Get Stronger With These Quarantine Workouts

Time to work off all those free chicken nuggets McDonald’s has been giving health care workers.

When I first moved to Vermont, the two most important things I needed in life here were Trader Joe’s and a Pure Barre studio. Yes, call me a basic bitch, that’s fine. I did Pure Barre off and on for about 3-4 years in MA and VT. After my last Pure Barre membership expired in November ’19, I decided to use up my remaining classes at Core Studio, a local barre/pilates studio. After that, I thought my body really needed more cardio. I hate cardio because I don’t like sweating but it was time. After hearing recommendations from a high school friend who went to Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) in San Francisco whose trainer had transferred to my local OTF, and from two local friends who were current members, I tried it out.

Orangetheory Fitness At Home

I loved and hated my first free OTF class because I sweat. I was pretty sore for the following few days. I signed up for the 8 classes/month package since I tend to find classes convenient to my varying schedule about 2 days per week.

Anyway, about a month later the quarantine shut things down. I was so glad I had the heart rate monitor for my home workouts with OTF. The heart rate monitor lets you know when you are in the optimal zone, the orange zone.

Per OTF,  the “Orange Zone (84-91% Maximum Heart Rate) – This is where the magic happens and where you achieve “EPOC” (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption) – what we call the “Orange Effect / Afterburn.” The goal is to accumulate 12 minutes or more in this zone within a 60-minute period to achieve the maximum caloric burn for up to 36 hours AFTER your workout is completed.”

OTF has been posting a daily workout pretty much throughout the quarantine which has been a lifesaver. I would’ve felt like a blob without them. I definitely tend to do certain posted videos more often than others because of their focus on specific areas. After 2-3 workouts per week over maybe 6 weeks, my arms are much more toned and my biceps are huge (in my eyes at least). RAWR! BEAST MODE!

^ This is my favorite workout thus far. It really pushed me. I don’t have bands so I manage without them because it’s still a solid workout.

My home OTF studio may be opening in 4 weeks but I’d rather wait longer to go back to ensure it’s safe and the curve is still trending downwards.

Chloe Ting

On top of OTF, I also stumbled upon a killer ab workout by Chloe Ting on Youtube. Ugh, I’m seeing lines form on my stomach…or maybe I’m just imagining things. Either way, I’m quite excited about it.

I reallllyyyy enjoy this. The Russian twists and Spiderman plank are *mwah* bellissimo! The morning after a workout, I wake up and run to my bedroom mirror and flash myself and try to find any changes. Then I run to the bigger mirror in my spare bedroom and look in that mirror…because I have to look again in different lighting?? Not sure, but I do it. Hubby just committed to doing this with me 3-4 times a week. We’re gonna walk out of this quarantine with 6-packs…although the quarantine is possibly almost over so too late?!


As a former garba dancer, some of these choreographed dances really put me on cloud 9. BollyX is for all the aunties, like myself, who miss their good old dance days in college and before.  I bought the lifetime membership to BollyX about 6 months ago. I will use it off and on when I’m in the dancing mood. It definitely is the fix I need at times. Youtube does have a few of their videos for free but their website allows you to build a workout playlist that incorporates a warmup, dance routines and a cool down.


I used to do Blogilates workouts but I feel like many of her newer videos I am just incapable of doing. I tend to resort to her older uploads because of this. I haven’t done many of these in the last few months but she’s come up with some weeklong challenges that look rather interesting:

What have you been doing for your home workouts? Leave a comment below!