Chicken or Egg Questions About YouTube Workout Videos

Do I workout for videos or do I make videos because I workout?

Tooth Truth Roopa Vikesh
2 min readMay 14


My husband took this picture of me just after I completed a workout. Boy, do I look done!

My trainer sometimes takes a video of mine and posts it on her YouTube channel. All the comments aren’t nice or encouraging ones.

One of the comments she left up was:

Do you perform these exercises specifically for a video or do you make videos as you do your regular workout?

My trainer makes more of the kind of videos that make more money. When she trains, she trains, when she records a video for YouTube, that is a performance, not a workout.

What about me? I am not a trainer. I am a dentist. Do I workout only because she sometimes makes a video of mine, too?

Well! I started working out on my own following Jillian Michaels’ videos and aspired to be one of her background girls. Even back then, I was modest. I’d aspire to be the one who did the easier, modified version of the exercises.

I’m not super-fit yet, but my videos don’t make me cringe anymore. For me, that’s a win.

When I cheat on a meal, sleep all Sunday or bunk a workout on a weekday, a “give in, you’ll never stay fit” bogeyman creeps up in my head. Then, seeing a video of me mimicking the trainers makes me feel better and makes me show up for the next day’s (often grueling) workout instead of throwing in the towel and falling off the fitness wagon entirely.

The videos are not expected to put the chicken curry on my dinner table.

They’re just available so that when I feel sad, I can pick myself up with proof that I’ve done it before, ergo I can do it again.

Are cooking videos made with the purpose of cooking a meal or for making a video?

Quite the rabbit hole, huh?



Tooth Truth Roopa Vikesh

I don’t just create smiles, I inspire them! Dentist, mom—Jamshedpur, India.