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Self-quarantining doesn’t need to affect your fitness
So, you’re on the hunt for free home workouts that require no kit, don’t take precious time away from your already hectic day and actually make you want to move, rather than pull the covers over your head at the mere thought of getting a sweat on?
You’re in the right place. With gyms sadly closed across the country due to coronavirus, a third lockdown underway in the UK and the January blues kicking in, many of us scratching our heads about which of the thousands of free home workouts online to try.
There are so many to choose from, it can feel like a minefield. You know there are loads of Joe Wicks YouTube workouts waiting for you, plus loads of fun PE with Joe routines to get the kids moving too, but which other home workouts are actually worth doing? Which sweat sessions will make you excited to jump out of bed in the morning?
We’ve trawled the web and rounded up all our favourite personal trainers, celebrities and even upmarket boutique gyms who are currently offering versions of their classes for free on live stream, or uploading workout videos for you to follow along whenever you like on their social channels.
For most, all you need to do is download an app, play the YouTube video, or live stream them on your phone or laptop.
I can’t decide between a live-streamed workout or pre-recorded one: help!
It’s up to you, really. With a live stream, you get a real sense of community, may be held more accountable if you’ve booked in with a friend, plus get to workout with lots of other people – virtually of course. ‘People really enjoy human interaction, especially at a time like this,’ says Greg Zimmerman, co-founder of Rowbots gym. ‘A live workout gives you as much of an in-house class feel as possible without actually being there, plus it helps to retain the community feel.’
Pre-recorded, on the other hand, gives you the freedom of choosing when exactly you’d like to get a sweat on. Favoured a lie-in? Try ten minutes in between Zoom meetings.
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Our pick: 100+ best free home workouts to do right now
Best free home workout YouTube videos
PE with Joe
Fitness expert Joe Wicks is getting Britain’s kids (and a few parents) fit by uploading daily PE lessons on to his YouTube account, The Body Coach TV. Each routine consists of a five-minute warm-up, followed by a 10-minute workout, and there are hundreds of workouts to choose from. On the first day he went live back in March, 806,000 households tuned in. Not bad.
SWEAT from Kayla Itsines
She’s one of the most famous personal trainers in the world, and while you’ll have to purchase her SWEAT app to get access to a full workout plan, she does have a lot of easily accessible workouts on her IG and YouTube channels. Not too fussed about following a plan but keen to build your strength and get a sweat on? Check out Kayla’s pages.
Your favourite athletic clothing brand has a whole host of free workouts on their YouTube. Just check Lululemon UK‘s channel for yoga, meditation, HIIT and strength workouts from a range of top personal trainers, plus a whole load of self-care tips to offer stress relief in these uncertain times.
Similarly to lululemon, sportswear brand Adidas has reems of regular workouts going live on their YouTube channel from popular personal trainers like Adrienne LDN, Zanna van Dijk and more. We love this 17-minute box HIIT session – perfect for a quick lunchbreak endorphin boost. Finding free home workouts never looked so easy.
The Blogilates channel
Fancy short but sweet cardio workouts, trying your hand at barre for the first time or giving pilates a go? There’s a reason Cassey Ho’s channel has 5.5 million followers, and that’s because the workouts are totally free and simple to follow. Enjoy.
Heather Robertson’s full body HIIT sessions
Another PT famous in the YouTube sphere is Heather Robertson, with 1.8 million followers to her name. Again, she has a whole load of workouts uploaded to her channel, from HIIT challenges, to core workouts, to area specific sweats, like leg and glute day. Happy sweating.
Lottie Murphy’s pilates
If you’re keen to get a regular sweat on but not a fan of the jumping jacks and burpees most HIIT classes make you endure, you’ll likely love pilates. It’s meant to be one of the best workouts for improving your core strength and uses small, subtle moves, such as butterfly kicks and leg raises to do so. Lottie Murphy’s flows are always simple to follow and just the right amount of hard. Free home workouts? Sorted.
The Fitness Marshall
Bear with us on this one… but dancing is actually really good for releasing endorphins, so why not combine it with a workout to one of your favourite tunes? That what the team at Fitness Marshall do – mixing a workout with dance moves and a banger of a playlist. They’re brilliant, will make you smile, plus offer loads to choose from. And… dance.
Yoga with Adriene
For soothing starts to the morning or winding down of an evening, Adriene is your go-to. She has more yoga flows than you could ever possibly need, and for every need and profession, too. Think yoga for runners, back pain, headaches, anxiety, teachers, nurses, parents and more.
Best free home workout apps
Download the Nike Training Club (NTC) app and you can scan through a vast library of minimal equipment workouts by highly experienced trainers until one takes your fancy. You can even create a personal plan so you can stay motivated, adjust your progress along the way and schedule new activities. Free for iOS and Android.
The FIIT app features hundreds of pre-recorded workouts from international trainers. You can choose between 25- and 40-minute sessions, based on your exercise preferences (such as HIIT, yoga, or strength training) and new workouts are added daily. If you have an Apple Watch or Fiit device, you can get involved in the UK’s first interactive live leaderboard classes, which allow users to workout with friends and family from the comfort of their living room. Get a 14-day free trial right now. And if you work for the NHS the app is free full-stop.
Go into self-isolation, emerge with the body of Thor. Chris Hemsworth and the team that turned him into a Viking god are offering six weeks of his health and fitness program Centr Fit for free. Just sign up on their website and remember to cancel your membership before the six weeks is up.
Best free home workout online platforms
Own Your Goals Davina
Loveable celebrity Davina McCall is giving away free 30-day memberships to her online gym, Own Your Goals Davina. Access 100s of workouts such as yoga, HITT and dance, plus wellbeing tips to support you through the current crisis.
Our pick: home workouts worth the £££
Still beasting people at home, this fitness studio is set to push you to your physical limit with intense Zoom workouts. Each session is around £10, but you can buy them in bulk to make them cheaper. You’ll also find details of the classes Barry’s UK is offering online – from sessions that use your entire bodyweight to those that target specific areas of the body.
You can join the ROWBOTS@HOME: Live Workout Series for £35 a month, which covers unlimited live and pre-recorded workouts, plus access to their meditation portal, too. Their sweat sessions are spicy: each workout not only targets all muscle groups and improves your cardiovascular strength but also has a different mental health focus.