Looking for more exercise resources and workouts? YouTube is a great source for fitness--but with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to figure out which ones to follow! Of course, I am a huge fan of SparkPeople’s channel, where Coach Nicole has created a wide variety of different workouts for various levels of exercisers. But since I figure you are all already familiar with SparkPeople's videos, here are some more of my favorite YouTube channels (by category) for fitness workouts and why they’re worth checking out.
If you are interested in: Beginner-Focused Workouts
Try: Fitness Blender
While they offer a wide variety of different workouts for all levels, Fitness Blender has a nice library of beginner focused low impact sessions that are just right for someone starting an exercise plan. (You can check out their low impact/beginner workout playlist here). On screen cues help you remember the moves (there’s even an ‘up next’ cue that previews each coming move for you in the left corner of the screen) making it easy to follow along. There’s no music (each video offers an instructors guidance) so you can easily play your own music along with the videos if you like to groove while you sweat.
If you are interested in: Tough, Hardcore Workouts
Try: Turbulence Training
Certified trainer Craig Ballantyne, creator of Turbulence Trainin--a specific type of metabolic conditioning training designed for peak fat loss--offers some great full-length hardcore workouts on his channel. I prefer his routines to some of the other more popular "hardcore" workout channels out there because Ballantyne really knows his stuff and explains the how and why behind his exercise selection well, which is really important for safety when it comes to high intensity routines. If you like to work hard and push yourself to your limits, then check out his channel!
If you are interested in: Group Fitness “Class Style” Routines
Try: Café Mom Studios or Jenny Ford
Café Mom Studios offers a variety of full length, 20-30 minute fitness class style workouts designed for busy Moms (though you don’t have to be a Mom to benefit!). With workouts ranging from kickboxing to boot camp, the "studio" vibe makes you feel like you are working out right there with the group of non-intimidating women on screen.
If you prefer more of a one-on-one feel (but still enjoy the group fitness vibe), check out Jenny Ford’s channel. A certified aerobics instructor, Ford offers full length step, sculpt, aerobics and abs routines that feel just like a gym class, but it’s just the two of you working out together.
If you are interested in: Gym-Style Workouts At Home
StreamFit’s channel is lead by certified trainer and Men’s Health fitness expert BJ Gaddour, and offers a library of various "how-to" video clips explaining form and technique for exercises like archer push-ups and deep squats, along with some full length workouts (StreamFit’s streaming workout service offers an even larger variety of routines for a $9.99 monthly membership fee). And be sure to check out their “Comedy” playlist for a good abs workout (aka laugh). Despite the R-rated title, this one always has me cracking up.
If you are interested in: Pilates
Try: efit or Blogilates
eFit features some fabulous full length 30 minute Pilates routines led by several different certified Pilates instructors (they also offer yoga and bootcamp style workouts too) for a variety of different levels that feel like a real class.
Blogilates, created by certified Pilates instructor Cassey Ho, is a fun mix of Pilates and bootcamp sculpting workouts (for all levels) set to Top 40 music hits for workouts that are not only effective, but always entertaining! (She also offers great recipes, healthy cooking how-tos and more on her channel). You may have seen Cassey in this awesome “Quiet Cardio” routine that she and Coach Nicole recently teamed up with for!
If you are interested in: Yoga
Try: YogaYak or Sadie Nardini
Not only does YogaYak offer relaxing nature background sounds perfect to sleep through (they are 8 hours long!), but they also offer their “Namaste Yoga”--full length, in-depth yoga classes ranging in topics from kids yoga to yoga for boosting immunity.
If you like your yoga more active and challenging, check out Sadie Nardini’s channel which offers both "how-to" pose instruction videos along with full length active strength and core focused yoga flows.
Tell me, what’s your favorite YouTube channel for fitness workouts?
About the Author
I hope you’ll also check out my YouTube channel, JESSICASMITHTV. You’ll find a variety of free, full length workouts (including walking, sculpting, kickboxing, HIIT and yoga routines--check out my weekly class schedule for details) for a multitude of levels and styles--and you can meet my puppy, Peanut!
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