One of my goals for 2016 has been to set up a workout room in our house. As you’ve seen, I recently cleaned out the kids’ playroom and got a new treadmill. In addition, I happen to have a Fit Desk (AKA an exercise bike with a platform for your computer), weights, bands, and a Bosu ball. I’m not quite ready to give up my gym membership (I still like the elliptical and sometimes I just need to be around other people LOL), but I am working on making it possible to do all of my working out at home when I’m not out on a run.
Having all of the equipment is great, but I do better if someone else is telling me what stuff to do. And everything I’ve read has said that variety is the spice of life is the best option for strength gain and injury prevention. So, I’ve been turning to my computer more and more for workouts to keep things fresh.
- Jill Conyers is my current “go to” for easy to understand, low equipment requirements, full body workouts. I swear I think I could just work my way through all the workouts on her blog and end up working every body part in a different way over time. She has easy to read or print workouts and includes directions for each one.
- Grokker is a video service that I’ve just begun using. I love that they have a variety of ways to find exactly the kind of video that I want to do at any given moment. Sometimes identifying a workout that fits your parameters is the hardest part and Grokker makes it easy. Since the only class that I take at the gym is a spin class, it’s great to find yoga, barre, and boot camp style workouts that I can do in my own home.
- FitFluential has a LOT of workout information. They are both a source for complete workouts and for compilations of types of workouts from various FitFluential Ambassadors. I love that there is so much variety on this site!
- FitnessBlender is another resource with a TON of options. With everything from free individual workout videos to relatively inexpensive multi-week workout plans, there is something for everyone here. I’ve only just begun to explore this now that I actually have the floor space to workout.
- YouTube has a lot of videos, including the ones from FitnessBlender, POPSugar, Blogilates, and BeFit in addition to videos put up by many individual trainers. You need to use common sense and do a little research to make sure some of the providers are legit, but there are plenty of options there.
I’d be remiss if I completely left out Pinterest. Pinterest is a great resource for quick or HIIT workouts, but you have to be a little more discerning than with the above workouts. There are lots of great workouts created by professional trainers, but there are just as many workouts created by people with no actual credentials. So, it’s kind of a “buyer beware” situation.
Where do you look for at home workouts? Any you’d highly recommend I check out?