Youtube workouts for every activity and fitness level

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The world of online training can be a weird place – some YouTube accounts inexplicably turn into virtual coaching journals (“Surprise Proposition!”)

But there’s a simple reason many channels and influencers have millions of followers: It’s a lot easier to train when you don’t have to invent the moves and get routine. And in the midst of a pandemic that is quarantining almost the entire country, working out with the help of a digital trainer is the closest most of us can get to our regular fitness routines.

There is a seemingly endless array of free online videos and apps that promise to get you in the best shape possible, and it can be difficult to determine which ones are worth a shot. So over the course of seven weeks, I took yoga classes, sweated during HIIT workouts, and grumbled through strength training sequences to test 24 of the most popular programs and bring you a verdict. These five programs came out on top, thanks to knowledgeable instructors, easy-to-follow and well-produced videos, and a variety of workout types. My journey started before the pandemic hit, so I did a lot of experimenting at my local gym. But with a little basic equipment, you can do most of them at home: some require weights, bands, and mats, and others require little space.

Bring the bar and the Pilates studio home

(Courtesy of Blogilates)

You may need to scroll through some non-workout related content on Blogilates’ YouTube channel (unless you’re really interested in a video from the trainer explaining how cheap bikinis compare to expensive bikinis), But these low impact workouts are good for strength and mobility and don’t require any equipment. Cassey Ho, a Certified Pilates and Group Fitness Instructor, teaches classes similar to those you would encounter in a Pilates bar or studio. There are multi-day programs for those who want continuity, such as a six-week boot camp or Pilates series, and there is a wide choice of a la carte, full-body and zone-specific routines. , which last from five to 30 minutes. I tried a glute challenge, which included 100 donkey kicks on each leg, and almost had to be out of the gym with a forklift. Ho describes each workout well in advance, and offers recommendations for household items you can use in place of equipment, like a stack of pounds instead of weights for an abdominal workout. If you’re braver than me, you’ll love the workouts that are tuned to popular songs. I tried doing an abs workout and dance routine on Shawn Mendes’ “Senorita” in a crowded gym. I finally decided that if I stopped the movement of Ho’s “sexy legs”, I would scar everyone around me for life.

For a simple, bone-free workout

(Courtesy of Fitness Blender)

FitnessBlender is the opposite of a Shawn Mendes inspired dance workout. The channel is run by personal trainers Daniel and Kelli Segars and is ideal for anyone who wants a no-frills workout. Some HIIT and whole body routines last around an hour and are meant to be done on your own, while others last around ten minutes and target points like your abs or arms. Trainers do not describe the exercises in advance, which could be confusing for beginners, although they do make modifications for difficult movements. A timer in the upper right corner counts down each video, and there’s no music or aesthetic background to provide distraction. I did three workouts in my studio: one required a resistance band, the other two only used body weight. Each video was crisp and efficient, which I enjoyed, although I ended up streaming music to my phone to muffle the sound of my wheezing.

Find a yoga practice for every mood

(Courtesy Yoga with Adriene)

Certified yoga teacher Adriene Mishler has been streaming yoga videos on her YouTube platform Yoga with Adriene since 2012 and has over 7 million subscribers, more than almost any other fitness channel on the site. His videos have over 500 million views and range from short ten-minute streams to 40-minute classes targeting specific areas like your arms or core. Mishler also offers classes that address certain needs, such as back pain and stress management. I liked Mishler’s channel because of its clear instructions, high quality presentation, and personality. Also because her dog, Benji, makes an appearance in most of the videos. In addition to the regular yoga streams, I broadcast a few of her meditations and breathing exercises, which were a great way to wind down at the end of the day. Note that the chain can get a little crazy – in “Yoga for Inner Space Travel”, Mishler wears antennae and a turquoise bodysuit. Namaste, earthlings.

If you want more variety

(Courtesy of Pop Sugar Fitness)

Popsugar Fitness is a good option if you prefer to train with a variety of instructors. The YouTube platform often has guest hosts, like celebrity trainer JJ Dancer, or instructors from Barry’s Bootcamp. You can experience tabata, dance, barre, yoga, kickboxing, Pilates, and muscle group specific workouts. (There’s even a belly dancing class, if you’re feeling daring.) Videos range from one-minute challenges to 45-minute dance routines. Most of the videos have three trainers, two of which make changes to the movements. I did two ab videos and a glute workout in my studio and didn’t have any space issues, although you might want more space if you decide to stream a class. kickboxing or dancing. The group is also offering free access to its Active platform, an ad-free app-based program, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Elevate your strength training

(Courtesy of Hasfit)

If you have workout gear at home, try the HasFit YouTube channel. Many of his workouts use dumbbells, kettlebells, or resistance bands, although some only use body weight. Like many other platforms, HasFit offers a plethora of workout options like HIIT or tabata, but I chose it for strength training. Workouts are around five to 45 minutes long, so you can combine a series of short sessions or just make a long video. Certified personal trainer Joshua Kozak and his wife, Claudia, demonstrate all movements in advance. Claudia uses a lighter weight set to showcase the modified versions, which I have found useful. One caveat, however: there are silly times. Joshua refers to his followers as members of the “HasFit Tribe” and the workout videos are interrupted with motivational quotes ready for display. (“You only succeed as much as you try.” Deep, HasFit.) But in the end, the workout is worth the cheese factor.

Honorable mentions

Annie clarke

(Courtesy of Annie Clarke)

While I found the Yoga with Adriene channel to have a wider variety of options, I liked the core-centered flow and guided meditation on Annie Clarke’s YouTube channel. The London-based yoga teacher’s presentation feels authentic, even if Adriene was more engaging.

Sarah Grace Fitness

(Courtesy of Sarah Grace Fitness)

This certified trainer and CrossFit competitor’s YouTube page has plenty of kettlebell and barbell workouts that involve movements such as pulls and presses. I liked the tabata barbell workout, once I figured out what was going on. Grace just offers a quick overview, then dives into a quick workout, which can be hard to follow. But his training kicked my ass.


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