Working out is difficult. Setting the struggle of finding time and true motivation aside, I must first get over the daunting task of doing cardio. All anyone ever talks about is cardio: not even fun cardio, but running. What happened to zumba in leg warmers and high waisted spandex underwear?
However, because I don’t have a proper outfit for Zumba and it’s usually either low intensity or so intense that I get a stitch in my side after 20 minutes, over the past year or so I’ve begun doing Blogilates. This YouTube channel updates frequently with workout videos (in sets, with themes, and different exercise types) all by Cassey Ho, an incredibly enthusiastic woman that will make working out feel like less of a chore.
No, my goal is not to get a six-pack or lose weight, but to simply be able to walk up the stairs to english class without getting winded during the tennis off-season – a very reasonable goal which Blogilates helps me to accomplish without sacrificing too much time.
Cassey’s videos include sets with themes such as “4 Minute [Abs/Arms/Legs etc]” and “Cocktail Dress Series.” They range from 4 – 15 minutes (occasionally longer) and her channel includes a few cardio workouts, lots of muscle focused pilates exercises, some yoga, stretching, and also some healthy eating cooking tutorials as well. I personally don’t usually watch the stretching or cooking videos, however her other workouts are truly amazing.
Don’t knock it till you try it. Working out regularly doesn’t always have to be about being intense.
Usually all you will need is a yoga mat, comfy clothes to workout in and tennis shoes. Most of her videos are pilates focused so they involve lots of repetitive muscle movements such as squats or crunches. Some of my favorite videos (one of which involves more cardio) is the Total Body Workout Challenge ft. Cassey’s sister, 6 Minute butt workout, and the infamous (and very old) Call Me Maybe Mighty Squat Challenge along with its sequel: the I Really Like You Squat Challenge. Also, for motivation on those off days, if you go onto the Blogilates website and subscribe, you’ll have access to a monthly workout calendar which is much easier than deciding which workouts to do.
While Blogilates doesn’t exactly equal doing HIIT workouts, interval training, or CrossFit, I say don’t knock it till you try it. Working out regularly doesn’t always have to be about being intense – having a good 30 minute sweat session in your basement at 10:00 PM is honestly just as satisfying.