Who misses their regular workout routines? I DO. For sure. Mainly, I miss group runs with my SRTT group, and I miss sweaty yoga classes and going to the gym to lift some heavy weights. Since the gyms have closed here in Maryland (and likely around the country), those of us that need to work out to maintain our mental well-being (anyone else? just me?) we’ve had to jump into the online workout craze. Most boutique fitness studios have some sort of online workout (everything from Body Pump to Pure Barre – no lie, they’re all online now), so depending on what you enjoy, there’s something for everyone.
Today, I’m rounding up some of my favorite workouts that are streaming and easy to do at home, and what equipment is necessary for your home gym set up.
Streaming Workouts to Test out at Home
Peloton – I LOVE the Peloton digital app. Straight up, the runs have made my treadmill workouts less painful, and the HIIT workouts are on point with a combo of weights and body weight. There’s really something for everyone for any time frame from 15 minutes to an hour. It’s so versatile
Yoga with Adriene – LOVE Yoga with Adriene. Her classes are on point for all levels of yoga. I love that she also has classes geared towards whatever ailment you might be trying to workout – from hips to legs to the upper body. If you’re looking for yoga, this is one to check out
Bikini Body Guide – Kayla Itsines is a beast! While my attention for the Bikini Body Guide plan has waned after week 3, I’ve always loved the workouts (it’s more about my workout ADD than anything.) She’s modified her program a bit to be more at home friendly.
Body Boss – I have a few pals who have had great results with Body Boss – the workouts are short and effective. Not to mention, their programs are 50% off currently, so now is a great time to dive in if you’re looking for a program that is efficient and effective.
Orange Theory Fitness – So I tried Orange Theory Fitness ONCE and I was hooked. Unfortunately, the nearest to me is a 20+ minute drive so it’s not realistic on the regular. BUT, I’m pretty jazzed that they’re posting free online workouts each day. If you’re looking for some HIIT (I almost said an “easy HIIT workout” but pretty sure there’s no such thing hah!
Barre – If you’re looking for a barre style workout, check out Barre Fitness online. Their workouts are free and on youtube and at home friendly. Barre is a FANTASTIC workout and super low impact which is great for those of us looking to build strength and tone up.
Home Gym Must-Haves
Let’s be clear, you don’t NEED a huge home gym. I know lots of people who have built up their gyms over time but if you’re just getting started a space with a mat and a set of weights are really all you need. Don’t have weights? Don’t stress – use a gallon of water, a bag of sand/rice, or some canned goods as weights.
Cardio equipment – if you’re like me and kind of a cardio junkie (which I’m trying to remedy), invest in an inexpensive spin bike (especially if you want to try out the Peloton workouts!) or a used treadmill (we got my treadmill off Facebook Marketplace from someone I knew). Whatever you’re looking for, you can generally get a bike or treadmill or even a rower for under $500.
Weights – invest in a light set of weights (3-10lbs), and a heavier set of weights if you’re looking for variety. We have a 15 lb set, and a 5 lb set. You could also invest in a weighted medicine ball or a kettlebell if you’re really looking to diversify your strength workouts. Depending on your level of fitness, I’d look for a 15-25lb kettlebell and/or a 10-20lb medicine ball. Looking for something more budget-friendly? Check out resistance bands which can be less spendy and just as effective.
Sneakers – I’m going to throw this one in here because having the right footwear is so important depending on your workout. I love my Brooks sneakers for running but that’s all I use them for. I love my New Balance sneaks for walks and for HIIT workouts because they have some nice cushioning, and then I have spinning shoes though those are certainly not necessary. But seriously, I know so many people who have been injured either from over-use or wearing the wrong shoes so make sure you wear the right shoes for whatever activity you’re diving into.
I know a lot of us are who frequent a gym or boutique fitness studio thrive off the community and/or group aspect of working out. Adjusting, at least for me, is tough and when I don’t have accountability, it’s even tougher. However, that’s no reason to completely give up on your goals, right? Find new ways to get your sweat on, try a workout you haven’t had the opportunity to yet, and maybe set new goals (maybe as simple as working out 3 times per week or hitting your step goal every day!).