SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With the weather getting colder and exercisers looking for indoor ways to stay in shape through the food-filled holidays, Acacia, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. brand, is excited to announce the release of three new DVD workouts – R.I.P.P.E.D. Total Body Challenge, Power Boxing Workout with Olympian Marlen Esparza, and Lisa Whelchel's Everyday Workout for the Everyday Woman. Whether you've been intimated in the past by workouts like Insanity or P90X, or you're looking for a new challenge, R.I.P.P.E.D. offers a new innovative, high-intensity workout which burns more than 700 calories in just 48 minutes. Next, a breakout star of the 2012 Olympics and America's first female medalist in Olympic boxing, Marlen Esparza offers four high-intensity workouts to help you gain strength, agility, cardio fitness, and mental toughness. Last, the popular Facts of Life star, Survivor runner-up, and mom of three, Lisa Whelchel, created an inspiring and accessible workout for people like her that dislike working out but, as they get older, want to remain healthy and active. The DVDs are available now at,, and select retailers, SRP: $16.99 each. Please visit to watch clips from each workout. Press copies are readily available upon request.

R.I.P.P.E.D. Total Body Challenge- Not Extreme, Not Insane, Just R.I.P.P.E.D.

Franchised to more than 8,000 fitness professionals across the country and approved by the American Council on Exercise, this safe, effective, interval-training system delivers amazing results with a scientifically proven, plateau-proof fitness formula to help shape and tone every body. In just five workout segments, plus a warm-up and cool down, you'll burn more than 700 calories in just 48 minutes. The workout was created by fitness power couple Terry and Tina Shorter, who also sing and compose all the addictive original music. With this athletic, musical driven format, you'll stay engaged, time will fly, you'll never get bored, and you'll achieve the strong, fit physique you've always wanted. Whether you're a fitness buff or beginner, you can achieve amazing results with R.I.P.P.E.D. (DVD Single, Approx. 48 min., plus bonus)

Power Boxing Workout with Marlen Esparza, Olympic Medalist

America's first female medalist in Olympic boxing, reigning seven-time USA Boxing National Champion, and motivational speaker Marlen Esparza debuts 4 high-intensity workouts. Ranked #1 in the United States, bronze medalist Marlen shares the unique workout routine that gets her into fighting shape to win competitions all over the world. Given the health and cardiovascular benefits of boxing training, whether you are a boxing fan or a newcomer, Marlen's new workouts will help you get a fit, lean and strong physique. She is also one of the select few that currently live and train at the U.S. Olympic Center in Colorado Springs in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games. (DVD Single, Approx. 55 min., plus bonus)

Lisa Whelchel's Everyday Workout for the Everyday Woman

With the help of her trainer, Lisa leads these inspiring and accessible workouts geared towards beginners with a friendly, encouraging vibe and modifications for all levels plus personal training tips on proper body alignment, engaging the core, and breathing. The Facts of Life star and Survivor: Philippines fan favorite says, "I'm an everyday woman when it comes to fitness. I know exercise is key for my health and well-being, but I don't always enjoy doing it. And as a busy working mom, I have a hard time fitting workouts into my schedule. But I've learned that having fun with exercise can make all the difference. So I've teamed up with trainer Janice Clark to demonstrate two safe, sane, and effective workouts for women of all shapes and sizes." Lisa adds, "If you're an everyday woman like me who isn't looking for rock hard abs but wants to be healthier, stronger, more energetic, and have a looser waistband, follow us and have some fun!" (DVD Single, Approx. 44 min., plus bonus)

Acacia's award-winning fitness instructors are available for interviews. They can offer effective exercises, tips, full workouts, and advice in a wide variety of disciplines.

Acacia, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. brand, is a leading producer of original and award-winning yoga, fitness, and wellness DVD programming. Acacia's workouts are from TV star and bestselling author Bethenny Frankel, the number one diet and fitness website SparkPeople, exhale spa's bestselling Core Fusion series, Leah Sarago's popular Ballet Body™ series, yoga superstar Shiva Rea, master kettlebell instructor Paul Katami, reality TV star Kenya Moore, best-selling author Dr. Vijay Vad's Arthritis Rx, Hilaria Baldwin's Fit Mommy-to-Be Prenatal Yoga, as well as Escape Your Shape: 21-Day Body Makeover, Lisa Whelchel's Everyday Workout for the Everyday Woman, R.I.P.P.E.D. Total Body Challenge, and Power Boxing Workout with Marlen Esparza.

RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq:RLJE) is a premier independent licensee and distributor of entertainment content and programming in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,300 exclusive titles. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Image (feature films, stand-up comedy), One Village (urban), Acacia (fitness), Slingshot (faith), Athena (documentaries), Criterion (art films) and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, digital streaming, broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical.

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RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute, and monetize existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including its nascent branded digital subscription channels, and engages distinct audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests.  RLJE has proprietary e-commerce web sites for the Acorn and Acacia brands, and owns the recently launched Acorn TV digital subscription service.

CONTACT: Press Contact for interviews/DVDs:         Chad Campbell         Publicity Director, RLJ Entertainment, Inc. - Acacia brand         301-608-2115 *138,

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