In today’s workout I’m sharing some of my favorite workouts to do at home.
I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine wasn’t very exciting, though I did take full advantage of the warm temperatures and sunshine. It definitely felt like spring over the past few days. It’s hard to believe that it’s already Easter next weekend. How did that happen? Did you do anything fun over the weekend?
These are some of my favorite classes to do at home because you don’t need a lot of equipment or space. All you’ll need a a pair of light dumbbells and a yoga mat. If you don’t have dumbbells you can use something else from around the house like a pair of soup cans. You don’t need heavy weights at all to get in a great barre class. As for the yoga mat, it’s great if you’re working out on a hard or slippery surface. I typically skip it if I’m working out in a room with carpet.
I’ve done a bunch of classes online, and my favorites are Barre 3 and Peloton. I actually used to have a Barre 3 subscription (check out my Barre 3 online review) that I really liked a few years ago. If you’re a Peloton app subscriber then you’ll also have access to some barre classes. They’re under the strength classes. I found them a bit tricky to find the first time I searched for them. Tap on strength classes and then you can filter the class type for barre. I also wrote a review of the Peloton app if you’re interested in that.
Being a yoga teacher, you knew that I had to have this one on my list, right? Once again, you don’t need a ton of space and the equipment you need is just a yoga mat. As for props, you can make do with things that you have around the house like towels, blankets, and big heavy books. There are a ton of classes available online from fitness apps to YouTube. Yoga studios near me are still offering online classes as well, so if you want to support local teachers that’s also an option.
If you’re in the market for a new yoga mat, I absolutely love my Manduka Pro (affiliate link). It’s gotten me through yoga teacher training and beyond and it’s held up great. While the pro is definitely heavier and a bit bulkier than other mats, I love the added cushioning that it provides me. It’s especially nice when I’m doing any kneeling poses like cat/cows.
Peloton App workouts
Like I mentioned above Peloton workouts are another one of my favorites to do at home. I haven’t been to gym since March 2020. I’ve been doing Peloton workouts instead. I love the variety (everything from Pilates to treadmill to HIIT) as well as the many different instructors. It didn’t take me long to find my favorite instructor (Andy Spear). I’m pretty sure I’ve done a big chunk of his workouts on the app.
It’s under $20 CAD per month for my Peloton subscription, which is a lot less than I was paying for my gym membership every month. While I don’t have access to all of the equipment I was used to at my gym, I can make do with what I have at home and feel safer working out on my own. My favorite part about the app is that it’s super easy to workout. All I have to do is put on a workout outfit and get in front of the TV. There’s no packing a gym bag, driving to the gym, and potentially having to wait for equipment.
While these aren’t “technically” at home workouts, I’m including them on this list. Whether it’s a walk around my neighborhood or heading to the mountains for a hike, getting outside can be a great workout. I’m really lucky to have a ton of paved paths and natural parks near me, so there’s lots of different spots for me to take advantage of. With the weather improving this time of year, it’s even nicer to be able to get outside since I don’t need to have a ton of layers on to stay warm. There’s also something about just getting outside that feels good.
I’ve had a treadmill for quite awhile and I’m so grateful that I do. My favorite form of cardio at the gym was the elliptical, but since I only have a treadmill at home, it’s growing on me. I actually ran my first 5K virtual race on it back in December. Even though it’s not my favorite form of cardio, walking or running on the treadmill still gets me working hard and the endorphins flowing. My treadmill has been especially great during the winter. Not having to worry about snow or slipping on ice was really nice.
What’s your favorite at home workout? Let me know in the comments below.
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