The Rookie Workout



I did try to take a few photos on me in my gym gear, but it was not a good look!


You can learn almost anything on YouTube and workouts are no exception. I absolutely love a good workout video, you can complete them at any time, wearing anything at all and all you need is a room with a bit of space. I have included a list of my top three YouTube workout providers that I stay loyal to. I find their workouts achievable, the people relatable and I have seen some fantastic results. There are thousands of videos out there, but here are my favourites:

Yoga with Adriene (known as YWA for the inner circle yogis)

I first discovered Adrienne when I was working as an au pair in Switzerland. I was lonely and consuming my body weight in cheese each day. Yoga was very expensive in Zurich, particularly for a penniless au pair. I hadn’t practised yoga before and started with one of her 30 day challenges. She taught me that yoga is just as much about the mind as it is the body. She is very down to earth, kind and encouraging. Her body looks like a real persons body. YWA is fantastic for beginners and you can choose your practise for anything from back ache to loneliness. She always encourages organic movement within the practice and there is always time for a good Shavasana (relaxation) at the end. Four years on, and I still turn to her channel every week.

Fitness Blender

This channel was started by a couple who were both personal trainers and wanted to make fitness affordable to everyone. I love that you can pick your own workout length and choose the areas that you would like to focus on ( eg arms/legs). They taught me the importance of strength training for both women and men and the importance of combining this with your cardio. You get water breaks (hurrah) and video tells you roughly how many calories you have burned. They are so down to earth and even admit when they are finding workouts difficult, which is very reassuring for rookies like me.


I found this channel by accident when I was looking for a good Pilates workout. Her energy and enthusiasm is relentless and her core strength phenomenal. As you have probably guessed, I am not  fan of long, arduous workouts so short bursts of things are right up my street. I really, really recommend the 2016 Abs workout as a quick but brutal abs video. I try to do this workout at least once a week (it’s only 20 mins) and it makes my tummy feel incredible!

What are your favourite workout videos? I would love to hear more about some other home videos that have worked for you!



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