Home Workouts: The Best New Exercise Videos And Online Classes – Huffington Post

By Corrie Pikul

Save money, time and gas with these ingenious new workouts you can do at home. (Bonus: none involve jumping jacks.)

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  • Yoga Classes For The Overscheduled And Unorganized

    Going to yoga class can be more stressful than staying home: You hustle to get there but still arrive late, squeeze into the last few inches of space and modify the poses to avoid accidentally punching someone in the face. Members of the <a href=”http://www.yogaglo.com/” target=”_blank”>online community YogaGlo</a> can download videos to watch at home, allowing them to take whatever kind of class they want, any time of day or night. For $18 a month, you get unlimited access to more than 2,000 streaming online yoga videos taught by certified instructors, and you can search classes by style, duration, personal goal or body part. So while you won’t get hands-on adjustments from a live instructor, you can find exactly the class you’re looking for — like a 20-minute Hatha sequence for lower-back pain — and you’re guaranteed to get a spot.

  • Exercise Videos Cool Enough For Rock Stars

    The <a href=”http://www.poundfit.com/online-classes” target=”_blank”>Pound series </a> ain’t your mama’s home-workout routine. This online version of a popular fitness class at Crunch gyms involves constant simulated drumming with lightly weighted drumsticks. Each 45-minute jam session combines cardio, Pilates, isometric movements and plyometrics. This concept was developed by two certified group-fitness instructors who also happen to be recreational percussionists, and they swear Pound torches fat and sculpts drummer-chick arms (we can attest to the fact that all that pounding made our biceps burn — in an awesome way). For $14.95, you get a pair of Ripstix and a month’s access to online classes (after that, it’s $9.99 per month). You also get the freedom to <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8aGlOj2VFo” target=”_hplink”>rock out like a Muppet</a> in your living room without feeling self-conscious.

  • The Videos For When You’re Just Not Feeling The Afro-Pop

    Love Zumba but crave something new? Mix up your routine (and your tunes) with the new <a href=”http://www.doonya.com/” target=”_blank”>Doonya Bollywood Workout</a> DVDs ($24.99 for a set of 3). The wonderful thing about Indian dance is that it can involve high-impact, celebratory moves like hopping, stomping and reaching for the sky, but it never feels like aerobics. These routines are set to invigorating music that fuses Indian classical and folk tunes with jazz and “Bolly-pop” — stuff you most likely haven’t heard outside of a Bollywood musical or an Indian wedding. Instructors, who teach at studios in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC, break down the individual moves and explain how dances are incorporated into Bollywood movies (a replay-able gift for the uncoordinated). So once you get it all down, you’ll feel as if you’re performing on set… even when the only other extra is your cat.

  • The Workout That Helps You Feel Like A Million Without Spending A Million

    You may have heard <a href=” http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-body/news/where-kim-kardashian-jennifer-lopez-and-other-stars-work-out-20111811″ target=”_blank”>celebrities like Kelly Ripa and Lisa Rinna</a> raving about the transformative effects of <a href=” http://www.physique57.com” target=”_blank”>Physique 57</a>, a boutique fitness class that combines ballet, Pilates and isometrics. The intense moves done on the floor and at a ballet barre are designed to improve your posture and strengthen your core, which can help you look longer and leaner. The studios are currently located only in New York and Los Angeles, and classes can become addictive ($31-36 for one class; $110-$250 for the first month). For $5, you can get instant 48-hour access to videos led by the same graceful-but-ripped instructors who teach at the studios (all are dancers) You’ll need a sturdy piece of furniture and a set of hand weights for some workouts, but you might not need to get a second job to afford them.

As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.

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Earlier On HuffPost: Bob Greene Reveals The Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Workouts

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  • You’re De-Stressing Between Sets

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    Chilling out between weight sets is one of the most common mistakes Bob spots at his boot camps and the gym. To increase strength, you need to do your second and third sets of 8 to 10 reps with slightly fatigued muscles. If you have enough time to vent to your workout partner, then your muscles have enough time to recover. Instead of taking a break, Bob suggests, take a brief “pause” that lasts for just 15 to 30 seconds. “Any more than that and you’ll lose the benefit you gained from the previous set,” he says.

  • You’ve Devoted Yourself Exclusively To Bikram Yoga

    Since ditching the gym for the yoga studio, you may have improved your flexibility, but Bob says your cardio has probably slipped, and your overall fitness level may not be as high as you think. Bikram can’t provide the perfect workout — and neither can running, cycling, swimming or any other activity you do exclusively. In his book <a href=”http://www.amazon.com/20-Years-Younger-Look-Feel/dp/0316133787/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329426387&sr=8-1″><em>20 Years Younger</em></a>, Bob found that the people in the absolute best shape were those who switched between three to five different exercises each week. That’s the best way to work as many muscles as possible and avoid injuries from overuse, he says.

  • You’re Obsessing Over Your Biceps

    Bob often sees people lingering over super-slow biceps curls and then complaining that they don’t have time to work other parts of their arms. “Biceps are one of the least functional muscles for real life,” he says, pointing out that we rely more on our triceps for putting boxes on shelves, pushing up out of an office chair or reaching into the back seat of a car. He recommends mixing popular biceps exercises with moves that work the <a href=”http://www.oprah.com/health/Triceps-Extension-Triceps-Exercise-Video”>triceps</a>, <a href=”http://www.oprah.com/health/Shoulder-Press-Strength-Training-Exercise-Video”>shoulders</a> and <a href=”http://www.oprah.com/health/The-10-Best-New-Exercises-for-Women/10″>back</a>.

  • You’re Not Obsessing Over Your Abs

    Although everyone covets a six-pack, Bob says that the core tends to be the most underexercised part of the body. After 30 minutes of cardio, 20 of weights and 10 more of stretching, who has the time? But Bob says the abdominal muscles stabilize the body and protect the back, and they’re key to preventing injuries and taking a workout to the next level. Experts estimate that as many as 80 percent of us will experience back problems at some time in our lives, so it’s worth <a href=”http://www.oprah.com/health/Essential-Exercises-Push-Ups-Downward-Dog-Squats-Planks/3″>making time for planks</a> and other core exercises.

  • You Think That Taking The Stairs Replaces The StairMaster

    Bob is always fielding questions about getting fit on the go or maximizing calorie burn during the workday. While he strongly recommends squeezing in activity whenever and wherever we can, it’s important to remember that small changes like standing while talking on the phone are meant to help compensate for our increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Walking up one flight of stairs can’t replace 30 challenging minutes at the gym. Bob says that to lose weight and get in great shape, you need to squeeze in at least five vigorous workouts a week.

  • You’re As Addicted To Your New Fitness App As You Are (Or Were) To Angry Birds

    Tracking your workouts can be highly motivating, but with advanced apps that let you monitor every step, bite and sip and then compare your progress with your friends’, this can turn into an addiction where the goal is to get the best score, not necessarily the best workout. Bob suggests taking a look at your fitness goals (to lose weight? to finish a race? to develop more muscle?) and making sure that your app is actually the best tool for achieving them.

  • You’re Counting Bars And Sports Drinks As “Energy” Instead Of Food

    You may not realize that the high-carb energy bar you stashed in your gym duffel has 250 calories. Bob says it can take as much time and effort to work off one of these sports snacks as a candy bar. Adjust your total calorie consumption and your workout time — or eat half the bar.

  • 15 Minutes Into Your Workout, You Still Feel Fantastic

    One of the best ways to break out of a plateau is to increase the intensity of your workouts, says Bob, but this may not be easy. To find out if you’re working hard enough,<a href=”http://www.thebestlife.com/healthy-diet-articles-and-more/nonmember_article_articles.php?st=&id=264&pg”> imagine a scale</a> from 0 to 10, with 0 being how you feel at rest, and 10 being an all-out sprint to the finish line. Aim for a 7 or 8, where you’re breathing heavily and not able to comfortably carry on a conversation. So if you feel as though you could keep going forever, it’s time to crank it up.

  • Your Favorite Machine May Be A Slacker

    Not all machines are created equal. For example, Bob says, you get the most challenging elliptical workout from machines that force you to lift your knees as if you were running (instead of letting you slide your feet back and forth) and that have arm handles with at least the same amount of resistance as the pedals. Other machines that take your workout to the next level: stair climbers with real steps, spin bikes that are sturdy and offer a smooth ride as well as a wide range of resistance settings, and stationary bikes with moving arm handles and wind resistance.

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