The Best YouTube Fitness Channels

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By: , – Jessica Smith, Certified Personal Trainer
6/19/2013 6:00 AM   :  48 comments   :  31,875 Views

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
 
Try: StreamFitTV
 
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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  • 48
    I used to do the Body Electric workouts back in the day. I found her channel on YouTube and man, it is as tough as I remember! I also remember how after awhile of doing it, I looked goood! LOL So I suppose that is my fav exercise channel on YouTube now! - 6/13/2014   9:41:53 AM
  • 47
    I love Jessica Smith TV and Fitness Blender. Both have a great variety for all levels of exercise. I'll take a look at the others too. - 5/31/2014   11:31:55 AM
  • 46
    I LOVE FitnessBlender & have been using it almost every day. I'll be checking out some of these others. Thanks for sharing them! - 4/24/2014   9:53:50 PM
  • 45
    This is an excellent article! Sometimes you just want to try out something new, but you don't have the time (or the money) to grab a new DVD. - 2/22/2014   3:33:37 AM
  • 44
    BellyDanceB has belly dance lessons which I enjoy. Also there's Free bellydance classes. Womens Fitness Magazine has a variety of workouts. For Tai Chi, there's Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi. - 1/9/2014   7:45:08 PM
  • 43
    I love JessicaSmithTV, the low impact workouts are awesome for those of us with knee issues! I also use Fitness Blender a lot. - 1/9/2014   7:12:32 PM
  • 42
    FitnessBlender FTW!
    Kelli and Daniel are just gorgeous!

    For Yoga... I think Ekhart Yoga (and EkhartYogaTV) are great channels.

    And BeFitIn90 offers a (have a guess!) 90-day-program with an easy-to-use-playlist for every single day. Mixes things up quite a bit and gets more and more challenging as the days/months go by.
    - 1/9/2014   9:23:50 AM
  • 41
    I'm very excited to check some of these out. Thanks! - 1/9/2014   8:29:54 AM
  • 40
    I like HASfit's videos, too. The sound quality isn't always superb, but the instructor, Coach Kozak, is a good motivator to get through the workouts. He has a variety of workouts that range from beginner low-impact to MMA-type training. (Not that MMA is my thing, but some people might be interested.) He demonstrates what to do, then does the exercises with you. He kind of reminds me of a male Coach Nicole. - 1/9/2014   8:10:55 AM
  • ONEREVIEWER
    39
    JessicaSmithTV workouts are the bomb! With modifications for low impacts exercisers, she and Peanut make great workout buddies. - 1/7/2014   12:01:57 AM
  • 38
    Tiffany Rothe is awesome and fun and challenging! - 11/24/2013   12:18:02 PM
  • 37
    I LOVE youtube!!! - 10/16/2013   11:21:06 AM
  • AAVAGYAN
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    Blogilates and Fitnessblender are my favourites!!! I also love Tyffany Rothe workouts and popsugar fitness! - 8/30/2013   12:59:38 PM
  • 35
    Thanks, I will check out some of these sites. - 6/26/2013   1:28:59 PM
  • MSGO72
    34
    Fitness Blender FTW! - 6/21/2013   5:32:42 PM
  • 33
    My favorite YouTube channels are lectures by Richard Bernstein M.D. on diabetes.
    Roby Mitchell M.D./PhD whose channel is DrFitt
    and IZZY BARISH who has great exercise videos.

    Dr. Mercola also has a great channel on health and fitness. - 6/21/2013   8:08:56 AM
  • 32
    I love Fitness Blender's Kettlebell routines! Thanks so much for this list. Will try some Pilates and yoga. - 6/21/2013   12:22:04 AM
  • RUNESHADOW
    31
    WETMAC, have you checked out the Chair Exercise Team on Spark People? Ann, AKA EMMAB1, has extensive links, articles, and so on for those of us with different mobility issues. The team has a great monthly newsletter. I know she has links to a YouTube channel of video clips, but I do not know how to navigate this site well enough to tell you how to access the resources. I hope you can reach out to EMMABE1 and check out the Chair Exercise Team and the resources. I, too, am disappointed in the Spark coaches not including more videos appropriate for disabled folks, or folks limited in mobility for short-term reasons such as recuperation from injury or surgery. Wishing you luck. I really think you will find suitable resources on our team!! - 6/20/2013   8:31:09 PM
  • 30
    There are so many fitness channels or dvds available these days and to suit all levels, IF YOU ARE ABLE BODIED!!"

    Please can someone point me to a dvd or a free cahnnel that has exercises for the DISABLED person?

    I am not going to respond in depth to this articvle as I have posteda comment on the article concerning obesity, and that does explain quite a bit as here in the UK we do have programmes avaiable for the disabledto assist them to get some exercise. However, it does get tome at times when I see Coach Nicole run through another exercise and show a video of uit in explanation. Most of the exercises that are suggested are impossible for disabled people to attempt.

    Ok, the best way for the disabled is fro monitored training, but there are some who do not live within reach of a gym or, like me, can only get to a gym once a week and would benefit from having some instruction on exercises that I could choose from and which I would be confident in attempting without doing myself any damage.

    On previous blogs I have raised this issue and yet I have not seen any response so far to it. I have even emailed Coach Nicole in the past and not even received an acknowledgement. Just because I live in the UK does not debar me from using the site effectively, even if sometimes I have to compromise when it comes to diet because we cannot get some of the ingredients that you folks can and thus I have to substitute on some of the recipes. However, this particular issue does frustrate me and I will keep raising it until I get a reply.

    Come on Spark. Be a first and actually give us some exercises for the disabled. You have your chair exercisesthat people can do who have limited mobility and that is a big step in the right direction. I applaud you for that. Nobody else seems to be interested, however, in exploring this any further and actually producing a workout for the disabled that gives the user options as to which exercises they would be capable of attempting, and also taking exercise to the next level and beyond.

    I am in no way being critical of what Spark is attempting to do and would miss it if it were to disappear. I need my daily Spark fix, lol. I would just love to see a response to what I am asking and I challenge Coach Nicole and her team to come up with something along the lines of what I am advocating. - 6/20/2013   3:35:15 PM
  • 29
    What a great article ! Thanks so much for putting this together. I saved to my Spark faves and subscribed to almost all of the YouTube channels so I can always get to all the sites quickly. - 6/20/2013   8:59:29 AM
  • WCBLACKWOOD
    28
    For some reason I hadn't considered YouTube as a source of free fitness materials: this is a great guide and I subscribed to several of the channels recommended. - 6/20/2013   8:00:33 AM
  • PURPLEJESSICA
    27
    I love the girls from Tone It Up, Karena and Katrina. Not only are they adorable, but their videos are different than the usual exercises you see and they're funny and encouraging too. They always change up the routines to keep it interesting and to surprise the body. They have a ton of routines to choose from! - 6/19/2013   7:46:39 PM
  • DARHUGS
    26
    JessicaSmithTV is my TOP favorite, but I also like Billy Blanks Jr. dance workouts on BeFit. - 6/19/2013   3:40:33 PM
  • 25
    I've never tried utube fitness before, but with that list, I could get more variety in the winter when exercising indoors gets boring. Thanks for the tip. - 6/19/2013   3:38:30 PM
  • 24
    Thank you for list...going to check them out. - 6/19/2013   3:10:05 PM
  • 23
    Thanks, I didn't know these channels were available - 6/19/2013   1:55:27 PM
  • CRISTALCONNORS
    22
    Very useful! Thanks. - 6/19/2013   1:15:17 PM
  • 21
    Jessica Smith's youtube channel is awesome!! - 6/19/2013   12:26:30 PM
  • 20
    This is awesome -- I had no clue all these free resources were available to me. - 6/19/2013   12:04:45 PM
  • LAFEMMEDELALUNE
    19
    This really helps me know which channels are safe and well put together. Thank you!! - 6/19/2013   12:03:31 PM
  • 18
    Thanks for all the great workouts. These will really help me reach my goals! - 6/19/2013   11:55:31 AM
  • 17
    I've tried fit blender and I like their exercises and how they're explained. Thanks for the other channels, I will check them out. - 6/19/2013   11:54:11 AM
  • 16
    I'm already subscribed to jessicasmithtv, sparkpeople, fitnessblender, and several mixes. My favorite by far is jessica smith. She puts out dvd's you can do in barefeet. She also has a little bull dog that is crazy cute!! I have 3 dogs that get in my way while i'm working out. Her work outs reflect real life in your living room. - 6/19/2013   11:50:56 AM
  • 15
    Great, thanks - 6/19/2013   10:10:22 AM
  • 14
    Thanks for the info. I had no idea I had so many options at my fingertips. - 6/19/2013   10:06:26 AM
  • 13
    Actually, my absolute favorites are, hands down, Jessica Smith - and Peanut! :) I just love Peanut, and after watching some videos in which Peanut was being pretty playful on that mat, I changed my mind about allowing my cats to climb over and under me while I'm trying to do my floor exercises.

    More importantly, I just love the workouts, my current favorite being the fusion - I just LOVE that one. Sadly, I sprained my ankle hiking, so I have to stick to floor or chair workouts for at least another week. I have also been doing a lot of FitnessBlender stuff and loving that as well as some of the Cafe Mom and Namaste Yoga videos.

    Thank you for the AWESOME videos, Jessica, as well as the great recommendations. I'll be sure to check out any that are on here that I haven't already looked into. - 6/19/2013   9:40:13 AM
  • 12
    You missed my favorite--Leslie Sansome Walking videos--so necessary for those rainy days. Great blog--this info is so good to know since the amount of exercise videos on YouTube is overwhelming. - 6/19/2013   9:21:06 AM
  • UN_TAMED
    11
    SO glad you included blogilates, I LOVE Cassie! - 6/19/2013   9:17:40 AM
  • 10
    wow, this is great. thanks. - 6/19/2013   9:13:24 AM
  • 9
    Thank you so much. Will check out some of these. - 6/19/2013   8:31:06 AM
  • 8
    Great information. I will look into this. Thanks. - 6/19/2013   8:26:53 AM
  • 7
    Great blog, Jessica. Just wish you had included some links for Tai Chi. There is not an instructor within a 100 miles of me so I am looking for some good videos on Tai Chi.
    - 6/19/2013   8:24:54 AM
  • 6
    Great information! Wow - so many great resources and all free! You have to love the internet! - 6/19/2013   8:07:48 AM
  • 5
    most useful - 6/19/2013   7:34:37 AM
  • 4
    I have started to do more you tube workout, I wish there is a way to track in the exercise with the calories showing. - 6/19/2013   7:05:34 AM
  • 3
    I love your channel Jessica, especially the 20 minute quick cardio. It's perfect for me as I only have a really small space to exercise in at home. I love Peanut- it cracks me up when he appears!

    I also like the fitness videos from Sugarpop on youtube. They have a good mix of things to try at home although I find some of the videos pretty tough still. - 6/19/2013   6:32:23 AM
  • 2
    I've been loving the JessicaSmith TV channel on YouTube. Great workouts! And now I will check out a couple of these others! Awesome! - 6/19/2013   6:22:22 AM
  • 1
    Sparkpeople, Fitness Blender and JessicaSmithTV are already in my list at Youtube. I'll have to check out Turbulence Training. Right now I'm in week 3 of Jessica's 5 week summer shape up challenge. I really like her workouts. - 6/3/2013   4:17:23 PM

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