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How To Work Out For Free

If you’re a regular around here, you already know that I train in Krav Maga. I’ve spent this summer training extra hard and going through the black belt testing process, which takes a total of three months. At my dojo, they do black belt testing twice a year – once in the summer and once in the winter. I started the process back in June when I made it through the qualification round. Once someone has passed the qualification test, they can move on to the three phases of testing.

There are three adults going through testing this cycle and we all passed our phase one test back on August 1st. This past Saturday we had our phase two (of three) black belt test and I’m happy to say that all three of us passed! Yay!

snapple phase 2

It was a tough day. Really tough. The three of us did drill after drill after drill as well as running our timed mile, doing 100 push ups, 100 sit ups and three 2 minute sparring rounds each.

As you might have guessed, I’ve had to train pretty hard this past summer to get ready for the testing process. Until I went through phase one testing, I really had no idea just how much my body was going to go through. As soon as phase one was under my belt and I had a better idea of what to expect during my next two tests, I kicked my training into high gear. With the kids home, I didn’t have much free time to make it to the gym to work on strength training, etc. Sure, I went to Krav class 3 or 4 times a week, but because each phase of testing is approximately four hours (yes, four hours) long, I really wanted to figure out a way to build up my stamina.

So I had to get a little creative. I put on my thinking cap and started coming up with ways that I could sneak in workouts at home – for free.


If you’re not huge on running and want to avoid the gym, then walk. One of the best parts of walking is that you can bring the kids along with you. You can walk short distances or long distances and there’s no limit to how long you can walk. You may need to do some adjusting when the weather gets colder, but walking in the cold isn’t so bad either.

YouTube Videos

Have you discovered the land that is YouTube? There are so many different videos to help you work out for free. There are all different types of workout videos available on YouTube as well, everything from yoga, to walking, to Chalene Johnson. For those of you who are pregnant, even you can get an awesome workout through YouTube because of the endless amount of tutorials available.

Start an At-Home Gym

The only thing that may cost money about an at-home gym is finding equipment that you can use. Honestly, you don’t need anything fancy to work out at home. A few weights, jump rope, and a mat and there are tons of things you can do to get “fit” right at home.

I also get in some extra training at the dojo when I can!


Chase Your Kids

Okay, you may laugh at this one, but your kids are the perfect way to get into shape for free. Have you ever seen your kids move around? They know how to stay in shape and all you need to do is follow their lead. Playing ball, running around, soccer, baseball, or just playing outside in the grass with them can help you get into shape quickly!

Being healthy is not just about working out, though. You have to eat right in addition to exercising. A few simple changes can really make all the difference. Living better is easy when you eat fresh foods with natural ingredients and have some healthy beverage options to choose from.

Walmart makes it pretty easy to locate those healthy beverages – they’re easy to find right in the juice aisle. I grabbed some Snapple Diet Peach preferred, along with some Vita Coco Pure and Neuro Sonic – Energy Refreshed.

Walmart juice

One of the black belts who went through the testing process during the last cycle told me that coconut water helped her get through the grueling tests. Actually now that I think of it, grueling isn’t even a strong enough of a word to describe what the three of us went though that day. I brought some with me to my test last Saturday and I definitely think it helped keep me hydrated and energized.

snapple drinks

Phase three is September 26th and I will be training extra hard over the next three weeks to get ready for it. Bring it on!

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Working out isn’t something you have to pay a ton of money to do. In fact, the aforementioned tips will help you get this goal accomplished for FREE!

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  1. Michele

    I know you can do this–and I will be cheering you on from the sidelines the whole time!!

  2. Lois Alter Mark

    I bet the trampoline makes exercising so much more fun! I have to try kettlebells one day.

  3. daniiturnbull

    Congrats on passing Phase 2! YouTube have so many amazing exercise videos, you could never get bored or not find something to follow.

  4. SixFeetUnderBlog

    Cngrats on passing! I like to watch Youtube videos for working out.

  5. Amanda Love

    I absolutely hate working out but if I have to do it then free is definitely the way to go.

  6. Catherine S

    I am with you, working out is one of my least favorite things. If I can workout for free I might do it more. Thanks for the tips.

  7. Pam

    I have been trying to get into the swing of working out. I don’t like it enough to pay for it so I am all about exercising at home.

  8. bloggingmom

    man that “chasing your kids around” is so real! i like to do trail runs and be outside. that or the shaun t workouts.

  9. Shirley Martinez

    Free workout at home? Oh yes! I watch a few videos on YouTube here and there. It’s amazing how many free classes you can take on YouTube.

  10. Laura

    Oh man, the one time I tried Krav Maga I nearly died! I’m notorious for not going to the gym so anything free is best for me.

  11. Eileen

    Congratulations on your achievement and wishing you all the best for Phase 3! Motherhood is already strenuous exercise indeed!

  12. Mistee Dawn

    I am always chasing kids and I walk, walk, walk all the time. So I am already half-way there! Thanks for the tips!

  13. Jeanette

    Congratulations on getting your black belt. I am in Karate myself and I know what an achievement that is! I am trying to get myself in in to better shape and these tips are good guidance!

  14. Crystal

    Not only are they free, I can make it fit my schedule. Win on both accounts!

  15. Mandi @ Moments With Mandi

    I want to learn boxing, that would be fun! We have dance parties at home (or the backyard) and go for top 40 upbeat music and party remixes and everyone goes crazy. That is an awesome work out!

  16. Monica R

    Congrats on your accomplishments and good luck on your next phase! You are truly inspiring and your tips are great motivation for me. Thanks!

  17. Brooke

    Great tips! Especially about chasing your kids around! The other day I played tag with my Kindergartner at the bus stop for 10 minutes and that got my heart rate up!

  18. Tiffany Washko

    I need to get on that walk, walk, walk part!

  19. Catherine S

    Congrats on passing phase 2! Thanks for the great tips. I really need to start a regular workout routine.

  20. Chubskulit Rose

    Wow 100 push ups? I’d kill over hahaha. I can only do 5 complete push up which is pathetic lol.

  21. Scott

    We tried the workout-at-home thing, but just didn’t keep to a schedule. We need a gym routine to keep us on track.

  22. Michelle F.

    Those are some great tips. I love working out at home and am pretty proud of my at home equipment.

  23. Close To Home (@StayCloseToHome)

    I am not a big runner either, my knees wont handle it. These are some great tips

  24. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    These are great ideas. You don’t need to pay out the nose to get healthy!

  25. aimee (@HouseofFaucis)

    When I work out, which is rare, I always start at home. Why pay money for a gym when I can do most of what I plan on doing at home.

  26. Alicia

    100 push ups is very impressive! I haven’t worked out like that in years.

  27. Pam

    Chasing and playing with kids is definitely exercise. Mine are grown, so when I watched a friend’s kids the other day, I was shocked with how much energy they required.

  28. LyndaS

    Girl – you’ve got this! I am really impressed with what you are able to do – there is no way I could do that many sit ups and push ups in one day, let alone a week! Thanks for all of your tips on how to work out for free. It is definitely something that I need to be doing.

  29. Brett Martin

    Wow! You are an inspiration! Good luck with making it through this testing process. I love to walk. It clears my head.

  30. Aubrey

    It’s too hot to walk here right now. I started watching Youtube videos recently. There are a million of them! They’re so diverse and fun.

  31. Maureen

    Congrats on passing phase 2. I bet it was so hard but you should be very proud!

  32. Patty

    Congratulations on passing phase 2. I can’t imagine the work. I was doing Tae Kwan Do before my aneurysm and I respect the dedication it takes to achieve these goals. Right now I get my exercise chasing goats.

  33. Dee Mauser

    After putting on too much weight in the past 3 years I finally found out why, my thyroid is the cause. Now, with my doctors help I will be slimming down over the next few months. Thanks for the tips!

  34. Cynthia Wright

    Good for you, and good luck on phase 3! I like kickboxing personally. Thanks for these at home work out tips! I just had a new baby and won’t be making it into the gym for awhile.

  35. yumeating

    I am very thankful for YouTube. Sooo many wonderful videos on there. SparkPeople is another free site with a ton of videos and weight loss advice.

  36. deafinitelywanderlust

    These are all great tips! It’s hard to work out at home so I like to go out to the track to run or go hiking. By the way congrats on passing phase 2! Good luck for the next testing

  37. Elizabeth @ Being MVP

    Good luck and congrats! I definitely need to get my butt moving again!

  38. Jessica Beal Harlow

    I’m so impressed with your dedication! I really like the sound of what’s included in your workouts…I could see myself committing to that kind of regimen (definitely not quite so intense to start)! lol I can’t wait to hear how Phase 3 goes! Good luck, I know you’ll do well!

  39. Lois Alter Mark

    Congrats! You are so inspiring, and I do think walking makes such a difference.

  40. Jeanine

    Congrats you know how I think you are awesome? Well add this to the list too! So inspiring. I walk a lot that’s about all I do anymore I need to get back into exercise.

  41. Melissa Pezza

    I love this! I run and then I do resistance training at home. I haven’t paid to go to the gym in years, and I have no problem meeting my workout goals.

  42. Ashley Sears

    I have always wanted to do Karate! I like to walk or hike with my family.

  43. lydiaf1963

    Sounds like a grueling process, but judging from your smile it’s not a burden to you!

  44. jessica

    great tips – i have 4 kids who i chase everyday but the weight itsnt falling off like id like it too. After they stress me i go eat a bowl of ice cream

  45. Amanda

    My kids provide tons of FREE workouts for me, but I also love going for runs. It is wonderful to just zone out and get some me time.

  46. Kelly Hutchinson

    I admire you for your sticking with your craft! Good luck! I prefer waling with my family.

  47. Debbie Denny

    Congrats to you on passing the second phase. Keep up the good work.

  48. Valerie

    These are all great ideas. Congrats on completing phase 2!

  49. Crystal

    My niece sent me a link to the insanity workouts on youtube. Yikes! I need to work up to them.

  50. Amber Edwards

    My husband has been loving Youtube videos for workouts. he always finds great ones and gets a great workout and all for free! It’s pretty awesome.

  51. Marcie W.

    These are all awesome workout suggestions. I actually lost a large amount of weight without stepping foot in a gym. Will power and motivation is truly what led to my success.

  52. patricemfosterp

    Great workout suggestion and even more awesome with my favorite Snapple diet peach tea. In this case free is good.

  53. Shann Eva

    Great ideas for working out at home. Even though I just started going to the gym, I still like to keep moving at home too.

  54. aimlessmoments (@AimlessMoments)

    Was at the Twitter party this afternoon. Some great coupons and ideas. We do alot of walking! Its an easy way to keep busy.

  55. Amber NElson

    I ate too many cupcakes today. Definitely going to do some working out tomorrow!

  56. melisasource

    These are some really great tips! Super congrats to you!

  57. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide

    I keep saying that I need to get to the gym… but great reminder that the gym is just ONE way to stay in shape! I love VitaCoco! I am going to have to go pick some up!

  58. Elizabeth O.

    I agree with the youtube videos! Lol. Plus there are tons of websites that teach you different routines.

  59. Claudette Esterine

    Congratulations on phase 2 and thanks for all these great tips!

  60. Maya

    These are great tips!!!! Thanks so much and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

  61. Theresa

    YouTube is an excellent resource for free workouts! My hip hop instructor has her own and I watch them when I can’t get to the gym!

  62. SixFeetUnderBlog

    Im happy to workout at home. I record youtube videos all the time.

  63. Elizabeth O.

    I definitely agree with the Youtube Videos! And aside from that there are tons of websites that teach you different workout techniques. Thanks for the tips!

  64. meunfinished

    I love the idea of an at-home gym! This is the best thing to do especially when we are very busy parents. I have also found some pretty good exercises on YouTube. Thanks for the info and I look forward to implementing the other options you mentioned.

  65. kristi dominguez

    These are all such great ideas! I love to walk! I’ll have to give the youtube videos a try!

  66. [email protected]

    I have started a home exercising program. I am excited with the results.

  67. vsudarsan

    Congratulations on your achievement! and loved your tips!

  68. tammileetips

    These are great tips!! Congrats on your a passing the test that is an amazing accomplishment!

  69. Autumn @Mamachallenge

    Congratulations on that great achievement! I have tried to work out at home, but find that I get distracted.

  70. upliftingfam

    You are amazing Robin. I would have passed out after attempting to do those exercises for the test. I realize that I would have to start slowly and work my way up. I walked during my lunch hour a few years ago and it really did make a difference. I just did 20 – 25 minutes I liked doing it that way, it was idle time that u choose not to waste.

  71. victoria

    These are great tips!, it is perfect for me i have to kids so i wont be able go to the gym and I’ve been looking what perfect work out from home. Love this idea.

  72. miss (@thedealmatch)

    Great tips! I workout at home, running, hiking or walking with my kids. We pay a club membership but don’t really use it. Its still worth it because they offer free child care for 2 hours per day during workout.

  73. Annemarie LeBlanc

    Wow! Congratulations on your achievement. I wish I had at least one-fourth of your energy. I try to squeeze in a little bit of exercise everyday, and I do walk short distances too. Wishing you the best of luck on your next endeavor!

  74. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    Finding the time to go to the gym can be so difficult! It’s like my kids are intentionally blocking me from it! These work out at home tips might help!

  75. Nicole Haas Etolen

    I really love workout at home!! Thanks for sharing your brilliant idea.

  76. Sarah Bailey

    These are some fantastic ideas, it is amazing how much you can do for free when you think about it. x

  77. Mykidsguide

    These are great tips. I walk 3 to 4 times a week with my dad and mom. Sometimes, the kids go with us during weekends. On the nights that we can’t go out to walk, I workout using the workout videos I find on youtube.

  78. Caroline

    Congrats on the black belt! I think walking is a great and free way to get in shape. I wish I did it more often…

  79. Catherine C.

    Before, I was started gym at home and now, I always going onto gym.

  80. Mama to 5 BLessings

    Those are great solutions! I cannot afford a gym membership. Making use of what is around us that is free is a great idea!

  81. Debbie L.

    I joined a walking group – great way to exercise and have fun at the same time. Bai is my favorite drink!

  82. Jonathan Key

    A walking group sounds like fun. YouTube workouts are a great idea!

  83. Tammy Roy

    You tube has hundreds of great workout videos you can do at home. I love to go for walks with my kids. It is a great way for the whole family to get active.

  84. gingermommyrants

    Good luck on the final phase of your testing. I have a friend that trained for her black belt. It is a ton of work. I like to find new workouts on YouTube.

  85. Elizabeth Lampman

    These are great ways to workout for free. You do not need a gym membership to get a good workout. You Tube has thousands of work out videos to choose from.

  86. Ourfamilyworld

    Congrats on passing. These are great tips you’ve shared. I haven’t tried the diet Snapple. I will look for this next time.

  87. Cherri Megasko

    Thank you for this, Robin. I have recently started a plan to get healthy and the exercise portion of it is difficult for me. We also live way out in the boonies where the nearest gym of any kind is 30 minutes away. Add the gasoline cost to the membership cost and working out easily becomes an expensive proposition.

  88. Angelic Sinova

    Watching Youtube videos (especially yoga ones) is a GREAT way to work out (without having to spend a whole lot of money.) I am in LOVE with peach tea Snapple right now <3

  89. Missi - Life is Poppin'

    I NEED this in my life!!! I was looking at pictures of my arms the other day and (smh) they need some help. Thank you for this!

  90. Dogvills

    I walk and I workout at home, too. If I don’t have time, I would still sneak in a few minutes of workout by running up and down our stairs for 5 minutes.

  91. Mama to 5 BLessings

    Snapple is one of my favorite beverages. There are so many diet drinks on the market but Snapple’s do not taste diet to me.

  92. MamaLuvsBooks

    Great tips! People think it always takes a ton of money at a gym to workout, but you can even walk around your neighborhood for free!

  93. Emma Spellman

    I love vita coco coconut water. I buy it by the case. I am the process of organizing a home gym in my new house.

  94. Planet of the Apels

    A lot of those I do. Just today Isaak and a friend ran off when we got to a park. I had to chase after them.

  95. Joely Smith

    GO YOU!! I am so proud of women who get active and kick butt like this! I took karate back in the day – like FAR back in the day but didn’t stick with it – I was too young and out of control lol I would love to start something like this! Oh and I am totally going to use your idea about YouTube videos! Thanks !!

  96. Heather

    Wow, you really do stay fit. Black belt training! You are awesome! If I can’t get to the gym I find waking the kids to and from school at least helps on days that I have a time crunch. I hoping to run a 5k next year.

  97. Amanda Tempel

    These are great tips! I can’t add up how much money I’ve spent on gym memberships over the years (thousands – I’m sure.) I’m going to be looking for a lot more tips like this once I have my baby, that’s for sure.

  98. rebekah

    Awesome tips! I think too often things like pricey gym memberships have us thinking that we might not be able to work out, but you’ve definitely provided some great alternatives.

  99. mburbage

    Great tips! Besides cycling and hiking I use some free yoga videos online when I need them. Instead of paying for a class, I can get them free online!

  100. Lena

    I am amazed by the videos I find on YouTube! You can find just about any workouts you wish there and the cost absolutely nothing.

  101. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    Great tips on keeping fit! I can always use new workout ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  102. Victoria

    Oh wow 100 pushups; I can barely manage one lol. I may be able to have hung in there for about half of the sit-ups. It seems like you have been training very hard and your hard work has been paying off. Thanks for sharing this advice with us today.

  103. Bonnie G

    Congrats Robin! That is so awesome. I’ve been wanting to get healthier and these are great tips.

  104. Yona Williams

    Congrats on passing all of your tests! I think all of those fitness drills would have had me struggling. I cannot believe the tests last for 4 hours – wow!

  105. Lisa Rios

    This is awesome. Congratulations on moving to the next Phase. These are some great tips to inspire others to work out. Thanks for motivating.

  106. beckysbestbites

    Congrats on passing your first round and best of luck with round two!! I use you tube videos for working out at home all the time!!

  107. Debra

    My husband and I both train at home. It works great for us! Congrats on your test!

  108. HilLesha

    That is fantastic! However, I’m like one of the other commenters on here: I can’t even try to attempt to do 5 push-ups.

  109. Stephanie Pass

    What great ideas! Chasing your kids is such a great way to get yourself moving. We do try to go on walks, but it gets hard to do when it’s so freaking hot down here in Texas. We get out a lot more when the temperatures go back down.

  110. Tyra

    YouTube videos are a great idea for working out! Such an awesome idea and will allow for some great variety.

  111. socialite123l

    Congrats on making it to Phase 2 of your Black-belt training .. it must be so exciting yet rewarding. I use Youtube for my Free workouts …I like the 5 minute work-outs .. they are all I can manage now

  112. [email protected]

    Congrats on passing the phases you have and working so hard! I love your home work out suggestions. I often find it hard to get to the gym etc and it’s nice to always have an option.

  113. Jennifer Pridemore

    These are some great tips! A gym membership is so expensive so finding ways to workout for free is awesome!

  114. Dina

    I love to workout for free. We’ve been working on a 5k with my entire family and it’s going great. Sunday we go for our first 5k ever!

  115. Bradley Finnearty

    Chasing the kids is a great workout for sure. Seems like I put on about 10 pounds after the kids got older. I am blaming it on them anyway. Haha

  116. Margarita Ibbott (@DownshiftingPRO)

    You know what? I am feeling really inspired but what you have done. I really appreciate you giving the great suggestions about checking out YouTube videos. That is what my daughter did this summer. She is pretty shy but she would go downstairs and put it on the computer and worked out. So between you and her… I’ll have to start this fall.

  117. Maria

    As much as I’d like to work out at home, I always find other distractions which is why I prefer the gym. But when I do miss a gym workout, I do yoga at home.

  118. alexisakamom0616

    You rock with the all the training my dear! I’m trying to do the gym and home .. but trying lol

  119. Kiwi

    Makes me want to get super motivated and stay fit. Some people want to be fit for the summer but I want to be fit so I can be fit past the summer!

  120. Kelly B.

    I LOVE Youtube for working out! You’re right, it’s such a great free resource!

  121. Christina Aliperti

    I walk a whole lot and I also work out at home. I used to think I needed a lot of equipment to work out but I know that I just need the desire to do it and I can do it without anything special.

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