For the last five months one thing I have really dipped out on is the fact I am still paying my gym membership but we haven’t been able to go to the gym. Okay, it’s only a percentage as a retainer so that I can go back when they open. However it has meant we have been having to try out the whole home workout routines to the max. At the very beginning of lockdown I even attempted to buy some weights however it was at that point everyone was panicking buying so they were pretty much physically impossible to get hold of. I was lucky even to pick up some resistant bands!
But before I properly get into this blog post I thought I would do a little disclaimer. I understand that over the course of lockdown everyone has coped with lockdown differently and if you haven’t worked out then that is completely OKAY too! But as I went to the gym often before lockdown I decided to workout during lockdown too.
Although, thinking back to the beginning of lockdown is so strange. Not only was that march, and we are now in JULY (WTF?) but also I would take advantage of my one exercise a day and go for a walk every evening. Now, I barely go out once a week. However I did try and keep up to a fitness routine. I think like a lot of people, I came to hate the Chloe Ting background music, but I have been trying out loads of different workout routines and I wanted to summarise them.
I actually wish I cancelled my gym membership at the start of lockdown as these workout routines have really changed the way I look at my fitness. Who needs to pay £30 a month when it is quite easy to do at home. Of course, it depends on what your goals are, and once I go back I will probably love going to the gym. But I suppose I am saying, it is possible to work out at home and lockdown has proved that. So which home workouts are the best?
I thought I would talk about Chloe Ting’s workouts first because I have already mentioned her twice in this post. And I think for good reason. She has literally become the home workout queen during lockdown. The amount of Tik Tok’s I have seen of people doing them is mad. It is safe to say she has nailed the home workouts. But also Chloe does challenges. If you go to her website there are workout challenges all free of charge and the use workouts that feature on her Youtube channel.
I tried the 14 day Ab challenge about a month or two ago. I have to admit I didn’t complete the full 14 days. The main issue is that, 14 days won’t get you abs. And I think that is really important to highlight because I’d hate to see young girls torturing themselves that it didn’t work. But it is a very rigorous routine and it’s really challenging. I like to think I am somewhat fit as I have been workout out for a while and I struggled. However the main part was trying to stick to the 14 days routine. It meant working out 6 days a week which sometimes just isn’t easily done, and it also demotivated me.
Okay, now all of that sounds pretty negative. I am not here to bash Chloe. Because actually her workouts themselves are pretty damn good. I ditched the challenges and just did whichever ones I felt like doing when I went to workout. So for example if I am doing leg day, I will warm up with one of her leg videos. Or if I am doing ab day I will do 2-3 of her videos. They really get your heart racing and get those jelly legs happening. She breaks down the routines, and has a bar on top to show you how far through the workout you are. And they are completely free. They are probably something I will be continuing for the future and doing them at your own accord is what I would recommend.
Natacha is mainly know for doing workouts over on her Instagram. But she also does longer ones which you can follow along on Youtube! If I were to deserve her workouts, I would say they are primarily HIIT based. HIIT is high intensity interval workouts. And boyyyyy are they high intensity. They really are quite something. I have been doing her Instagram workouts for years because I will do them once a week at the gym.
However her youtube videos are great for home workouts as they follow a similar structure to Chloes. They are broken down well and incorporate a lot of moves I have never done before. I don’t think they are suitable for beginners, as they are quite tough in places though. But, she does a range of non-jumping and low impact moves or specific videos. So if you are in a flat or working out in your bedroom like me they are really good.
Obi primarily does a lot of gym workout tutorials however a lot of them can be adapted into home workouts, or he does have a range of home workout ones too. He is more weight orientated and a lot of his workouts includes some form of weight as they are aimed at body building. For me, this was perfect as I did a lot of weight workouts before lockdown. He also has good suggestions of how to make your own weights at home if you don’t have any. For example, I use a rucksack filled with heavy books and water bottles and ITS HEAVY. These workouts are really quite something. The one I tried, I only did half of due to timing reasons, however my gluten felt on FIRE the next day. If you really want to feel that burn then definitely try Obi’s workouts.
I did a lot of POP Sugar’s workouts closer to the start of lockdown when I had a bit of a stricter workout routine. At the beginning of lockdown I would workout 5 times a week perhaps. Which included a run, a pop sugar video and then three other days focussing on legs, arms and abs. Now, I am lucky to do 2-3 workouts a week which is still good going and I am proud that I am still keeping that up. However I know I need to get back into the habit of doing POP Sugar workouts as they were hard. But a good hard. In terms of home workout routines they were impressive.
I did a few from pilates, to a bikini workout, to some all body HIIT workouts and they were sweaty let me tell you that. I had never done pilates before. This was probably more of a cardio pilates workout but my muscles were feeling it the next day. And the bikini workout was a killer workout too. But they were probably one of the most effective ones that I tried. They were also a little longer than the others I had tried. They lates about 30 minutes, where as most above would range from 10-20 mins. So if you wanted just one longer workout then these are a good option.
What home workout routines have you tried?
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