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Home Workouts & Apps

In an era of shelter-in-place and social distancing, gyms are simply out of the question. So what’s a person to do? Skip their workouts for a few weeks before gyms open again? Hardly! It’s time to turn to home workouts and workout apps for your fitness needs.

For most of these programs and apps you can get a great workout with just bodyweight. But if you have a home gym or some basic equipment you can add to the burn or try different types of workouts.

I definitely do not have a home gym, but I do have some basic gear that’s come in handy this past week. If you’ve still got Amazon on speed dial, some of these basics may be good add ons to your next online order!

What’s next? Finding the right program for you!

  • Tone It Up – This is my go-to program since it’s so versatile. You can choose workouts based on muscle group, equipment/no-equipment, or workout type. They have everything from yoga & kick boxing to weight training, pregnancy programs & barre . (Free trial + $12.99/month)
  • Tracy Anderson – Dance-based workouts reverved by celebrities. I’ve done a few workouts and loved them, lots of reps and repetitive movements. Downside? This is a pricey program. (Free trial+ $90/month)
  • Megan Roup – New York based trainer’s newly launched Sculpt Society app was timed perfectly. It’s a dance cardio/sculpting workout at a good price. (Free trial + $19.99/month)
  • SWEAT with Kayla Itsines – Former known as Bikini Body Guide, Kayla has expanded her fitness empire with this new app. Includes nutritional recommendations and recipes if you’re interested. (Free week + $19.99/month)
  • CorePower Yoga – Yoga on Demand with new classes every week. (Free week + $19.99/month)
  • Alo Moves – Do anywhere yoga, fitness and meditation programs. (Free trial + $20/month)
  • Daily Burn – Large variety of workout videos (60 day trial + $14.95/month)
  • Physique 75 – Over 100 videos and new classes each week, high energy sculpting workouts (7 day trial + $24.99/month)

Do you have a favorite home workout program or app that I haven’t mentioned? Share it in the comments below!

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Home Workout Essentials

I do NOT have a home gym. I live in San Francisco which means that I barely have a closet let alone separate space for a gym.

What I do have though is a corner of a hall closet dedicated to my home workout pieces. You can do virtually any basic home workout with just a few pieces of equipment.

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So what are my home workout suggestions? Here are the essential pieces of equipment that I’d recommend:

  • Yoga Mat: You can use this for yoga or Pilates, but also for core work and stretching. It’s a simple piece that’s very versatile so it tops my list.
  • Foam Roller: This is a must for me, I roll out almost daily. And the great thing is that you can pick whatever style suits your needs – Super soft (beginners), textured (good for tight muscles), or mini (perfect for throwing in your gym bag!)
  • Resistance Bands: These easy-to-store pieces are lifesavers, they take up no space and can be used instead of weights. Perfect for home, and perfect for traveling.
  • Stability Ball: You can do core work, legs and glutes, or even arms using a stability ball, so its super versatile.
  • Kettlebell(s): If I were going to invest in one weight, it would be a kettlebell rather than a set of dumbbells.

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With just these pieces at home, I can tackle everything from yoga to a bodyweight session to a Tone It Up workout with no problem.

Tell me – What are YOUR home workout essentials? Am I missing your favorite piece of equipment?

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Links You’ll Love

Health & Fitness:

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Packing lunch during the week is a great option to save money and make sure that you’re getting a healthy, nutritious meal mid-day to keep you going. I like to do some work in the kitchen during the weekends to prepare for the week {Sunday Prep}, you can also get some killer tips from Choosing Raw – Monday’s Lunchbox.

Thinking about jumping on the treadmill or elliptical for some cardio and neglecting the machines and weight racks are you gym? Think again! I’m a huge advocate of not only changing up your gym routine on a regular basis but of foregoing machine cardio for walking and weight training. If you don’t believe m just read this piece from Natalie Jill Fitness: Only WEIGHT and INTENSITY Will Change Your Body – You HAVE to lift HEAVY if You Want to Lean Out and Change Your Body!

Fitting in a workout is a MUST during the hectic holiday season – It reduces stress, gives you some much-needed alone time, produces endorphins, and keeps you healthy & fit so you can enjoy the holiday festivities with your friends and family. Regardless of whether you have an hour or 15 minutes available, or if you even have time to make it to the gym – Make time!

Fashion:

I love the old Hollywood, film noir feel of killer black & white photographs. The subjects somehow always manage to appear chic and timeless, regardless of the year, the pose, the style of their clothes… I just can’t get enough and neither can A Fashion Friend – It’s Better In Black & White.

Have you ever been tempted to run off to Paris so that you can live a fashionable, glamorous life? If the answer is yes, you probably shouldn’t click on these links because you will most likely run off to Paris to live a fashionable, glamorous life.

As you may know – I adore stripes – Whether they’re the traditional nautical variety for Spring or demure pinstripes for the office. So why not take this fabulous print into the Fall season as well? Harper’s Bazaar definitely agrees – Shop the Street Style Look: Summer’s Stripes for Fall.

Are you a jeans girl? There are so many varieties this day in age there are almost endless choices when you head into a store and start to peruse their denim department. 70’s flare, wide-leg, cropped, skinny, cut-off, distressed, boyfriend, boot cut… Check out Love Me Jeans for some serious denim inspiration and worship – What’s your favorite pair?

We’ve all had the rule “No White After Labor Day” repeated ad nauseam over the years, but is this a rule for our grandmothers and not for our generation? Well The Man Repeller is making quite the argument against this rule with her fabulous photographs from Nolita – Accent In White.

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