It’s easy to get lost in the whirlpool of YouTube workout videos. Depending on where you are, what equipment you possess, and how much time you have will usually determine your choice of workout. We’ve collated four videos which are extremely effective and there’s something here for everyone? You just have some light dumbbells? No problem. Just a resistance band? No sweat. Nothing at all? Again, not an issue. These workouts will challenge you and also teach you something about having the correct form, to maximize your gains and minimize any chances of injuries.
Shoulder workout with light dumbbells
Jeff Cavaliere is often made fun of due to his obsessive eye to detail. But as you’ll experience for yourself, fitness lies all in the details. This 10-minute light dumbbell shoulder workout is absolutely brutal, but also fun. Give it a go with any pair of dumbbells weighing between 1 to 2.5kgs (note: 1 litre of water is equal to 1 kg, so bottles of water also work) and give this a go. You can make it part of a longer upper body workout as well. And maybe add three sets of max-rep pushups to the mix?
Full-body power yoga
Sean Vigue’s 30-minute full body power yoga routine will work on your strength and toning. Vigue has a delightfully wry sense of humour which make the sessions highly enjoyable. He also adds some of his signature exercises to this yoga session which will help you develop your core strength as well.
Full-body workout with just your bodyweight
No weights? No problem. Pamela Reif’s intense 20-minute full-body workout will leave you gasping for breath. It makes for a good challenge, especially if you had a cardio day lined up but couldn’t make it to the gym for some reason, or if you missed a morning run. Reif always seems unflustered during her workouts, but if you’re looking terrible and awkward while you’re in the thick of this workout, well, nobody’s judging. Remember to keep yourself well hydrated, so keep a bottle of water handy.
Glutes and legs workout with a resistance band
If you’ve got a resistance band handy, even if it’s the lightest one, then Daniel PT’s lower body workout video is perfect for you. If you’re feeling adventurous and have only the longer resistance band, then double it up to shorten the length. I recommend that you do 10 minutes of lower body stretches after completing the workout. Otherwise, you’re sure to wake up the next morning with very sore hamstrings!
Pulasta Dhar is a football commentator and writer.