Oh January, you fickle month. You bring on the cold, but also all the pressure to work out and get into shape. But we think we have you figured out.
If your intention this month is to make exercise a regular part of your life — or if you're already in great shape and want to keep it up — we might just have come up with the perfect solution: online bootcamps.
Of course, online fitness videos are nothing new — we rounded up a selection of great free online workouts last year — but for the winter months, it helps to have a little more, well, inspiration. That's why we've put together this selection of seriously kickass fitness gurus who tend to put together challenges that will make you hate them and love them at the same time.
Take a look at our picks and let us know — do you have someone online who makes you get your butt moving every day? We want to hear about them.
What's on offer: For $150 Australian, you get a customized weight training program and online support.
The hashtag to follow: #basebodybabes
What's on offer: YouTube workouts that range from quick hits to full cardio routines, working on different muscles and skills. The community element of support is huge, and bootcamps are offered constantly, like the free intermediate one that's currently up for grabs.
The hashtag to follow: #BodyRock
What's on offer: Currently in the midst of a January challenge, the site offers everything from workouts to recipes to exercise planning tips (i.e. how the hell to fit all of this into your day). There's also premium information available for those who pay the big bucks.
The hashtags to follow: #TIUChallenge #TIUTeam
The hashtag to follow: #blogilates
What's on offer: Kayla and her "BBG" (bikini body guides) have a cult following, and it's easy to see why. You can buy her 12-week program, or follow along on her app, which includes plenty of ever-changing challenges.
The hashtags to follow: #bbg #bbgcommunity
What's on offer: E-books with fitness challenges — though their Instagram collects great inspiration from around the web in and of itself.
The hashtags to follow: #fitchallenges
What's on offer: Lots of mini clips of workouts, both on Instagram and YouTube, that show the power of working out with a partner.
The hashtags to follow: #fitgirlsunited #fitgirlvideos (though of course, not confined to them)
Also on: Facebook
What's on offer: His Instagram account is currently posting a workout a day alongside fellow Instagram star Idalis Velazquez with useful instructional videos with moves you may have never seen before.
The hashtags to follow: Currently #committofit, a sponsored program with Target, but his hashtags tend to be inspirational, like #DustYourselfOffAndTryAgain
What's on offer: Quickie workouts that Jill says are meant to up the intensity of your exercise, but it's really her DVDs that she wants to sell you on. But there are great tips to be found in her Instagram posts, like this one on foam rolling.
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