I’ve discovered a wonderful new site called FitnessBlender. It’s a husband and wife team who look like healthy fit people (not scary 2% body fat instructors). They have full-length workout videos based on:
- Training Type
- Body Focus
- Calorie Burn
There are shorter and more intense workouts for busy people, and there are 4 and 8 week programs. Videos have instructions for beginner and advanced moves.
There are free videos as well as paid programs. If you purchase a paid program, they say:
All profits go directly back into funding more free workout videos for our viewers.
The paid programs take you to Lulu.com and are a digital ebook explaining in depth the exercises as well as recommendations for putting together the workouts.
The videos are high quality. The first part is the trainer explaining what you will be doing (how many exercises, reps, etc.) and what equipment you will need. I really appreciated the trainer recommending doing 6-10 minutes or low intensity cardio to get all of your body warmed up.
You will need to have some form of weights for the strength training workouts. Most of the videos I tried were free-weight dumbbells. There are also cardio workouts and flexibility workouts (Pilates) that really got my stomach muscles burning.
There are three meal plans: vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore. Each plan details 3 meals, and 3 snacks, every day for four weeks. There is a corresponding grocery list for each week, and there are 5 different calorie allotments to choose from so that you can customize this plan to meet your exact goals (weight loss, gain, or maintenance). Plus, there are recommendations for food allergies, intolerance, and availability, as well as food costs, etc. To me, the most important part of it was how to cook with a family because we all know that they want what they want, and they probably don’t want what I’m eating when I’m trying to lose some body fat.
It’s important to note that all of the meal plans have been created with a team of registered dietitians and nutritionists. There’s one book out there that I won’t mention that unfortunately was really popular. The author of that book was not a real dietician nor nutritionist and the book seemed like an excuse for Southern California bimbos to continue an unhealthy and anorexic lifestyle. Don’t get fooled. Find a solid diet to go with your exercise plan like the one that Fitness Blender created.