Digital Tools for Quick, Equipment-Free Workouts
Home workouts are great for a number of reasons: you don’t need a gym membership, you can work out in private and there’s no commute time. Add to that the fact that you can get a great workout in less than half an hour, and you’re basically left with no excuses. Here are a few of our favorite equipment-free workout tools.
I know what you’re thinking, and no, that’s not the off-brand Magic Bullet. FitnessBlender is a free video-based workout system, complete with a calendar, progress tracker and member forums. You can go through targeted programs (weight loss, abs, low impact, etc.) that take a few weeks each, and can search for workouts based on difficulty, length, focus and type. You can also save your favorite workouts.
7 Minute Workout App
The 7 Minute Workout App is just that: a full-body workout in seven minutes, guided by onscreen illustrations and a timer. Breaks are built in, and there’s a whistle noise to let you know to transition to the next exercise. The webapp works on mobile devices as well as regular browsers.
Popsugar’s FitFinder is a workout video search engine that lets you find workouts by fitness level, length, target areas, type and amount of equipment. Select what you’re interested in and Popsugar will give you a random workout that meets your qualifications. This tool is targeted at women, but could work for guys as well.
Gorilla Workout is a collection of bodyweight (no-equipment) workouts. They are based on 40 different bodyweight exercises, and the workouts become progressively more rigorous through four levels of difficulty.
There are tons of workout videos, apps and guides available online, but if you’re looking for something quick that you can do on your own, these four are quality options.