I have had an on-again, off-again, relationship with fitness. I’ve done yoga, pilates, a zumba class or two, stability ball, spinning, and 9 months of Crossfit. Crossfit was way too competitive and I sacrificed form, for speed, which resulted in injury. Spinning was too intense, and I pushed myself harder than my body could stand. Out of all of those different classes and training styles I’ve discovered that the easiest way for me to get fit, is at my own pace. I found that YouTube fitness videos allowed me to do that. I can pause the video, or rewind if I missed a move. If I look a fool, it doesn’t matter because only my dog is watching, and I pick up his poop so he’d better not judge me. Below are three of my favorite fitness YouTubers.
- Cassie Ho, Blogilates
Cassie Ho lives in California and her cheerful, positive disposition is the only way to get through her sometimes tortuous workouts. She started her fitness channel in 2009 and has built it into a brand. She has a fitness planner, custom water bottles, apparel, accessories, a DVD, and a book coming out this year. Every month she sends out fitness calendars to her email subscription list. These calendars prescribe different videos for each day, which makes it harder to become bored with the routine. I really enjoy her body positive messaging and cheerful outlook. Watching her videos doesn’t feel like a punishment, and that’s key for any fitness regimen.
- Keaira LaShae, SuperHeroFitnessTV
Keaira LaShae is a singer and AFAA certified trainer and kickbox instructor. I stumbled upon her videos one day because I wanted to do a dance workout that was more hip hop oriented. Her channel is full of videos on nutrition and exercise. She even has some videos on prenatal fitness. The dance videos are fun, energetic and features her original music. If you’d like to get more serious, she has a subscription online fitness service that provides exercise routines, nutrition information and recipes.
- Kai Wheeler, KaiWheelerFitness
Kai Wheeler is a personal trainer based in San Diego, CA. Her background in D1 track and field is a bonus if you are a runner and need some tips on increasing your performance. Her videos are clear, thorough and easy to follow. Many of her videos features equipment that is easy to purchase, such as TRX, dumb bells and bosu balls. I would recommend watching a video at home and then doing them with a partner at your local gym if you don’t own the equipment. Her videos are often set in gyms so you can easily identify what you’ll be doing and what machine to use. Aside from her YouTube channel, her website organizes all of her videos neatly and provides contact information if you’d like to take it to the next level and hire her as a trainer.