It seems like YouTube can teach you how to do ANYTHING.
But unfortunately, YouTube has so many videos that it can sometimes be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. Type in “fitness” and over 9 million results pop up.
Now, we didn’t actually look through all 9 million videos, but we have identified 5 of the most motivating fitness videos on YouTube. And while there are plenty of full, hour-long-plus workouts available, we’ve selected some of the shorter ones. Hopefully these will help to inspire you both physically and emotionally, making it that much easier to reach your fitness goals.
Troy Dumais: Olympic Workout
As part of Team USA’s ‘Qualified’ series on YouTube, we follow four-time Olympic diver Troy Dumais as he prepares for the 2012 London Olympics.
This triple-medalist focuses on strength and conditioning, with a particular emphasis on staying healthy – due to his age, an injury could be career-ending.
More interesting than footage of Dumais’ workout, however, is the interview with his trainer, who emphasizes a “quality” verses “quantity” approach. He notes that many of the younger athletes think the important metric is time spent working out; in actuality, it is the quality of the workout that ensures Olympians peak at the right time.
For Dumais, the trainer recommends 3 days of regular workouts (including strength and leg work) and a floating day focused exclusively on core.
Roman Reigns: Wrestlemania Workout
While Roman Reigns’ physique is obviously something to shoot for – wrestling may be fake, but those muscles definitely aren’t – it’s his philosophy that truly inspires.
“Sometimes it’s like a 1-on-1 competition with the weight,” he says.
The WWE star’s bulging, oiled-up muscles (and his ability to lift 25-pound weight plates like they’re Post-It Notes) might make you think his workouts are easier than yours, but this isn’t the case.
“It’s definitely not easy. It’s tough. But I love it.”
Brad Gaines: 12 Killer Ab Exercises
It’s practically guaranteed that Brad Gaines’ glistening abs will inspire even the most reticent to start working on those stomach muscles.
Whether it’s decline situps, swiss ball crunches (ouch!) or ab-focused chin-ups, Gaines’ demanding regimen reminds us that although exercise is hard work, it reaps large rewards. And if you like ’12 Killer Abs,’ you can find more of Gaines’ workouts on YouTube targeting different muscle groups.
LeBron James: Dream, Believe, Inspire, Succeed
Watch LeBron intercept passes, grab his own rebounds, and land buzzer-beating 3-pointers in this montage narrated by a variety of inspirational audio clips from the likes of fictitious (Rocky Balboa) and real-life (Muhammad Ali) heroes.
The voice-over reminds us: “It ain’t about how hard you hit, but how hard you can GET hit and keep moving forward – how much you can take and keep moving forward.”
You may not be able to land a monster-dunk like James, but watching his athletic feats can’t help but get your adrenaline pumping.
‘Running for my existence’
We’ve saved the best for last. In this incredibly inspiring video (with over 6 million views), an overweight man decides enough is enough and develops a plan to fulfill three goals: health, passion, and love.
‘Health’ represents his intention to eat better and lose weight. His ‘passion’ is to run the Boston marathon (a goal he had since his father ran it over 20 years previously). ‘Love’ takes the form of a campaign to raise money for his niece with Cystic Fibrosis.
This “pure desire to change [his] life” started in June of 2008. The first day of training, he could only run 10 yards. So he walked. Eventually, he was able to jog. Watch the video to find out the rest…