It’s cold. The gym is crowded. Might as well stay home and watch videos…workout videos. Here are some of our favorite ways to get fit with YouTube.
The ones that made our list are channels chock-full of solid workouts—either full sessions or substantial chunks that you can build like blocks into a longer workout. All (except the weight lifting) are meant to follow along as you watch. (While some channels are full of quick tips, instructional videos, monologues, recipes, or teasers for longer workouts, we’ve skipped those here.) So you can pick a video off this list and enjoy a workout immediately, no planning required.
Does that mean we game the pain away?
Pain relief isn’t just a physical thing; distracting yourself can help you get through a painful experience. We’ve already seen that kids who watch cartoons don’t feel as much pain when they get a shot. It turns out that playing a game works even better than passively watching videos.
Labor? No. I present exhibit A:
There’s always been the joke about how “it hurts here”, so someone injures the wounded person somewhere else to distract from the original pain. Less joke now, more truism. But decidedly less about the technology – it’s about the immersion. Which makes sense why a video game would work better – it requires your interaction vs passively watching a TV show.
In weightlifting, form and technique are everything. You can think you’re doing everything right, but you wouldn’t know for sure unless you’ve been trained by a professional, actually watched yourself lift, or ideally, both. Sure, you can ogle yourself in the mirror, but a better way to learn is to record a video of yourself with your phone’s camera. Then you can review it later (ideally with a trainer) and see what you should fix.
The other day I was talking with a high level coach about exactly this. She originally didn’t like “distance training/coaching”, but then that was before the days of the internet. As the article mentions, pretty much everyone has a cell phone these days that includes the ability to take pictures and video. Add to that VOIP tech like FaceTime and Skype, where we can video chat.
Also mentioned in the article is the bit about being self conscious. It reminded me of the time I started training martial arts in front of a mirror. Once I got over not liking seeing myself, it became a great tool.