February 23, 2016 11:03 AM


Love drinking wine but hate working out? Health coach April Storey may have just found a way to get you motivated to exercise.

The Northern California-based mom, 24, created “wine workout” videos with exercises you can do at home using wine bottles as weights.

“Working out is a big part of my day and my routine,” Storey tells PEOPLE. “I also of course love wine, and wine in moderation is okay, so I came up with the idea on New Year’s Eve after we had bought some wine to go over to our friend’s house. The initial idea of it was that you can use anything in your house to work out, whether it’s soup cans or wine bottles.”

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Storey’s original wine workout video demonstrates a non-conventional upper arm workout that includes doing bicep curls while sipping on wine, and tricep presses using wine bottles instead of hand weights.

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Even though the video is tongue-in-cheek, the workout is actually effective.

“They’re moves that I incorporate into all of my workouts,” she says.

Storey posted the video on social media, and it almost immediately went viral. The video now has nearly 19 million likes on the Once Upon a Wine Facebook page.

“I’m so shocked,” she says of her video’s popularity. “I love fitness and I love making people laugh, so I just shared it as a comical thing.”

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Because her first video was so popular, Storey posted a lower body wine workout on Feb. 18 in honor of National Drink Wine Day that shows her doing squats and lunges while holding wine bottles.

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“I do love that it is giving people ideas of workouts to do, whether you use wine bottles or not, so I’m definitely open to posting more [wine workout] videos in the future,” she says. “I have a couple of ideas up my sleeve!”

Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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