Want to start working on your fitness habit but don’t have the time or resources to go to the gym? Or maybe you want something new to supplement your regular workout schedule? There’s a ton of free content out there on YouTube, and if you’re like me, who sometimes just isn’t in the mood to step out of the house, it’s a lifesaver.
Building an exercise habit can be intimidating, but discovering the kinds of workouts that motivate you to get up and move make the process so much easier. Here are six channels that can help!
Run by husband and wife team Daniel and Kelli, the Fitness Blender hosts full-length workout videos with varying degrees of difficulty. Videos are shot on a plain white background for maximum clarity and they include a timer and calorie count per exercise to make it easier to follow along. The best parts of the channel are the workouts that include a warm up and cool down — great for people that tend to forget about these essential steps during sessions.
Looking to build strength and bigger muscles? Chris Heria of THENX specializes in calisthenics workouts, which are focused on bodyweight training. Think powerful, explosive moves with great form and exercises using bars, rings, and parallettes. His channel works best as a supplement to your regular routine, and even better if you have access to equipment, but he has a number of pure no-equipment bodyweight videos that are just brutal — in a good way! For those interested in getting into calisthenics or those looking to improve the skills they already have, his channel’s your bet.
Yoga With Adriene
Whether you already have a regular yoga practice or are looking to begin your journey, Yoga with Adriene is there for you. All levels of yoga (yep, even kids’ yoga) and many themes are represented here. Yoga for scoliosis? She’s got it. Yoga for those with weak knees? Covered. Yoga routines customized for teachers, golfers, runners, swimmers, office workers with desk jobs… all there. Whether you need to refresh yourself in the morning or need a pick-me-up after a stressful day, tune in to Adriene’s relaxing voice and clear instructions to center your body and mind.
Tone It Up
Tone it Up’s channel looks a little different from the others on this list. That’s because it’s not just a fitness channel, but a lifestyle hub geared specifically to women who love the beach. The channel is famous for its focus on getting you the bikini body you want through HIIT-based workouts, but it’s grown to also encompass beauty tutorials, meal prep tips, inspiration, vlogs, and Q&A’s. Karena and Katrina have also been featured in a number of both print and digital magazines, reaching out to women the world over.
The Fitness Marshall
Not a fan of regular gym workouts and want a different approach to cardio? Dance! Caleb Marshall (aka the Fitness Marshall), has a relentless — and let’s face it, hilarious — energy that will get you smiling through his slew of choreographed workouts to the most popular hits. Each video lasts the length of a song, so you can pick out your favorite ones for a short warmup or choose to do his Workout of the Week playlist, which collects several for up to an hour of cardio.
The one thing you need to know about Cassey Ho is that she somehow never stops talking even in the middle of an intense Blogilates workout. She’s bright, bubbly, and a good distraction for when you’re sweating all over your mat. Her channel focuses on Pilates workouts that usually need no equipment, and she also has a series with her own spin on HIIT — with Pilates incorporated into the intense interval training. If you’re looking after your overall health too, she provides recipes for clean eating and is a great proponent of building confidence and body positivity.
Sound on with Mikme: An easy way to record good audio
Even better if you’re on an iPhone
I’ve always been a writer and my journey into content creation has been a curious one. These days, I’ve ventured into creating video — a new exacting but fun medium. One thing I’ve learned though: You may think you’re mostly dealing with visuals, but sound quality adds a whole lot to each video.
That being said, and me being the furthest from being an audiophile, I set out to find the easiest and simplest way I could record great audio without all the wires and gadgets and gizmos that I’ve seen other people work with.
Enter this godsend mic in a box which fits the palm of my hands and solves all my audio woes: The Mikme.
It’s simple enough to use; press the leftmost button that serves as a power button…
… and hit record which is that big button up top. Literally, nothing could be easier.
And despite it being pretty straightforward, there are a lot of other things it can do, too. Tapping the record button twice in a row will play your last recording and pressing and holding will allow you to soundcheck — provided you plug in some earphones. Each Mikme has storage built in and you can choose between 16GB, 8GB, or 4GB options. All that means is you need not worry about SD cards or microSD cards ever again.
It’s not just the ease of use, though. The sound quality on this thing is very good, as it should be. Inside that black case, the Mikme is basically a condenser mic — the type usually used in studios for hardcore recordings (my way of saying it’s one serious mic). Even with my untrained ears, I hear the difference, especially because I don’t record in sound-proof rooms most of the time.
Honestly, I now use this tiny thing to record all my voice-overs. I’m not even going to attempt to explain or describe it, you just have to hear it yourself. You can do that by listening to the voice-overs here and here.
I have all good things to say about this tiny device and in so many ways, I consider it my audio lifesaver. But, there’s one caveat.
This mic also has Bluetooth capabilities which is a great thing in itself. It literally connects to a Mikme app that will allow you to shoot video with your phone with audio from the Mikme. Mindblowing stuff, really, except it only works for iPhones. 😢
As we hear the collective, agonized screams of Android users the world over with the collective sighs of what great sounding videos could be shot with a Mikme-iPhone partnership, I take it as a testament of how good this mic is. Even without the Bluetooth connectivity feature and despite sticking with my Android for now and the foreseeable future, I’ll probably still be rocking the Mikme. That says a lot.
The Vivo x Benefit Cosmetics blossom pink V15 box set is here and I want it
Making blooming selfies possible
Vivo has just announced a partnership that I am so here for and the resulting phone is oh so pretty!
The smartphone company unveiled a collaboration with Benefit Cosmetics, a makeup brand we all know and love, to release a phone/makeup box set that will definitely excite the ladies.
The highlight of the kit: Vivo’s blossom pink V15 — the phone color I’ve always wanted but rarely got!
Yes girls, this special kit does not only have this beautifully colored handset, it also includes Benefit box o’ powders in two shades: Dandelion Twinkle and the Gold Rush.
I am all for this partnership and the blooming selfies I will most definitely be able to shoot with this.
The Vivo x Benefit Kit will retail for PhP 17,999 starting May 25.
Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition unveiled
There are Moschino cases, too!
With Honor’s announcement of their Honor 20 series came a fashion collaboration that definitely excites me. The Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition was just announced and I love how extra it is.
The phone itself has the worlds “This is not a Moschino phone” stamped on the back in true Moschino fashion. Of course, there’s a matching wallpaper that says, what else: “This is not a Moschino wallpaper.”
There are also cases that follow that design lead…
My favorite, a case that features similar bold text for that Moschino flair and straps that you can even hook to your bag.
Though all designs are fresh, the partnership isn’t surprising. Moschino’s Jeremy Scott is known for collaboration; not to mention, Honor also teamed up with the Italian fashion brand for the Honor View 20’s design.
No details on pricing and availability for this particular version of the Honor 20 Pro is out yet but one thing’s for sure: I’m loving the fashion-tech partnership and I’m definitely hoping for more!
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