I mentioned in my 12 Things I Can’t Wait to Do in Alabama post that I’ve been running less and doing Pinterest workout videos and routines more, lately.
I was running for a while there, and I learned a great deal of tips about that sort of workout, which you can check out on my tips on how to start running post.
But the colder weather has me moving indoors for my sweat sessions.
And because I am constantly pinning new workout videos and routines to Pinterest (follow my Workouts board!), I’ve decided to start DOING some of those routines. You know, instead of just staring at them while I eat Puppy Chow.
I’m actually incredibly impressed with a few of these free workouts, which is why I’m sharing my favorites with you here!
All of them last about 25-40 minutes.
FYI – I’m not getting paid to talk about any of these (I’m not getting paid to talk about ANYTHING on my blog), so the recommendations are genuine!
This one’s perfect for me, obviously, since I love to work out at home. I actually have a huge workout video collection. You can read about my favorite home exercise videos in this post. Anyway, I tried this 5-minute warm up so see if it worked, and it definitely got my blood pumping and muscles loosened up. I am actually a fan of warm-up videos because, hey, they burn a few extra calories, so why not?
This video was quick but intense, and because the exercise counts grew smaller and smaller with each exercise (25 squats to 20 crunches to 15 lunges, etc.), there was a mental light at the end of the tunnel during each round. Sandra Augustin (the coach) changes up a few of the moves slightly, too, so you work different muscles. This was quick but INTENSE, and I was surprised by how much soreness-induced waddling I had to do in the days that followed.
This is a routine, so you can complete it at your own pace. This one is more cardio-focused than strength-building, so I was sweating like crazy afterward. It’s definitely full-body, with lots of ab moves incorporated, which I appreciated because I hate working my abs on my own. Lots of plank-style moves (think burpees and mountain climbers), which really require your whole body to complete. This workout flew by!
I love yoga, but I struggle to just do it on my own. Because I don’t know many poses, and how long are you supposed to hold them for, anyway? I jumped at the chance to follow a yoga video that would show me how to do it, and this one did not disappoint. I actually did this workout with my nephew – well, I did it while he tried some moves and then just ran circles around me – and a few times, we were both out of breath! Yoga is no joke. And this 30-minute video is thorough. And my ARMS were KILLING ME after this one. For a few days! Great workout that relaxed me from head to toe. Will do again!
I actually don’t suffer from back pain (yet), but I do wish sometimes that I could stretch my backstraps out better than I do. This video does the trick! You also have to squeeze your muscles a few times to get into certain positions, so it’s like a mini, low-impact workout that leaves you feeling fresh and limber throughout your core.
Kelly Lee (video instructor) describes this workout as one that will help train your muscles for proper form during future workouts. True to her word, Kelly focuses heavily on repetition (with 5- or 10-lb. dumbbells) and endurance through classic moves like lunges. And HOLY CRAP. I thought we only had to do two rounds, and then she said, “let’s set up again!” and I was like Kelly, nooooo. But I did because she told me to and I was glad I completed it. I couldn’t move for the rest of the day which is actually always the goal, so thank you, Kelly. I don’t know if I’ll have the guts to play this video again now that I know how intense it is…but I probably will, because I couldn’t lift my arms for a few days afterward, which means I’m getting closer and closer to achieving my dream of being a female version of Thor♥.
That link takes you to the actual pin on my Pinterest. I would link to the website, but it’s not easy to find this pin ON that website, and I’m not about to send you on a wild goose chase. Anyway, this workout was I N T E N S E. But also awesome, because you only have to do each move ten times! Every time I wanted to quit, I remembered that I only had to do 10 squats, 10 sit-ups, 10 whatever, which made it easier to continue. I timed how long it took me to complete because I was curious, and, including breaks to catch my breath, it took 38 minutes to complete.
I’ve actually done this workout twice since I started composing this post, and the second time, I upped the intensity by increasing the amount of burpees, star jumps, tricep dips, and bridges by one each round (so 10, then 11, then 12, and so on). I also increased my mountain climbers, squats, sit-ups, and lunges to 20 each round, and I incorporated 10-lb dumbbells during my squats and lunges. Just an FYI, in case you wanted to up the intensity, too!
There are some insane HIIT workouts out there…like, workouts that you will do and then immediately regret, followed by a ceremonial swearing-off of all HIIT workouts for the rest of your life. Thankfully, this workout is not one of them. In fact, if you’re looking for a nice, manageable introduction to HIIT workouts, this video is for you. It definitely kicked my butt, but I was expecting to die, so it was a pleasant surprise that I didn’t. Full-body workout that incorporates weights = dream workout, which this video most certainly is.
I have a few more I want to try (including some yoga workouts designed to make me sweat), so I’ll keep this list updated with my favorites!
Do you like to work out at home or in a gym? Do you have any free workout videos/routines or moves that you recommend? Please share them in the comments!