V_V
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Mon 25 Mar 2019
at 16:36
Best Youtube videos on progressive fitness?
So I was recently "in" a house fire, in that I lost everything except a hard oak desk, my PCs, the clothes on my back, and my wallet and keys. It sucks in one way, but is great in another. It's a milestone of starting over.

So the new place I'll be going will have an exercise area; not sure what kind of schedule and size the room will be, but I want to utilize what I can of it.

So I'm looking for some progressive exercises I can do to...
  1. lose weight (though I will be seeing dietitian on the core cause of weight, which is diet and digestion)
  2. build lean upper body muscle. It would be nice if I looked hot, but I'm really more after functionality; moving furniture with ease and saving a friend's life is my main motivation.
  3. build lower body flexibility. I'm already flexible from a youth of supple activity, but I want to go further. I want to be able to wrap my hands around the soles of my feet and feel only slight discomfort. So this is the big one of the vanity part, I want to do purely because I think it's awesome. I envy that of athletes and martial artists.
  4. build stamina. This is probably the least valuable due to my RL living situation and locale. It is still valuable in any right though. Being able to work out for longer and do physical labor is very appealing.


A few clarifications...
  • I'm looking for instructional, not motivational or repetition videos. Something that's a few minutes long that details the exercise very slowly and then shows it in real time is what I'm after. Ones that show proper form and distinguish poor form is required. I can't count the number of paid exercise videos I sat and watched and then when I watched while exercising, weren't intuitive. Basically, I want to learn the very moves and postures. Once I have that down, I will not be watching it again.
  • I am going to be seeing a doctor (for this and other reasons) and one of the things I will bring up is the question of my physical readiness and capability for exercise. So a gamut of exercises from introductory to hardcore is desired. If it's too much for me, I'll have doctor helping me understand that, so no liability there. Some introductory fitness cannot be overstated though, as I've lived (not by choice) a sedentary lifestyle at my old place. Intermediate exercises will (hopefully!) be the majority of my focus. Feeling resistance I know is important though, and I have determined attitude, so difficult workouts will not be overlooked if I "master" the intermediate ones.
  • This will have next to no equipment as part of the regiment. I will have some weights, a bike and maybe a couple other machines. We're talking about something far from robust
  • I don't want to join a gym for s single reason, it's out of the way. Having a gym within walking distance or a one-minute drive is far more comfortable and thus practical than driving to the gym. Yeah, it would be better, but I know I won't use it. I've had gym access before but didn't use it from the agoraphobia I experience.
  • progressive exercise can be best described by the Turkish Getup. I wish I was equipped with the vernacular to better describe it. In a nutshell, I'm looking for a range of motion exercise as well as one that buttresses the more traditional and well known exercises. I know about crunches, I think most people do. I know about bench press, same. The Turkish Getup I feel is underrated and underrepresented.
  • I will most likely be exercising alone. This is important, because form and safety are largely defined (for certain exercises) when alone vs with someone to aid you.

Kessa
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Mon 25 Mar 2019
at 17:12
Best Youtube videos on progressive fitness?
So, aroundish five years ago, I was hit with an illness that was fairly debilitating and had me very sedentary and off my feet for a few years following. Needless to say, I was not in good shape at the end of it. I found that the the US Army -- no joke-- has a very handy phone app called PRT (shaped like a kettle bell), which has instructional videos and step by step instructions on a variety of exercises that you can do at home with minimal, or no equipment. There are also training schedules you can use if you want and tools like metronomes built in. It sounds like the high end, but the military literally builds couch potatoes into fully functional soldiers, so the exercises are things you can start off small with and build up from at your own pace. At the very least, the videos and instructions are good, so you can learn how to do things correctly from what should be a good authority. There's some more advanced stuff also, if you are up to it, but I just used what seemed to apply best to my own wants and situation. I'm definitely not interested in being in full military shape, but it's nice to know I could follow a guide if I really wanted to be.
V_V
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Mon 25 Mar 2019
at 18:46
Best Youtube videos on progressive fitness?
In reply to Kessa (msg # 2):

That's such a great find! Thanks Kessa. That is precisely the type and rigorousness of what I was looking for.
Kessa
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Mon 25 Mar 2019
at 19:12
Best Youtube videos on progressive fitness?
You're welcome! I hope it works out for you. You might have to click around a bit in it, but everything should be there that you need to start out. The added benefit of the app means you can also take it to the gym with you on your phone and walk yourself though as you are doing things.

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TheatricalHysterics
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Mon 25 Mar 2019
at 20:43
Best Youtube videos on progressive fitness?
I follow a gal called Kayla Itsine on instagram pretty closely and she has a GREAT app called 'Sweat' that I've heard amazing things about. It's a strong focus on women's health, and everything provided you can do at home! Emily Skye is another really great one to watch, her videos are super easy to follow and I believe she has a program as well, although the name escapes me at the moment.

Both are young women who are health conscious and fitness experts who are great to follow and consistently post videos for people to utilize for easy at home workouts, not to mention both are moms and soon-to-be moms so you can imagine the kinds of workouts they put together especially for the busy gal or working mom who has little time or space to get to a gym for a workout.

:)