Like almost everyone on the planet, one of my resolutions for the New Year is to be more consistent in my work outs. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I’m doing surprisingly well so far. Here’s to keeping it up for the rest of the year!
Back in the States, I was a dedicated gym-goer. Since moving to France 9 years ago, I have yet to join an actual gym. For the sake of practicality, most of my workouts are done at home. For years, I hated that I didn’t have a gym membership and I admit that I still dream of going to spin class. Nonetheless, I’ve grown to realize that there are lots of advantages to working out from home.
Perhaps my favorite thing about working out from home is that there’s no pressure to look cute. Come on ladies, you know what I’m talking about! Having a fashionable workout wardrobe can end up costing you an arm and a leg.
My typical workout gear involves one of my old sports bra that date back to high school, my favorite pair of faded Victoria’s Secret leggings, glasses, and little to no makeup. The only person I have to worry about impressing is a half-dressed little boy who is occasionally sprawled out on the couch behind me, watching fire truck videos on Youtube.
My my hair is usually a hot mess with one or more of Leilani’s neon colored clips holding it out of my eyes.
Oh, and I should clarify: I wouldn’t be caught dead in a gym just a sports bra, but at home I don’t even bother with a shirt because I’m all about minimizing laundry!
As for my favorite source for at-home workout videos, it is definitely Fitness Blender. Kat, a dear friend of mine, introduced me to Fitness Blender workouts several years ago and they quickly became my go-to option for at-home workouts. For the record, I don’t get any perks or commission for promoting them. I’m just a huge fan and thought I’d share the love!
So, here’s the deal: Fitness Blender has loads of free workout videos with a variety of focus areas ranging from HIIT to pilates to kickboxing to strength training. If you log on to the website, you can even filter the workouts based on the equipment you have available, how much time you have, level of difficulty, etc. One of the cool features of their website is the ability to personalize a workout schedule for yourself. I’ve never actually made a calendar, but the function is great if you are one of those people who likes to stay on top of things and know what’s coming. In addition to all of the free workout videos, there are also long term workout programs available for purchase, but honestly you can get everything you need 100% free.
Personally, I just decide what area of my body I want to work on that day and then choose a video from the Fitness Blender Youtube channel and play it on my tv.
Of all the online workout sources I’ve tested over the years, Fitness Blender is my favorite for a number of reasons, some of which include:
- There’s no music, so you can turn the volume down once you’re comfortable doing so and put on your own customized playlist in the background.
- The workouts are usually shown in an all-white setting, so there are no visual distractions.
- There are usually previews of the upcoming exercise shown in the upper lefthand corner, so you know what move is coming next. This makes for a more fluid transition from one exercise to another.
- Kelli and Daniel are just chatty enough to keep you interested, without being annoying. Not to be a diva or anything, but there are lots of sites out there that I can’t stomach strictly because the instructors are either too chatty or cheesy.
Do you workout from home? What’s your favorite source for at-home workouts? Have you tried Fitness Blender and, if so, did you like it? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!