The number one excuse people use for not working out is that they can’t find a fitness program that they like. They are too hard, too long or too expensive. If a workout program is too hard, you’re either not committed enough or too far out of shape to start with that workout’s intensity level. If it’s too long, using the excuse that you just don’t have enough time won’t cut it – there are plenty of good fitness programs that take only minutes a day. If they are too expensive, you’ll be happy to know there are lots of free online fitness training websites.
Now that you’re out of excuses, let’s talk a bit about the best workout courses and online fitness training programs available. I have personally tried, or personally know someone who has tried, each of the programs that made the list, and yes, they do work. Of course, Mike Chang’s Six Pack Shortcuts is going to be my number one recommendation, so let’s start there.
Mike Chang’s Six Pack Shortcuts Membership
There are several reasons why this is my top pick. First of all, it worked for me, and I continue to subscribe to his program to this day. His workout courses can be very intense, so they are best for people who are already moderately in shape, although he does offer lots of videos that people of any level can take advantage of, working their way up to the more intense workouts as they go. He also offers great nutrition tips and will never starve you. In fact, for the first few weeks, he actually recommends eating more calories! Best of all, Mike Chang’s fitness program is designed to fit any budget. You can purchase the program and gain access to special parts of the website, or pay nothing at all and use the multitude of free resources. Simply go on his Six Pack Shortcuts YoutTube Channel and watch more than 200 videos, including lots of full body workouts, specialized muscle group workouts, dieting information and more. He adds additional videos all the time, so there’s always something new to look forward to and keep you motivated.
Fitness Blender Memberhsip Site
This is another personal favorite of mine. FitnessBlender.com is absolutely free and offers an abundance of workout videos that are categorized by training type (balance, cardio, low impact, strength training, toning, etc.), body focus, difficulty, time available and calorie burning ability. The customization aspect is incredible because it suits anyone, from absolute novices to accomplished body builders; those with lots of time and those with just a few minutes; those who are overweight and those who simply need toning. There is a complete 3-round 8-week Fat Loss Program and complimentary 4-week Meal Program designed in three different ways to suit omnivores, vegetarians and vegans. They are always updating and adding new videos, so you’ll never get bored. And did I mention it’s free? The husband and wife team of Daniel and Kelli don’t charge anything, and don’t even require membership (also free), but they do have a special “Support Fitness Blender” link where anyone who wants to can donate anywhere from $1.50 to $100 to help keep the site running.
Fletcher Fitness Membership
This is another free online fitness training program, similar to Fitness Blender. It’s run by Dawn Fletcher, an overqualified trainer with more certifications than you can shake a dumbbell at, including an NSCA. I mostly recommend this workout site for the ladies; not that it doesn’t work for men too, but woman tend to appreciate having a female trainer supporting their efforts. Fletcher Fitness offers numerous categorical workout routines and, something you don’t find often, a mental edge program to help keep members in the right mindset.
If you own a television, you’ve surely heard of P90X. This workout video has been on the market for years now, and I can honestly say that it gets the job done – if you have the time and willpower to keep it up. It comes with a series of 12 DVDs and requires the user to work out 6 days a week, with average daily routines lasting one to one and a half hours. Due to the intensity, it’s best suited for people who are already somewhat fit and definitely for people who have enough time to spend on it at home. One of my favorite things about P90X is that every exercise seems to come with at least one modification for people who aren’t able to do the intended exercise; whether it’s due to age, health, amateur status, lack of equipment, whatever. On the down side, it’s not cheap. The original P90X will run you $80 and up (heads-up, my friend got his on eBay for $25), while the advanced editions that came out more recently, like the P90X Ultimate edition, can run up to a few hundred. Does it get the job done? Yes! But it’s very high intensity and only works if you are willing to work with it.