Aside from the fact that I would rather eat cupcakes and watch Amazon Prime as of late, I am still doing home workouts 3-4 nights a week. I’m trying to keep up with my pre-pregnancy schedule, but hey, you win some; you lose some.
I haven’t previously shared my favorite free home workout programs with you guys, and I’m not sure why. Fitness is something I am very passionate about, and free home workout programs are my jam. Health and fitness shouldn’t have to include a $50 gym membership. As long as you have internet, I promise you can get in a great workout from home.
There are thousands of Youtube videos with full-length workouts, demonstrated by professionals, but who really wants to filter through all of that? I’ve done the hard part of finding and trying these programs/videos. Now all you have to do is throw on some yoga pants and a sports bra, and click on the link.
My Favorite Free Home Workout Programs
1.) Fitness Blender
Kelli and Daniel may be my favorite couple on the internet. Yep, I place them above Eric and Jessie Decker, even though they are cute as hell. I use their videos more often than any other program, and I credit them hugely on my weight loss and fitness success. They have over 700 videos on Youtube as of present, and they are always adding more.
What I like most about their videos is that they are straightforward, won’t annoy you, and they explain and demonstrate every move for proper form, along with modifications. If you want variety, they’ve got it. They do everything from yoga and Pilates to HIIT and heavy weight lifting. It doesn’t matter if you have fifteen minutes or an hour, if you are a new to fitness, or a primed veteran. They will challenge the hell out of you and still make you want to come back for more.
Plus, their website is super simple to navigate. You can narrow down your results by time, calories you want to burn, the area of your body you want to focus on, the type of workout you want to do, and the equipment you need. I’m telling you now; if you haven’t checked these guys out, they are my first recommendation.
2). Bender Fitness
This lady is a boss and she will rock your world. Like Fitness Blender, she has tons of variety on her site. She’s also fun and energetic. Her HIIT workouts are brutal; I will warn you. But I personally love HIIT workouts because they fly by and you only have to work really hard for a short amount of time to get good results.
From her website you can filter through her workouts by time and type of workout you want to do. She also offers a number of health related tips and free 30 day workout programs. All of her videos come with a printable workout, and short, easy instructions.
Okay, if you haven’t heard of Jessica Bass, you are missing out. Yet another lady boss, Jessica uploads videos on YouTube constantly. She choreographs and teaches dance workouts to modern pop and hip hop music. You may look a little foolish trying to mock her amazing dance skills, but it’s worth it. I have never had as much fun dancing alone. Mind you, I did 30 minutes worth of her workouts and nearly collapsed. Her dances are tough and you will sweat from places you didn’t know you could sweat from.
The only down side with her videos all being on YouTube is that there are a lot of ads. You can click through some and skip them; others you have to let play for the 15-30 seconds before moving on to the next song. I guess it’s a good excuse for a drink of water and a break.
I’m sure you know who Jillian Michaels is, but have you tried her workouts? To this day, the 30-Day Shred is hard for me. It’s also the first workout video I ever bought and used. I lost 12 pounds in 30 Days, and it was the kick in the ass I needed to get motivated. BeFit offers a ton of Jillian’s workouts for free, on top of other videos by fitness professionals.
Their videos encompass everything from cardio and yoga, to strength training and dance. The videos on their channel range from 5 minutes all the way up to an hour. I love all of Jillian’s workouts, and I have tried a number of Denise Austin’s workouts that are fun and effective.
5). Popsugar Fitness
This is another one of the popular free home workout programs with more than 700 videos. Almost all of the workouts are demonstrated by a small group of 3 people, so you can see different variations and modifications for each move. They categorize their videos by length, which is really nice for the mommas out there who sometimes have 10 minutes and sometimes have 30.
Again, they offer a huge variety of workout styles. I use their Pilates and Yoga videos for my low-impact and rest days. MY only complaint with Popsugar Fitness is that they include some exercise equipment that a lot of people don’t have laying around, which can be a major disappointment when you are halfway through a workout and suddenly realize you can’t continue without a certain piece of equipment. Still, they are great at explaining every move, and being extremely motivational.
I try to stay away from free home workout programs that nearly require you to buy certain products. For instance, BodyRock TV has some amazing workouts, but a lot of them include a sandbag weight or their HIIT bar, which are $100 pieces of equipment. Many of the programs I included use hand weights or resistance bands, but you can pick those up at Walmart, Target, a sporting goods store, or online.