I used to be a major gym rat. Now, I work out at home. Why? Because:
1) It's free. Even if you invest in some free weights and/ or kettle bells, maybe even a bosu ball, you're paying wayyy less than you would for a gym membership (I belonged to a reasonably priced gym and paid about $500/year).
2) No travel time and cost. Instead of spending 20-30 minutes in the car to get to the gym, I walk upstairs to my loft. It takes about 5 seconds.
3) No one cares what you're wearing, or if you're hair sucks today, or if you forgot your tennis shoes (I workout barefoot mostly now. And yes, I once forgot my tennis shoes at home and had to literally turn around and go home. It was the pits. And very awkward.)
4) You're never late to a class.
5) You can find pretty much any workout your heart desires on this magical thing called the internet.
Let me also say that gyms are great. I belonged to different gyms for about 6 years and I loved taking new classes, the variety of equipment available to me, and seriously- there are more funny characters at a gym than most places. But the things I did not love were: the cost, traffic, finding parking, waiting for machines, smelling other's B.O., creepy salesmen, creepy trainers, creepy people, the list could go on.
When I first left my gym, I was totally afraid that I wouldn't get a good workout at home and I would suddenly become a fat blob. Thankfully, that did not happen. Looking back, quitting the gym helped me get out of a total exercise rut. The whole elliptical-weights-occasional class was not cutting it anymore, and I was bored. I actually enjoy working out again and (just a little plus) I like my body more now than when I was a gym rat.
If you love your gym, more power to ya. Maybe you can find a little inspiration for new routines from these channels. If the gym is not your thing, I also hope you find some inspo here and maybe even try a workout or two.
Someday I may rejoin a gym, I won't rule it out. But for now, here are my favorite workout channels that I rely on for great workouts to suit any mood/day/energy level. Click the names to go straight to their Youtube channels! :)
1) Christine Salus- This woman inspires me! Her mix of HIIT and strength training is my favorite. She has some very long workouts and shorties, so even on days when you have a packed schedule, you can fit a workout in. P.S.- beginners, her workouts can be very intense. As with anything, modify for your fitness level and ability.
2) Fitness Blender- Another source of wonderful HIIT and strength routines, but they also have some pilates and kickboxing mixed in too. Good mix of short, quick workouts to long endurance-testing ones. The trainers are a real-life married couple, cute right!?
3) Blogilates- Pilates is my go-to workout when I'm sore or tired. Cassey Ho, the woman behind Blogilates, is amazing! Her videos are usually under 10 minutes, so I'll string a few together for my workout. Even though the vids are short, you WILL feel the burn. ;)
4) Bob Harper- The Biggest Loser trainer doesn't have his own channel :'( BUT you can find his workouts just by searching his name and WOW. They are tough. I recently did his hour-long strength routine and my butt is still sore (you're welcome for that).
5) XHit Daily- These videos are shorter, but you can put a couple together OR use one of their "created playlists."
Do you have any other favorite at-home workouts? I wanna know! P.S.- I love that quote at the top of the page! Nothing stands in your way if you have enough willpower :)