No Gym, No Problem

I've been a fan of working out at home for about 7 years now. It all started when I purchased my first set of The Firm videos on a yardsale page. I had been going to the gym steadily for months but I hadn't really been seeing the results I hoped for. Within a month of starting the videos, I felt like a totally different person.

Since that time, I've built quite the collection of home workout videos. I have just about every workout from The Firm, Turbo Fire, Jillian Michaels, and everything in between. I love working out at home because it's convenient, saves time and gas, and it is effective. It's also perfect if you have small children because you can get your workout in while they nap. I do currently belong to the YMCA and I try to go at least once a week, but 90 percent of my workouts are done at home. If you look back at my workouts for 2013 you will see that I am all about the videos.

That being said, I do easily get bored. It's really hard for me to do the same workout over and over. I really need variety in my life or I'm more likely to stop working out all together.

And that's where the amazing internet comes in. Do you know that there are hundreds of free workout videos online? Yes, hundreds! And most of them require very little equipment and a small amount of space. They range in difficulty and time so there really is something for everyone.

Lately, I've discovered some new favorites so I thought it would be fun to share. 

This Youtube channel from Lionsgate has tons of videos from some of my favorite instructors. Have you been dying to try Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred? Well,  here's Level 1. For Free! They add a new video every weekday and they have several programs/schedules you can follow. You can find the schedules available for download here.

They even have a few 10 minute workouts. I tried this one the other day and it definitely left me winded.

Next up is Blogilates.
I've seen these workouts floating around on Pinterest but I was always scared to try them because Pilates is HARD! :) But the creator, Cassey, has posted all kinds of different videos and they are all right on her You Tube channel. If Pilates is not your thing, don't worry- she has HIIT, regular cardio, yoga, and toning workouts too. She also provides workout calendars, meal plans, and recipes on her awesome blog, Blogilates. I love that the videos range in difficulty and length. If you only have 15 minutes to workout, you can definitely find a video on Blogilates.

And finally, my new favorite: Melissa Bender fitness.

You guys know that I have become a huge Jillian Michael's fan since completing Body Revolution. I love short and sweet workouts that are also intense. I've been making my way through all of Jillian's workouts but I could tell that I was starting to get bored. Luckily, my neighbor told me about Melissa Bender and I tried my first workout the very next day. What I love the most is that every workout is different. It's pretty hard to get bored when you do something different every day. 

She has a few different workout schedules that you can find here. You'll see that each workout includes a video and a breakdown of the moves. For most workouts, you complete 20 reps of 10 different exercises and then complete the circuit 2 more times.  So far, I prefer going through the video with her to complete the first round and then I do the next two rounds on my own.

I'm currently doing Month 1 of her Bikini Competition Prep. (No, I am NOT planning on doing a Bikini Competition. Wouldn't that be a sight!) ;) My friend just completed Month 1 and she has had AMAZING results. And after doing the second workout yesterday, I can tell you that they are effective. I can barely walk today. I doubt I'll finish looking like Melissa, but at least I know I'm getting a good workout in every day! 

Basically, I just want you to know that you don't have to belong to a gym to exercise. And you don't have to spend tons of money either! You can find FREE, effective workouts online.  The three sites I've shared could keep you working out for at least a year. But if nothing you see here interests you, just start Googling. I promise that you can find something you will work for you. Get a few pairs of weight and you are all set!

And if anyone knows of any other awesome YouTube channels or sites, please share! I'm always look to add some variety to my workouts.

Natalie said...

Wow thanks for sharing this! I'm not a member of a gym so this is great info!

Natalie said...

awesome, thanks!! I am planning to start working out again soon!

April said...

Thanks for the info! I will go back through and go to the links!

Kelli Kegley said...

Ohhh, I'm going to have to check out the bikini competition one. We are going back to the beach in July and I really want to be able to see some changes before then! I have a gym membership, but mainly only use it for running. I have done boot camp twice and it about killed me! Ha!

BeckyJo606 said...

I am so happy you posted these! I have just been doing a lot of walking with the baby outside, but know that I really need to step up my workouts if I want to see any change in my body. This is perfect!

Megan said...

Thanks for sharing these great resources. I've been using workout videos/programs from home for over two years now, and I love it! I've stuck mostly to the Beach Body series, but have been feeling the need to change things up, so it's great to have the resources you recommended!

Megan said...

Thanks for sharing these great resources. I've been using workout videos/programs from home for over two years now, and I love it! I've stuck mostly to the Beach Body series, but have been feeling the need to change things up, so it's great to have the resources you recommended!

Stacey said...

BodyRockTV is another one that has free online workouts/videos. Just remember, sex sells so the women are in tiny sports bras and short shorts. However they are great, free workouts!
Thanks for these other ideas!

Emily Powell said...

I just did a kick boxing video from befit...now I'm tired! Thanks!

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