The 5 Best Fitness E-Books And Programs That Don’t Require A Gym

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Gyms are exy business. Sure, they make it sound like you’re getting a good deal by offering a free protein bar with every sign up and inferring that without your membership you’re simply destined for a lifetime of piggery, but the fact of the matter is, you don’t actually need one.

The rise of the fitfluencer has brought with it the rise of the fitness e-book and online programs, and the beauty is that a lot of them don’t require a gym. ICYMI, bodyweight exercises are some of the most efficient you can do, and performing them at home means you can dodge the gym-bros that are hogging the weight rack.

Here are our top picks to ensure you’re getting a decent workout, without the price tag of a gym membership.


If your postcode is situated north west of under a rock, you might not have heard about BBG. Kayla Itsines has a modest 8.5 million followers on Instagram and is the creator of the world renowned Bikini Body Guides. Comprised of two twelve week programs that gradually increase in difficulty, the guides involve three 28 minute HIIT circuits per week, alongside rest days and two low intensity sessions.

You can opt to keep things old school with the e-books, or you can download the app for a super interactive workout with a fun horn that signals when to stop and start your circuit (#easilypleased).

Sweat It To Shred it

If you like your influencers charismatic, relatable and bubbly as hell (and we know that you do), look no further than Sarah’s Day. Full of beans and full of workouts to share with her sissy squad, Sarah created Sweat It To Shred It; an 8 week active lifestyle challenge that involves everything from sweaty shredders (as brutal as they sound), toning powers and 10 minute ab blasters to stretching days. No equipment is necessary, so you can get shredy with Sezzy live from your lounge room.

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My current body update ✌? I'm just over half way through Sweat it to Shred it – my eight week active lifestyle challenge (today is Wednesday week 5 #hellotoningpower ) The first photo was taken after my trip to Bali where I literally ate for a week straight…legit, like every hour I would request a snack ? The second photo was taken this morning! This body transformation series has honestly been so enjoyable and I'll even go as far to say as… simple! With all of the workouts already planned and written out for me, I've found that I have no excuses to not train or fluff about in the gym. I go there with a plan, I get it done and come home ?? In terms of my eating, I've mentioned before that I'm always healthy and fill my apartment with awesome ingredients. It's often just the portion sizes and 'moderation' that I struggle with. But you know what… that's normal! At the end of the day I live in a way that is enjoyable and most importantly maintainable. I love feeling energetic, functional and mobile in my own body. Doing push-ups, travelling jump squats and burpees with ease was always a dream of mine and now I'm finding myself coming up with innovative new ninja workouts, because regular burpees just aren't cutting it for me anymore. Right now I'm feeling super fit, healthy, energetic and also proud of my physical body changes! WORKOUT EBOOK LINK IN MY IG BIO #sweatittoshredit #sezzysquad #week5

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Emily Skye FIT

Queenslander Emily Skye has put together an online lifestyle program featuring HIIT, resistance and weight training, stretch sessions, nutritionally balanced meal plans, beauty classes and mindfulness exercises. The program also promises to make you look good with bangs. Kidding. But seriously, think of it as an online health destination with all the trimmings.

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I did a resistance band workout today. Mia didn’t want to be away from me so I brought her outside with me so she could watch me. It worked out well because I got to give her kisses in between sets! ?? . It’s hard to get a workout in with a newborn who needs their mummy constantly but I fit it in when I can – as long as it’s not taking me away from Mia. . I’m feeling so good being able to exercise lightly! It reminds me why I started living this lifestyle in the first place (about 8.5 years ago). Being healthy and active makes me feel great! It helps with everything in my life – especially being a mother now. ? Bring on next week when I start my FIT Program with all the ladies in my FIT community! I’m so pumped! ?? Who’s joining us? ? . ✨ You can trial my FIT program for FREE for 7 days – click the link in my profile or go to: ✨ . If there’s something you really want then find a way to get it! – It’s up to YOU! ??☺️ . . @emilyskye_ig . . . ??‍♀️ Workout videos: @emilyskyefitness . . . #5weekspostpartum .

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Keep It Cleaner

Melbourne models Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw have created an online healthy living community that includes grocery lists, boxing and circuit workouts plus $5 Boost Juice smoothies. Bargain!

Read our interview with Insta-babe Smith here, and check out the Keep It Cleaner program which works on a monthly subscription basis and can be done from wherever you are; on the road or at home.

Lets Start Yoga

If you like your workouts at a slightly floatier pace, why not deep dive into your yoga practice? Insta star Jessica Olie has created three books tailored at different standards of yoga, so you can find your flow regardless of ability.

In the Lets Start Yoga guides, Jessica takes you through the foundations of how to build a strong yoga practice to fit YOUR body. Step by step guidance on how to get into poses, how to progress in certain poses plus 10 flows for you to choose from are all included. And frankly, if that doesn’t sway you then let the minutes show that we’ve never seen someone look so good in a leotard and legwarmers, so there’s that.

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