I love working out and trying new things, and lately I've been into group boxing, aerial silk and contemporary dance, and make occasional visits to obstacle parks for some grownup playtime. But on most days, all I need is a nice quick 15-20 minute workout to get me started for the day, and I prefer to get that done as soon as I roll out of bed. Getting dressed and heading out to the gym would take even longer than the actual workout itself, so it makes more sense to just work out at home and follow an online video.
Here are some of the channels I enjoy the most:
1. Bodyrock.tv (Sweatflix)
I've been a Bodyrocker for several years now, and they've grown from a simple Youtube channel to delivering a full-on Netfix-style experience where it's easy for you to pick workouts depending on what you feel like doing for the day: Full body workouts? Check. Leg day? Check. Core? Upper body? Something easier for active rest days? Check.
Their hosts Lisa and Sean are funny and really know how to push and motivate you, and it's almost as if they're right there with you in the room, grunting and sweating along with you as push for that last squat and press.
Sweatflix is a paid subscription ($9.99/month) but they have hundreds upon hundreds of workouts including multi-day challenges and a live workout almost everyday, so you won't run out of options. Some of these run for just 12 minutes, but there are plenty of longer workouts that run from 30 minutes to over an hour, so there's really something for everyone, even for beginners. They offer a free 30-day trial too in case you want to try things out before committing to a subscription, though at just over PhP500 per month, it's a pretty good deal.
Boho Beautiful is my go-to for short yoga or pilates workouts. The hosts travel a lot so the instructor Juliana always has the most fantastic backdrops for her classes -- from beaches and mountains to the ruins of Siem Reap. I like the pace of her classes, and there are options for days when you just want some easy movement to wake you up as well as more advanced sequences that involve tougher poses or incorporate elements like pushups and squats.
What made me click on my first Madfit video when it appeared on my Youtube feed was the title that said "no jumping/apartment-friendly" which made me wonder whether my plyo workouts were causing any distress for the people living one floor beneath us. Maddie Lymburner's workouts are simple, straightforward 10-20 minute sessions that require little or no equipment but deliver just the right burn. Choose from full body workouts or those that work specific muscle groups.
4. Juli Bauer Roth of PaleOMG (https://paleomg.com/category/weekly-workouts/)
PaleOMG is one of my go-to websites for Paleo recipes. Lately though Juli has shifted from Crossfit to gym-based and Tabata-style workouts that she regularly posts on her website and Instagram.
Juli's workouts will appeal more to people looking for more challenging, intermediate-to-advanced workouts, with many of them lasting less than 30 minutes.
These are just some of the programs I've found online that work well for me, but there are plenty of other options out there, so you just need to find a host and a program that you'll enjoy. All you need is an internet connection, 15-30 minutes, a little space, some water, and you're good to go!