an exceedingly hot afternoon together, bonding and cheering on the famed Transformers that we know and loved!

Produced by Hasbro Studios, ONE SHALL STAND highlights the story that spanned the first two seasons of the acclaimed CGI animated series TRANSFORMERS PRIME, which currently airs on The Hub television network in the U.S and Teletoons in Canada. This action-packed story arc is edited together in a seamless, riveting special presentation for this home entertainment release. Packed with exciting bonus content, TRANSFORMERS PRIME – ONE SHALL STAND DVD delivers spectacular CGI animation and captivating family entertainment for all ages. This highly collectible DVD is priced to own with a suggested retail price of $14.97. Rated ages 7 and up.

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DVD Bonus Content:

  • A Look Back At One Shall Stand with Jeff Kline, Duane Capizzi and Steven Melching
  • Animatics

Running Time: 1:54 hours




POWER RANGERS Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Season One, Volume One 3-DVD set

Debuts on Home Entertainment Shelves Nationwide on August 21, 2012

From Shout! Factory

Following its debut in 1993, Saban’s iconic live-action pop culture series, Power Rangers quickly became the most watched children’s television program in North America. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others by following the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who “morphed” into superheroes, this long-running series has been seen in more than 60 countries, translated into numerous languages, and remains a mainstay in children’s programming blocks. For 19 years, the highly entertaining saga and fan favorite characters from Power Rangers have captivated children and adults alike and are beloved by legions of fans worldwide.

Now you can return to where the phenomenon began and re-live these thrill-packed adventures when Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Saban Brands, unleashes a cornucopia of home entertainment offerings, many of which have never been released on DVD, from the original series Power Rangers. Through unprecedented access to Saban Brands’ vast archive of content, many of these DVD collections produced by Shout! Factory boast extensive bonus materials and collectible packaging, making them must-haves for loyal fans and collectors.

My son is a fan of the current television version of Power Rangers. When I told him I had a DVD of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from the time of their initial debut, he was extremely excited! Because I remembered the original Power Rangers, this DVD was easier for me to follow. I especially liked the fact that these episodes fostered loyalty, teamwork, responsibility and respect. More children’s shows should carry the same message in today’s world. Because this DVD had 30 episodes, we spaced them out over many days and discussed the theme of each episode once it was over. By doing this, my son was able to pin-point where the “lesson” in each of the episodes was as well as describe why certain characters acted in moral ways. I am a big fan of television shows that are exciting enough to catch the attention of growing children, but also share a positive message along the way!

The first multi-disc set to be released will be the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One, Volume One 3-DVD set, which will arrive in stores and will be available through select digital entertainment platforms on August 21, 2012. Marking the DVD debut of the original Power Rangers series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One, Volume One features the first 30 original episodes from the first season and delivers over 10 hours of high-energy, family friendly entertainment. Poised to attract a new audience of kids as well as young adults who grew up with this popular series, this 3-DVD set is priced to own at a suggested retail price of $19.93. Rated for ages 7 and up.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One, Volume Two 3-DVD set is slated to arrive on store shelves Fall 2012. Featuring the subsequent 30 original episodes, this DVD set continues more action-packed adventures of five teens, who quickly learn the full impact and awesome responsibility of their new powers and weapons. The evil villain, Rita Repulsa and her henchmen prove to be very worthy adversaries for the young super heroes, and they are challenged at every turn. Keep your eyes out for even more excitement to come!


Note: Thanks to these companies for providing sample products.  Cara Potapshyn Meyers and assume no liability relative to products reviewed in this blog.

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