We all try to live an active lifestyle—whether that’s going to the gym a few times a week, flowing through a yoga class, or trekking around in the great outdoors. But sometimes we’re too short on time (or, let’s be real, motivation) to head into a crowded workout studio or expose ourselves to the hot summer sun. Lucky for us, there are other options. Instead of neglecting our workout (and the mood-boosting benefits that come from it), we schedule ourselves a little one-on-one workout time with YouTube. The workouts are time-flexible, accessible, and expert-led. In other words, it’s basically a treasure trove of fitness.
A quick search unearths everything from yoga to Pilates to HIIT training routines; whatever type of sweat session you prefer, YouTube likely has it. That’s why we decided to put together a list of our favorite online fitness channels just to help you narrow your search a little bit. Here are the YouTube fitness gurus we can always count on for increasing our heart rate and improving our headspace.
Yoga With Adriene
Adriene Mishler is the light-hearted yogi behind this YouTube channel. Her yoga videos range from targeted practices for anxiety, depression, sleep, and pain (like this one for neck and shoulder relief) to power flows for strengthening and lengthening. Her goofy yet calming presence is enough to make you change into comfortable clothes, drink a cup of tea, and relax into a yoga routine.
Cassey Ho of Blogilates
Cassey Ho has been a mainstay on the YouTube fitness scene since she started uploading Pilates videos in 2009. Her website, Blogilates, provides fitness and nutrition advice, along with body-positive inspiration and sporty merchandise.
She specializes in workouts that build and tone muscle using nothing else but your own body weight. The workouts are hard but fun. Her bubbly and outgoing personality almost makes you forget your arms are screaming in the middle of a 15-minute workout (almost). Stay dedicated to her videos, try your best, and you'll see real change.
Although she does have videos fit for beginners, chances are that you'll love Tara Stiles's yoga videos if you're an intermediate or advanced yoga devotee. Her no-frills approach is quieting, calming, and strengthening for both the body and mind. (If you're not super into yoga, check her videos out anyway, because they might majorly inspire you; she's the most graceful human being we've ever seen).
Jeanette Jenkins is a celebrity personal trainer (responsible for training A-listers such as Kelly Rowland) who posts a variety of different workouts designed to increase strength. Many of her videos are extremely short—think no longer than 30 seconds—just so she can show a few reps of effective moves. Then, depending on how much time you have, you can make it an extended workout, or just do a few circuits. Take this Zumba video, for instance. It's solely concentrated on planks and high knees for an intense cardio sweat.
The Tone It Up Girls
Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott started their Tone It Up empire to share workout, nutrition, and even lifestyle advice. Many of their workouts take place in front of a beautiful backdrop of the Pacific ocean, so you can kind of feel like you're working out while on a SoCal vacation (better than working out at home, right?).
They're also regular Byrdie contributors! (Personally, we love their piece on the 5 exercises you should do if you sit all day).
XHIT Daily is a YouTube channel that regularly posts workout videos ranging from Crossfit to Pilates. The three hosts are incredibly knowledgable, reminding their viewers how to correct their form and get the most from their workouts throughout.
The Run Experience
We've covered yoga, Pilates, and strength training workouts, but this one is for any runners out there. The Run Experience has almost 70,000 YouTube subscribers, to which it shares motivating running tips, tricks, and advice. They have videos on everything from hydration and nutrition to race-day prep. Regardless if you're a runner or not, they share super-effective targeted workouts that are great for doing on the go.
Simmons posts regularly on YouTube, so you'll never be without a new workout to try. The best part? You don't need a ton of equipment. Many of her videos use your body weight, and maybe a dumbbell or two to target specific muscle groups. Plus, she produces videos on healthy meal prep, to keep you going throughout a busy week.