Exercising can be very expensive.
First of all, good runners don’t come cheap. Especially cute, good runners.
That’s before you factor in a monthly gym membership, F45 or – god forbid – a personal trainer, which can all cost hundreds or thousands of dollars a year.
So before I say anything else give yourself a big old pat on the back for not spending all your days on the couch covered in a fine film of Doritos dust.
Ahem. I have found something that will save you many monies and many problems every week. It’s an Instagram account. Whitney Simmon’s Instagram account.
Michelle Bridges speaks on I Don’t Know How She Does It about fitting exercise in with young kids.
Whitney is an American fitness influencer with a twist; she doesn’t ask you to sign up to her exercise programs, or subscribe to a weird fitness cult with your credit card details. She simply uploads videos of her workouts every single week that are accessible on her social media accounts for free.
And they’re really, really great.
As well as the occasional HIIT workout (AKA high intensity interval training – think of Kayla Itsines‘ viral videos) Whitney also covers abs, arms, leg and back workouts, some of which you can complete at home or with basic equipment. Over on Whitney’s YouTube account, where she goes into more depth, she also often gives modifications based on every experience level.
Here are some of the workouts I’ve tried and Loved-with-a-capital-L:
Aberrrrroooooskis ???????? truly my least favorite thing to do so I like to knock them out in a circuit like so ????complete each exercise, rest and repeat for 2 circuits! All you need is a dumbbell woo 1️⃣ 10 leg lifts with a slow release on the way down, add a little flutter kick 2️⃣ 15 good old sit ups. It’s been so long since I’ve done these lol I forgot they’re fire 3️⃣ 10 plank jumps | remove the jump and do toe taps on each leg for moderation 4️⃣ 10 tuck jump in and out to side oblique crunch Song: High on Love | Mia Vaile Outfit: @cleoharper_activewear #workout #workoutmotivation #abs #absworkout #circuittraining
At home quick legaroooooski high intensity work out here in Hollywood feeling so Hollywood circuit 1️⃣ banded squat walk 2️⃣ jumping squats 3️⃣ banded side step up and down, repeat on other side 4️⃣ jumping lunges | take out jump for moderation 5️⃣ burpee aka H E double hockey sticks Repeat circuit 3 times! And there you have it ????????♀️ an awesome + quick at home workout for you S/O @nikkiblackketter my videographer and for the staircase, S/O @jazzypooo my workout supporter, S/O Prince and Maximus for the cameo Wearing @gymshark | coming soooon – song: Out Of My Head by Charli XCX #workoutmotivation #bootybuilding #bootybuilder #workoutvideo #hiitworkout
I’m just going to say it… this workout is a workout from H E DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS! Lmao full body demolished with this HIIT workout. 8 minutes is all you need. Lesssss do it 40 seconds on 20 seconds rest 1️⃣ 4 toe taps to 2 jumping lunges. Take box out if N/A 2️⃣ 4 plank walks to half burpee | take out push-up for moderation 3️⃣ 2 squat walk to 1 squat jump 4️⃣ up and overs | you can also use a smaller platform or just body weight Repeat these 4 moves for a complete 8 minute HIIT workout ???????????? wearing: @gymshark | song: Get It Right by Diplo #workoutmotivation #circuittraining #hiit #fullbody #workouts #workouttime
Now, every time before I head to the gym, I ‘save’ one of Whitney’s workout circuits and copy it. It takes all the guess work out of what the hell each machine does, helps me ensure my form is correct, avoids me getting bored of doing the same old exercises every week, and makes my muscles feel like they’re exploding into a ball of flames.
My absolute favourites are her arm and shoulder exercises.
I’ve been following Whitney Simmons like she’s my quirky religious leader for about three months now and I feel so much stronger. I’m stunned that she offers so much content to her followers without asking for a cent in return.
The 25-year-old’s account has boomed for that exact reason; she provides so much of what other influencers do without the cost. In the last year alone over one million people have followed Whitney on Instagram.
You get the gist: She’s trés good at what she does.
Like any fitness influencer, there will be the occasional caption about “summer bodies” or “getting ready for a bikini”; if that kind of messaging annoys you, just ignore it. The workouts are still incredible and will give you a lovely dose of endorphins.
Of course, Whitney’s videos wont be for everyone. If you’re a kickboxer, or a yoga-junkie, you’re not going to love everything in her feed.
But if you’re a regular gym goer who wants to tone up and build strength, this account is made for you, lady.
Click the link to follow Whitney Simmons on Instagram.