11 of the Best YouTube Fitness Channels

By , SparkPeople Blogger
The gym is far from dead, a good group fitness class can be highly motivating and a run or walk around the block can be a great way to burn calories while enjoying the fresh air. But if you're pressed for time, house-bound by nasty weather or just having one of those days when you'd rather not venture out into close proximity to other humans, you can still get a great workout in the comfort and privacy of home.

The internet might have its drawbacks—political vitriol, misinformation and "fake news" come to mind—but it also comes with a bevy of cyberbenefits for those on weight loss and wellness journeys. Of course, we happen to think SparkPeople and our very own fitness videos are one of the best resources out there—but YouTube has countless other channels to help you embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Yoga With Adriene 

This is a great destination for beginners to start their yoga practice. Adriene provides tutorials on just about every foundational yoga pose and principle, along with organized playlists and classes to fit every schedule and experience level. She's fun, warm and easy to understand. Visit this channel to learn how to do yoga in a way that best meets your needs and goals.

Fitness Blender

Certified trainer Brandice Lardner recommends this free exercise channel to her clients to get a great workout at home within any time or space constraints or at any fitness level. The routines are simple and effective, and there are so many options that there's no chance of getting bored.




Personal trainer Caleb Backe, a health and wellness expert for Maple Holistics, recommends Lumowell as a channel that offers a wide range of workouts for everyone's needs. They post about five new videos each week, so there's plenty of variety.


The trainers behind this YouTube fitness channel believe that every person deserves to be fit, which is why their videos will always be free. To motivate their users to get and remain in shape, they offer 30- to 90-day fitness programs.


The Fitness Marshall

If you love dancing for fitness, this channel will let you get your groove on—and get the calories off. Caleb Marshall leads you in fun, high-energy moves to popular dance songs, and will keep you laughing along the way. We love that he uses backup dancers of all shapes, sizes and abilities.


Studio SWEAT onDemand

This channel offers a variety of free classes, including Spinning®, Yoga, TRX®, Pilates, HIIT and other full-body workouts. The classes are filmed during live sessions that feature real people, not fitness models or actors. The classes are designed to make users feel like they're a part of the in-studio class, receiving encouragement from an amazing powerhouse team of trainers and sweating it out alongside other real people.



This diverse fitness channel truly has something for everyone, offering free, full-length workouts from expert trainers including Jane Fonda, Denise Austin, Billy Blanks, Jr. and more. From equipment-free HIIT to Pilates routines to fat-burning dance routines, the thousands of videos ensure you'll never get bored.



Named after a combination of "blog" and "Pilates," this widely popular channel (with more than three million subscribers!) is the top-rated female-led YouTube destination. Led by certified fitness instructor Cassey Ho, it features her hit Pop Pilates workouts set to a motivating, high-energy Top 40 playlist. (You may have seen Cassey in this awesome “Quiet Cardio” routine that she and Coach Nicole teamed up to do!)


Sadie Nardini

A yoga and exercise science expert, Sadie helps her subscribers get max results in minimum time with her combination of yoga and High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Her channel  offers both "how-to" pose instruction videos along with full-length active strength and core-focused yoga flows.

Jessica Smith TV

At fitness trainer (and SparkPeople frequenter) Jessica Smith's YouTube channel, you’ll find a variety of free, full-length workouts—including walking, sculpting, kickboxing, HIIT and yoga routines—for a multitude of levels and styles.

Leslie Sansone Walk at Home

If walking is your go-to exercise and you want to get your steps in from the comfort of home, meet Leslie Sansone. Her popular walk-at-home workouts are available for free on her YouTube channel, and incorporate multi-muscle moves set to music to burn more calories than your typical leisurely stroll, without impact.

Have you tried any of these in our list? What are your favorite YouTube fitness channels?

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EO4WELLNESS 12/14/2018
Came back to revisit this one for more links--I've tried and been enjoying several of them already. Report
SLASALLE 12/5/2018
I LOVE Jessica Smith's short walk and talk (power walking) videos! I think at least TWO of them are on SparkPeople! Report
MNABOY 12/4/2018
Thanks for sharing Report
KATHRYNGC 11/24/2018
Really glad came across this article. Still learning internet. Using youtube is new to me. Would not have even thought to look until now. Thanks so much! Reading the comments had me deciding to check some of them out. Report
LADEPINO62 11/19/2018
Jessica is awesome! Her videos cover the broad spectrum of workout type, level and challenge. Coupled with her winning personality, "can do" encouragement to challenge yourself and Peanut- exercise is fun again! 🙏❤💪 Report
SKANESSA 11/18/2018
I LOVE Yoga with Adriene! She has something for almost everyone and she's just a likeable instructor (with a cute dog that sometimes makes an appearance).

I can't wait to check out some of these other channels. Report
GABY1948 11/18/2018
Great, Thank You! Report
LOSER05 11/18/2018
Great Report
2BDYNAMIC 11/17/2018
Thanks for all the great information! I just plugged into Leslie's walking video. Perfect for gym alternatives. Report
great info Report
ON_A_DIET 11/16/2018
Thank you! However, you did not mention good 'ol Richard Simmons. He may not be Zumba, but one still gets in some activity. Report
ARNETTELEE 11/16/2018
great info Report
EO4WELLNESS 11/15/2018
Thank you for pulling this list together! I'm already subscribed to a great number of these channels. There is also a blogilates team here on SP for people who want to keep up with the blogilates daily workout calendar. teams.sparkpeople.com/blogilates Report
PATRICIA-CR 11/15/2018
Gotta check them out! Thanks. Report
HOLLYM48 11/15/2018
Great article! Report
GABY1948 11/15/2018
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SIMPLY_JAE 11/15/2018
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_CYNDY55_ 11/14/2018
Great, thanks! Report
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GR8CATSBY 11/14/2018
Pahla Bowers is great. So is BodyFit by Amy. Both of them offer a huge variety of workouts! Report
CHRIS3874 11/14/2018
I guess its kind of what you get from a guest blogger as opposed to someone who might have more of a finger on the pulse of things. I like EXRX and Strength Camp
as well as old karate videos (especially kata) from Ohtsuka sensei or Mas Oyama.Not perhaps useful except for me. Report
JDOL1028 11/14/2018
Thank you for posting so many free options. Report
CECTARR 11/14/2018
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97MONTY 11/14/2018
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PICKIE98 11/14/2018
I like those names! Report
JULIEA7201 11/14/2018
Half of these I already subscribe to and almost all the other ones I added. :) I have a gym membership and love to walk outside, weather permitting, but definitely need these to round it out and mix it up! I get bored easily. ;) Report
AALLEY2 11/14/2018
Good to see the alternatives! Working out at home works for me. I'm a member of GHUTV with Chris Freytag and I like Jessica Smith, Margaret Richards, Leslie Sansone, and Sparkpeople! Report
AUNA_VISTA 11/14/2018
Thank you! This is a great list! I would highly recommend Leslie Sansone, she's terrific! I have some of her videos. And a book she wrote! Sometimes she has a little bit of running/jogging in her videos, but you can always choose to walk, if you can't do that. Anyway, you should try her out, and build a playlist of your favorite workouts with her! That way, you can just focus on what works best for you. But that's all the channels, you can build playlists from them. It's not that hard! Read about it, and you'll find it's a doable thing for you. It saves you time in the end, because you can more easily find what you want, and skip over what you don't want. Report
CC122981 11/14/2018
Yoga with Adrianne is the absolute BEST! I have always wanted a listing of the good workout channels because with winter coming I’m sure I won’t be out at the gym much! So here’s my backup. Thanks Report
SPINECCO 11/14/2018
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LIS193 11/14/2018
LOVE Yoga with Adriene!!
I have Leslie Sansome's DVD's Report
DICESARES 11/14/2018
thanks to everyone for posting this great info. My gym at work is closed for the week, and with holidays coming up, difficult to fit in my workouts. Already bored with 'treadmill interval' walk/jogs...and my kids TRY to get me to watch youTube all the time. Well, now they can watch it whenever they want...as long as it's on these saved channels! Report
I've used Leslie, Jessica Smith, and Fitness Blender--thanks for posting! Report
I love Yoga with Adriene. Doing the Yoga revolution series this month. Thank you for the good information. Very timely as we move indoors to stay fit. Report
POCONO714 11/14/2018
Love HASFit and Pahla Bowers also offers several unseated as well as seated workouts. Report
JSELLINGTON 11/14/2018
RefitRev is also a great channel. They are fun and even use Christian songs in some of their workout videos. They have been my go-to lately(11/14/18) Report
EMGERBER 11/14/2018
Thanks for this great list, I am going to check some of these out. Report
AMYRCMK 11/14/2018
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RAPUNZEL53 11/14/2018
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60SIXTY 11/14/2018
I just checked my Fitness Tracker for my favorite Coach Nicole videos. I had 6 that I did 6-10 years ago. Boot Camp was my favorite series,
Since I have developed some physical limitations, my current favorite is: 11-Minute Chair Cardio Workout. She emphasizes to work at your own level. I may never do boot camp again, but I can do Cardio.

MLW84MOM 11/14/2018
I really enjoy JessicaSmithTV especially her prenatal series while I was pregnant. Report
RSCHWARTZ2 11/14/2018
My personal favorite is Hasfit. They have something for everyone, from seniors to advanced. In addition to the various fitness programs there are hundreds of videos to pick from so that you can design your own program. Report
KASEYCOFF 11/14/2018
I broke a bone in my foot back in June. Consequently, I was looking beyond the basic chair exercises and trying to find more cardio/aerobic videos that would really give me a workout while not straining my foot. That's how I came to Hasfit.

Not to plug any particular set of workout videos, but the Hasfit workouts have done very well for me.

Having said that - I will also check the others that have been listed in this article. Thanks for posting it. It's convenient to have the information in one place. :-) Report
Like to walk with Leslie. Great workout. Report
Thanks for the info! I will be checking these out. Also appreciate all the reviews given below by fellow Sparkpeople. Report
KHALIA2 11/13/2018
I love to walk! Report
DEBVNE 11/13/2018
HASfit is a favorite of mine. This husband and wife team make working out with them fun! They make excellent use of time while working everything. He’s a personal trainer and he’s a master of compound moves. Fitness Blender is great when I’m looking for something to complete a workout. They don’t use music in their workouts otherwise I really like them both. My absolute favorite is AngieFitnessTV.com. We work out together several times a week! Angie is a licensed trainer and a physical therapist. Her series are excellent and she offers every kind of workout you can imagine. From the warm up to the cool down, Angie makes the most of your time. She challenges, offers form cues, and offers options to level up or down. Check her out. Report
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KATIBUG49 11/12/2018
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Will need to check these out! Thanks! Report