Chances are you’re setting some goals for the year ahead. Start 2016 strong with an arsenal of knowledgeable fitness pros. There are a large number of fitness blogs that promise to get you in shape, whether you’re into yoga, Pilates, HIIT, running or a combination of exercise styles. We've curated a selection of them that took fitness to the next level in 2015, and promise to get even better in the New Year.
Tone It Up trainers Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn really hit their stride in 2015 as the darlings of the fitness world, thanks to even more free workouts, a new full-length DVD, an expanded line of nutritional supplements, a foray into athletic apparel and eco-friendly beauty and a new vlog series, Coffee with K+K. Their weekly calendars and 8-week challenges take the guesswork out of planning your sweat sessions while encouraging you to expand your fitness horizons by taking classes and trying new types of exercise. Their weekly schedules also offer choices from their extensive YouTube video library as well as options from their DVDs. The New Year holds even bigger things for the ladies and their fans with the latest 8-week challenge, featuring exclusive workouts — including boxing! — and a partnership with Self magazine.
UK-based trainer Joe Wicks, a relative newcomer to the blogosphere, offers motivational and practical advice for how to live a fit lifestyle in The Body Coach. He’s partial to HIIT workouts, which you can find throughout his blog posts, and shares lots of recipes from his “Lean in 15” program. Be sure to check out Wicks’ Facebook and Instagram accounts as well, where he posts fitness demos as well as silly, super short cooking videos that demonstrate how easy, quick and fun making healthy food can be.
This blog isn’t afraid to get real about the ins and outs of health and fitness. Sometimes, it’s with a wink and a smile, as with the super cute infographic on setting realistic fitness goals and making time for fitness; other times, it’s an honest, unflinching look at issues such as food addiction. The workouts on Fit Bottomed Girls are no slouch, either, such as co-founder Jennipher Walters’ recent intense AMRAP routine. You’ll also find lots of workout and gear reviews as well as free monthly fitness challenges.
The brainchild of DJ Hannah Bronfman, HB Fit had a slow start but re-launched this past fall with an expanded focus on holistic health, including tips and workouts for fitness novices and pros alike from a roster of experts. You’ll find workouts from boxing to barre and yoga, gear recommendations, beauty tips and recipes. The posts are short and easily digestible, while the clean layout and gorgeous images make this blog an all-around pleasure to read.
Cassey Ho, creator of Blogilates, is the queen of online fitness, and in 2015, she cemented her status with more Pilates routines, monthly workout schedules and fitness challenges, the return of her cooking vlog, Cheap Clean Eats, and an expanded line of athletic apparel and accessories, including yoga mats, tanks and tees. She also addressed body image in a video that went viral. The New Year is poised to be another big year for Ho, starting off with a turn as Health magazine’s January cover girl.
Yoga with Adriene is chock full of unpretentious, informative videos about yoga, from a beginner series to yoga flows that fit any mood you might be in and that are suitable for a variety of fitness levels. Adriene Mishler has a magical way of putting viewers at ease and discussing the benefits of yoga without being overwrought. Mishler’s Yoga Camp, a free online 30-day video series to ramp up your yoga practice, begins January 1.
This past year saw big changes for Sarah Dussault, AKA Sarah Fit. The blogger announced her pregnancy back in Aug., not long after the launch of her subscription fitness video service, SFit Gym. That pregnancy announcement ushered in a slight shift in focus on her blog as Dussault began to explore modifying workouts for prenatal fitness and sharing tips on topics like creating a baby shower registry, but she never strayed from her friendly, honest approach to wellness while documenting her pregnancy. Dussault approached topics like pregnancy weight gain and natural birth versus epidural with refreshing candor while still providing tips and recipes that are helpful for all women. It’ll be interesting to see how Dussault approaches health and fitness in 2016!
Remember, these blogs are great, but always talk to your doctor to make sure a certain workout or nutritional plan is right for you.