I’ve decided to start a segment on Matija’s Corner called ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ where I share some ‘wellness’ oriented stuff I do, and things I find interesting in this space.
I can’t promise I’ll share something every Wednesday, but I’d rather share useful and practical content than pump out posts for the sake of it!
In this first edition of ‘Wellness Wednesday’, I want to go into detail about a free online workout platform I use at home called Fitness Blender. This platform is perfect if you don’t have time for the gym and have no or little gym equipment!
Let’s get started!
A bit of background
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’d know I can’t do cardio because I have a Morton’s Neuroma in my right foot and bursitis in my left foot.
Before I got my Morton’s Neuroma, I only ever did cardio and I would walk everywhere.
Naturally, I felt defeated that I couldn’t do this anymore.
Eventually, I knew I had to change my approach to exercise and had to replace cardio with something else!
This is when I discovered Fitness Blender. I can’t remember when I first encountered them, but chances are I discovered them on YouTube.
Somewhere along the track, I signed up to their free online platform, and their free features just blew me away.
What is Fitness Blender?
Fitness Blender is a free online workout platform run by husband and wife duo Kelli and Daniel, who are so down to earth.
Why is it free?
If you’re wondering why it’s free – well, they do have workout programs you need to buy. The money they make from the sales of these workouts helps fund the free content. Personally, I only use the free workouts.
Tell me more about Fitness Blender
They release a new workout every Monday and because they’ve been around for over 10 years, there’s literally hundreds to choose from. Furthermore, there are so many different types of workouts you can do and they cater for all fitness levels. Here are just some of the workouts you can do:
- Strength Training
- Yoga / Flexibility
- Kettlebell Toning
- Balance / Agility
- And more!
Once you sign in, you can view what workouts are for free by selecting ‘Workouts and programs’ and then ‘Workout videos’.
There are so many things you can filter your workouts by:
- Calorie burn
- Difficulty level (1 being the easiest and 5 the hardest)
- The part of your body you want to focus on
- Training type
- Equipment to use (including no equipment!)
My favourite features
Schedule your workouts
When you create a free account, you have access to all their workouts and can use their calendar feature to schedule them.
Once you do a workout, you can mark it as complete and finally, you can mark your day as complete when you’re completely finished for the day.
You can view your month of workouts in the calendar view. I’m a very visual person, so looking at my ‘workout complete’ days in this view here gives me a quick understanding of how consistent I have, or haven’t, been.
I’ve been using Fitness Blender on and off for about 3.5 years, but since January I’ve been using the calendar to stay (mostly) on track.
January has been my best month yet! All the ticks below indicate the days I completed a workout!
My favourite workouts
Admittedly, and slightly embarrassing, I haven’t graduated from the below workouts. I don’t know if it’s because my cardiovascular health is rubbish, or they just feel so good!
Click on the images to be taken to these on YouTube.
Kelli and Dan are so nice!
Finally, it’s run by husband and wife duo Kelli and Daniel, who are so down to earth. They have a really holistic and realistic approach to exercise and eating well, which I believe is important to staying consistent.
I’d love to know if you’ve heard of or use Fitness Blender? Perhaps you’ve found another free workout platform?