8 YouTube Channels Here to Deliver Home Workouts
With (hopefully) everyone practicing social distancing, especially non-essential workers, the daily routines we count on for structure, stability, and sometimes, sanity, may be slipping to the wayside. For many, regular exercise is a big part of self-care routines, be that for physical, mental, or emotional health reasons.
If you’re doing your public service by staying home but still seek a good stretch or sweat session, there are eight YouTube channels with a plethora of workout videos designed to keep you in shape at home.
Created by certified personal trainer Kola Olaosebikan, who holds a certificate in Food and Health from Stanford University, Koboko Fitness offers a wide variety of workouts that use bodyweight or light weights. Her playlists include everything from 30-day challenges to exercises aimed at targeting specific areas. Most videos range from 5 to 30 minutes, making exercise accessible for those with just a few minutes to dedicate to working out.
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Known for her strong lower body and tiny waist, Miami-based personal trainer Vicky Justiz offers at-home workouts designed to build strength. You will need some resistance bands or light weights for some of the exercises on the Vicky Justiz channel, but you will see results thanks to her science-backed routines and meal tips for growing muscle.
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If you’re not sure where to start, this one may be for you as there is pretty much nothing you cannot find on Fitness Blender, which is created by married personal trainers, Kelli and Daniel Segars. Cardio, HIIT, weight training, yoga — you name it, you can probably find it on Fitness Blender, and designed with your skill level in mind.
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Do counting reps and sets bore you? If moving your body is what you’re looking for, Afrifitness offers dance workouts that combine African dance, resistance training, and HIIT for a fun routine. Created by Rachael Okesola, these full-body workouts will get your heart rate up while building strength and burning calories.
*Image: Rachael Okesola
Body Positive Yoga
If slow and steady is more your workout speed, Body Positive Yoga offers videos filled with sequences for “big bodies, creaky joints, and beginners.” Because yoga is all about connecting with the breath, many find it to be just as much an emotional act of self-care as it is physical, and this channel offers several talks to help you check in with yourself.
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To help strengthen those essential core muscles, pilates instructor Cassey Ho offers a ton of videos filled with workouts you can try at home with little to no equipment. To help create a habit, Blogilates offers plans designed to keep you moving for a month, a week, or even just an afternoon.
If you have weights at home and don’t think bodyweight alone will cut it, HASfit, run by personal trainer couple The Kozaks, offers several videos for every fitness level. Not all of these rely on resistance training, but if that’s what you’re looking for, they offer free workouts using kettlebells and dumbbells, ranging from five to 60 minutes.