I stopped going to the gym about two years ago. I was newly pregnant and increasingly insecure about how I felt doing a workout in spandex in a public gym. You know that “Did she have a burrito for lunch, or is that a baby bump” phase? Everything was stretching in different, new directions.
I’ve always been active and into fitness. But, I decided that I felt more comfortable working out at home. And, bonus: Working out at home meant I didn’t have to waste time driving to/from the gym or worry about how I looked in outfits that fit a little differently pre-pregnancy.
Fast forward to today, and I’m still working out four to five days per week and staying strong – at home. We’re blessed to have the space in our basement for a workout room that I spend a good amount of time in. It’s like a little retreat for me when I sneak down there while Roman is napping. But, the good news is, even if you don’t have a dedicated workout room, it’s still possible to get a quality workout in at home. Think your garage, on your back patio/deck, move furniture around in the living room, etc.
I tend to get my workouts in during my son’s mid-morning nap. The moment my kiddo goes down to sleep, the clock starts ticking! I immediately get dressed into my workout attire (I’m lucky if I’m matching these days, don’t judge), and head downstairs to get in a 30-45 minute workout before two little toddler eyes pop open upstairs.
There are SO many workout options online today for any ability, fitness level, or desired duration. Over the years, I’ve scoured YouTube for the most effective workout programs (for me), and there are a few channels that I keep going back to, time and time again. These channels are suited for beginner to advanced, the instructors are fun, and they offer a wide variety of options. Anyone else get bored easily with a workout routine?
Yoga with Adriene
What the channel offers: Adriene provides fun yoga for basically EVERY life scenario, including yoga for: bravery, digestion, concentration and mental focus, weight loss, depression, anxiety, loneliness, migraines, diabetes, etc.! Plus, there are workouts specifically for your line of work, like yoga for nurses, and teachers.
Why I like it: There are so many different workouts that you could pick one every day and not do the same one twice (at least for a long while!). There are also a ton of options for workout lengths, so you can pick one that works for your schedule. Adriene is adorable and cracks jokes that keep the workouts fun…and her dog sometimes shows up, so obvz I enjoy that. Downward-facing dog, anyone?
Try this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLy2rYHwUqY&t=461s As a runner and toddler mom, I tend to hold a lot of tension in my IT bands… and really all over. I love this total body deep stretch flow and use it often when my body needs a recharge.
Channel link: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene
What the channel offers: FitnessBlender caters to all abilities with a wide range of workouts, like kickboxing, low impact cardio, high intensity interval training (HIIT), upper body, glutes, abs, etc. You can find any kind of cardio or strength training workout on their channel.
Why I like it: Daniel and Kelli are a husband/wife duo who just keep things simple. What’s unique is they don’t have any hokey workout music in the background, so you can jam to your favorite playlist while you watch.
Try this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbbZBtdd20U Here’s a 25-minute workout that will leave you sweating…and bonus: if you get bored easily with workouts, you’ll especially enjoy this one.
Channel link: https://www.youtube.com/user/FitnessBlender
What the channel offers: PopSugar Fitness offers workout classes that are trendy and unique to other channels. I love the options, like Barre, Yoga-Barre, Blogilates, the Vixen Workout and even workouts from celebrity trainers who get stars like Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez in shape.
Why I like it: Host Anna Renderer is so sweet and bubbly. Most times, she’s learning alongside you as you’re figuring out how to master the latest fitness trend.
Try this workout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cd0eIKXcSs 30-minute no equipment strength and conditioning from the creator of The Drop fitness class in San Francisco. So fun, and I had to press pause 83745 several times to catch my breath!
Channel link: https://www.youtube.com/user/popsugartvfit
Do you use YouTube workouts to get fit at home? If so, share your favorite channel in the comments below!