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Fitness YouTubers covered in this post:
- Fraser Wilson from Melbourne, Australia
- Rodrigo Romeh from Mexico
- four from the United Kingdom–Tom Daley (Olympic athlete-diving), Joe Wicks (aka the Body Coach), Alex Crockford, and Rowan Row
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 shut down. 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), Alex Crockford, and Rowan Row.
I found a another fitness YouTuber while preparing this blog post: Tom Daley, a well-known Olympic-level diver from the United Kingdom. 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. (Birthday–November 12 (Scorpio).) 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.
At his website, Fraser provides a bit of his background.
Hi, I’m Fraser. When I first started training in the gym, I was an insecure 17-year-old.
The gym was the perfect stress relief, no matter what was going on in my life, a 1-2 hour session was like a meditation for me. I’d come out feeling refreshed, renewed and confident.
Fraser Wilson’s website
My love of fitness grew from there. I’ve been able to build a platform through social media to share my passion with the world. I’ve also been fortunate enough to sign with one of the largest companies in the fitness industry.
In 2017, Photographer Jake O’Donnell did a quick-answer interview with Fraser to know more about him. This video was posted on YouTube.
In terms of workout gear, in recent videos, Fraser mostly wears Gymshark with Nike sneakers. He seems to be a fan of bold colors in his workout clothing (seen more in pre-Gymshark videos).
(I have been noticing that Fraser has been adding colors back in his workout gear (great plan).)
Fraser has an app that he uses with his online personal training clients. The developer of the app is MacroActive Limited. (Side note: Some of Fraser’s photos are by Jake O’Donnell, who has taken photos for UK-based Box Menswear.)
Fraser’s Social Media
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.
Fraser added a video explaining how people new to training can could get lean for summer from home.
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 for a 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 is sponsored by athletic fitness brand Adidas.
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 is sponsored by UnderArmour. He traveled to downtown Baltimore, in the Inner Harbor area, to attend a conference at UnderArmour headquarters. (I at one time had a job in Inner Harbor East, near the waterfront.)
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.
With the global lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, gyms were closed, raising the interest of home-based workouts that a person could do without much equipment. (Alex has prepared videos for people with kettlebells or other weights.)
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. Alex described the workout up front. What he calls a warm-up session, feels like a workout (which he admits in his exercise commentary). I was feeling tired by the end and was ready to stop. Then, Alex reminded his viewers that there was still a leg circuit (by then I forgot about the final leg workout) . I still remember feeling shocked. (lol)
I favor follow-along workout videos as it feels like you have a trainer doing the exercises with you and you get an implicit challenge to do your personal best and not to quit and turn off the video.
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.
In addition, Alex has a blog where he provides fitness tips and recipes. In one blog post, he provided tips on getting the most from home-based workouts.
I will post some of the more-recent home-workout-related posts below.
Rowan Row, 31, is a fashion blogger and YouTuber who has a background as a runner and fitness model. Rowan lives in the United Kingdom. Rowan’s birthday is 17 February (Aquarius).
I first saw Rowan while he was a fitness model in 2013. There is a YouTube video featuring him at his first contest win.
A pre-contest video that Rowan recorded before his contest is still on his YouTube channel (with 935,000 views at the date of this blog post).
Rowan offers personal training e-book programs at his website.
Rowan left competitive fitness modeling to do fashion and lifestyle blogging. Rowan still maintains his gym training.
Home Workouts, with Nutrition Video Logs
With the gyms being closed, Rowan also created follow-along home workouts. Rowan started with videos abdominal exercises in January 2020 and a home workout in February 2020.
An abdominal training video in April 2020 has been popular, with 2.2 million views (at the time of this blog post). This video has the most views of any video on his channel. [
Rowan has also posted other home workout videos as well as videos on nutrition.
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.