Do you remember when you were young and your mom had VHS tapes laying around featuring people in funny ’70s aerobic exercise clothing working out to something called ‘jazzercise’?
Well unfortunately, the days of fashionably wearing leotards and sweatbands to a gym class is no longer here. BUT fortunately for us, we don’t even have to go to a gym to still get a workout.
Like many others, I’ve been working from home and refraining from going out in public spaces unless truly necessary, like we should all be doing. And I can’t deny that it’s making me feel the itch to get my feet moving and adrenaline pumping again.
But there’s an easy solution for people like you and me who are searching for a way to get their work out fix without having to disobey stay-at-home orders.
That’s right, I’m talking about home workouts.
If you’re sick of just sitting on your butt working on your laptop or watching Netflix all day, you’ve clicked on the right article.
Here are just some of the many Asian fitness gurus out there making sure we stay safe while staying #fit. The best part? You won’t need a RingFit or heavy equipment for any of these workouts.
This list is in no particular order.
1. Joanna Soh
If you’re a regular to workout videos on YouTube, you’ve probably seen or heard of Joanna Soh. She’s a certified personal trainer, nutrition coach, and women’s fitness specialist, with more than 10 years of fitness experience under her belt.
And she’s also the founder and creator of Fio, an app that combines workout content, fitness tips, and recipes.
Soh has even done the hard work of compiling a 21-day home workout playlist filled with High Intensity (HIIT) workouts, kickboxing, strength training, and more.
What better time to start those 21 days then now, am I right?
2. Jordan Yeoh
Jordan Yeoh first gained attention, or notoriety, back in 2015 for being a ‘durian hottie‘ after selling durian by the roadside for a day, all while shirtless much to the entertainment of passing customers and the Malaysian internet.
But now, Yeoh has become more than just that. Yeoh is a fitness celebrity, certified trainer, fitness model, and a full-time dad.
His YouTube channel also features workouts for both beginners and pros, all while he shares tips on how to keep a good figure.
And remember, no equipment? No problems.
3. Linora Low
Linora Low isn’t just a well-known voice in the Malaysian radio scene, she’s also a prominent fitness icon in the nation as an ambassador for fitness brands such as Under Armour and Optimum Nutrition.
She also has a podcast on Spotify called “FitJieJie” where she shares her experiences and knowledge about health, fitness, and general discussions about life. Jie jie is an affectionate term for older sisters in Mandarin.
She’s also done a ‘workout using only household items’ challenge. Which, if you’re wondering what the challenge is about, you can read more by clicking the link here.
4. FIRE Station
Unlike the others on this list, FIRE Station isn’t a motivation guru. Instead, it’s a team of experienced and certified fitness enthusiasts gathered together to provide a premium specialized fitness experiences that is motivational, social, and fun.
Founded by Dave Nuku, Fire Fitness is currently providing free classes everyday on both Facebook Live and Instagram Live to keep fitness enthusiasts working out at home.
Check out their schedule for the second week of April 2020 below.
5. Kevin Zahri
Also affectionately known as “Cikgu Fitness,” cikgu being a Malay word that means teacher, Kevin Zahri is a U.S.–certified personal trainer, nutritionist, as well as being a health and fitness influencer.
With more than 15 years of experience, Zahri founded the Malaysian weight loss movement called “Jom Kurus,” which loosely translates to “Let’s get thin,” in 2013. Fun fact, he’s also a member of MENSA.
For all those parents trying to work out but your mischievous kiddos keep trying to get your attention, Zahri has some ways to stay fit while spending time with your little ones.
And can I just say, seeing a parent have so much fun with their children while exercising is so heartwarming?
If you’re tired after working out, why not treat yourself to a calm night hanging out with your friends through these online activities? After all, you deserve it.
Stay safe, sane, and healthy, everyone!