Working Out in Your Apartment HomeThe apartment workout is ideal for so many reasons: it’s convenient, safe, and gives you a new appreciation for your space. Your living area can be a Netflix screening room, an office command center, AND a full body gym all in one! Just move that coffee table an inch or two, queue up your TV or laptop to a workout video, roll out your mat and let the endorphins flow. There are so many free resources out there for yoga, pilates, strength training and cardio. Here are a few of our go to’s.
YMCA 360 offers dozens of short workouts on their YouTube channel. Most hit that barely 20 minutes sweet spot though, so you can break a sweat and feel good about yourself during your at-home lunch break. Start with the Bootcamp - Beginners track with chair and small weight exercises, or do the Barre track with different leg toning exercises. There's also a track geared towards Active Older Adults. Each video details what kind of equipment, if any, is necessary.
For a Short, High Impact Workout with HIIT and Circuit Training
Bootcamp with Leonard is just one example of the different training workouts on YMCA 360’s YouTube Channel.
For When You Miss Pilates Class
Those who love pilates will love fitness trainer Cassey Ho’s fun workouts on her YouTube Channel, Blogilates. Cassey has workouts ranging from abs to leg slimming to full body, and she has fun challenges for those who want to dive into their new year’s resolutions. We recommend the 100 Day Ab Challenge. Or any of the 7-Day challenges for those who feel like 100 days is a lot.
Cassey Ho’s channel Blogilates features pilates workouts and 7 day challenges for every part of the body.
For When You Want to Turn Your Living Room into a Dance Party
For people who consider dancing in their kitchen while cooking to be a workout, we’ve got just the thing for you. 305 Fitness is a movement company with a focus on dance as the best cardio, with loud and hot hits as the soundtrack. From Lit Hip Hop Dance Workout to The Ultimate 30 Min Dance Workout, they’ve got a full body dance routine for you. We also love the 15 Min Confidence Boosting Dance Workout, because who doesn’t want to look and feel their best in the new year!
305 Fitness is a movement company that offers fun dance videos with a pulse-pumping soundtrack.
For When You’re New to the Poses: Yoga Instructional Videos
If you’re new to Yoga as a wellness practice, welcome to the club! As one of the only workouts you can literally do anywhere, as long as you have a towel (or a mat), yoga is perfect for burning some calories at home. An excellent resource is Yoga with Adriene. Adriene is a certified yoga teacher with over 100 10-60 minute videos on YouTube. She’s got a category called Yoga for Beginners, as well as Yoga for Back Pain and Yoga Practices by Length.
Internationally recognized yoga teacher Adriene welcomes all levels to this amazing practice, with her wide array of instructional videos on YouTube.
For When You Want to Listen to a Flow: Yoga from the Podcast App
If you’re a seasoned yogi familiar with the positions but in need of an instructor to talk through the flow, flipping through Yoga titles in your podcast app could be a perfect match for you. Audio-based yoga allows you to close your eyes and concentrate on the instruction, without getting caught up looking at yourself in the mirror. Our favorite choice is Flow With Me Yoga by Natalia Hastings, who offers classes mostly around an hour. Her crafted vinyasa flows are well-structured, with good instruction on how to position your body. YogaJournal.com offers 25 minute instruction by Jason Crandell, with classes focused on a body part or a type of pose. Some other titles to search for are Yoga with Adam Hocke, Hillary’s Yoga Practice Podcast, and YogaGirl.
Flow With Me Yoga is a free podcast on your podcast app, with instructional flows provided by a certified yoga instructor.
For When You’re Really Missing the Gym
As part of their #OrangetheoryAtHome workout series, Orangetheory showcases a new workout video on their website every day, as well as an impressive archive of all their videos they’ve been making all year. The at home workouts are backed with Orangetheory science, and MUCH more affordable than their monthly gym membership (a.k.a. they are free).