Wellness & Education

Strength Training with YouTube 

YouTube is full of exercise channels for people interested in “at home” strength training. There are workouts for people of all ages and levels of ability.  Times vary, from very short workouts to more challenging ones.  Some channels are free, some are paid and some offer a combination of the two. 

Here are just a few:  

POPSUGAR Fitness, which has a free option, has over 6 million subscribers and over 956 million views. The company was founded by Lisa Sugar. 

 Advertising “hundreds of workouts with celebrity trainers”, POPSUGAR Fitness offers multiple playlists that include both exercise and recipe/nutrition videos. Exercise videos include all training levels, from beginner to advanced. 

The easiest way to locate their high energy strength training videos is to enter “strength training” into the channel search function. Workout times range from 10 to 30 minutes and include workouts using dumbbells, weights, fitness bandspilates balls and more. If you don’t have any of these, not to worry. There are also equipment-free videos.  

POPSUGAR Fitness offers both total body and target area videos, including videos for strengthening the core, stomach, arms, legs, back, etc. They even offer a video to strengthen your feet, ankles and calves to prevent injury while wearing high heels. Specialty workouts include workouts for pregnancy, chair exercise, running recovery, Krav Maga and more.   

For those interested in learning about fitness, there is also a POPSUGAR Fitness blog  

HASfit (Heart and Soul fitis a free channel with 1.91 million subscribers and over 286 million views. There is also a free app for both iPhone and Android. The company was created by Josh and Claudia Kozak.  

As with POPSUGAR Fitness, videos are available for all fitness levels and for both total body and targeted workouts. There is a special playlist for seniors, obese and plus size participants and those with limited mobility. Recipes videos are also available.  

Healthy living articles are available at https://hasfit.com/health-articles/. Recipe videos are available at https://hasfit.com/healthy-recipe/ .

HASfit also offers paid fitness programs.  

FitnessBlender is a free channel with over 6.65 million subscribers and over 1.2 billion views. The channel was created by a husband and wife team, Daniel and Kelli, who appear in all of the videosAs with HASfit, workout programs and meal plans are available for a price. However, there are over 600 free videos available to help motivate you to keep moving.  

Video length varies from less than a minute to over an hour. Many are organized into multiple-day fitness challenges and multiple week weight loss programs.  

One helpful feature of their videos is a calorie counter at the bottom of the screen. The counter tracks how many calories are burned over the course of the workout.  

The FitnessBlender blog is available at https://www.fitnessblender.com/healthy-living.