I don’t know about you, but I’m not a gym workout kind of person. I like the rowing machine, the elliptical and the weight machines that are easy to figure out. But I usually feel kind of uncomfortable there, especially with all these muscular people who are getting a real workout. So I prefer to workout at home, but I’m also cheap so I don’t want to pay for workout videos either, and I’m not savvy enough to make my own. So what’s a girl gonna do? Well, over the years I’ve collected some of my favorite, free workout videos that are engaging, fun and have variety (have I mentioned that I get ADD about work outs too. I hate doing the same thing for long periods of time). Here are my top workout videos that you’ve got to check out.
Fitness Blender – Normal Workout
Last week my friend introduced me to Fitness Blender and I’ve been loving it ever since. These workouts are your standard kind of workout videos except for a few key things:
- They don’t talk the whole time. Unlike a lot of exercise DVDs with coaches that talk your ear off, these coaches just talk to keep you on track.
- There are thousands of videos covering thousands of workouts.
- Their content is searchable. You can say “I want a five minute work out that’s a level 4 difficulty and works my core/legs/arms and has equipment or uses no equipment.” This feature is seriously amazing!
- The coaches aren’t ripped. I always feel intimidated by the coaches who look like they are barely breaking a sweat during P90X, but these coaches, a wife and husband duo, get tired like you and me. During my leg video this morning the coach goes “Oh my gosh my legs are burning!” and it was just so relateable.
- You get a serious workout. I haven’t worked out in a while, so I’m honestly out of shape, but I did one of their five minute videos, expecting to come away feeling like I walked somewhere, but no! I ended that video with my heart pounding and my body feeling like I’d just done a serious workout!
- This is meant for the bored exerciser. Most of the exercises last for no more than 30 seconds before moving on to something new and old exercises have new twists. I never got bored which is a huge plus for me!
The Fitness Marshall – Dancing Workout
If you don’t know already, I love to dance, so obviously dance workouts are right up my ally. The issue is dance workouts are hard to find, usually go to generic music and you have to pay for the good ones.
But alas! I have found a free, entertaining, short workout video channel on YouTube that I love called The Fitness Marshall. Here’s why I recommend him for your dance workout needs:
- The host is an energetic, funny guy.
- All this songs are current and popular!
- The routines are easy so beginners can enjoy following along, but they allow for enough movement and variety that even experienced dancers can enjoy them.
- These videos are as long as the songs. This makes them great for quick workouts and they allow you to do several videos of your choice in a row, which gives you variety.
One potential downside that should be noted: some of his choreographer can be sexual, so if that’s an issue for you, then watch the video before dancing to it. He does have several that don’t include any sexual moves, you just have to look a little.
Melissa BellyDance – Belly Dancing Workout
Need a killer core workout or ever wanted to try belly dancing? I can attest to the fun and serious soreness it’ll cause. Finding videos for this can be nearly impossible, but I’ve found two YouTube Channels that I love to get shaking with. The first is Melissa BellyDance. Her videos are low quality, which can be disappointing, but I love her because:
- She’s an interesting and engaging teacher.
- She teaches for all levels of belly dance and will explain every move in detail while giving more experienced dancers tips on how to be better.
- You learn so much in each video.
- You dive straight into the dancing.
- You learn in a class setting.
Now, if you’re a little intimidated, I have another channel that does a very good job, has high quality videos, but goes a lot slower and eases you more into the dance style. I don’t find her style very engaging, but she does take everything slowly so it’s easy to catch on to. This channel is called BodyWisdomTV.
Yoga with Adriene – Yoga Workout
This YouTube channel workout series is one I use at least once a week. The host is engaging, friendly, but scarily aware of how you’re feeling as you go through the workout. I don’t know how many times she’s said something like “don’t let you shoulders rise up” right as my shoulders are starting to do that. I love Yoga With Adriene for the following reasons:
- Her videos are challenging, but not hard. I never feel like I’m doing any crazy workout, but by the end of each video I’m tired.
- She’s very friendly. I feel like I’m actually in the room with her, having casual conversation as we do yoga.
- Everything is easy to follow. She explains exactly what to do, how to do it and what problems you might have as you’re holding the poses. I’ve never done yoga, but now I feel I can do it well because of her training.
- There’s a lot of variety. Her videos range from a 30 Day Yoga Challenge to yoga for specific parts of your body. She also has videos that are specifically for beginners, intermediate and advance yoga practitioners.
- For you exercisers, these are great videos to do on your break days. They stretch you out, relax your muscles and give you better muscle strength and flexibility.
If you’ve ever wanted to try yoga, but aren’t able or don’t want to leave the house, this is a perfect way to do it.
Do you have any favorite exercise video sites/channels? Spread the exercise love in the comments below and let me know if you tried out any of these free videos.