Can You Achieve Fitness by Following YouTube Channels?

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Can You Achieve Fitness by Following YouTube Channels?

There’s a lot of myths when it comes to fitness, but maybe the biggest one is you have to go to the gym if you want to get fit. If you’re like a lot of people, the thought of going to the gym doesn’t give you a warm, fuzzy feeling. It’s probably more like dread. Luckily, you don’t need a gym membership or a ton of time to get in shape. There are dozens of fitness YouTube channels you can try in the comfort of your own home.

Why YouTube Channels for Fitness?

Can You Achieve Fitness by Following YouTube Channels?

People may give you a lot of reasons why they prefer fitness YouTube channels over the gym, but the common thread is flexibility.

  • You can do your favorite workout routine whenever you want. You don’t have to wait for a class or a machine to free up like at the gym.
  • You can take your workout anywhere. Since the videos are online, you have access to them even when you travel. Depending on where you are, you may run into some geo-restrictions. Luckily, there are some good Virtual Private Networks for YouTube that can help you gain access to your favorite channels.
  • You can choose what kind of workout you want. Not in the mood for HIIT? There are plenty of other options, from yoga to aerobics to weight training. That means there’s plenty of variety so you’ll never get bored.

Of course, because there are so many different options, it can be difficult to find quality videos, especially if you’re just getting started. Below are some great YouTube channels. Remember, you actually need to exercise with the videos, not just watch them to see improvements. 

Zuzka Light

There’s a reason why Zuzka remains one of the top YouTube fitness channels. Her workouts may seem intimidating at first, but she walks you through each step slowly in the beginning. This way, you can ensure you’re using the correct form before stepping up the intensity. She even provides some alternative forms for people who might have bad knees or other limitations. Most of her workouts require little or no equipment, so you don’t need to spend a lot of extra money for weights. Like other fitness gurus, Zuzka encourages you to push yourself but always at your own pace. What’s more, these workouts will get you in shape so long as you stick with the program. 

Blogilates

After trying out a couple of Casey’s workouts, you’ll wonder how the heck she keeps smiling. Luckily, her bubbly and cheerful persona motivate you to keep going. It’s certainly not easy, and if you’ve never done Pilates before, you probably want to start with the beginner workouts. There are dozens of workouts on the Blogilates YouTube channel focusing on different areas of your body. Each video runs at most 15 minutes but are generally shorter. Casey walks you through each of the moves slowly, so take your time and make sure you have the proper form. Otherwise, these workouts will be pretty much useless. If you’re just watching the videos, these workouts might seem really easy, but after you repeat them a few times, you’ll start feeling the burn. 

Bad Yogi

Don’t let the name fool you. Bad Yogi is actually a great channel if you’re just getting started with yoga. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have perfect form; this channel will help you improve it with short tutorials and more full-length videos. Besides learning new yoga poses, you’ll also get advice on nutrition and life tips to stay motivated even if things in your life aren’t perfect. If you’re serious about yoga, there’s also challenges so you can really start incorporating it into your lifestyle. Erin, the owner of the channel, offers different types of yoga as well to work out different areas or to relax. 

SofaBar

Barre has become the new “big” thing in the fitness world. If you don’t want to pay for expensive classes but still want to get that body, then SofaBar might be a great option for you. The instructor is a bit different from your typical barre instructor, though. She’s a figure skater, not a ballerina. With that said, she offers some excellent at-home workouts that require minimal equipment. And if you’re interested in figure skating, she also offers advice on how to do some moves so you can up your game when at your local ice rink. Be warned, these workouts are definitely not easy, and you’ll be breaking a sweat in no time. 

 Jenny Ford

Looking to get some cardio in without having to run or bike? Then you’ll love Jenny Ford. She offers some excellent step aerobic workouts. Yes, step aerobics is still a thing. Never done step aerobics before? No problem! Jenny has some excellent beginner videos that go over the basic steps you’ll see in most of her workouts. Once you learn the basics, you can jump into some of her quick workouts or try out the longer 30-minute ones if you’ve got enough time and energy. If you’re not in the mood for step aerobics, Jenny also offers some weight training advice as well. 

Heidi Somers – Buff Bunny

How many women do you know don’t lift weight because they don’t want to get bulky? Sadly, this way of thinking limits your ability to reach your fitness goals. Weight lifting should be an integral part of your routine if you want to be fit and strong. Enter Heidi Somers. She offers excellent workouts to sculpt your muscles while still maintaining feminine qualities. Her videos focus more on traditional muscle training, such as squats, dead lifts, curls and more. This means you’ll need to get some more equipment for your home. You can also watch her videos while at the gym if you don’t have the space for a barbell. 

Hopefully these channels can get you started on your journey to fitness. You can—and should—find other fitness YouTube channels that you like and try them out as well. This way you’ll have a wide variety of options to choose from every day!

Do you have a favorite fitness YouTube channel? Let us know in the comments below.

About the Author: Cassie is a freelance writer who has a passion for fitness. She’s so happy that technology has made it much easier for her to get in some good workouts without going to the gym.

 

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What Everybody Should Know About Quick Fat Loss

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Are you wanting to lose fat quickly? You can, but sometimes people can go about it the wrong way and it’s not healthy. There is a healthy and safe way to lose fat fast. Before you do however, read this article on What Everybody Should Know About Quick Fat Loss.

IF YOU FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING TIPS, I THINK YOU WILL LIKE THE RESULTS

1. Throw out the scales, you are chasing FAT loss, not WEIGHT loss. 

The only exception to this is the massively obese. WEIGHT loss as a focus is the sole domain of the massively obese and doctors who don’t know any better.
I am amazed by people who have a WEIGHT obsession (usually women, but us guys are guilty of it too). Few things annoy me more than people who are looking more amazing by the week, but fretting about WEIGHT loss,
or the lack of it.
Throw your scales out, they are NOT helping you. The current obsession with “I lost 20lbs on xyz diet” or “I lost 100lbs” is total crap for the vast majority of people.

WEIGHT LOSS, AS A MEASURE OF PROGRESS, IS A SHOCKINGLY POOR INDICATOR.

CASE IN POINT: A client I have been helping who went from 38% bodyfat to 18% bodyfat in 8
weeks.
Her starting WEIGHT: 120Ibs
Her finishing WEIGHT: 117Ibs
Oh my golly, she only lost 3lbs in 8 weeks. What a waste of time for WEIGHT loss….. She should have quit right?
WRONG.  She has put on a heap of muscle, dumped a TON of body FAT, lost 7 inches around her hips, and more than doubled her self-confidence, for starters. (How fast can you say, “no more muffin-top” before you start smiling?)
 
The girl has abs, silky smooth skin where before it was pasty and pimply, and lost every little bit of “cellulite” on her body.
She is also very HAPPY, has cute little feminine biceps, perfect posture, has had the excitement of buying an entire new wardrobe to go out in, and has a rock hard feminine butt that could feed a good honest family for a week (with an outstanding Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio I might add, not that I think about these things).
She looks very feminine, very healthy, and is supremely energetic. And her body fat levels are still creeping down, without any calorie restriction.

ALL OF THE ABOVE, I AM SURE YOU WOULD AGREE, ARE GOOD THINGS.

Thank goodness she took my advice, weighed herself on the first day, then literally threw  out the scales.
She kept measuring with a tape measure, and taking photos, but never weighed herself again, until now, when I asked her to do so to prove this point.
I’m proud of her, both for her outstanding efforts, and for keeping her focus on what mattered.
Suffice to say she LOOKS amazing. FEELS amazing, and can crush 100 swings with a 36lb kettle bell in just over two minutes, and repeat it three minutes later.

WHAT EVERYBODY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT QUICK FAT LOSS:

FACT: MUSCLE WEIGHS 3 X MORE THAN FAT BY VOLUME

FACT: NO ONE SHOULD CARE HOW MUCH YOU WEIGH

FACT: ALL YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT IS BODY COMPOSITION, HEALTH, AND PERFORMANCE.

Namely the mighty acid tests of how do you LOOK, FEEL, and PERFORM.
Note: If she ever permits me, I will reveal her before and after photos and give you her story as a full case study.
Throw out those scales! 

2. Not losing any WEIGHT in half a week is not cause for concern at all. Just focus on  staying on the path in terms of diet, and every three or four weeks, mixing up your programming in terms of exercise and ensure you continue to build progression in. 

3. Diet hacks (fruit): All fruit out. Yep, all of it. Only exception is ONE serving of fruit post workout ONE day every TWO weeks.

4. Diet hacks (nuts): all nuts are gone for the next phase of this diet. You can add them back in at the rate of 6 total nuts per day maximum but not for another four weeks time. The same applies to seeds. This is stop “a small handful” turning into something more. Happens all the time.
 
5. Diet hacks (total caloric load and food selection): two of every three meals must have one or other of the following as the protein/fat source
a) wild caught salmon
b) grass-fed steak
 
The remaining one (from three) meal can be any clean protein and fat source (ie, your choice of dead animal) taken in the Food for Fat Loss guidelines.
 
Why am I doing this with the food choices?
 
Simple, I am removing any doubt that you are eating ribs three times a day, a can of coconut oil at every meal, and chasing it with 1000 calories of bacon every two hours. If the food choices are smart and in accordance with my Food for Fat Loss Guidelines, (i.e. EAT PROTEIN and FAT until 80% full) you will almost definitely lose a ton of fat.
 
Nothing wrong with grass-fed ribs, naturally raised pork or bacon, or a bit of coconut milk. BUT at a certain point thermo-dynamics will kick in, and if you are eating 5000 calories a day when your body only needs 2000 calories a day, the fat loss progress will stall.
 
NOTE: If you are eating from clean Food for Fat Loss approved sources, you are very UNLIKELY to go the other way in terms of putting on any fat in reverse (due to the metabolic pathways concerned, the uptake of the energy surplus by an automatic upsweep of your metabolism, and maximal control of insulin this way of eating represents), but the fat loss itself will slow right down.
 
You don’t need to count calories, and I don’t ever want to you to, just watch food choices.
The nuts and seeds are out both for the caloric impact but more importantly to remove the Omega 6 load they represent.
The fruit is out to ensure that any “small amount of fruit” is not a lot, and to minimize the FRUCTOSE load.
Salmon and Grass-fed Steak are near impossible to overdose on in terms of total volume per meal.
They also supply an amazing whack of clean, food-sourced Omega 3s, with the fats coming in a happy 1:1 to 1:4 range of Omega 3s to Omega 6s. (SIGH) Just thinking about eating like this makes me happy.
 
If you find yourself getting a tiny bit hungrier on this format for a few days, that is ok, it will pass, and you can just add in one over-feeding meal one day a week, but only from these sources (eat your heart out).
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IMPORTANT 
NOW, having said What Everybody Should Know About Quick Fat Loss, for the vast majority of ladies in particular, especially if you are stalling, you are most likely UNDER-EATING, especially in terms of daily protein and fat content.
This will nip all your dreams of fat loss in the bud immediately. It will also make you irritable, annoying to be around, and mess with your libido, but I digress.
Ladies, if you are NOT eating to 80% satiety from a meat sourced protein, every meal, than being hungry or complaining about a lack of progress in your fat loss is NOT ok.
Remember the Food for Fat Loss eating rules. That is your eating program. If you follow it to the letter, it will get 95% PLUS of people to exactly where they want to be for fat loss, and drums please………… without ever being hungry once.
But you have to actually DO it.
 
Here’s a great recipe to make with your grass-fed beef. Be sure to marinate it over night to tenderize it first. This SKILLET BEEF FAJITAS Recipe, is a perfect healthy weeknight dinner for the whole family.
Get the recipe here.
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Written by Chris “The Kiwi”

 

Published on: Feb 15, 2012
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