I discovered YouTube as a form of fitness trainer only a few years ago and it was such a revelation!
Free classes whenever I wanted; morning, noon and night (the gym was never open early enough for me to go before work and there were definitely no classes on at that time of the morning). I could choose what I wanted to do that day; weight training, aerobics, pilates, HIIT, the list was endless!
After a few months though I soon had my favourite YouTube channels that provided me with quick and varied workouts that I felt were easy to follow and well put together. Here are my favourites.
1. BodyFit By Amy
BodyFit By Amy has workouts ranging from 5 minutes to 45 minutes, so you can choose to fit in a quick workout before work, or dedicate a longer period of time to get your heart pumping.
She has over 170 videos to choose from and has categorised them into playlists to make what you're looking for easy to find.
No equipment? She has no equipment workouts. She also has kettlebell and dumbell workouts, as well as workouts suitable for pregnancy and new mothers! There really is no excuse when you have this variety of workout videos for free!
Her videos focus on repeating particular moves to work different parts of your body and do not feel too choreographed or as if they should be done to cheesy workout music. I love these simple, no nonsense workouts.
Many women have come across Cassey from Blogilates. Her ever-so-cheerful demeanour and seemingly never-ending motivation are inspiring to many. If you find yourself struggling through one of her videos though, be warned, you'll start to wonder why she's so happy.
However, if Cassey's videos get you her envious body, it's worth every bit of pain she'll put you through!
Blogilates is a Pilates programme that is best followed by signing up on the Blogilates website. Each month you get a new calendar telling you which workouts to follow to target different areas of your body or for things like strength and flexibility. Definitely start off with the beginner's calendar though, otherwise you'll really struggle to understand or keep up with the current programme.
I personally don't follow the Blogilates programme religiously, but I search for videos when I feel like fitting in a bit of Pilates, which I have found doing just once a week has really improved my flexibility and eases any little niggles I may have, such as back problems and having stiff joints.
3. PopSugar Fitness
You’ve probably heard of the PopSugar website, which is a magazine-style website for women covering all sorts of different topics including fitness, but did you know PopSugar Fitness has its own YouTube channel where they collate all their workout videos?
This channel gives videos offering a huge range of different exercises. I primarily use it for their Tabata workouts which are timed for you and do all the moves with you, but they also have workouts by fitness coaches for Victoria’s Secret Models and more.
As with most fitness channels, you can choose to have a very short 5–10 minute workout or go for a longer 45–60 minute workout using PopSugar Fitness.
4. Jessica Smith TV
I first discovered Jessica Smith on the 10 Minute Solution Knockout Body Workout DVD, which I’d highly recommend. It gives you five 10-minute workout videos that are designed around kickboxing moves and give you a really good cardio workout. I used these before taking up running and they dramatically improved my fitness videos. You can do just one video at a time, or the DVD allows you to programme several videos in your chosen order to make an even longer workout. It was Jessica’s style of teaching in these videos that led me to look for her on YouTube.
She’s encouraging without being over-the-top or patronizing. She also makes videos that require no equipment, which is ideal if you don’t own any type of gym equipment at home.
Jessica Smith TV allows you to select a workout based on the time you’re able to commit to or workout style. She also has question-and-answer videos that you may want to have a nosy at.
With over 500k followers, she has a strong following.
I hope these channels enable you to have a go at a bit of YouTube fitness! After a bit of searching and a little trial and error, I am sure you will discover several channels that cater to your fitness needs and style just as I have.
If you have any suggestions for other fitness channels I should try, please comment below—I am always willing to discover a new (free) workout!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on November 02, 2016:
That's a great resource, I must try them out. Thanks. Sharing