Life in the lockdown can be mentally tough. There’s a lot of stress and worry going around at the moment, parents looking after children while under quarantine, caring for sick relatives and those vulnerable to Coronavirus. It certainly takes its toll on our mental health, and overall wellbeing.
The gyms and swimming pools are shut, there’s no PE lessons. We’re allowed outside for some exercise, but realistically we should be helping the NHS and other health services around the world by staying in, and many of us don’t have access to a home gym in the garage – or a garden big enough to exercise in. So what’s the solution?
One amazing element of the pandemic and global lockdown is how the world community has come together to help each other out. Big companies are offering their products for free, the likes of Amazon have given free support and access to their AWS servers for essential home working/school work sites, and the fitness community has taken to YouTube to deliver some fantastic workout advice.
There’s a lot you can achieve without weights, a fully-equipped gym, and machines. All you need to do is make a little space, and creative use of the furniture, and items around your house. To help, we’ve put together a collection of videos from extremely knowledgeable fitness coaches and representatives.
Jeff Cavaliere of Althean-X is by far one of the most respected, knowledgeable and interesting fitness and strength coaches on YouTube. Jeff has probably forgotten more about fitness than most coaches and trainers will hope to know in their lifetime, and as such he has an incredible number of fitness videos available that target specific muscle groups, help build athletic endurance, and focus on all-round fitness.
There are also many videos on what not to do, and how to perform an exercise properly with minimum risk of injury, including some great advice on nutrition. Recently, due to the lockdown, Jeff has started to produce a number of videos based on workouts that can be done at home with little to no equipment, but also including any items you can get your hands on at home.
Open YouTube and search for Althlean-X, or simply click https://www.youtube.com/user/JDCav24/videos, to see Jeff’s latest and older videos.
Another Jeff, and another fitness expert who utilises science-based facts over gym ‘bro-science’. Jeff is a successful bodybuilder and strength athlete who has many years of training behind him, as well as number of videos that cover intense training routines, specific muscle group workouts, and, to emphasise again (like Jeff Cavaliere), science-based facts on muscle building, nutrition, and overall fitness.
His video vary, and include some special guest spot workouts with other experts and bodybuilders. As with Althean-X, Jeff has recently uploaded several at-home workout routines and dietary advice. To view them, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/icecream4PRs/videos, or search for Jeff Nippard on youTube.
Craig Richey runs the TeamRICHEY YouTube channel that focuses on Crossfit training, nutrition, and motivation. A Crossfit athlete himself, Craig has a huge number of videos that combine entertainment with real-life workouts with other Crossfit athletes and a personal touch that humanises the fitness community.
As with the other channels mentioned so far, Craig has started to put together a number of full-body exercise routines for those in isolation at home. But don’t just look to his newest videos, the back catalogue of videos also shows some great workout routines that can incorporated into a home environment.
You can find Craig’s video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1lfnF3avRvtFm_wajLLhyg/videos, or by looking up TeamRICHEY via the YouTube search function.
Kat Musni Fitness
Kat Musni is an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer & Health Coach, Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, MovNat level 1 & 2 certified, and CrossCore Certified fitness expert. Her YouTube channel is chock full of content that covers everything from full body HIIT workouts, through to nutrition, cardio, recovery, mental health and more.
Many of her workouts are already home-based, but since the pandemic, she has throttled up her video uploads and introduced more at home workouts and nutritional advice that are easy to follow and, most importantly, effective. I challenge you to complete one of her thirty minute cardio workouts without stopping, the girl is a machine.
Her videos can be found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP0YQTklvNoPfV6fPZH_ZjQ/videos, or by searching for Kat Musni Fitness from the search bar.
The above four experts are just the tip of the YouTube fitness iceberg, a quick search will reveal thousands more. However, it’s worth mentioning that not all fitness experts on YouTube are created equally.
Among the many excellent examples are some pretty terrible, so-called ‘experts’. It’s these you need to avoid. They offer advice and examples of workouts, but more often than not these examples are dangerous, or simply ineffective. The last thing you want to do is injure yourself while at home – since the doctors and hospitals are already overloaded.
Remember that just because a YouTuber may look like they know what they’re doing, it doesn’t mean they actually do. Try to focus on YouTubers who look at the science behind fitness, or who display good knowledge of the muscle groups used in each workout, how to warm up, cool down, and how to maintain good form throughout the workout.
Don’t go down the road of trying to copy YouTubers or Instagram fitness ‘experts’ who do stupid stunts – like balancing on dumbbells while squatting, or something similar.
Stay safe, and stay healthy folks ❤