Working Out

Working Out  

One of the good things about keto is that there is no need for working out in order to lose weight. Since the diet is based on ‘eat fat lose fat’, your body does all the work if you keep to the regime. However, there are a million health benefits that come from exercising and it can help in maintaining your skin tight during weight loss, especially if you experience a very rapid weight loss. It also helps tone your muscles, so all the hard work becomes nicely visible, and who doesn’t like that? In this blog I’ll go over some of my favourite workout apps and trainers to help you choose what’s best for you.

  1. Nike Training Club

This is the one I always go back to. The app is free, and all the workouts are as well. The app offers different kinds of workouts that you can browse based on muscle group (abs & core, arms & shoulders, and glutes & legs), type (endurance, mobility, strength, yoga), and equipment (basic, full, or no equipment) so there really is something for everyone. The variety of choices also makes it one of the best apps for home workouts since you can select the type of equipment you have at home, and the workout times vary from 15 to 45 minutes. The app also has some guided workouts, like “Simple Routines for Better Runs”, or “Always Beach Ready”, as well as 4, 6, or 8-week plans that you can follow. The plans focus on different aspects of your fitness and you can choose the one that fits your lifestyle and fitness goals (start up, lean fit, bodyweight only, or gym strong). The only downside I found is that I get bored of the workouts, because there is only so much you can do in your flat (I don’t have a gym membership), and it can get a bit repetitive. When that happens, I like to spice things up with Cassey Ho.

Cassey is one of my favourite fitness instructors out there. I must admit I don’t work out with her as much as I do with Nike for example, but I LOVE her philosophy. No matter what your level of fitness is or what your body looks like, Cassey encourages you to give the best you can, even if that’s just getting up for a walk. She has a very big selection of YouTube videos and if you subscribe to her emails you get a workout calendar each month for free. She also has some paid programmes, like PIIT28 (Pilates Intense Interval Training, every workout is 28 minutes). Once you finish PIIT28 you get a very cool tank top as a reward for your hard work. While I didn’t do PIIT, because money, I really like the idea behind the plan because 28 minutes of workout really is enough every day, if you stay committed to it. Pop Pilates also offers you a chance to get certified as one of their official trainers, which is a good way to begin your fitness career.

The Sweat App has a variety of trainers and programmes you can follow. The one I did was the BBG (Bikini Body Guide) programme, and it costs around £20 a month. Once you pay that you get a meal and workout guide on the app. I tried this once and stuck to it for a couple of months before I went keto. I could see the transformation from the workouts, but the food was not making me too happy. Kayla advocates for a well-balanced diet, based mostly on the Mediterranean cuisine. While I really like that type of food, some of the recipes were really low-cal and I kept being hungry and grumpy. If you do like a low-calorie diet then this is perfect for you – she provides recipes for all the meals, and there is really a variety of things that you eat. If you don’t feel like paying for the programme you can get her book, The Bikini Body Motivation and Habits Guide, and some others, where you have a meal plan for 4 weeks and 4 weeks of workouts. Most of Kayla’s workouts require gym equipment so it might not be the best for home workouts. However, on the app there are other trainers and you can do different programmes, depending on what you want to focus on: BBG, BBG Stronger, PWR (Power), PWR at Home, Post-Pregnancy, BAM (Body and Mind), Fierce, and Build.

Emily is one of the most body-positive trainers I encountered. Similar to Cassey, she focuses on your mindset, not your body. The main goal is to feel good and then enjoy all the benefits you’ll get from workouts and eating. Emily has a two workout guides so far, Abs with Em and Strong with Em, and an eating guide Eat with Em. The eating guide doesn’t give you a meal plan but rather focuses on the philosophy behind eating as a way to fuel up your body. What I like about Emily is that she focuses on growth, and not on loss, so the aim is to grow stronger and happier instead of to lose weight. Abs with Em can be done at home with some basic equipment (she also gives you alternatives if you don’t have the right equipment) and for Strong with Em you need the gym (or full equipment if you have it at home). You do have to pay for all her guides, but you get them in a PDF format, so they stay with you forever. She also makes some great YouTube videos about her life, eating and workouts she does so you can see what goes on behind the scenes.

These are the trainers/apps that I would recommend. I think there’s a nice balance of paid and free stuff up here so you can choose what suits you best. You can also get some discounts if you’re a student (I know this works for the Sweat app, not sure about the others). And I’m also aware these trainers are all women, and the workouts might be more female-oriented (apart from Nike, all their workouts are gender neutral), but I really love seeing women strive for their best self and have fun while doing it. Also, the community and support around all of them is so positive, it really makes you feel like a member of an amazing sisterhood.

Thanks for reading!

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