With lockdown and #stayathome protocols taking centre stage in cities across the globe, celebs are using social media to spread joy… and at-home workouts! If you’ve scrolled through Instagram lately, you may have spotted stars like Andrea McLean sharing a relaxing yoga video or Karlie Kloss teaching a 10-minute ab workout.
If you’re in need of some inspiration to break a sweat during lockdown, try following the moves in one of your favourite celeb’s at-home exercise videos. We’ve highlighted a few of our favourite finds below.
These celebs are sharing at-home workout routines during lockdown…
Andrea McLean shares how she’s using yoga to keep calm
Bestselling author and TV personality Andrea McLean has told fans she’s using yoga to keep fit and calm during lockdown. And she’s not the only famous face doing it! For Andrea, yoga seems to be doing the trick, as she shared a video of her detox routine. Speaking to fans, she revealed how yoga is something she has practised for years, even though she’s ‘stiff as a board’.
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Yoga is something I’ve practiced for years. And there’s a reason I say ‘practice’… I am not a supple person, so doing yoga doesn’t come naturally – I’m a stiff as a board! But I love it. I love how it makes me feel, in my head as well as my stretched body when I finish. You don’t need fancy equipment, just yourself. I like to burn some incense (sage is my favourite), close my eyes, and off I go. Today I discovered @realtraviseliot on @youtube and tried his detox routine. It was about an hour long and much harder than I thought it would be! But I loved it, and will be back. It’s good to challenge yourself, especially when our lives are so strange, as they are at the moment. So setting little goals, something to lean into, push gently against and keep gently pushing until you are where you want to be, is good for the soul. You don’t have to knock it out the park every day. Just turning up every day and doing it is sometimes enough. ?
Alongside the video, she wrote, ‘Yoga is something I’ve practised for years. And there’s a reason I say ‘practice’… I am not a supple person, so doing yoga doesn’t come naturally – I’m as stiff as a board! But I love it. I love how it makes me feel, in my head as well as my stretched body when I finish.
You don’t need fancy equipment, just yourself. I like to burn some incense (sage is my favourite), close my eyes, and off I go. Today I discovered @realtraviseliot on @youtube and tried his detox routine.
‘It was about an hour long and much harder than I thought it would be! But I loved it, and will be back. It’s good to challenge yourself, especially when our lives are so strange, as they are at the moment.
‘So setting little goals, something to lean into, push gently against and keep gently pushing until you are where you want to be, is good for the soul. You don’t have to knock it out the park every day. Just turning up every day and doing it is sometimes enough.’
Andrea is definitely on to something. And at a time when your anxiety might be at an all time high due to the current circumstances, yoga could help you feel calmer and sleep better, as studies have shown.
Watch the detox routine she followed here.
Molly Sims makes household items a part of her at-home workout routine
Actress and model Molly Sims takes her at-home workout to another level with household items. How, you ask? By using them as weights! In one Instagram post of 10 quick videos, Molly uses wine bottles, laundry detergent, a suitcase, and a dish towel to elevate each exercise.
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Pushed #workoutwednesday to Thursday because we celebrated our Scar all day yesterday! ? Today we’re burning off the cake & getting to work! We’re using household items that you most likely have in your home. ???✨⠀ Let’s do this:⠀ 1. Rosé circles (25 forward & 25 back) + lateral bicep curl- 25 reps⠀ 2. Luggage pushups -15 reps⠀ 3. Laundry detergent (or 6lb weight) squats – 15 reps⠀ 4. Slider plank jack with dish towel- 30 seconds ⠀ 5. Soccer ball sit up- 15 reps⠀ 6. Batman squats (or 30 lbs) + 30 lb weight hold and dance⠀ 7. All 4s leg lift with a 5lb weight or canned food – 25 reps per leg ⠀ 8. Laundry detergent tricep curls 15 reps⠀ 9. Jumping jacks with a dog or 30lbs ⠀ 10. Luggage tricep dips – 25 reps ⠀ Repeat this 3 times! Next week, I’m going to share some workouts for both you and your kiddos! If you do this workout, don’t forget to tag me ?⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #stayhome #fullbodyworkout #athomeworkouts outfit by @perfectmomentsports
As a mother of three, Molly’s videos are specifically intended to inspire the fellow mothers of her online audience. The routine consists of push-ups, squats, leg lifts and jumping jacks. After doing the 10 exercises, Molly encourages the audience to repeat the set at least three times. Together, the exercises create a full-body workout. And, you don’t need to leave the house in order to do it!
Molly offered another set of videos on Instagram just a week later for moms where one of the moves requires the help of your child. The ‘equipment’ needed to follow along to these videos includes a broom, a couch, and a bottle of bubbly. Watch the additional set of videos here.
Karlie Kloss builds up a sweat in an ab-focused routine
Model and TV presenter Karlie Kloss presented a 10-minute video on her Instagram account. In the video, Karlie and her trainer demonstrates a workout routine focused on strengthening your core. No equipment is necessary, so you can follow their instructions practically anywhere and at any time of the day you like.
There are only six main movements, so you’ll find it’s a simple routine to add to any part of your day. Karlie’s trainer takes time to explain the technique of each movement carefully. The better your technique, the less in danger you are of accidentally harming one of your muscles. Both Karlie and her trainer admit that performing these deceivingly simple exercises with proper technique is actually what makes them a lot harder to do.
What are you waiting for? Break out the floor mat, and give this ab-toning workout a go!
Nicole Scherzinger shows how you can exercise with your partner
Singer Nicole Scherzinger and her partner Thom have taken to Instagram to bring you an at-home workout routine for you and a buddy. In their case, they’ve chosen the garden as the best place to break a sweat. In the video, both Nicole and her partner look like they’re having an absolute blast.
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Annnnd we’re back with a few easy, at-home ab workouts. In case you need a bit of motivation this weekend ☀️ Inspired by @glennhigginsfitness!! • 1️⃣ Bicycles – 30secs 2️⃣ Knee Tucks – 30secs 3️⃣ Clap Crunch – 30secs 4️⃣ Plank Hops- 30sec 5️⃣ Kick Throughs – 30secs • *4 rounds with 1min rest between rounds
The routine consists of five moves that you can continue to do for at least 30 seconds. These moves are a little advanced as they include plank hops, knee tucks, and bicycles. Rope your partner or lockdown buddy into trying out some of the movements with you. Repeat the cycle at least four times, with a few minutes of rest in-between.
The couple shared another video on the same platform with five additional moves that included lunge taps, squat punches, and wheel barrows. The wheel barrow movement is especially hilarious, and is sure to brighten your and your exercise buddy’s day. Watch the second video here.
Tracee Ellis Ross sheds light on how at-home workouts aren’t always easy
Actress and TV presenter Tracee Ellis Ross (daughter of renowned singer Diana Ross) used an Instagram video to show her followers how an at-home workout routine doesn’t always go as planned. In the video, Tracee attempts to follow an exercise tutorial from the Tracey Anderson Online Studio. As she starts the routine, Tracee quickly realises she can’t do all of the movements shown (a reality for most of us who’re attempting at-home workouts for the first time).
It’s a hilariously relatable video in which Tracee comments “she crazy” as she looks at what the instructor is doing. After trying the move herself, Tracee’s first comment is simply followed by “no, no, no, no” as she admits that she can’t do it. The other moves shown, however, offers a little workout that you could practice at home. All you’ll need is a chair, a floor mat, and a broom. The exercises are focused on leg and arm toning, as well as building strength.
Julianne Hough offers an in-depth class in partnership with the World Health Organisation
Dancer and actress Julianne Hough gave a mini one-on-one class via Instagram in which she invited the audience to join her for a KINRGY routine. KINRGY is a form of exercise Julianne founded that combines dance with meditation. She partnered with Global Citizen and the World Health Organisation to offer this intimate class from home.
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Together we dance. Together we express. Together we feel. ❤️ I partnered with @GlblCtzn and @WHO yesterday morning to bring you a mini @kinrgy experience to help support #TogertherAtHome. KINRGY is about expression and connecting back to our most authentic selves, and I couldn’t think of a better time than right now to guide you through this experience as we’re navigating these uncertain times. Please enjoy this taste of @kinrgy and go to globalcitizen.org/coronavirus to take action to stop the spread of coronavirus.
In the video, Julianne uses elongated movements and dancing to shake off negative energies (both symbolically and physically). In her post, she explains, “KINRGY is about expression and connecting back to our most authentic selves, and I couldn’t think of a better time than right now to guide you through this experience as we’re navigating these uncertain times.”
Her video is powerfully impactful if you follow along, as it really helps alleviate negative thoughts through simple body movements and breathing techniques. Light a few candles to create a serene setting, and choose whatever spot at home you’ll feel most comfortable to move around in.
One of Julianne’s followers even commented on the post saying, “Just did this! It’s magic! I started crying at the end. That was peculiar, but felt amazing. Thank you. You made today’s self-isolation so much better.”
We couldn’t agree more. And since we’re in a very peculiar time currently, perhaps a “peculiar, but feels amazing” workout is just what we all need. Learn more about Julianne’s KINRGY exercises here.
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