10 of my favorite online fitness trainers

Hi friends. I hope that you’re enjoying the day so far. I’m catching a barre class here at home and will likely spend the rest of the day at the pool with the crew. It’s been so hot here that the pool has been a gamechanger. It’s nice to get some fresh air and outdoor activity, while the girls get out some of their boundless energy.

During this time when we’ve been at home – AZ opened up a few weeks ago but we’ve still been staying here for the most part – I’ve been SO thankful for all of the online fitness options. I’ve been rotating through quite a few things: my Home Workout Warrior plan, Peloton, Barre Body, Les Mills, streaming yoga classes, and obé fitness. I’ve been all over the place and it’s been refreshing to shake things up. During the past few months, I’ve found some new faves and also become reacquainted with some old favorites.

I thought I’d share my very favorite inspiring online trainers and instructors here if you’re looking to try something new!

10 of my favorite online fitness trainers

10 of my favorite online fitness trainers

Glenn from Les Mills

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Glenn Ostergaard is one of the Les Mills OGs and is the the program director for BODYPUMP, RPM, and Les Mills SPRINT. When I first got BODYPUMP certified, I took his online classes and was like, “Who is this guy?!” His cueing is laser-sharp and effective  –  he’s always motivating. (I’m also distracting by his arm muscles sometimes lol.) I highly, highly recommend any of the BODYPUMP classes or the options on the Les Mills On Demand platform. My link still gets you 30 days free if you’d like to check it out here! All of the instructors are incredible, but Glenn (and Diana) will always be my very faves.

Amanda Kloots

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Sigh. I just love Amanda. She just seems like such a bright light and lovely person (and someone who is going through an absolutely horrible personal life situation right now. It breaks my heart and I pray for a miracle every day for this sweet family). I first downloaded her dance cardio workout when we lived in Valdosta and frequently used it in my routine. It was one of the few online dance cardio workouts that I loved. Her energy is incredible, the moves are easy to follow, and it gets your heart rate up. I’ve downloaded another one of her full-length workouts to use when we first locked down (this one is a BLAST!) and she’s also the reason I signed up for obé fitness.

Walter K. from obé fitness

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Keeping my membership for obé fitness was a liiiiiiiittle bit of a mistake. I originally signed up for the trial so I could review it for the blog (full review coming soon!) and so I could take more of Amanda’s classes. (She has a handful of classes on the platform!) I ended up continuing my membership because I really like some of the workouts. My #1 favorite instructor on the platform so far: Walter K. HE IS AMAZING. A few weeks ago, I saw that he offered a Dance HIIT class and figured it was right up my alley. It’s become a weekly part of my routine to shake out my legs and break a quick sweat. The moves are sassy and fun, and he alternates with more traditional plyometric and athletic movements. Definitely check it out if you love dance cardio!

Cody Rigsby

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Cody is one of those people I wish I could hang out with in real life. Whenever I take one of his rides on the Peloton bike, I have a huge smile on my face. He has a gift for taking the “work” out of working out and genuinely makes it a fun and attainable part of life. He’s inspiring (and has totally made me cry before on the bike) and just a breath of fresh air in the fitness space.

Alex Toussaint

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I almost always take an Alex ride when I want to hit a new Peloton PR. He always pushes me to my max and plays the best music. His club bangers rides are my very favorite; it feels like a club vibe and almost distracts you from the fact that you’re crushing it on the intensity. Check out his Instagram here.

The Fitness Marshall

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I first fell in love with Caleb’s classes a couple of years ago when I was browsing around YouTube for new Zumba ideas and choreography. He choreographs dances to top 40 songs (it’s nice when you know all of the words) and the moves are easy to follow. It takes the intimidation away from dance cardio and he’s HILARIOUS. This is a great option if you’re looking for warm up options to do at home. Pop on a couple of Fitness Marshall dances and you’re good to go.

Ally Love

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Ally Love is another one of my favorite Peloton instructors. She has a magical way of getting into my heart and always shares a mantra or bit of wisdom that I can keep with me for the rest of the day. Her classes feel like a spiritual experience and I always feel calm and centered afterwards.

Shaun T.

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Shaun T. needs shoutout because he was one of the instructors who truly made me fall in love with online fitness, years and years ago in the Insanity days. He is a POWERHOUSE and even though I was in my guest room with our tiny TV, I always felt like he was talking to ME. He has a magic that you can’t teach or learn; it’s inherent in certain people and you can feel it when you take their classes.

Alexia Clark

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Alexia Clark is ridiculously gorgeous and does an incredible job with her fitness programming. I’ve learned a lot from following her on Instagram, especially about new ways to use bands and slam balls. I did a paid membership for a little while – it was almost every day and I like to shuffle things around with my own workouts – but I really liked it for new inspiration. Check out her Instagram here.

Chalene Johnson

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Chalene is another trainer that just has that magic gift for making you feel included (even when you’re virtual), motivated, and inspired. As a fitness instructor, I always wanted to be Chalene when I grow up. I have to admit that I was disappointed with her new book – I’m not into the keto bandwagon – but I still go crazy for some of those vintage Turbofire and PiYo videos.

So, tell me friends: who’s one of your favorite online fitness trainers? Who do you wish you could hang out with in real life?



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  1. Cara on June 10, 2020 at 7:28 am

    Well obviously you!
    You have such a great energy when you instruct, love your videos.
    I am also a long time Shaun T fan, I also really love Lindsay of Nourish Move Love.

    Keep it up Gina, you are so great.

    • Fitnessista on June 10, 2020 at 1:08 pm

      ahhh that made my whole day – thank you! <3

  2. Kelli Harrison on June 10, 2020 at 7:56 am

    Love Alexia Clark her program is amazing and love how it’s different everyday!

    • Fitnessista on June 10, 2020 at 1:08 pm

      yes, she has so many great workouts!!

  3. Natalie Franks on June 10, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    I agree! Ally Love is everything you say ❤️ I’ll have to try a ride from Cody now too. Most recently I’ve been working out to Peloton rides by Kendall on repeat. She always makes me smile.

  4. Abby on June 10, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    I have been a loyal obé-er for a couple years now and absolutely love it! Walter is amazing and I love Melody and Tiffani for strength classes with heavier weights.

  5. Jessie R on June 10, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Great list, love Chalene, Caleb Marshall, and Shaun T! I’m not a great dancer but find the Fitness Marshall choreography easy to follow :).

  6. GeeAnn on June 11, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    I love Cody! He seems like such a fun person in real life and he always makes me laugh during his rides.

  7. Kristin on June 11, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    I love watching some you tube trainers like Sydney Cummings, Body Fit by Amy, Heather Robertson, and Jessica Smith. I of course have to mention your Warrior Workout guide AND I also have your book HIIT It!

  8. Rebecca on June 11, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Walter is so much fun on Obe! If you like his dance classes, definitely check out Peter’s dance classes, too! Kat also has awesome strength classes. I’m hooked on it now!

  9. Stephanie Woods on June 12, 2020 at 9:14 am

    You! I’d love to take a yoga class of yours. I always enjoy following along your videos and your workout programs. Thanks for all you do!

  10. Crissy on June 13, 2020 at 7:49 am

    You must check out Sydney Cummings on YouTube… she is simply the best!

  11. Natalie on June 14, 2020 at 7:03 am

    I loved reading this and you just made me feel so grateful that I live in New Zealand as I get to train with all the amazing Les Mills Superstars everyday and most of the filming is all done in NZ
    I am also a trained Les Mills Grit Coach and been able to participate in filming but I guess I take for granted that I get to be apart of the Les Mills community. Some of my favourite instructors are Kayla Gordon, Khiran Houston, Tau Siolo, Des Hulu and Tash Vincent. I’m honestly so lucky to call these people my trainers and also some of them my friends, thanks for the reminder.

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