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Fitness Friday // YouTube Workout Videos

15 Apr 2016

Hello, and welcome to another Fitness Friday!!! Woohoo.

In the first post of this series, I talked about 'My Gym Class Experiences', which I do actually have pretty extensive knowledge on. Not meaning to get all up on my high horse or anything but I have been to five classes a week before. FIVE. That was only one, wild and wacky week, but still. Then, we discussed '5 Reasons To Get Into Fitness Today' because everybody loves a good old motivational post, and I also needed to remind myself why I spend time exercising when I have many, many exams to revise for.

To be honest with you, my fitness motivation over the Easter holidays was poor. I'm talking going from 4 gym classes a week to a couple of 20-minute dogs walks a week. Am I sorry? No, not really. I will openly admit that I spent a solid 3 weeks stuffing my face with chocolate and doing absolutely nothing to make up for it.

Anyway, when I'm at home and not a member of the gym, I often hand my fitness routine over to my trusty YouTube trainers, most of whom you will have already heard of. Working out at home means that you don't have to trek it to and from the gym, which although good in terms of exercising more, is bad when you have limited time. The cons are that it's very, very easy to just give up, or to commit to a workout and then go back on your word, but the convenience of at home workouts is unbeatable.

But wait a second, what at-home workouts do you actually do?

1. Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred 

Now there are three different levels to this, and although Jillian recommends 10 days of Level 1, 10 of Level 2 and 10 of Level 3, I've always started on level 2 and never progressed to 3. I think the longest amount of consecutive days I've spent with Jillian Michael's screaming at me was 21, and that is without a doubt the most toned I've ever been.

She works with a 3, 2, 1 method, which means 3 minutes strength, 2 minutes cardio and 1 minute of abs which definitely constitutes a high-intensity workout, but the whole workout is only 25 minutes long so it's very doable.

2. Reggae Dance Workout

Judge me all you want, but I absolutely love a good dance workout. When I look for dance videos on YouTube (yes, that is what I do in my spare time), I often find that they're really energetic, aerobic videos with not much technique involved, or they proper full on Beyoncé dance routines which cannot be attempted by anyone short of a professional dancer. Well, when I really fancied doing some reggae style dancing (don't ask) one day, I came across the perfect video.

Of course, I feel like a massive goon doing it but it is literally so much fun! The girls in the video are great, it's a fantastic workout for your whole body but also not too intense.

3. TheBodyCoach's Fat Burning HIIT Workout

I'm sure you've all heard of TheBodyCoach, or seen some of his speedy 15-minute meal videos on Instagram. I am personally a big fan of High-intensity interval training. I like my workouts to be reasonably short, and pretty intense. I like doing rounds of different exercises and I feel like these workouts are a bit like a mini Insanity class.

The great thing about Joe is that he actually acknowledges that the workout is difficult for people who are physically incredibly fit as well. He's also a heck of a lot less annoying than Jillian Michaels who I have had some great times with, don't get me wrong, but who will always, always really bug me.

4. POP Pilates Intense Ab Workout

You know how most people store more fat in some parts of the body than others? Well, for me that's my stomach. I've always had slim legs and a lot of belly fat that I just can't seem to shred. Ok, maybe it's also down to my complete lack of willpower and inability to say no to a cake and/or pizza, but seriously, even when my legs have been little I've still had a tummy. Anyway, I went through a phase where I was determined to get a toned stomach and the only thing that vaguely worked was committing to Casey Ho's intense abs workout.

I did this about 5 out of 7 days a week and I definitely remember getting compliments on my 'toned' stomach when I was on holiday, so it must've worked somewhat. Of course, I've never managed to commit to it for that long since then, but I do also absolutely love Casey's Ultimate Hot Body Workout and her Flat Belly Fat Burner. Her workouts are usually 8 - 18 minutes long so they're also a great quick option!

Have you tried any youtube workouts before? Let me know what your favourites are!

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