We all do it – after the indulgence of Christmas we arrive at 1 January and resolve to get moving. Whether you have a specific goal in mind – maybe you want to run a mile without stopping or do a full press up – or you just know you want to move your body to feel healthier, stronger and better mentally as well as physically, January is as good a time as any to roll out the yoga mat, pull on your trainers or just get jumping around your living room.
Of course, in ‘normal times’ we’d all be rushing to take out gym memberships, but with tight restrictions still in place due to the pandemic, home workouts are where it’s at for the foreseeable.
And there are a lot of pros for exercising at home: for one, there’s no one around which means zero embarrassment as you attempt the eagle pose, but also, it can be completely free as there are literally hundreds of fitness videos on YouTube that you can follow along with.
Of course, anyone can upload a video to YouTube and claim to know what they’re talking about, so to keep yourself safe we’ve rounded up 10 of the best fitness YouTubers who really know their stuff when it comes to squats, burpees and lunges.
11 of the best fitness YouTubers to subscribe to
A strong contender for MVP of 2020, Joe Wicks became the nation’s PE teacher last year as we went in and out of various states of lockdown, but the fitness fanatic has been inspiring thousands to get moving for years now, which means his YouTube channel, The Body Coach TV, is packed with tons of workouts. His speciality is HIIT (high intensity interval training) which means his videos are fast-paced but short – expect to sweat in minutes.
If you miss that class workout feeling, POPSUGAR’s videos will bring that energy right into your living room. Led by a variety of expert fitness trainers with peppy enthusiasm by the bucket load, there’s everything from kickboxing and dance cardio to pilates and barre.
Yoga with Adriene
Fancy getting your zen on? Adriene has been the go-to yoga instructor on Youtube for years and for good reason. Not only are her videos easy to follow along with (and usually between 20-30 minutes long so easy to ft into a busy schedule) and her voice calming, you’ll often spot her dog Benji in the background, which is always a bonus in our books.
Known for her super short (but effective) 7 minute workouts, Lucy Wyndham-Read is the fitness YouTuber for people who want to get active but don’t have hours a day to dedicate to it – alternatively, if you do have more time you can do a few of her videos in a row to create a longer workout that’s bespoke to your goals.
Kayla doesn’t post full workout videos to follow along with, but she does post short 30-second workout explainers that you can then execute in your own time, plus she has lots of videos on the perfect form for specific exercises, so you’ll never injure yourself even without a trainer watching you.
If it’s more HIIT workouts you’re after, fitness YouTuber Krissy Cela regularly posts workouts on her channel as well as healthy eating ideas to support your new fitness routine. Krissy went from gym-phobic to gym bunny and operates under the motto that if she can do it, anyone can.
For more yoga flows, check out Cat Meffan. While anyone can attempt her videos (as yoga can always be performed to the best of your own ability), Cat’s videos tend to be best for intermediate yogis – she’s especially good at leading fast-paced vinyasa yoga that will work up quite the sweat.
Cassey Ho aka Blogilates is a certified pilates and fitness instructor, whose pilates-based workouts will have you toned up and stronger than ever in no time (oh and last year she did an abs workout with actual Brie Larson).
Shona is hot on form, functional movement and mobility and as a yoga teacher, personal trainer and ex-gymnast Shona knows plenty about all of that. Amongst her yoga videos and bodyweight workouts are hip opening sequences and morning mobility routines (an excellent way to start the day for those of us who sit at a desk all day).
Zanna Van Dijk
Known for endorsing strength training for women, Zanna regularly uploads real time workouts to follow along with, often with a specific aim, such as glute blast, strong core or abs and obliques.
Carly’s YouTube is full of real time workouts that require zero equipment and recently her ‘one song workouts’ have been particularly popular with the time-poor and those just starting out on their fitness journey.