If I’m honest, my dedication to fitness has been flaky in the past. I’ve been a gym member on and off for 12 years and have had tried ‘at home’ workouts with mixed results. But as my 30th birthday approached in 2013 it gave me the proverbial kick up the bum I needed to take my health more seriously. Since then I’m happy to say I have kept up with the regular exercise and been more aware of my eating habits, both with more consistency than ever before (*pats self on back*). I’m a member of a gym now and also regularly attend a Pilates class, but in 2013 I was not in a position to haemorrhage money away on a membership or class fees (I had a 30th birthday trip to Las Vegas to save for!) so this time around I started my fitness journey at home. You Tube fitness videos were an absolute blessing, so I thought I’d share my favourites with you.
The first two videos come from the channel ‘Fitness Blender’. Daniel and Kelli are a husband and wife team, highly qualified in fitness and nutrition. A quick scan through their website and You Tube channel, and it’s easy to see why they have over 2 million subscribers. There is literally something for everyone; cardio, focussed strength and toning, low impact, Pilates, yoga, and (my favourite) High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). They continue to upload really regularly too. There are quite a few videos on the channel that I’ve tried, and many I plan to try in the future, but these are my favourites:
Brutal HIIT Ladder Workout – The clue is in the title. This really is brutal and probably not for beginners. Expect 20 minutes of high intensity repetitions including exercises such as jump squats and burpies (evil things!) It’s difficult, but you can ease yourself into it gradually by taking longer rest periods (well I did!) The advantage of this hard work for me, was seeing improvement in my fitness levels without having to workout for hours on end.
Natural Brazilian Butt Lift – Big toned bums may be en vogue at the moment, but Kelli was clearly ahead of the race as this video was uploaded 4 years ago! This workout lasts 35 minutes and if you are anything like me, your glutes will be burning by the end (or half way through!) Expect lunges, squats, bridges and more. I know this off by heart now so often do it at the gym. I’m still not ready to compete with Kim K, but I’ve definitely seen improvement!
The second two videos can be found on the channel Mike Chang’s ‘Sixpack Shortcuts‘. I will say I’ve seen some criticism online regarding inconsistency in the advice he provides in his videos (there are even spoof videos out there) and his channel seems to be primarily aimed at men. However, there are two workouts on his channel that have really worked for me, and he has over 3 million subscribers so he must be doing something right!
Extreme Six Pack Abs Workout & Intense Cardio and Abs Workout – When I do these videos, I do them together. They are 12-15 minutes long but the actual exercise part is around 5-10 minutes in each (he likes to talk a lot!) Expect rotations of focused abs exercises including toe touches, mountain climbers and half burpies (those evil things again!) Prior to our Vegas holiday my husband and I did these almost every day for 8 weeks and for the first time in my life I actually had the beginnings of a six pack! In other words, if you eat right too, these work!
Leave a comment if you have tried any of these workouts, or if you have any recommendations.