First things first: I am a gym rat. Prior to the pandemic, I was there at least five days a week. I used to love taking a class at the gym. I’d hit at least one indoor cycling class and dance cardio class a week, then sprinkle in weight-based HIIT or cardio kickboxing classes the rest of the days. I liked mixing it up.

So at the beginning of quarantine, when it became clear that gyms wouldn't be reopening any time soon, I turned to YouTube. I had never done this before. I also had limited equipment: a set of 2-pound, 5-pound, and 12-pound dumbbells; one 15-pound dumbbell; and a yoga mat. I also had limited space because I live in a one-bedroom apartment.

But I realized I needed instruction and direction. While I found a couple of instructors I liked on YouTube, I also found it to be somewhat be super overwhelming and hard to navigate.

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