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At the time of this blog post, the world is facing the challenge of the novel COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. The respiratory virus ranges from mild illness to critical illness, perhaps needing a ventilator. Hospital resources are limited, so the governments around the world have focused on preventing people from getting infected, from physical distancing to quarantine. Places, where people have congregated for food and entertainment, are shutdown. Gyms have also been shut down.
While in quarantine or under stay-at-home orders during the pandemic, some fitness YouTubers have been adding home workout videos where people would be able to start training or continuing an exercise routine with minimal equipment or bodyweight.
Of course, home workouts on YouTube are not a new occurrence, there have been YouTubers that have many videos devoted to exercises a person could do at home or while on travel. I have been following a few of them–Fraser Wilson from Melbourne, Australia; Rodrigo Romeh from Mexico; and three from the United Kingdom–Joe Wicks (aka the Body Coach); and Alex Crockford.
I found a another fitness YouTuber while preparing this blog post: Tom Daley, a well-known Olympic-level diver. These YouTubers have had exercise videos where you could follow along with them as if they were your coach. Also, you can tailor the exercises according to your personal ability.
In general, the workouts are between 10-20 minutes.
Fitness YouTubers: Follow-Along 10-to-20 Minute Home Workout Routines
Fraser Wilson, 23, is a fitness YouTuber who lives in Melbourne, Australia. Many of his follow-along videos focus on abs or bodyweight high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Fraser did an interview with the website, Bulk Hackers, in March 2020.
In terms of workout gear, in recent videos, Fraser mostly wears Gymshark with Nike sneakers. He is a fan of bold colors in his workout clothing.
On Fraser’s YouTube channel there are a variety of videos, many fitness video logs, which feature workouts, and then follow-along workouts, which viewers can do at home. Based on the high number of views, these videos appear to be extremely popular. I have been following the HIIT cardio workouts for some time. It feels like you have a trainer with you when you do the follow-along workouts.
I typically have done one of his 10-minute home workouts. When I have more time, I challenge myself with the 20-minute workout. While I have to adapt to an easier version of some of the exercises, push-ups on the knees, for example, I feel that am improving over time.
Rodrigo Romeh was a fitness YouTuber and competed in physique competitions. Rodrigo lives in Mexico. Rodrigo has had appearances on Spanish-language TV in the United States and seems to have moved on to other opportunities.
During the time that he was preparing for physique competitions, Rodrigo made home workouts. This home workout lasts 30 minutes. After long commutes (traveling 40 miles for work by commuter train and city bus), I would do this workout after I came home.
Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach
Joe Wicks, 33, from the United Kingdom, is a husband and father as well as an Instagram personality, book author and the owner of The Body Coach. His birthday is 21-September (Virgo).
On YouTube, Joe has numerous HIIT cardio routines for all levels of exercisers. While commuting for a full-time job, time was very short, but I wanted to get a workout in. It is very easy for me, after a long day at work, to feel a workout is just another layer of work. But I could not argue with 10-20 minutes of workout.
Just bodyweight was challenging for me, but I have seen small yet encouraging improvements after sticking with the workouts consistently.
I was doing a low-impact hotel workout. Although the exercises were low-impact, the workout still was a challenge.
During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic quarantines in many countries, Joe added online physical education classes for children.
Tom Daley, 25, is an Olympic-level diver for the United Kingdom as well as a book author. Tom’s birthday is on 21-May (Gemini).
Tom, on his YouTube page, created some workouts that people could follow during stay-at-home orders because of the pandemic. (Tom has created workout videos previously as well.) In a separate, stay-at-home-related video, Tom helps his husband bake a cobbler.
Tom’s home workouts are based on HIIT cardio, where you exercise for 40 seconds and rest for 20 seconds
In the first home workout, Tom demonstrates five exercises that are repeated in two circuits:
- RFE split squats
- Squat jump walkouts
- Sumo squat pulses
- Alternating v sits
In the second home workout, Tom demonstrates five exercises, repeated in two circuits:
- Press-up rotations
- Plank side taps
- Triceps dips
In the third workout video, Tom demonstrated a workout focused on the abdominal muscles (aka the six-pack). In this workout, there are six exercises:
- Ab crunches
- Toe touches
- Side v sites
- Back extensions
- Mountain climbers
In a fourth workout video, Tom demonstrates five exercises, repeated in two circuits:
- Press-ups narrow
- Triceps dips
- Press-ups wide
- Plank shoulder taps
- Press-up hold to leg lifts
Alex Crockford, 29, lives in the United Kingdom and is the owner of #CrockFit, an online training business, and a fitness model.
In 2015, he gave away free hugs in Trafalgar Square in London.
At the time of this post, he was sponsored by UnderArmour. He traveled to downtown Baltimore, in the Inner Harbor area, to attend a conference at UnderArmour headquarters.
His birthday is on 15-June (Gemini).
Before the Coronavirus pandemic, Alex posted follow-along home-based bodyweight workouts. Some of these workouts are on his #CrockFit app on the HomeFit program.
While Alex is a personable guy, his bodyweight workouts are intense. I remember doing one follow-along HIIT workout and I was going through the circuits. I was feeling tired by the end and was ready to stop. Then, Alex reminded his viewers that there was still a leg circuit. I still remember feeling shocked. (lol) Alex helpfully offers alternatives to suit your current physical abilities. If you are interested in these workouts, you are interested in self-improvement. So, you will get the challenge you need.
I will post some of the more-recent home-workout-related posts in this blog.
The reason for the increased variety of home workouts comes as a result of a serious risk to public health. Nevertheless, I have found them to be useful for me to start as a beginner. My goal is to become able to handle my own bodyweight and with some weighted exercises.
Are there any favorite home workouts that you enjoy? Perhaps you found some new possibilities in this post. Let me know in the comments.