Thursday, January 26, 2012

Online Workout Websites

Thank you for all your suggestions in the comments (and via email) on my last post regarding online workout websites. I checked out all the suggestions and thought it would be helpful to list them in a post. So here we go:
Bodyrock.tv
Bodyrock.tv has a great variety of workouts, and they are short and intense. It’s a great site to explore and get ideas for new and exciting exercise routines. Some of the exercises are clearly beyond the scope of what I’m looking for in my workouts, and I really don’t want to (re)injure myself (having a weak ankle and a lingering lower back injury). It’s a great site to explore, but I think one has to know one’s limits (which is always the case when one exercises).
yogadownload
I really like yogadownload.com and used it years ago but had sort of forgotten about it. The site has a wide variety of yoga classes as well as audio and (some) video downloads. Some of the shorter classes are even free.
yogavibes
I hadn’t heard of yogavibes.com before (well maybe I had, but I don’t remember for sure…). The site has an extensive free collection of short videos (each 1-4 minutes in length) demonstrating and explaining individual poses. There are also a wide variety of yoga classes (beginner, prenatal, athletes, kids, etc.) that can be accessed with a paid plan. First-time customers can download a free 15 day trial, and an unlimited monthly pass costs $20.
CrossFit
I always see the “crazy” CrossFit people doing their WOD (workout of the day) at my gym, and I have been intrigued for a long time. The CrossFit site provides lots and lots of information, but if I ever decide to give this (crazy) workout plan a try, I think I’ll start by taking a few classes at a CrossFit gym to make sure I understand the basics. Groupon and similar sites frequently run great deals on CrossFit classes.
YouTube Mike Chang
Some good, basic workouts. I look forward to exploring his YouTube channels a bit more.
Jamie Eason
Jamie has a 12-week program, consisting of three four-week sessions focusing on training, nutrition, and supplementation.  It’s definitely too intense for what I’m looking for at this point, and I wouldn’t want to follow such a strict eating and supplementation plan. But I may explore the exercises more in the future. I also like that the workouts are available as printable logs.

Questions: What’s your favorite workout right now (online, outdoors, indoors, at home, at the gym, anything)? I still love barre classes. They are a great workout, and they have really helped me to manage my lower back pain. However, my favorite workouts are still long, challenging hikes. What’s a workout you want to try but are scared of? 

Be well,
Andrea

22 comments:

  1. Hi Andrea! I really like this post, as I just posted today that I need to do more workouts at home. I'll check these out. How nice that you posted this at the same time as I'm questioning the same thing. :D

    :-) Marion

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  2. check out www.tiffanyrotheworkouts.com

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  3. I am loving the elliptical at the gym and Jillian Michael's latest "Extreme Shed & Shred." Hulu actually has a myriad of workout choices as well- for free! I love Gaiam's workouts, and "The Firm" has a great collection of workouts on Hulu, as well as a lot of workouts once presented by the ever-so-missed "ExerciseTV."

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    1. I'll have to check out Extreme Shed & Shred. Thanks so much for the Hulu tip!!! I'll definitely check it out!

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  4. What a great post! Thanks for all these great suggestions. I love yoga download.
    I can't wait to check these options out! :)

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    1. I hope you'll like some of them. Have a great weekend!

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  5. Thanks Andrea, this is great! I really want to try the BodyRock website, because I was really into exercise tv until they completely changed it. Now I'm left with Jillian Michael's DVDs (which I LOVE, but they KILL my knees!).
    Enjoy your weekend :)

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    1. I have to be very careful because of knee and ankle pain, too... Enjoy your weekend, too (but I think you may have to work at least part of it, right?).

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  6. gosh I am hoping to barely get back to some muscle building because I lost all of my tone from the year prior....

    so I have one lone dvd I borrowed from a friend and hope to start there.

    I have gotten in some yoga but not much.

    I can really tell how much less bendy I am and how little stamina I have but hopefully I can re build it!
    good for you and the website review was cool!
    Thanks!!!

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    1. Yoga always makes me feel a lot better. I love feeling stronger and more flexible. It also takes care of a lot of the "old age" aches and pains for me... ;)

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  7. This is such a great post. Especially since I just recently figured out how to use my tv as a monitor for my laptop!

    I don't have a favourite workout because I haven't been working out (boooo!) Soon!

    Thank you for your comment on my last post. You are so steadfast in your approach. I really appreciate that.

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    1. Yes, using the tv as a monitor is cool!

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  8. Wow - thanks for all the links Andrea! I still like the good old out doors - something so refreshing about it - and as long as the temps are in the 30's, you'll see me out there! :D

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. I really admire you for all you outdoor workouts in quite cold temps! But, yes, outdoor workouts (in moderate temps!) are the best! :) Have a great weekend!

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  9. I have done Jamie Eason's Live Fit trainer - I loved it, and learned so much. Phase 3 got a bit lost in all the Christmas festivities though so I have started up again and I finish week 2 on Sunday. It's definitely worth a go! x

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  10. I have to admit that at Mike Chang I thought it was a dancing moves website from Mike Chang from Glee :)

    Best decision I made is buying a DVD collection for at home. I love the Beachbody programs Chalean Extreme and Turbofire. I love the Jillian Michaels DVD's (all of them) and the DVD's from The Firm. Also I got some Yogalates (Pilates combined with yoga). Actually I love everything I bought on DVD.

    But nothing beats running outside on a beautiful cold winter morning with sunshine.

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    1. Yes, outdoor workouts are the best!

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  11. I love bodyrock. I follow them on YouTube. Great workouts.

    I will check out the yoga download website.

    http://weightlossthesearchfortheskinnierme.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for the tip to follow bodyrock on YouTube.

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