Operation Skinny Jeans: Where To Find Streaming Workout Videos

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Where To Find Streaming Workout Videos

I know that a lot of the time, we let our own insecurities stand in the way of our own success. We're too embarrassed/scared/nervous/etc. to go to the gym, or join that Zumba class, because we're afraid we'll be judged. I totally understand that feeling, having been there several times myself. Thankfully, if you need a little push to help you feel more comfortable with yourself and your body before working out in public, you can find workout videos that you can do in your own home!

If you follow my personal blog, you probably know by now that I'm obsessed with Netflix, and I know I'm not alone. Unfortunately, due to licensing fees or whatever, Netflix doesn't really have workout videos anymore. There are, however, a couple oh hidden gems you can take advantage of.
  • Shanti Generation: Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers -- these yoga workouts are aimed at teens, but I think they're great for beginners of any age! I do at least one different episode a week (the first is my favorite, so sometimes I repeat it), and I love it. Some of it just feels really nice (the butterfly pose is my personal fave!), and some of it definitely takes some work (the boat pose is HARD, and I haven't been able to master it yet). Every episode ends with some meditative time, and I always feel great inside and out when I'm done.
  • Kidz Bop Dance Moves -- I know, I know -- Kidz Bop? Really? And yes, it sounds ridiculous, but it's really a fun cardio workout!
Hulu Plus
Hulu Plus has a much larger fitness selection than Netflix does.  We don't currently have Hulu Plus, but I did a few of the workouts when we had a 1-week trial a few weeks ago. There are a lot of different options, from aerobics to yoga, dancing to pilates. It's a great option!

While most of them are probably not done by professionals, Youtube has several workout videos to choose from. What might actually be really helpful about these videos though is that since they're done by all sorts of different people from all different levels of fitness, you can probably find something that works well for your fitness level, instead of having to adapt exercises that are above or below your level.

Workoutz.com has plenty of free videos available, and they're separated by target area. Feel like doing your abs? No problem. Maybe it's a leg day. No problem. It also has a personalized workout program generator, though I haven't used it.

PhysicalFitnet also offers several different videos done by professional trainers. You can search by target area, and with over 800 videos to choose from, you're sure to find exactly what you're looking for!

Pilates on Fifth
Though there is an actual Pilates on Fifth studio (started by former Rockettes, no less!), they offer streaming videos online as well! You do have to become a member to access them, but basic membership (access to eight videos) is totally free (if you like it, and want more, there are higher tiers of membership available).

Where is your favorite place to find workout videos online?


  1. I'm so glad you posted this I will be looking it to some of these :)

    1. I'm glad! I figured someone would find it useful :)

  2. I have had netflix for quite some time and I never really thought to look up exercise videos. I have an extensive collections of workout programs, but I usually get bored half way through the programs. Stopping by from Aloha Friday and I am now your newest follower! I love your blog and can't wait to read your next posts!

    The Serena Saga

    1. Some workout videos can definitely be boring. The only ones I actually own are yoga and the Dirty Dancing Workout, lol.

  3. What? Of course I just put my hulu plus membership on hold! haha I use some SparkPeople videos. They can be easier than most, but I appreciate that they are free.

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  6. I think both of those are gone from Netflix too-- I couldn't find them this morning!

  7. www.fitsugar.com and www.bodyrock.tv are two great sites for free workout videos :)

  8. Working out at home is also great for stay at home mothers. My husband doesn't get off work until late and starts early...so he can't watch my two year old and seven week old. Thanks for the tips!

  9. Amazon Prime has some workout videos and http://www.fitnessblender.com/ is another source.

  10. suzannebowenfitness.com has bunches of streaming workouts but there is a small subscription fee.

  11. Can I stream Sparkle People or You Tube videos to my TV?
    I'd love to do this but not clear as to if this is possible.


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