Starting a fitness journey can be a long and lonely road. Sure, it would be nice if we had plenty of self-discipline to stick to the plan and the knowledge to map the route ourselves, but sometimes a guide is necessary at least to get started. Classes can be expensive, especially if you aren’t quite sure what type of exercise is right for you.
Fortunately, there is YouTube, one spot on the internet that can provide more than just crazy cat videos. YouTube offers a wealth of free workout videos in a variety of styles so you can get started with one that works for you.
This YouTube channel is geared toward high-energy, fun, and dance-focused workouts that make you sweat. Workouts are divided by length (ten, 20, 30, and 40 minutes) with lots of options for each period of time. Prime features of this channel are the fact that these workouts, while challenging, are really created to keep you engaged. These are no stodgy, repetitious leg lifts. POPSUGAR wants to keep you coming back.
Fitness Blender offers over 400 free workouts that are searchable by exercise type, length of workout, level of difficulty, and amount of calories burned. You can also look for entire programs that will tell you what work out to do every day. Fitness Blender also offers quick five-day challenges to add some variety to keep your interest.
Looking for a place to find all of your favorite trainers and fitness gurus in one place? BeFiT features well-known trainers in a variety of fitness styles, including Jillian Michaels, Denise Austin, Jane Fonda, Billy Blanks Jr., Scott Herman, Samantha Clayton, Garrett Amerine, Rainbeau Mars, Bryan Tanaka, and Sadie Nardini. Workouts are all free and offer everything from yoga to cardio to spot training. You can also follow a specific 30-day program with a different workout every day.
While the production quality of this animated video is low, there is tons of valuable information. There are suggestions for modifications and things to avoid while doing the exercises. Additionally, there is the sound of breath in the background, indicating when to inhale and exhale. This is a great way to get started with the 7-minute workout because it offers visuals for each exercise along with easy changes to each exercise if you are not able to complete the full exercise.
Want a channel with both attitude and a sense of humor? The Zeus Fitness is the one for you. This YouTube channel focuses on bodyweight exercises to build muscle and burn fat. There is a new workout posted every week, but the format is somewhat different. Instead of leading you through each exercise, this channel gives you a brief demonstration of what you’ll be doing, including number of repetitions in each set of exercises. If you don’t want to try to follow along with a fast-paced workout, this format may be the one for you.
With over one million subscribers, this YouTube channel is a great way to get started with yoga. Adriene posts a new video every Wednesday, and her gentle, encouraging style helps you ease not only into the physical practice of yoga but also the mental practice. There is no preachy mysticism – just straightforward information and encouragement. Her 30-day yoga camp started January 1st, but you can start the 30 days at any time of year.
Combining yoga, Pilates, and weight-bearing exercise in an urban bootcamp-like feel, Blogilates has workouts to help burn fat while sculpting long, lean muscle. Certified fitness instructor Cassey Ho leads workouts for both beginners and those with more experience. Blogilates is not only followed by nearly three million people on YouTube; this channel has also been featured on Dr. Oz and Steve Harvey.
She may be a national fitness model, but Autumn Calabrese’s YouTube channel offers much more than that. Autumn is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Fitness Professionals & Associates. Her workouts are for everyone from hardcore fitness fanatics to women trying to stay active and healthy through pregnancy.
Keaira LaShae is the high-energy, positive super hero on this YouTube channel that uses dance and great music to motivate and get you moving. Her channel also features 21-day challenges and recipes to keep you on the road to better health.
10. Good Health 24/7
Sponsored by Gold’s Gym, Good Health 24/7 offers an interesting mix of traditional workouts with a little Bollywood dance and yoga for weight loss thrown in. This channel also offers advice on nutrition and the mental aspects of working towards better health.
11. One How To
Among other things, One How To offers a complete Zumba playlist of moves and dances in under five minutes. Shake and shimmy on the way to your coffee break, or take a moment to shimmy the wiggles out with your kids after school. There are also videos on proper form for some CrossFit exercises, which can be very helpful for those starting CrossFit without a trainer.
And speaking of CrossFit, Quick10 has put together workouts that can be done in under ten minutes, many of which are CrossFit-based training techniques. With this YouTube channel you will always have time to squeeze in a workout.
Have you used YouTube for workouts? Which videos or channels are your favorite?