Hulu Workout

I have a workout DVD library of Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels, Denise Austin, Jari Love, etc, but sometimes I need something different – and quick.


Hulu offers a lot of workout clips – maybe 20 minutes of a 60 minute workout, and you can use it to put together a varied workout.  Lately I’ve used it for Pilates, yoga, and abs.

Here’s a trio that provides lower-body toning, core strengthening, and abs toning and all you need is a mat.

Mari Winsor’s Lower-Body Pilates – in these short 20 minutes, you will feel the burn in your thighs and backside.  I was walking a little funny the morning after I did these moves for the first time.

Six Pack Abs: Sexy Beach Abs– This instructor on Exercise TV is pretty low-key but I did like the variety of moves in the 10 minute workout.  Planks are part of this one.  And he showed a way to get your lower abs without compromising your back – it’s at about 4:30 in the clip.  It really worked!

Six Pack Abs: Incredible Abs – This is a 20 minute workout that moves very quickly and targets every ab in your pack.

Now the one down-side of Hulu is that you do have to watch ads.  I find it ironic that sometimes, during an hour-long workout, commercials are for Tollhouse cookies!  I’ve found that searching “Gaiam” provides you with a lot of good options and the Acacia Get Fit, Stay Fit Health and Fitness ‘channel’ also has full-length workouts.

Any workout clips to share?  What’s in your Hulu queue?  Should we start talking about The Bachelor? Two words–hot messes.



Today’s Workout: Hemalayaa: Beautiful Belly

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I was doing this in my living room last week:

But you know what?  It was fun, it was a good way to unwind after work, and it was a real workout!  My abs/core were so sore the next day–good sore.

I’ve seen the Hemalayaa:  Beautiful Belly on Netflix but always discounted it thinking that it wouldn’t be much of a workout.  It popped up on Hulu and I finally decided to give it a try.

It’s about a 45 minute workout including a warm-up and cool-down and a variety of cardio and core work.  For plank enthusiasts, there are planks!

It was fun to let loose a bit and dance like no one’s watching.  Well, this guy was watching and tried to climb in my lap when I was on the floor for the floor work:

Always wanting to be right by me.

Have you ever tried one of Hemalayaa’s workouts?  She has a number of Bollywood-inspried DVDs available via Netflix, Hulu, and Acacia.

And Hulu is a great source for at-home workout options.  Here are a few pages to search:  Get Fit, Stay Fit; Yoga for Everyone; Dance and be Fit.  There are two down-sides with Hulu, though–short commercials (I supposed the up-side is that you can take a H2O break) and the workouts aren’t always available – they expire but then tend to show up again a couple of weeks later.