Free online workouts

What’s better than getting fit and seeing results? Doing it all for free! We’ve rounded up the best of the best online workouts, and you’ll be feeling the burn in no time.

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Put a stop to muffin top

The best part of a muffin is the top, right? But not when it’s hanging over your jeans. It’s uncomfortable, unflattering and unwanted. XHIT is promising to rid us of our not-so-lovely love handles. With eight core exercises, you’ll be on your way to a muffin-topless life in only 10 minutes a day. Planks are perfection for your posture and for targeting that rebellious overhang. The starfish crunch is just as fun as it sounds and really engages those core muscles.

Feel the rhythm

Blogilates is your one-stop shop for getting your groove on while shedding those glutinous indulgences. Most of Cassy’s videos are under 15 minutes, and you can bet she’ll get your heart rate elevated quickly. It’s never too early to be thinking about bikini season, and with the Hot Summer POP Cardio Dance Workout, you’ll be bathing suit ready. Plus, maybe you can use a few of those moves when you’re out there on the dance floor this weekend.

Be the biggest loser

Be Fit’s goal is to help you “transform yourself.” Their YouTube channel boasts a variety of exercise videos. Feel free to peruse your options, but for this article’s sake, I’ve chosen to highlight “America’s Toughest Trainer,” Jillian Michaels. You’ll feel like Jillian is in your living room, and let me tell you, the lady gets results. I bought her 30-day Shred on DVD a few years ago in preparation for a wedding down South, but you can enjoy it for free. You won’t be sorry, just a little sore (beware of the butt kicks).

Pirouette your way to a smaller waistline

I’m partial to this next one, because any instructor who places a sweatband on a puppy has my vote.Jessica Smith and her pup, Peanut, will sweat their way into your heart. Have you dreamed of being a prima ballerina but maybe lack the coordination (like this writer)? Fret not! You can still share the same physique. Jessica will sculpt you into tip-top shape. You’ll confidently take centre stage after a few pliés.

Fitness for two

Besties Karena and Katrina might inspire you and your BFF to Tone It Up. The pair of perfect 10s have their own reality show on Bravo, aptly called Toned Up. The beach-ready babes have teamed up with Victoria’s Secret to create the Love Your Body series. Karena and Kat want you to discover a confident, fit and fierce you. The fabulous females say there’s a side of you that you never knew existed, a strength deep inside you that is ready to drive you toward your dreams and goals. What are you waiting for? HIIT play on this High-intensity Interval Training workout now!

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Be your own gym

TONE UP
IN 30 MINUTES

We all know exercise is vital for a healthy lifestyle, but gym memberships are costly. Enjoy an equipment-free workout at home with calisthenics.

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Flatten the flab

If you’re a crunch aficionado, start with two sets of 25 reps, which burns approximately 50 calories.

Work at a set for a few weeks, and then increase as your muscles strengthen. Or do 25 reps of four sets. Aside from a trim tummy, increasing core strength helps to alleviate back pain.

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Now, prop yourself up on your elbows, and lift your knees and core off the floor. Hold for 10 to 30 seconds. Drop down. Repeat three times.

Next, while lying on your back, take your right elbow to meet your left knee, and scissor to make the left elbow meet your right knee. Do 10 reps of three sets.

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Arm-aggedon

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Fancy yourself Jennifer Aniston’s envy-inducing extremities? Set yourself up for push-ups. Do three sets of 10 reps at 30-second intervals.

Next, grab a chair, and place your palms at the edge of the seat. Extend your legs, and lower your butt down toward the floor. Continue this upward and downward motion for two sets of 10 reps to burn 50 calories.

Glam gams

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Lunge your way to leaner legs! Step forward with one foot to form a 90-degree angle as the knee from your other leg lowers to the ground. Don’t drop completely; let your knee hover above the floor. Alternate legs so each leg lunges 10 times. You can either stand in one place as you switch legs or take a stroll as each step propels you forward.

Two sets of 10 reps will knock off roughly 50 calories.

Next, stand against a wall, and slide your torso down until you’re in a seated position against the wall. Count to 30, get up, and shake it off. In 30 seconds, get ready to do it again.

Posterior perfection

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Get on all fours, extend your leg back, and bend your knee to form a 90-degree angle. Switch legs, and repeat 10 times.

Feel free to take a break or move right into peeing dog (for lack of a better name). Lift your leg out toward the side to form another 90-degree angle. Do 10 reps on each side. Return to the previous step and then back to this one for a final time.

To close your workout, end in a child’s pose, and then push back into downward dog. Now you can carry on with your day.

The number of sets and reps are solely suggestions and should be customized to your comfort and skill level. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. Incorporate this regimen into your daily routine for a more fit future.

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