Are you one of those people who loathe the gym? Do you refuse to pay the high monthly price at your local gym? Do you find it near impossible to make it to the gym, but desperately need to get exercise in your life?
Then this post is for you! I've compiled a list of free workout regimens you can find online. The best thing is, you need little to no equipment and an area where you can work out.
1. My friend recently told me about Nike Training Club. I downloaded the app to see what it's all about. The interval training I did on a local school's blacktop was super tough... in a good way. I'm always looking for a challenge.
PROS: You can use the app anywhere you are. It counts down the entire pre-designed workout and gives you videos to see what each exercise is. There are a lot to choose from and you can select type (cardio, weights, yoga, stretching), length, and level (beginner, intermediate, advanced).
CONS: I couldn't figure out how to get the narration to stop after I already knew what the moves were. Not a huge deal, but the voice did interrupt my music, which was annoying. You also can't skip ahead or go back between reps.
2. I've blogged about Melissa Bender multiple times.
PROS: She has a YouTube and website where you can either workout with her or just use her 400+ free exercise videos. She has a variety of videos, but mainly utilizes high intensity interval training. The cool thing is that you can do really short workouts or repeat them for longer ones. She also has a lot of videos that don't use equipment in case you don't have any. She also seems super down to earth and like an overall good person.
CONS: There's no app thus far, so I will sometimes print out her workout breakdowns and take them with me to wherever I plan to work out.
3. I recently discovered GymRa through Christine Khuri.
PROS: She is a beast and her workouts are super intense. I would only recommend her if you are intermediate or advanced. Her ab workouts are killer and very effective. But GymRa has a variety of types of fitness routines and levels.
CONS: You have to comb through YouTube to find what you want. It's not organized as neatly into a website like NTC or Bender Fitness. There's also no workout breakdown, so you don't really know what each routine entails prior to doing the workout.
I hope you find these ideas useful. They are my go-to's when I can't make it or don't want to go to the gym. I do still hit the gym regularly for resistance training, which is very important to preventing osteoporosis in women, maintaining the proper balance of human growth hormone (nature's youth serum), and keeping tight and toned. The more lean muscle you have, the more calories you burn in a day resting.
What do you like to do for a workout aside from the gym?