Get an amazing workout for free? Yes, we mean it! The pandemic has certainly changed how we think about our health. We’re paying closer attention to our immune system, what we eat (sourdough bread FTW!), and prioritizing movement. But as attending workout classes LIVE is still not an option, we’ve turned to virtual classes.
A recent (and interesting!) study found somewhere between 70 and 90 percent of Americans who previously went to a gym regularly reported they’ll likely permanently break up with their gyms post-pandemic. Now, app-based workouts and fitness trackers are the preferred ways to get our sweat on.
Thankfully there are hundreds of streaming fitness platforms to choose from—but also, whoa there are HUNDREDS to choose from—and many can be pricey. So, we went out and found the top five, free (yes free!) YouTube fitness platforms that will provide some of the most effective online workouts you’ve ever tried.
Try one (or all) and tell us what you think!
The Best YouTube Channels for Free Workouts
Hosted by fitness professionals tapped by the editors and team behind the wellness website POPSUGAR Fitness, this YouTube channel boasts more than 5 million subscribers. Join them to stream cardio dance workouts from Jennifer Garner’s favorite celebrity trainer, sample routines from trendy brands like LIT Method and more. Subscribe here.
Haven’t heard about Sydney Cummings yet? Chances are this won’t be the last time. Her since-2016 YouTube channel has grown crazy-quickly during 2020, especially after recent appearances on Good Morning America and in Forbes. The former college athlete and NASM certified personal trainer runs the Royal Change brand with her fiance, and their free YouTube channel is now home to hundreds of 10- to 60-minute routines. Hop around to try your favorites, or tune in daily: Cummings publishes a new strategically-programmed strength, cardio or flexibility workout daily at 5 a.m. ET.
Yoga with Adriene
Calling all yogis (or those who dream of being one)! International yoga teacher Adriene Mishler has one of the largest followings of all YouTube yoga channels for good reason—her 10- to 60-minute flows are inclusive to “all levels, all bodies, all genders, all souls” and her soothing voice is the perfect soundtrack to the supplemental meditation videos.
Posting her first POP Pilates® routine on YouTube in 2009, certified Pilates and fitness instructor Cassey Ho was one of the first YouTube fitness pros to become a celebrity in part due to her channel’s incredible popularity. More than 5 million subscribers are cheered on by the peppy trainer who somehow makes it fun to shake your way through Brie Larson’s superhero ab workout or an extreme 30-minute no-equipment thigh workout.
If you tend to get bored by the same ol’ same ol or are still trying to find your dream fitness format, Mad Fit might just be the best YouTube channel for you. Hosted by Maddie Lymburner, the wide-ranging free workouts on MadFit are structured by target area, rep count, time or soundtrack. If a One Direction or Ariana Grande dance party isn’t your jam, then maybe a 12-minute upper body dumbbell workout or a 300-rep squat challenge will be more your style.