I have been exercising for 20+ years and within the last 6 months I have worked really hard switching up my workout routines on a consistent basis. This is something fitness experts have long spoken of as the body adapts very quickly to routines, leading to plateaus. With the help of YouTube, I unexpectedly discovered a WEALTH of videos to choose from, many of them lasting 10 minutes at most. This not only appeals to my flighty nature but you can do ANYTHING for 10 minutes, right? I usually choose 3 videos per day as a supplement to my gym time. Each day I engage in 30 minutes of exercise through a variety of programs including P90X, Crossfit, Tony Horton Fitness, Tabata, Barry's Bootcamp and anything by Popsugar Fitness (my favorite). Incredible! You would not believe how much you can sweat or how breathless you are after just ten minutes. What a way to challenge yourself and push to the next level of fitness! I am exercising smarter and harder without huge time commitments and I feel the difference throughout my body. I haven't been this motivated or excited by exercise in years. I am so happy I found this resource online. Best of all: they're all FREE and you can do them at home!
Here are just a few of my favorite videos. Each one is challenging, fun and the instructors make sure to emphasize proper form and breathing throughout which is so critical otherwise you risk injury and reap zero benefits.
Get Madonna Arms in 10 Minutes: excellent video that really tones and defines the arms (biceps/triceps) using smaller weights. It has over 1,100,000 views and you will know why when you finish it. Need 3-5lb weights.
10 Minute Bikini Workout-Full Body Workout/Class FitSugar: targets everything and left me winded especially after the quick burpee segment. There is no recovery/break period--you just suck it up the whole time. Worth it.
Tabata Workout-Full Body Workout/Tabata Fat Blasting Workout- Interval Training/Tabata Workout to Tone Everything in 10 Minutes: these 3 videos are awesome especially if you are a fan of Tabata. They challenge you with high intensity cardio moves and strengthening moves, target major areas like glutes/core and are easier to follow due to the repetition or rounds that are each 4 minutes long. Love.
Full Body HIIT Workout/Fat Blasting Exercise: Once you get over how gorgeous trainer Astrid McGuire is, you will see she is the real deal. This is a challenging "high intensity interval training" workout that is also fun. You will sweat buckets. Two words: diamond clicks.
Tony Horton Fitness:
Extreme Six Pack Abs Workout--Accelerated Series/Tony Horton Fitness: Tough, tough, tough, however, Tony makes me laugh every time I do this video. He knows how hard these moves are and with humor pulls you through them. Great core workout done in under 12 minutes.
Burpee Burner-Calorie Torching Burpee Workout Routine/Tony Horton Fitness: This video is six minutes long. It is the hardest six minutes you may experience in your life in terms of fitness. Tony takes you through 6 reps of 5 different variations of burpees. I would watch the video a few times and practice proper form before attempting it. It is so challenging and effective. I usually do this video last to empty out my tank because you may have nothing left to give at the end. Again, Tony is fun and he is right there with you as you bleed it out.
Finally, there is one 30 minute video I recently discovered that beat me good (in the best way possible). If you don't feel like switching out videos or just want a full body workout, this is your baby: The Ultimate 30-minute Cardio Pilates Workout. It does it all: glutes, arms, core and cardio all infused with Pilates. I love this one but want to cry while I am doing it.
Also, check out Popsugar Fitness Facebook and Tony Horton's Facebook for tons of health and exercise related information.