I am not a gym person. I have tried many, many times to be a gym person and it just doesn’t work. I am truly one of those people who can be on a treadmill or eliptical and think that I’ve been on them for 20 minutes and it’s only been 6. There have been several times I have attempted to create a circuit using some of the weight machines and/or free weights and that was also a disaster.
An aspect of the gym that I always did love and excel at was the classes. I am someone who thrives in gym classes for several reasons: 1. Someone was telling me what to do! I didn’t have to figure it out. 2. Time flew! 3. Due to it being a timed class I worked out for the entire duration of the class whether it was 45 or 60 minutes. I would very rarely work out that long using traditional gym equipment out of pure boredom.
While I love me some classes at a gym, I don’t like paying for a gym. I don’t even really like going to a gym because there’s just so many damn people there and the act of going to a gym is just too much effort for me (laziness I know).
It was this minor disdain for the gym that led me to discover dvds and Youtube workouts. I am a huge fan of BeachBody programs and still use T25 and 21 Day Fix Workouts 2-3 days every week. However, sometimes I want something new and different (and free) and that is where Youtube comes in!
If you have only used Youtube to watch funny animal videos or movie trailers, you have been missing out! I am avid Youtube watcher and think that it is an amazing resource for information on really any topic. However, for the area of workouts it truly is amazing!
I use Youtube workouts mainly on the weekend when I am not working out after school with one of my friends. You can find a workout video for literally anything! If you give your workout your all as if you were in a gym class, you can really burn some massive calories and see some great results!
Of course with any exercise, check with your doctor to ensure it’s something your body can can handle and then check out some of my favorite fitness Youtubers below!
Blogilates is definitely one of the first fitness Youtube channels I began following and I have doing her workouts for over 5 years now! Cassie has an amazing array of videos covering cardio, healthy recipes, toning and TONS of amazing pilates videos which will work up a sweat! Each month she also sends out a free workout calendar which includes effective ways to pair up the tons of videos she has for different areas of the body. She is definitely one of my favorite and definitely one of the most inspiring and uplifting.
If you want to absolutely smile and have a good time while working out, Keiara is your girl. I love her workouts and have had quite a few of my friends join me while doing her workouts. A lot of her videos are dance focused and they really help time to fly. She somehow manages to sneak serious toning into every single dance video she makes and her personality is SO amazing that I just keep tuning in to see what she’s coming up with next.
Popsugar Fitness is a great channel for a variety of different workouts. Popsugar hosts a lot of different fitness Youtubers or fitness instructors, so there is always a different face and a different workout. This is great if you want to try something different in fitness each time you work out.
Love Sweat Fitness is a great channel for toning videos and healthy recipes. I like to make a mini playlist of some of her videos to do a circuit of them when I want to workout a specific body area. Katie also creates weekly workout routines including her videos and exercises you can do at home or the gym.
Do you have a favorite way to workout at home or outside of the gym? I’m always looking for new ways!!