We’re in the dog days of winter if there is such a thing. Snow and ice combined with bitter cold temps mean low motivation to pack clothes and go to the gym, work up a sweat, and then head back out into the cold.
If you’re not getting to the gym or outdoors to walk or run as often as you’d like, there are some amazing workouts to be found on-line. Most of these workouts require minimal equipment. All you need to do is carve out a space for yourself at home and get to work.
Since the death of Exercise TV (may it rest in peace) in 2011 there have been tons of people looking for an alternative. I know this because the majority of hits on this web site have been the result of search engine traffic generated as a result of a “What Happened To Exercise TV?” post that I published on December 13, 2011.
There is no shortage of at-home workouts on YouTube which leaves no excuses for not getting your sweat on even if it’s zero outside. Below are eight of the best (that I’ve found) workout channels on YouTube. If you know of one I haven’t mentioned, please share, share, share by leaving a comment in the box below.
1. Fitappy – The creator of Fitappy claims she’s a regular girl that likes to workout. She’s a martial artist that competes in traditional Japanese Karate and in her bio she says “exercising is her top priority”. She has created a variety of workouts that include cardio, tabata, strength and flexibility and she offers them to you for free on her You Tube channel Fitappy.
2. Christine Salus – Christine offers full body workouts and many require no equipment. Many of the workouts are intense and probably wouldn’t be labeled for beginners. But if you’re looking for a quick ten or twenty minute workout that gets the job done, check out Christine here.
3. Bryan Jones – Bryan is everything yoga. I stumbled across his channel when I was searching for ball exercise ideas for a class that I was subbing this week. Bryan is incredibly strong and has a wide variety of yoga methods for you to try. If you like to do ab exercises with a ball check out his “100 Exercises On The Ball” video. You can find all of his yoga and ball workouts here.
4. Melissa Bender – I mentioned Melissa in my Link Love post last Friday because I had just found her on YouTube and was amazed by the number and quality of workouts that she posts. She has both full body workouts and workouts that are specific to certain muscle groups. For example, the Exercise Tummy Tuck (no surgery required) is an 18 minute program that focuses on – you guessed it – core. Check out Melissa Bender here.
5. HASFit – Coach Kozak has an endless supply of energy that he channels to you via YouTube workouts. From a 12 minute 6-Pack Workout to a 25 minute beginner cardio program, there’s something here for everyone. I’ve followed HASFit for several years and the workout videos never end. The coach is knowledgeable and motivating and will help you beat the winter blahs. Check HASFit out here.
6. XHit – As Jillian Michaels would say, this isn’t your mother’s workout. XHit offers a little higher intensity, but has some fun stuff too. XHit has the Full Body Twerkout, Beyonce Butt Workout, How To Get Legs Like Jennifer Lawrence and a variety of celebrity workouts. They can all be found here.
7. Pop Sugar - Pop Sugar’s Fit Sugar is one of the more popular and well-known places to go for at-home workouts but I thought it was still worth mentioning. There is a lot of variety in these workouts and anyone could adapt them to their fitness level. They are moderate intensity and perfect for an at-home workout. You can find the workouts here.
8. Jessica Smith TV – It would be impossible not to love Jessica Smith and her workouts. I love that she uses music in the background. So far, she is the only one that moves to the beat. Jessica also has a web site where she posts her workouts, weight loss tips, healthy how-tos’ and a blog that she updates regularly. Catch Jessica’s workout channel here.
Exercise TV may be long gone but, there are so many quality workouts on YouTube, we need to no longer mourn its passing.
Do you have a go to site for at-home workouts?
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