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The Best Workouts to Try in 2019

The start of a new year is one of the most common reasons for beginning a new workout routine or fitness lifestyle. The beginning of a new year brings a fresh slate with endless possibilities. Whether you’re starting to workout for the first time ever, trying to lose weight, or hoping to improve your fitness, the new year brings many opportunities. 

Regardless of your fitness goals and ambitions, trying a new workout is beneficial for everyone.

2019 is just around the corner, and no matter how fast this year has gone for you, taking the time to plan and set goals for the upcoming new year is crucial. It’s easy to let the hustle and bustle of the holiday season sweep you away and wind up starting the new year with no fitness game plan or goals.

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You don’t have to create detailed New Year’s resolutions to set yourself up for success. Finding a few new workouts to get started with will help you feel purposeful as the year begins. You’ll avoid those few days of confusion that often occur when the new year arrives and we find ourselves rushing to get everything together, uncertain where to begin.

In spirit of the new year, here are 19 workouts to try in 2019.

These workout ideas will inspire you as you create your New Year’s fitness goals. Whether you are a runner, swimmer, gym junkie, weight lifter, or any other type of athlete – mixing it up and trying different forms of cross training is bound to make you stronger.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, find cross training options, maintain fitness, or start running for the first time, here are some of the best workouts to try in 2019.

And the best part: they are free. Yahoo!

Here are my 19 of the best workouts to incorporate into your fitness plan in the new year.

The best workouts to try in 2019.

The Best Workouts to Try in 2019

Runner’s World Yoga

These yoga workouts have consistently been some of my favorite cross training workouts this year! I completed one of these yoga sessions every Monday during marathon training and it played a huge role in helping me meet my goals on race day. There are plenty of different options on their website, from yoga for beginners, recovery, abs, and more! This is such a great resource.

The ultimate source of recovery yoga routine for runners. These awesome yoga poses will enhance your recovery and keep you running injury free. Promote flexibility while alleviating tight hips, It band pain, and any lingering tightness in your legs with this yoga sequence for runners. Include it in your post run recovery routine or use it to enhance your rest days! The perfect addition to any training plan.

15 Minute Complete Core Workout

I love love love this ab workout. This is my got to core workout at all times, and it never fails to leave my abs burning. This workout is quick and efficient, and a great way to tighten and strengthen your core! (Another great option is this Ultimate Core Workout for a Flat Stomach).

This 30 day core workout challenge will help you get flat abs in less that 15 minutes a day! Download the free printable calendar of daily ab workouts for one month to get started toning your abs and increasing core strength. These ab exercises can all be completed at home and are designed to burn calories quickly and tone your core! Download this 30 day core workout calendar now. #coreworkout #abexercises #workoutchallenge #30dayworkoutcalendar


This is the workout I credit to the beginning of my realization that running is not just about running. I remember the first time I completed this workout I could not walk for 6 days. Literally. Since then I have gotten stronger and more capable of completing these exercises, but this workout is still an excellent challenge. It’s a great option for runners or anyone looking to strengthen their entire body.

30 Minute Running Interval Workout

This year was filled with so many interval workouts, but all the structured speed work really paid off. This interval workout is quick and efficient, and will absolutely increase your fitness in just 30 minutes. If you’re looking for a short interval workout to throw into your weekly running schedule, this one is perfect.  (And check out these 4 tempo run variations for another speed workout option)!

These running ladder workouts will help you quickly get faster and increase your speed. These running workouts can be completed outdoors, or on the track or treadmill. They are great for runners of any ability level – from beginners to elites. Check out these awesome ladder workouts! #runningworkouts #ladderdrills #ladderworkouts

8 Minute Abs

The guy on it is so happy that it makes me happy just listening to his positivity. Everyone has 8 minutes, right?! This is my go to ab workout when I am short on time (I think I have every line in this video memorized, ha!). This video is fairly old but it is still such a great workout.

30 Day Plank Challenge

This year I’ve discovered the joys of workout challenges! After the marathon I was struggling a little bit with having no goal or scheduled workouts to look to at the beginning of the week. Completing a few workout challenges really helped me stay motivated, and this plank challenge was seriously a challenge! I do feel that my core is much stronger after completing it, so it was quite an accomplishment.

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Running Hill Workouts

Hill workouts are a great way to mix up your running and build strength in some of the most important areas. Hill workouts work different muscles as you ascend and descend the hill, providing many different benefits. If you’re looking for a great way to quickly improve your speed or fitness, try throwing in a couple hill workouts.

Wanting to improve your running? Hill workouts are the ultimate training exercise for runners of all kinds. Hill running increase speed, strength and endurance in one simple workout. These 3 outdoor hill workouts for runners are the secret weapon you’ve been searching for to improve your running. These running workouts are game changing! #hillworkouts #runningworkouts #hillrunning

15 Minute Arm Dumbbell Workout

This quick dumbbell workout is easy to fit into your day and will give you a great burn in a short amount of time. These classic arm exercises are a great way to strengthen and tone your arms. Fitting in arm workouts at home can feel challenging without the convenience of heavy weights or machines, but even just a few pounds can really build resistance and help you increase strength.

This at home dumbbell workout for arms is the best upper body strength training routine. Tone your arms and add muscle with these simple arm exercises. In just 15 minutes, this arm workout with dumbbells will help you feel the burn at home. Perfect for women and beginners looking to tone their arms in a short amount of time.

The Ultimate Strength Training Workout

This was my go to strength workout during marathon training, and has been for the past three years. I learned a lot of these exercises in physical therapy when I was recovering from running injuries, and they have stuck with me ever since. This workout isn’t so intense that it will leave you sore, which is great if you have a run scheduled the next day – but it definitely does the trick!

30 Minute Spin Workout

Spinning is a great form of aerobic exercise and helps you burn calories quickly. This spin workout mixes various different resistances with effort to create a workout that keeps you interested. Try a spin workout for some cross training or your next cardio session! (There is a 45 minute option as well)!

Glute Activation Workout

The two weakest running muscles for most runners are the hips and glutes. These two areas are often neglected in come sports and activities, yet they play such an important role in our ability. This workout targets these areas and helps maintain consistent strength and help you reach your full potential. (Check out this resistance band hip strengthening workout for more options).

Suffering from lazy glutes on the run? These glute activation exercises for runners will strengthen your glutes and improve your power with each step. These isolated pre run glute exercises can all be completed at home to ensure you get the most out of your running. #gluteactivation #glutestrength #gluteexercises

25 Minute HIIT Workout

If you’re looking for a workout to get your heart pumping and burn some calories, this is it. HIIT workouts are a great way to get sweaty without having to hit the gym or grab any extra equipment. Enjoy the convenience of your own bodyweight as resistance during this workout. This is another great substitute for cardio that you may be missing due to the weather!

Spell Your Name Alphabet Workout

This unique workout can be easily tailored to your availability and fitness level. Each letter of the alphabet has a different exercise that you need to complete. Try spelling out your name or a phrase, or complete the entire alphabet if you’re looking for the ultimate challenge.

1 Week Fitness Reset Challenge

There’s no better way to start the new year than by resetting your body. Get rid of all the extra calories, unhealthy foods and sugary drinks you consumed during the holiday season with this 1 Week Fitness Reset Challenge. Start totally fresh this new year!

This full body health challenge will give you daily workouts, tips and fitness motivation to get back on track. Try the reset workout, and recharge your motivation with the weekly health challenge. Download it for free

30 Day Core Workout Challenge

Another great way to start the new year is with a 30 day challenge. This core challenge will keep you motivated and accountable as the year begins. There’s no better way to start off a new year than with 30 days of structured fitness. Tone your abs each day with these 15 minute workouts. You’ll have a strong core in no time!

15 Minute Cardio Workout You Can Do Anywhere

This cardio workout is a great option for winter because you can complete it anytime, anywhere. This workout requires no equipment other than your own bodyweight. It’s a great option for a snowstorm or those dark evenings when you don’t want to drive to the gym. Burning calories is easy, even in your own living room!

Short on time or unable to leave the house? This is a cardio workout you can do anywhere. These bodyweight exercises get your heart pumping and sweat dripping! In just 15 minutes you can complete an intense full body cardio workout right at home in your living room. This cardio routine requires no equipment and is perfect for staying fit during the cold, dark months. #cardioworkout #bodyweightexercises #fullbodyworkout #athomeworkout

30 Minute Cross Training Challenge

Regardless of your sport or athletic ability, it’s important to fit in regular cross training workouts to avoid injury and meet your full potential. This 30 minute Cross Training Challenge can be completed right at home. It uses bodyweight HIIT exercises to quickly increase your heart rate. If you’re looking for an extra challenge this new year, try this workout!

Running Fartlek Workout

If you’ve been a runner for any length of time, you know how monotonous running can feel during the winter. It’s easy to avoid structured speed work when the weather is less than appealing outside. This Fartlek workout is a great alternative to structured speed work. It allows you to throw in some intervals at your own convenience and brings a little fun to gaining fitness and speed on the run.

4 Week Full Body Workout Plan

There’s hardly anything more satisying than beginning the new year with a plan in place. This 4 Week Full Body Workout Plan gives you a structured workout each day, to improve the strength of your entire body. Each day focuses on a different area of the body to provide you with a well-rounded workout. If you’re looking to start the year out with a bang, try this workout plan!

4 Week Full Body At Home Workout Plan Free Download

And there you have it. These 19 workouts are a great way to mix it up in 2019 and become stronger than ever. Start the new year off with a bang by trying any of these workouts!

Here’s to the best year yet.

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