Bored With The Gym and Your Workout DVD Collection?
Shake Things Up With My Seven You Tube Picks
If you belong to a gym or have a collection of workout-at-home DVDs, at some point you need something different that stimulates you both physically and mentally. Here’s a list of the seven best and totally free workouts that you can find in their entirety on You Tube by following the links I’ve provided. Not only will these workouts kick your butt, they won’t cost you a dime.
- Steve Maresca Cardio – I’m not going to save the best for last because I know not everyone will read to the end. My favorite Exercise TV star was Steve Maresca and his “Cardio” workout is the best. The only equipment you need it a weighted ball. If you sit in a chair and watch the workout it doesn’t seem like it would be too tough, but it really catches up to by the time he goes through the workout the second time. The first time through he demonstrates all of the exercise at a reasonably slow pace. In round two he picks up the pace and there’s very little downtime. It’s grueling! Total workout time: 42 minutes. Link to it here.
- Step Aerobics with Jenny Ford – This is your basic step class with 32 count patterns broken down and then added to plus it shows some nice combinations that work well for an intermediate stepper. I’ve seen a lot of step demonstrations on You Tube that are so complex it would take you a couple of weeks just to learn the choreography unless you’re an advanced stepper. This is achievable and at the same time interesting. Jenny puts the full 60-minute workout on You Tube. Maybe only step junkies can totally appreciate this. Check our other Jenny Ford workouts by at her You Tube channel.
- Pilates 30 Minute Workout From eFit30 – This is one of a series of eFit30 Pilates workouts that you can access through You Tube. The workout that I’ve linked to focuses on six pack abs and is an intermediate to advanced Pilates workout with excellent demonstration and cueing. If you love Pilates, this will give you everything you need.
- Jillian Michaels Banish Fat Boost Metabolism – You always know what you’re going to get with This-Is-Not-Your-Mother’s-Workout Jillian (whatever that means). This is a tough workout that seems doable but catches up with you before you get to the end. The Banish Fat workout doesn’t have complex moves that you have to stand and watch to figure out so you can move the whole time. Squats, burpees, and lots of plyometrics. I was pleased to find this workout on You Tube. I’m not Jillian’s biggest fan but she does deliver. Total workout: 46 minutes.
- Chris Powell – This a cool series of workouts by Chris Powell of “Extreme Makeover Weight Loss” fame. The link here will take you to Workout Level 3. All of the moves are explained, broken down and shown with modifications. There is no complex choreography and Chris delivers the workouts with a ton of passion and enthusiasm. If you find Jillian a little intimidating this is the workout for you. It’s not boot camp, but it gets the job done. Link to the level 3 workout is here.
- Full Total Body Workout 2-2 in 30 Minutes by eFit 30 – eFit 30 has a variety of programs that you can access from You Tube. The 2-2 in 30 focuses on strength training starting with a clean and press, split squat with row and ball push ups. It wraps up with core work. For the 2-2 30 minute workout you’ll need an exercise ball and a set of dumbbells. The exercises are not done to music so they move at a slower pace. That’s not a bad thing. Demonstration and safety cues are complete.
- Billy Blanks Jump Start Cardio – I know that the Billy Blanks series has been around for a few years but does it ever go out of style? I love this Tae Bo Amped collection where Billy uses the weighted bar. I don’t know if it’s the constant counting out loud, super fit bodies working out with him, or a combination of the two, but I’m not tired of these workouts yet. All of Billy Blanks Tae Bo series can be found on You Tube.
For more free – or nearly free – options you can link to a post I wrote a few months ago when I learned that Exercise TV had vanished.
I’m easily bored and always looking for something new – or something old that I haven’t seen before – to motivate me. What have I missed? Do you have a favorite workout on You Tube that I can get for free?