One question I get asked all-the-time on Instagram is what I do for workouts. Besides running of course, I like to do a lot of HITT exercises and also some strength training as well, but truthfully I do far more cardio than anything else. I’m currently training for a 10k in August and possibly a half marathon in October so cardio takes up a majority of my time and after running 5-7 miles 3-4 times per week, it’s hard to find the energy to do much more.
When I first started working out again last July or so, I initially started with workout videos. After I had Alea, I had done the 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels and saw amazing results, so that’s what I started with. I had a hard time with the repetition, however, and only lasted a few days. I also downloaded Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 video on Amazon Prime. I liked it, but again, I wanted to mix things up and it’s kind of painful hearing the same words over and over and doing the same workout moves over and over. I tried listening to music, but then I had a hard time focusing on the workout and it was just kind of a silly mess. Ha! First world problems, I know.
Then, after a quick Google search, I stumbled upon the POPSUGAR Fitness YouTube channel. It’s like home workout video heaven. I kid you not. It has literally every workout you could be looking for. From Tabata, to yoga to Barre, and just videos for stretching out your sore muscles from doing the previously mentioned. The videos also range in length so you can choose a shorter video if you’re short on time or get an hour workout in. It’s so awesome!
Oh, and did I mention it’s completely free? It’s so hard to justify paying for expensive subscriptions when you have numerous workouts to choose from literally at your fingertips.
+ Burn 300 Calories in 30 Minutes
+ Burn 500 Calories in a 45 Minute Cardio-Boxing Workout
+ Burn 600 Calories in 60 Minutes
+ 30-Minute No-Equipment Bodyweight Bootcamp Workout
+ 30-Minute Calorie-Burning, Tabata-Style HIIT
+ 30 Minute Cardio Workout
+ 60-Minute Calorie-Torching Cardio-Boxing Workout
Also, I haven’t done this, but I find it VERY intriguing!
I guess my point is that you do NOT need expensive equipment to get a good workout in. Heck, you don’t even need a gym membership or a set of dumbbells. I started this fitness journey of mine with a set of 3lb and 5lb dumbbells and a yoga mat that I’ve had since back when I did the 30 Day Shred in 2011. TRUE STORY.
It wasn’t until I started doing more strength training and needed to increase my dumbbell weight and then after I started running more it was pretty clear I needed a treadmill if I wanted to get my runs in with Cory’s chaotic work and the fire department.
Starting from zero? You can do it! Need to mix things up? You can do it! I’m totally cheering for ya!
How do you get a workout in at home?