I’m a gym bunny in that I bounce in and out of gym memberships 😂. My motivation for working out hasn’t been the best over the years. I’ve finally found a gym that I feel comfortable going to and I’m seeing results from. However, along my journey I’ve found multiple ways to workout on a budget generally when I haven’t felt like investing in my health and fitness has been a priority. One of the great tools I’ve found is YouTube.
Disclaimer: I am not a fitness professional. You should consult your physician for advice around any fitness decisions you plan to make. This guide is simply tools that I’ve found along my fitness journey in order to workout at home and save money. This blog is only my opinion and you should get professional advice.
Last year I joined a gym that I really didn’t like that much. I would go but just spend my time on the treadmill and other cardio equipment avoiding the weights room. The classes didn’t fit with my lifestyle at the time. I found the people at the gym intimidating. The gym really didn’t do much for me, I was at my doctors one day and he spoke with me about what I was doing in terms of exercise. I told him the story of my gym and how I just didn’t enjoy it. He promptly suggested I start working out at home. He and his wife had stopped going to the gym and were working out three times a week just with the aid of YouTube videos. He made a suggestion of who I should look up on YouTube and off I went.
It took me a few days but I eventually looked into the YouTube channel he had recommended.The YouTube thing really played on my mind – could I actually work out at home just with videos that I would be able to get for FREE?
My honest answer – I did do this, I’m back at the gym now with a totally different mindset and I’ve used four YouTube channels in particular to really kick start my fitness. I feel like finding these videos was part of the turning point for myself and my fitness – after finding them, I just started to get it. I still watch them sometimes and I use a number of the tips and tricks that they pass on in my fitness journey.
What do I need?
There are a few things that you will need to already have in order to workout at home with YouTube.
- Importantly you’ll need a way to access YouTube. That might be on your TV, iPad, Laptop or Phone. Any way you can access the videos is great. I recommend a wifi connection so the videos don’t eat your data.
- You’ll need a space that you can workout in.
- I would recommend having some good shoes to workout in. You’ll need something to support your feet so you can safely complete the exercises.
- Ensure you always have adequate water whenever you’re working out (stay hydrated people!).
One of the YouTube channels I’m about to discuss is a meal prep / food based channel. If you have the cooking skills it’s a great channel to watch for some tips and tricks.
Where to workout
The term ‘anywhere’ comes to mind. Let’s be real, unless you’re working out with a friend or in a park by yourself somewhere a little bit of space at home is going to be your best option.
I recommend doing the workouts with the videos in front of you and simply following along however if you know you’re going to go out and do something outside you can write down the exercises on your phone or simply search Pinterest for an outdoor workout (another great budget friendly option!).
Working out with free work outs on YouTube
There is A LOT of content on YouTube. And I’ve often searched high and low for some great videos. I recommend three channels for workouts, one for yoga and one for meal prep.
I love Blogilates! There’s a HUGE library of free Blogilates workout videos on YouTube. Started by Cassey Ho who has this particular way of making you feel really happy whilst you’re working out to her videos. Cassey has started her own form of pilates called PopPilates. I fully recommend you check out blogilates.com as well as the YouTube channel. There you can find printables and calendars to help you with your workouts and fitness journey. Fair warning though: these workouts look easy but they can be tough! Good luck!
“This workout is complete” are the words you’ll be longing to hear during one of Fitness Blender’s HIIT workouts. This was the channel that my doctor recommended to me. This fitness couple will have you in shape in no time with their huge library of free YouTube video workouts. Most of them are perfect for home. I recommend checking out their website fitnessblender.com where you will find some comprehensive information about their videos. They also have some programs you can purchase for a small fee.
Tone It Up
The Tone it up girls have built a huge empire and even had their own reality show. They have several workout videos available on YouTube and have some great at home workouts!
Yoga With Adrienne
Having a session at least once a week to properly stretch everything out and reset is a great addition to your fitness routine. Yoga with Adrienne is a great channel that takes you through yoga slowly and really teaches you how to do things.
I don’t generally turn to YouTube for food and recipe ideas. There’s plenty available on the internet as it is. Until one day I stumbled across Fit Couple Cooks and I found some amazing meal prep recipes. My personal favourite is their Healthy Pad Thai. They’ve recently released a book with their recipes and meal plans.
I really think finding these YouTube channels and starting to work out at home was a turning point for me. If this is the next step for you – I think you should take that step today.