Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Looking for a good workout — for free? Hit the internet

It's easy to get discouraged by the boutique fitness craze with $25-a-class fees and the weekly chore of sitting by your computer to reserve a spot in that popular spin class that always sells out. It's often tempting to just skip it, so we rounded up our favorite free online workouts that you can do in your living room, at the office, in a park or on vacation. That means no more excuses for not getting your fitness on. And bonus: Most of the sites also include meal plans, recipes and other nutrition inspiration.

FITNESS BLENDER

fitnessblender.com

One of the best online workouts around. Period. It rivals even the priciest apps and workout programs with lots of options that include everything from high-intensity interval training to Pilates, yoga and strength training. If you're short on time there are 10-minute ab workouts, and if you're super advanced, and if you want to be pushed, the 60-minute "insane cardio workout challenge" is killer and promises to burn roughly 1,000 calories. There are over 500 free workouts on the site and the no-frills videos feature cute husband and wife team Kelli and Daniel Segars. The website is easily customized so you can pick workouts based on difficulty level, what body parts you want to target and whether you want to use weights or prefer a no-equipment option.

JESSICA SMITH

youtube.com/user/jessicasmithtv

Jessica Smith's motto is exercise should be fun otherwise you won't stick with it. She's the queen of walk and talks — online workouts where she marches in places for a mile or two while you chitchat. Her six-week Walk Strong program was so popular that she just released the 2.0 version. Smith's workouts are especially great for beginners, those who need extra motivation and those who want to feel like they're working out with a friend, not an unrelatable, six-pack ab guru. Her YouTube channel has more than 250 free workouts that includes Pilates, yoga, strength training and cardio, plus workouts specifically targeted for beginners. And since many of her workouts are filmed in her living room, there are usually a few fun shots that include her dog Peanut.

SWEATY BETTY

sweatybetty.com/us/ free-online-workout-videos

The UK brand has some of the most coveted workout clothes around, but it also is committed to giving its tribe access to free, fun workouts even if they don't have a gym membership. Workouts in the #GetFit4Free campaign feature everything from HIIT to Pilates. We really like the 30-minute ultimate bum workout, beach body workout and ballet boot camp encore. There are even videos taught by celeb teachers like yoga star Cat Meffan.

ZUZKA LIGHT

zuzkalight.com

Don't be fooled by this pint-sized blond. Her workouts pack a serious punch. We love her convenient weekly workout schedules that show you the equipment you'll need. She also gives you three videos to choose from: advanced, no equipment and beginner/low-impact. Her 15-minute workouts will definitely get your heart pumping. You can pick a six- to 12-week program or, if you're advanced, you can follow Light's daily workout schedule, which she posts weekly.

LIVESTRONG

livestrong.com/cat/ sports-and-fitness

These versatile workouts are especially helpful if you want to use them while traveling or even at the gym. They work well at home, too, since the workouts are photo slideshows that breakdown the moves with very specific written instructions and not videos, which means you don't have to worry about audio or the circle of death while your internet is recalibrating. There's something for all levels here, including convenient quickies like a 30-day ab challenge with some videos under five minutes. Advanced folks can try the Navy SEAL workout, train with Mr. Universe or try the 41 hardest ab exercises routine. And if you're not looking for an entirely new workout program, but maybe just a few new moves to add to your routine, there's plenty of inspiration, including 10 free weight moves you can try if you're looking to swap out machines or 15 burpee variations.

BEFIT

youtube.com/user/ befit/videos

There are hundreds of videos on BeFit's YouTube channel. Pick from basics like strength training, ab routines, HIIT, Pilates, beach body or barre workouts. Or try something new like belly dance cardio, surfer girl workout, Krav Maga defense, Ballet Beautiful or channel your inner aerialist at Cirque School. There are many different options if you've only got 10 or 15 minutes or want a full-hour session. BeFit also gives you access to big-name trainers like Denise Austin and yoga guru Kino MacGregor.

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