In a perfect world, where there were 36 hours in a day and you always had plenty of time to do everything you wanted, you’d be diligently dedicated to your fitness regimen. Unfortunately, the world is far from perfect, and you frequently have to skip your workout for one reason or another, which isn’t a great feeling. But days like those don’t have to be entirely sedentary–if you can carve out a little bit of time at lunch or after work, there’s a whole world of personal trainers and yogis, just waiting for you…on YouTube.
Sure, YouTube is most frequently accessed to watch videos of “Sh*t Girls Say To Other Girls” and cats doing unnatural things, but it’s also got a lot of potentially helpful stuff, too–like workout videos. Some are more helpful than others (think Tara Stiles vs. someone’s mom who just realized that the family’s old iMac has a camera on it), but if you take the time to really dig, you can find some pretty great workouts that are quick, effective, and enough to help you feel like less of a slouch on your too-busy days.
Here are 6 great boot camp, pilates, yoga, and cardio workouts, ranging from 5 minutes to 25 minutes and featuring instructors like Jillian Michaels, to get you started. Some ask for weights or other tools, but you definitely skip the additional gear and just do the moves. Click through to watch the videos, and bookmark this page if you’d like to come back for the rest.
First, let’s get started with two short, sweet instructional workouts–one from Shape, and the other from celebrity fitness trainer Gunnar Peterson.