This past year, staying active was more important than ever. With many gyms closed, college students were in need of an outlet: enter online workouts.
For over a year now, I have been relying solely on long walks and online workouts to get my fix in. Let me introduce you to some of the workouts and people that have kept me going and feeling great this year.
Melissa’s workouts are Pilates based and will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged. They range from seven to 40 minutes and can be done anytime, anywhere. She focuses on sculpting “long, lean lines” throughout your body and her workout experience is truly amazing.
Between how great I feel as a result of them and the changes I saw in my body, these workouts are definitely at the top of my list. I highly recommend trying out her 7-day free trial because I know you will love it!
MadFit has a myriad of workouts on her YouTube channel. Her workouts range from dance-based cardio to specific sculpting and full body workouts. Her workouts are done in real time, right by her side. She talks you through the workout, making you feel like you are doing it with her. I would recommend trying her workouts if you are getting into online workouts, as although her workouts are effective, I wouldn’t say they are incredibly challenging.
3. Pamela Reif
Pamela Rief’s YouTube videos target specific parts of your body for ten to 15 minutes, making you work up a sweat. Her workouts are great if you’re low on time and can be paired with other videos for a longer session. My favorites are the booty and ab targeting workouts she makes — they are quick, effective and definitely challenging.
Warning: she doesn’t typically include breaks between exercises so be sure to prepare for that!
4. Sami Clarke
Sami Clarke is one of my favorite workout “gurus.” She shares her healthy lifestyle and workouts on her large platform and inspires her followers to eat well and move their bodies.
Her movements are effective and never fail to make me break a sweat. I also love the vibe that she gives off, you feel like you’re doing it right along with her and she always remains super positive and encouraging.
Clarke makes videos with a range of workout lengths, her YouTube ones tend to be shorter and can be squeezed into the day or combined with others, and her IGTV workouts (my personal favorites) are longer and will leave you feeling accomplished.
Sydney Cummings’ workouts are quite a CHALLENGE! She makes longer workouts that more closely resemble the typical length of an in-person workout class. She focuses on a combination of strength, cardio and HIIT workouts. I like to do Cummings’ workouts on high energy days when I’m ready to really feel a burn.
Bonus: Linda Sun
Lastly, I present to you Linda Sun. She isn’t a workout guru, but she is a positive force in the seemingly negative workout industry. She focuses on body positivity, listening to your body and working out to feel good, not to punish yourself. She focuses on the food she eats, emphasizing that food is fuel — a reminder that many of us probably need to hear given the influx of body image content on social media. My mood instantly boosts when I watch Linda’s videos.
I must include my holy grail of at-home workout accessories: ankle weights. They intensify any workout and can be worn on your ankles for a booty or leg boost, or on your wrist for a little arm action. They truly elevate any workout, making the burn feel that much better! I use them when doing most of the workouts mentioned above.
Lastly, a little note: remember to work out for you. Working out shouldn’t be a chore, it should be something that makes you feel good.