With winter well and truly behind us, we've noticed a spring in our step (see what we did there?) and it's all thanks to the fitness influencers dominating our social media feeds. For years, the glossies have told us how Gwyneth banished her bingo wings and magically transformed into the Iron Woman. Lads, you've not been able to escape Chris Hemsworth's perfect pecs that grace the front covers of magazines either. But with unrealistic comparisons, "celebrity fitness" is a thing of the past. Instead, we all look to the mere mortals that make our fitness goals achievable. So, let's learn from the best on YouTube with this selection of our five top fitness videos.
Upper Body fitness videos
The Body Coach, Joe Wicks, is famous for his ‘lean in 15’, lean and healthy body.
Joe has become a huge fitness influence over the last few years with 1.5m followers on his Instagram account on which he posts regular recipes, workout videos and body transformations.
Check out his video and try it for yourself.
Target: Arms and abs
Reps: 10 of each variation
Core fitness videos
Fitness blogger and personal trainer Carly Rowena knows keeping fit is not just for summer, it's a lifestyle.
In her Instagram video, Carly shows followers an easy ab routine involving four different abdominal exercises to help strengthen that six pack.
- 10x Ab crunches
- 10x Side Crunches Left
- 10x Side Crunches Right
- 10x Plank Roll Out Left
- 10x Plank Roll Out Right
- 10x Back Extension
- 30 Second Plank
Sets: For the best results Carly suggests you should complete this workout 3 times
Lower Body fitness videos
The Skinny B**** Collective (SBC) is one of the most talked about wellness and lifestyle projects for women. Their instagram is full of motivational pictures and videos to help women achieve that healthy body. With no equipment needed, there's no excuse to not try this at home.
SBC suggest you pick a friend to make this squatting exercise more fun. ‘The rules are simple; if you give up first – or touch down on the floor – you buy her dinner’.
For those of you trying this alone we advise:
LDN Muscle has gained a huge social media presence in its aim to transform lives through fitness videos and nutrition guidance.
In this Instagram post titled ‘Glutes Superset’, LDN Muscle HIIT hard a set of gluteal exercises to help achieve a perfectly toned derrière. All of their exercises can be easily tailored depending on individual fitness levels and the level of muscle wanted to be achieved. They suggest that adding weights or resistance will gain better results.
Reps: LDN Muscle suggests –
- 8-10 Split Squats Right Leg
- 8 -10 Step Ups Right Leg
- 8-10 Split Squats Left Leg
- 8-10 Step Ups Left Leg
Kayla Itsines began her career as a personal trainer in 2008. Her fitness videos have led her to become an inspiration to women looking to achieve a ‘bikini body’ in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Kayla posts regular fitness tips that inspire thousands of women around the world through her fitness and nutrition guidelines.
Click the link to watch Kayla demonstrate a simple exercise routine that targets the whole body, producing an ‘all over burn’.
Targets: Full Body
Reps: 10-15 of each exercise