It could be all the Nike loving on the blog lately or just that it’s almost autumn and finally cool enough to get real workouts done, but we thought it best to continue the healthy trip we’re on by sharing our top 4 online fitness channels. Let’s be honest, if you’re motivated enough to go running solo or schedule group lessons every week, you’re going to skip this page faster than you can say whoagirlwhereyougoin, but if you’re just one of the regular folks who’s maybe short on time, or too awkward to sweat in front of strangers, or wants to switch up the routine, and still likes to get a fun and challenging workout in, this is a great place to start.
We’re not even going to pretend, we LOVE Cassey Ho and her brand of fun and vital POP Pilates (and we almost never do “love” in capslock). I mean, whoever comes up with the genius idea of setting Pilates and Pilates-inspired moves to Top 40 hits has our (heavily racing) heart. Cassey Ho looks adorable (in fact, we’ve never seen her not looking like someone you’d want to be friends with) but don’t imagine she’ll let you off easy. Her workouts demand honest labour, and if you follow her monthly calendars, you know you need to put in a 100% every single day because she won’t let you settle for less. Blogilates started off as a free fitness video platform via YouTube in 2009 and Cassey continues to publish monthly calendars where she plans and charts the various form workouts you need to do every day of every week of every month. For FREE. If that doesn’t blow your mind, we don’t know what will.
As people who’ve been around the block and tried several gyms, group fitness lessons, yoga classes, and all else, we can assure you this is better than most of the “personal training schemes” you’ll find at your local gym. If you’re a beginner, start off with her Beginner’s Calendar to work on your conditioning and basics, and if you’re more of a regular, join in on her recent monthly calendar (sign up for the newsletter to get the password). If you want to know more about Pilates, POP Pilates, and Cassey Ho, there’s no better way to do it than in her own words. Also, you’ve got to check her new sportswear line and her cheap clean eats! For now, start off with one of her most famous pop-song challenge: a squat challenge to Call Me Maybe. You can’t make this stuff up.
Yoga with Adrienne
Adrienne is the sweetest thing on the Internet. She’s also awkward funny and doing yoga has never been this much fun. If you were ever afraid yoga is dull or convinced yoga could do nothing for you (seriously, dum dum?), wait till you’ve spent some time with Adrienne and her videos. To say it’s like working out with a friend would be cliché but also wildly on point, so I’m going to say this: Yoga with Adrienne really does feel like she’s in your living room, cracking awkward jokes, and giving you the best yoga experience (sometimes even in her PJ-like yoga pants – love!).
I also spent a few times last month doing her videos in our living room with my boyfriend and every single time we’d start off achy all over and bit a whiny, and when we finished, we were chirpier, more nimble, and feeling six inches taller (which is great for me and unnecessary for my boyfriend). Adriene has been teaching for 5 years and has been putting out great videos the past 2 years to learn yoga basics and form, for weight loss, and focused videos, so even if you’re just starting out, you won’t be left gaping at how bendy she is and can actually join in!
Also, PA – whoever tells you that you can’t do yoga at home because oh no, god forbid you breathe wrong and twist your body wrong and break a nail, is most likely lazy and doing less than what you’re willing to. So follow a good tutorial, start slow, and you’ll be alright.
Anna Renderer is a beast, in the best way possible. I love the 10-minute series on FitSugar for when I want to sneak in a quick workout on a day when it’s easy to ignore working out altogether or combining a few of them for a (very) challenging and quick workout for variety. I have to admit, I often find myself going for Anna Renderer videos because her instructions are remarkably clear and her use of plyometric moves with strength conditioning is just the most effective deal.
I’m not a cardio bunny (i.e., you’ll never find me aimlessly running on a treadmill for half an hour with no clue what or why I’m doing it) and I’m always on the lookout for high-intensity complex interval workouts that combine short bursts of cardio with weights or strength training as it is one of the most effective forms of working out. That it is significantly shorter than what the hulk at your local gym recommends is just the cherry on top. Start off with the total-body Lazy Girl workout.
I’ve always been a bit reluctant to do videos off of Shape or Women’s Health magazines but really, why? Between all the articles about sex, break ups, cellulite, and waxing, there’s some real workout gems to be found. Since I’m still relatively new to their videos, I can’t go nuts over how perfect they are, but I do know I’ve been loving this 10-minute no-weights total body video lately. That the fitness editor-at-large has sweat dripping on to the mat is just the first sign it’s the real deal. If you’re a beginner, every exercise comes with a modification, so there’s always room to adapt.
Personal aim: to pluck up the courage to do the Kayla Itsines programme.
Do you workout at home or do you prefer running / group lessons? Share some of your favourite fitness sources for us to try in the comments below!