These days DVDs are perceived as the fitness app’s poorer, less cool relation, but the traditional staple holds some surprising benefits. Not least because you’ll still be able to get a sweat on if your wi-fi goes down.

I’m not alone in my love of the fitness DVD. In my 15 years as a personal trainer, I’ve lost count of the number of time I’ve heard clients, friends and family say, “It’s all thanks to Jillian Michael” referring to her hugely successful 30 Day Shred.

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A fitness DVD offers many plus points. You can do it at home, compete with your other half as to who will make it to the advanced section first, pause for a drink, take the washing out or to soothe baby, and be shouted at without the humiliation of having an audience.

All that for a fraction of the cost of a tub of protein powder.

So which one should you try? This year, the celebs were out in force.

The lovely Lauren Goodger released her OMG! Workout , a tough little package that includes plyometric exercises and twerking.

Fun, glam and effective, I suspect this DVD will recruit a huge number of new fitness fanatics who previously wouldn’t be seen dead in Lycra.

If you like a cheeky style, you can also splash out on Charlotte Crosby’s second bestseller, her 3-Minute Bum Blitz – another injection of mischief into an otherwise dry subject matter.

If you like your celeb fitness ambassador to have really earned their stripes, Davina McCall’s series continues to sell and sell.

New for 2016 is her 5 Week Fit workout , a variety of short, sharp, targeted workouts that also includes useful tutorials to encourage the best form – useful for a beginner.

Traditionally favoured by a female audience, workout DVDs for men are thin on the ground.

Unless you’re a guy who’s inspired by Zumba, Strictly or reality TV, you may be better off flexing your financial muscles and forking out for a truly taxing box set such as P90X or Insanity.

Our fitness guru – Isle of Dogs resident Laura – is a leading personal trainer and offers personal training sessions and classes in and around Canary Wharf via her website .

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