Three great fitness programs for your home workouts
I have to admit that I am one of those weird people who love the gym. And not necessarily a fancy exercise studio, but old-fashioned with cardio flooring, a weight section, sit-up floors, and a locker room. I love the smell of sweat and metal, the clicking of weights and men making strange noises as they lift themselves up, the comforting purr of a spin cycle; even “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira who played on repeat in the last gym I was a member of. As someone who desperately needs a routine to keep their sanity, I’ve always gone to a gym with a very specific program downloaded from the internet: push-pull legs, one body part a week, or high splits. -low.
I don’t like random exercise, in general. Spontaneity is a stressor, not fun, as far as I’m concerned. I’m also someone who gets very cranky if I don’t participate in some sort of sweaty session. Therefore, finding structured home workout routines that I enjoy has been a saving grace for me over the past three or four years.
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Programs like these take the stress out of choosing or planning a workout; it’s already supported. All you have to do is open your calendar and hit the play button on any program that’s already in it. And yes, these don’t cost as much as a gym membership.
Fitness mixer: Kelli and Daniel Segars
These coaches will always be at the top of my list; they helped me survive a terrible winter, heartache and two lockdowns. The Seattle-based couple’s YouTube channel now has over 6 million subscribers, including yours, and it’s not hard to see why. Unlike most fitness videos that are about screaming instructors, bright lights, and upbeat music, this one is like working out with your best friends. Kelli, I admit, is my favorite. She radiates authenticity, laughs at missing accounts and always offers low impact alternatives.
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But they are both excellent and their workouts are very well structured. The workout videos, which include strength, HIIT, low impact cardio, kickboxing, pilates, and stretching (and sometimes a bit of everything) are free. But you can also buy programs that last one or two months and help you plan your workouts for that entire period or Fitness Blender Plus, which offers all this and more. If you’re short on time and want more bang for your buck, try the 24 Minute Superset Total Body Strength Training (see the video above) by Fitness Blender.
I found out about Sydney Cummings through a Fitness Blender support group (yes I’m so obsessed) and was impressed. Cummings, a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and physical nutrition specialist, has approximately 1.2 million subscribers and offers a free, ad-free workout video every day. She also has a paid community membership called Sydney Squad, which offers group nutrition and coaching as well as accountability and support.
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If that sounds too much of a burden, you can also purchase workout calendars month after month for minimal cost. If you are a strength junkie who enjoys throwing shotguns, Cummings is perfect for you; his workouts are full of simple but effective strength movements. Want big arms and sculpted shoulders? Try the great dumbbell workout for your upper body (see the video above).
Kayla Itsines has been the “it” girl of online fitness for quite some time now, with 13.2+ Instagram followers. Itsines rose to fame in 2014 when she launched her Bikini Body Guide (BBG). It’s an eBook with a detailed 12 week workout schedule that promises a better body and encourages its followers to post photos of themselves on this journey.
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The popularity of these guides – yes, I own them and they are awesome – led to the launch of the Sweat with Kayla app the following year, which also performed very well. And although she sold her fitness empire – for around $ 400 million – and changed the name of her guides (from BBG To High intensity with Kayla), its philosophy remains the same. Its programs include resistance training circuits, cardio training, both LISS and HIIT, and one or two rehab or strength training sessions. Unfortunately, you have to pay for most of its offers, but occasionally you’ll find a workout video on YouTube (see the video above) if you are looking for it.