Former Australian international pole vaulter Amanda Bisk is a qualified exercise physiologist, elite athletics coach and yoga instructor with more than 20,000 YouTube followers. She runs a paid-for workout app called Fresh Body Fit Mind, but in the midst of lockdown has created a free 14-day workout series on her YouTube channel, comprising 15-minute daily workouts.
This is great for people like me who, at the end of week 12 of the restrictions, are feeling sluggish – in my case, due to post-viral fatigue after suffering from suspected Covid-19. I usually follow a strict workout plan, but with my capacity reduced, I was looking for something easy-going, yet structured, to help me get going again. It’s also good for people who want to get fit from scratch, so are after something that is disciplined but fun.
What does the series entail?
It’s all too easy to hammer out your favourite workout on repeat, but the smart way to train is not to burden the same muscle groups day-in, day-out. This is a reality Bisk happily understands, and so each session tackles a different area and energy system. These range from full-body HIIT (day one), to lean legs and toned glutes (day nine) and fun yoga flow (day 14). While the combination of themes offers something new every day, it is a holistic programme that will boost muscle tone, increase flexibility and heighten energy levels.
What makes it different from other online workouts?
Bisk has specifically targeted #stayhome issues, from mood to back pain, with sessions such as de-stress yoga flow and a good posture workout. These are tools you can use whenever you need them.
Do you need to be super-fit?
Absolutely not. Nothing in these workouts involves anything complicated or particularly hard. Bisk will guide you through crunches and planks, and I found her manner pleasant and professional. If you are looking to build baseline fitness, this is a great place to start. If you are already super-fit, then this is an ideal supplementary workout.