It’s been a very long time since I did one of my fitness-related posts. If you are interested in my previous reviews, you can jump here for a review of all Tony Horton’s P90X systems (link leads to the last one, but from there you can go back to the P90X2 and the first, original which is still a favorite of mine). You can jump here for a review of Focus_T25 and here for Jessica Smith. The common denominator of all those systems is that they involve at least 30 minutes, some are quite a bit longer (P90X yoga will require 90 minutes to of your time).
For the most part these days, my exercises involve Jessica Smith and P90X (either several of my favorite videos from the original series (Kenpo, Plyometrics, Shoulders and Arms, Legs and Back, Ab-Ripper), or a few from P90X3 like Incinerator and The Challenge).
However, I find myself doing quite a bit of short videos available for free on youtube. They are great to add on a day in which I already went on the treadmill for a while, or walked our 3.5 mile route with the pups. Here are my favorites and why I like them.
This 10-min routine is perfect to tone the arms. It is amazing what you can do with just 2 sets of dumbbells, a 5 pound and a 3 pound. It is all based on fast repetitions with no rest. By the end of it, you know you challenged your biceps and triceps.
TANK TOP ARMS
Another 10-min routine by the same trainer. I must tell that my friend Elaine (sourdough bread baker extraordinaire) also does this one as well as many others (we are fitness buddies 6 thousand miles apart). We joke that this is the “Okaaaaaay” exercise. You will have to watch it to understand. Anyway, if you do this one right after the Madonna’s Arms you won’t need to exercise your upper body for another week. I promise you.
8-MINUTE TONING ARMS
This is a very interesting routine, only 8 minutes long. You use NO weights whatsoever but your arms will be moving non-stop and it is surprisingly challenging. And a lot of fun.
JESSICA’S SMITH 12-MINUTE ARM WORKOUT
If you are familiar with Jessica’s workouts, this is a typical short-video that is not going to kill you or even leave you too sore, but will do the job. Jessica has countless exercises for free in her youtube channel, you can search by time, body part, or level of difficulty. I highly recommend her videos.
10-MIN STANDING ABS
I am very fond of standing ab routines (although in my opinion nothing beats the original P90X Ab-Ripper), and this is a very good example of how to target your abdominal region in a short time. It requires a bit of flexibility in the hip region and could be a problem if you have issues with your lower back. But totally doable.
A more classic approach with exercises performed on the floor. Nice and not too challenging.
10-MIN BIKINI-READY WORKOUT
I really like this one a lot. I starts with planks in a few different ways, which sets me in the right mood for ab-exercises. I love doing planks because they are surprisingly efficient and all you have to do is hold your body in a certain position.
10-MIN FULL BODY WORKOUT
This is a very nice, short and sweet routine. It covers pretty much the whole body, and it is not too challenging.
10-MIN LEGS EXERCISE
This one targets mostly the legs, again not too challenging, but gets the job done.
I hope you will find these links useful. There is a whole universe of videos out there, for free. You can definitely find instructors that motivate you and exercises that target a particular type of exercise you need. I did not include yoga or flexibility-geared videos because I use exclusively Jessica Smith systems as well as P90X yoga for that. But you can easily find them searching youtube.
9 thoughts on “FITNESS POST: THE POWER OF SHORT EXERCISE VIDEOS”
Okay, now you have inspired me. I have been saying for ages that I need to get more serious about fitness again. What better time than now?!
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oh, if “I” inspired you, consider that as a small pay back…. I am still trying to fit those beautiful dry pear slices in some type of bake, but I think it will have to be pos-Covid-19. Not sure what our life will be like… it is all so uncertain
I have even found workouts for seniors!
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told ya!!!!! once you find a particular instructor that fits you well (pun intended) you are set!
Great suggestions, thank you. My bar studio has been doing Zoom classes on line but I like these short workouts can be scattered throughout the day. I find that exercise lifts my mood, something that can use a lot of lifting right now.
Love this post. I pulled a muscle in my leg so have been trying to rest it. Went to this post and tried the first arm workout. Deceivingly harder than it looks. Good choice. I’m on to the abs…
exactly… harder than it looks, but still doable and fun…. I hope your pulled muscle heals fast. Hate those injuries, although the injury I am most afraid of is back injury because once you hurt your back, you cannot do ANY exercise. Upper body, lower body, abs, they are ALL put into halt mode.
Great idea to post these workouts. Now I don’t feel so guilty eating all the yummy food you post 🙂
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HA HA HA! Yeah, I guess that “balances” it nicely!