I’ve always understood the benefits of regular exercise.
Not only is it important for reaching your weight loss and fitness goals, it is also wonderful for your mental health.
I don’t know about you, but a good workout always helps me forget about whatever is troubling me. It gives me a boost of energy, releasing those good endorphins!
I used to think that a good workout could only happen in the gym, surrounded by state-of-the-art equipment and others with similar goals. While I don’t discount the benefits of gym workouts, I’ve come to realize that I really can also get a good, high quality workout in the comfort of my own home. This is especially important these days, when we’re staying safe at home.
One of my favorite ways to work out at home is with YouTube fitness videos!
There are tons of YouTube creators who lend their time and talent to creating full length workout videos that are sure to get you fit and toned. The best part? They are FREE! You’ll find much more variety than you will ever get in gym workout classes.
Over the past few years, I have discovered quite a few, but here I’d like to share with you my five go-to YouTube channels that I’ve incorporated into my workout routine.
Note: These channels are not listed in order of favorite to least favorite or vice versa. I love them all! Keep reading…
# 1 Blogilates
Blogilates is the brainchild of the bubbly and always encouraging Cassey Ho. Her YouTube channel is at the top of the YouTube fitness channel list, boasting a mind-blowing 5 million plus subscribers at the time of this post.
Cassey has created her own unique version of Pilates known as Pop Pilates, described as:
a powerful fusion of music, strength, and choreography that takes classical Pilates to the next level. POP Pilates is a dance on the mat.Pop Pilates website
In case you’re not familiar with Pilates, it is a form of exercise created by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. Pilates exercises build and improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion, focusing on the body’s “core” or abdominal muscles. It also leads to a long, lean, sculpted body if done consistently.
Blogilates workouts are low impact! Gone are the days of floor-pounding workouts for me. As I’ve gotten older, my joints and knees can’t take it.
The workouts, though challenging, don’t feel impossible to do and, if done properly, cause no discomfort. But, make no mistake: you WILL be sore, especially when you start. Cassey is good about explaining the moves and also providing a modified version if the regular is too challenging.
No equipment is required! However, since most exercises are on the floor, a mat is highly recommended. But, a towel will do!
My Favorite Blogilates Workout
This is one of my favorite lower body Blogilates workout videos! Short, sweet, and great for the legs, hips, and booty!
# 2 Body Project
Body Project is a fitness YouTube channel run by husband and wife team Daniel and Alexandra Bartlett.
Their workouts are reminiscent of old-school step workouts, with a modern-day twist. They incorporate high intensity interval training (HIIT), strength training with weights, and Pilates-type moves.
Body Project also has a website, Team Body Project, which is a membership-based site with paid workout programs. I think it’s a great choice if you’d like more options and you’re willing to pay. I am focusing on budget-friendly (read: free) fitness options, so their YouTube channel is enough for me.
What I love about Body Project is that there’s something for everybody! They have chair workouts for seniors or those with limited mobility, strength-based workouts for toning and sculpting, and lots of low impact, high energy cardio. I also appreciate how they motivate you to just start from where you are.
My Favorite Body Project Workout
This is one of my favorite Body Project workouts because it really makes me sweat!! I like to do this one about twice a week and always feel thoroughly worked out!
# 3 HASfit
HASfit, short for Heart and Soul Fitness, is a YouTube fitness channel featuring couple Coach Kozak and Claudia.
I first came across their channel when I was searching for kettlebell workouts (see my favorite workout below), but found a large variety of strength-focused cardio workouts on the channel.
What’s great about channels without workout couples is that one person provides beginner modifications, allowing beginners to get in a great workout without compromising form or risking injury. If you’re ready for more advanced moves, the other person has got you covered!
Although HASfit doesn’t upload new videos very often, they have more than enough workouts for you to try.
My Favorite HASfit Workout
Don’t let the ‘beginner’ title fool you. This is a tough workout, especially if you’re new to using a kettlebell. But, it’s super effective, combining strength and cardio for a well-rounded workout in less than 30 minutes.
If you’ve never used a kettlebell before, I’d suggest finding a video that shows how to use one properly to avoid injury. This is especially important for doing the “Kettlebell Swing!” Type in “how to do a kettlebell…” in the YouTube search bar to find examples of many kettlebell exercises.
# 4 MadFit
I have to admit, I was kind of intimidated by this channel when I first came across it.
Maddie Lymburner, the star behind the channel, is a 20-something former professional dancer. She’s clearly super fit and seems to have energy for days! I am none of those things, so I wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep up.
Then, I realized I don’t have to be! I’m a 40-something woman who wants to improve my health by working out. That motivation alone is enough for me to tackle any workout.
What I love most about MadFit is that it is challenging and takes me outside of my comfort zone. Although many workouts are easy on the joints, they are still HIIT-based and very heavy on strength training. This is super important for me, as I an severely lacking muscle tone and upper body strength.
If you love cardio workouts, MadFit also has a lot of fun song challenge videos, where Maddie works out to popular, upbeat songs.
My Favorite MadFit Workout
Here’s my favorite MadFit video so far. It’s a short, apartment-friendly HIIT workout that combines cardio and strength training. Maddie uses dumbbells, but you can use water bottles, cans…anything you have at home. I have to say, those mountain climbers take me out every time!
If you’re a Gen X-er like me, then you’ve probably heard of Leslie Sansone’s Walk Away The Pounds fitness empire!
I remember discovering Leslie’s VHS tapes (yikes!) back in the early 2000s when I was in my twenties and trying to lose weight. I had always heard about how walking is one of the most effective ways to lose weight, and wanted to see for myself.
It is true! Walking, along with changing my eating habits, resulted in significant weight loss and, more importantly, developed in me a desire to maintain regular exercise.
Well, fast forward twenty years! These days, Leslie and her Walk at Home team share their workouts on YouTube! I have to admit, I do prefer walking outside when the weather is nice. However, when it’s too hot, too cold or rainy, I turn to YouTube for a cardio-filled walk at home workout!
My Favorite Walk at Home Workout
Here’s a classic 2 mile walk video from Leslie Sansone! It’s simple, effective, and you can do it in the comfort of your own home. It’s even apartment friendly, as long as you’re light on your feet!
Have you considered using YouTube fitness channels to up your home-based workout game? Let us know below in the comments: who is your favorite go-to YouTube fitness guru?