5 Asian American Fitness Accounts to Follow and Avoid that ‘Quarantine 15’
With the COVID-19 pandemic, closed gyms and at-home quarantines, it is more important than ever to take care of your health and fitness.
For those of us who are able to self-isolate at home during this time, it can be easy to put on that quarantine fifteen if you know what I mean (I know, I should drop a mixtape), and understandably so, since we are falling out of our normal routines of working out at the gym and staying fit. It is also important to recognize that many of us aren’t moving our bodies as much as usual as we don’t walk as much at home as we do in our normal day to day lives.
The problem is that if you are someone who is used to working out, and you suddenly stop, it can really take a toll on your mental health. Also, staying active is just a great way to get the endorphins pumping and since some of us have extra time to kill now, why not spend it on bettering yourself? That said, here is a list of some Asian American fitness gurus you should follow to get some free killer at-home workouts, or even just your daily dose of fitness inspiration.
Barbell Brigade was founded by YouTube comedians Bart Kwan and Geovanna Antoinette of JustKiddingFilms. Along with opening the Barbell Brigade Gym in Los Angeles, CA, they have also created a strong online community and following. Their Instagram page features anything from professionally made videos of MMA fighters to quarantine workout challenges and pictures of their community. Their influence extends onto their YouTube channel where you will find more inspirational content surrounding health and fitness. Barbell Brigade takes a more holistic approach to fitness, posting more content related to mindset and goal orientation as opposed to just workout videos. That being said, they also do have a quarantine workout video up on their YouTube right now. Along with this, the gym has its own merch line featuring products ranging from workout apparel and equipment to pre-workout supplements.
Born in Brunei, Chloe Ting is a fashion, lifestyle, and travel blogger, based in Melbourne, Australia. She is best known for her YouTube channel where she posts popular at-home workouts and other health-related videos. Her videos have racked up tens of millions of views on YouTube, making her one of the most popular fitness gurus on the platform. She also has many free training programs on her website such as her 5 Weeks Booty Challenge, her 28 Days Flat Tummy Challenge, or her 2 Week Shred Challenge.
Remi Ishizuka is an LA-based fitness and wellness blogger. She is well known for her Instagram where she posts about fitness, fashion, makeup, and self-care. Currently, she is also hosting live workouts every day at 9 a.m. PST. If you can’t make it, don’t fret, as she also has a host of saved IGTV workouts, many of which are done with her partner, Nate Pontious or @nates_beard. She also has a YouTube channel where she gets more personal with her life through vlogs showing her everyday life.
Joe Yoon is a certified personal trainer, licensed massage therapist, author of his own fitness book “Better Stretching”, and founder of his fitness training business, JoeTherapy. His Instagram page features educational material all aimed at the goal of creating greater mobility, better functionality, and enhanced performance. He has videos about how to stretch targeted areas, movements to do to create more mobility, as well as specific massages to do on yourself for recovery. His YouTube channel features more in-depth content on fitness, as well as educational videos on how to correctly do specific exercises.
What would a fitness guru list be complete without the OG, Cassey Ho, or better known as Blogilates? Cassy is an LA-based social media fitness entrepreneur who founded Blogilates in 2009. Since then, Blogilates has become the top female fitness channel on YouTube with close to 5 million subscribers. The workout videos posted on her YouTube channel are fun and easy to follow, and guaranteed to give your endorphins pumping. Her Instagram page features quick guides for at-home workouts. Cassey has also founded her own in person fitness classes, PopPilates, which are the official pilates classes at 24 Hour Fitness, her own transformational workout program, PIIT28, as well as her activewear line, PopFlex Active. She has also recently appeared on the NextShark podcast, “The May Lee Show”, where she spoke about her life and career.
Along with these accounts, there are also plenty of studios such as Rumble Boxing, Barry’s Bootcamp, Alo Yoga, and more that are offering free live instruction online. Let’s all support these Asian American fitness gurus and leave this quarantine a better version of ourselves!
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