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It’s January. It’s cold. You don’t want to leave the house. But you want to stick with your New Year’s resolution to get into shape. I completely understand. I’m with you. So, I’ve put together a list of workout videos (which I guess aren’t really videos, but you get the point) to keep us motivated for those days when we can’t or don’t want to leave the house.
The list is not exhaustive but I tried to put a mix of different styles so there is something for everyone.
The Best Home Workout Videos:
1. Insanity is my all-time favorite workout program. I love how much I sweat with it, how there are a lot of different videos, and how Shaun T. is encouraging but not obnoxious. For me, it is perfection. It is a 60 day program. In the first month, the videos range from 25 to 45 minutes. Then, in the second month, some of the videos are more than an hour. So, this one does require some time, but you will totally see and feel results!
2. Focus T25 is great for people who want the intensity of Insanity but don’t have as much time. I know, Shaun T. is on here twice. (I was tempted to put another one of his programs on here – Asylum – because I love that as well, but I stuck with my top two.) But he is that good and the programs are great for men and women, are as difficult as you make them, and this program has adapted movements for beginners or people with limited mobility.
3. PiYo is great for people looking for a low impact workout program that combines yoga with cardio. I secretly have a strong dislike for all things yoga, but I tried this program when I got pregnant with my second child and I did like it. It isn’t all just stretching and it is good for beginners or pregnant mamas who need to dial down the intensity.
4. Chalean Extreme is good for women who want to add a bit of weight lifting to their cardio program. It is by the same woman who does PiYo but it is a bit more intense. It is still completely doable for beginners. I didn’t love her training style, but it worked for me.
5. Rushfit is good if you are looking for a bit of a different kind of exercise program. I wouldn’t really recommend it for beginners because there were a lot of moves that I just couldn’t do and he didn’t give much by way of modified movements. With that said, it worked my body in different ways than the other videos. He incorporates wrestling moves, which made me feel silly, but totally helped! Georges St. Pierre’s words aren’t really all that inspiring, but his fitness level is!
6. Tae-Bo was where it was at in the 1990’s. I’m only slightly embarrassed to add this one to the list. But seriously, Billy Blanks knows how to motivate! And I have this secret desire to be a boxer, so it allows me to pretend while still burning calories. Try this one before you knock it!
7. BodyShred is a great cardio workout program. You’ve probably seen Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser and you probably either love her or hate her. She’s toned down and supportive in the videos. Videos are 30 minutes and provide great variety.
8. P90X is good if you are looking for a weightlifting program. It does require a bit of equipment, but not much. Tony Horton is obnoxious, but the program is good! I can’t get through the Yoga video because…well, see above and my loathing of all things yoga, but the rest are great. They include cardio exercises as well!
What other workout videos do you love? Share them below!
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