Ace those fitness goals and start on your at-home online workouts with these top apps and YouTube channels
No time for fitness classes, mama? We get you. In between school drop-offs, work and cooking dinner, who has the time?!
Why not roll out your mat in the living room and put on a video, just like mom used to do? No, really – we get how the thought of leaving the house to work out is already a struggle in itself, so maybe getting into your athleisure (or just wearing whatever comfy clothing you already have on!) and working up a sweat at home will make those New Year fitness goals a whole lot more achievable. Best part? It’s free!
Check out our fave YouTube channels and fitness gurus to follow for a quick sweat sesh at home!
Only have 10 minutes on your clock? That’s really all the time you need to work out with BeFit. From butt toning to fat burning and body sculpting, take your pick! They also have tons of dance and yoga videos if you’re looking to switch things up.
Famous for her Victoria’s Secret workouts, Rebecca Louise does short yet effective workout videos that have been proven by subscribers to work in a matter of weeks. On her Victoria’s Secret Abs video, one commenter said, “I love this. I have been doing it twice a day for two weeks and I have lost 10 pounds!” Skeptical? Only one way to find out, mama.
If you’re on Instagram a lot, chances are you might have come across a video or two from social media fitness queen Kayla Itsines. Her account is full of inspiring before-and-after photos from her ‘BBG community’ – the huge following that swear by her Bikini Body Guide – and it can really spur you on to workout ASAP! Sign up for 7 free days of the BBG to get a feel of her workouts before you commit to a 12-week programme on the Sweat with Kayla app. And be sure to check out our own Editor’s review of the program!
With over 500 full-length workout videos on their channel, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the variety of exercises by this husband-and-wife team. Whether it’s leg day, arms, back or full body, Fitness Blender has a great mix of workouts to cater to those who have equipment or choose to do without.
Quick without being too fast that you can’t keep up (we’ve all been there!), Tracy Anderson’s videos are well-paced as she explains each move thoroughly. While she doesn’t have her own channel on YouTube, a quick search will rake up a few videos she’s done in collaboration with other channels like Goop and POPSUGAR Fitness. Her legendary arm series is a killer!
For easy-to-follow, no-nonsense workouts, check out GymRa. Their trainers take things slow, allowing you to get used to the movements before moving on to the next exercise. Plus they often film their videos outdoors, which makes us feel like we’re breathing in some fresh air too despite being indoors!
Yoga with Adriene
Soft spoken (without being too ‘breathy’), concise yet thorough with explanations and offering a variety of workouts and flows, Yoga with Adrienne is one of, if not the most popular yoga channel on YouTube with almost 3 million subscribers. Her videos range from quick 5-minute ‘Yoga Boosts’ for in-between-work breaks, to 15 to 20-minute morning workouts (Detox Yoga | 20 Minute Yoga Flow for Detox and Digestion is a great one to get sweaty in a short time), and even a 30-day Yoga Camp Series.
Made up of mostly short, 15 to 20-minute yoga videos (great for busy peeps!), Bad Yogi includes useful beginner, intermediate or advanced level indications on each video so you can find the best one to suit you. We love that she takes a more unconventional approach to yoga, encouraging everyone to join the movement regardless of lifestyle or background.
Cassey Ho of Blogilates is the founder of POP Pilates, described as “a total body, equipment-free workout that sculpts a rock solid core and a lean dancer’s body like nothing else can.” On her blog and YouTube channel you’ll find more than just Pilates workouts (such as HIIT and cardio), but we’re particularly loving the PIIT (Pilates Intense Interval Training) playlist, which offers quick 9-minute videos of targeted Pilates-inspired exercises to get us sweating in no time!
The Fitness Marshall
If you love to boogie but feel too embarrassed to let loose in a class setting, watch The Fitness Marshall on your TV and turn up the volume in the comfort of your own living room. Caleb talks you through fun moves while you workout to the latest hits that you can’t help but dance to. Plus it’s great fun to do with the kids!
While POPSUGAR Fitness on YouTube offers everything from kickboxing to HIIT, their dance workouts are a real standout, as they’re short in duration and generally super fun to do (there’s nothing quite like a workout that makes you feel like JLo).
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