Best YouTube Fitness channels

Sharing some of my favorite channels for free YouTube workouts online.

Hi friends! Happy Monday! I hope you’re having a good morning so far. I’m doing the usual studying for Precision Nutrition and looking forward to cooling off at the pool later. It’s that lovely time in Tucson when you should probably hide out in a pool or AC.

Last week, I did a poll on IG to see if you were still working out at home or had gone back to a gym or studio since it reopened. A majority of you said you were still working out at home! While I definitely missed the energy of group fitness, I have fallen in love with home fitness again. I forgot how convenient it is to work out at home without needing to *get dressed.* You just grab your equipment and go for it! (The kids are awesome while I get in a short workout. They play together or watch a show, and then they know we’ll usually head out to do something fun as soon as I’m done.)

Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite YouTube channels for workouts since so many of you are still working out at home! (Also, if you’re rocking the home workouts join Fit Team – last call!! I was supposed to close it last night but am giving an extra 24 for those who missed it. I’m not sure when I’ll open enrollment again and you will loooove it.)

Best YouTube Fitness channels

1. Fitness Marshall

Fitness Marshall is one of my #1 choices when I just want to move and have a ridiculous smile on my face the whole time. His dance cardio videos are a blast and he cracks me up. If you need a mood boost, put on some Fitness Marshall workouts for 10-15 minutes and it will turn your whole day around.

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2. Yoga with Adriene

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I LOVE Yoga with Adriene, especially because she doesn’t try to “talk like a yoga teacher.” (You know what I’m saying, right?) She talks like a normal person, and has wonderful flows and cues. She has a lot of different types of classes on her channel and classes range from restorative and very beginner level so more advanced flows.

3. Jessica Valant Pilates

Jessica is a great friend of mine and I look up to her so much. She’s so knowledgeable and real, and her amazing YouTube channel is a reflection of the type of person she is. She has a variety of workouts on her channel, with an emphasis on corrective exercises (she’s a physical therapist) and Pilates. Definitely check it out.

4. Nicole Pearce

Nicole is another friend, and I love her style of teaching. She teaches Megaformer classes and group fitness, so I feel like a lot of her class designs are intended to make you BURN and challenge you to the max. She uses a lot of compound exercises, pyramids, and tiny pulsing movements. Check her out here.

5. Bad Yogi

Another friend shoutout 🙂 Erin is amazing and I also love her style of teaching yoga. She reminds me of Adrienne in the sense that she talks to you like a normal person. She also uses corrective fitness and strategic designs in her classes, which range from yoga for back pain, happy hips, yoga to wake you up, and balancing flows. If you’re looking for a unique twist on traditional yoga classes, she’s your girl.

6. MadFit

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MadFit has dance cardio, short strength workouts, one-song workouts, stretch, and HIIT. I haven’t tried a ton of videos from her channel, but I really like her dance cardio style. It’s the perfect workout when you want to get in some movement but don’t necessarily feel like an intense HIIT class or run.

7. Popsugar Fitness

The Popsugar Fitness channel has a huge variety of workouts, from yoga and barre, to HIIT, strength, core work, Pilates, pretty much everything you can wish for. The only problem is a lack of consistency to the quality of these workouts. Some of them are excellent, while others are meh. I love the variety but haven’t loved all of the classes I’ve tried.

8. Kayla Itsines

Kale Itsines is the queen of cardio-heavy circuit workouts. They’re all quick (around 28 minutes) and combine a mix of cardio and strength work using dumbbells or bodyweight. I feel like the workouts always look easy on paper but when you try them, they’ll kick your booty. Her channel mostly consists of workout tutorials for the full workouts.

9. Coach Kel

Coach Kel has a great mix of barre workouts on her channel. They’re more dancer-based than classic barre (different than Physique57 or Pure Barre) but are challenging and she gives great cues. I also like that she doesn’t have an over-the-top fitness personality – sometimes YouTube fitness instructors are a liiiiiittle too high on the faux energy for me if ya know what I mean.

10. Shamless plug here for my own YouTube channel!

If you’re looking for new barre, quick HIIT or total body, or ab burners, subscribe to my channel here! 

So tell me, friends: what’s your favorite YouTube channel for workouts? Any fitness instructors you LOVE? Shout it out in the comments!




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  1. Christi on June 21, 2021 at 7:00 am

    I adore Kendra Moore – Moore 2 Health for a quick indoor walking workout – her energy and music picks are AWESOME and always put a smile on my face

    • Christi A Moock on June 21, 2021 at 6:13 pm

      Whoops! Tiffany Moore – I must have had a real housewives moment and made Kenya into Kendra – Tiffany is AWESOME

      • Fitnessista on June 21, 2021 at 8:23 pm

        i’ll check her out!

  2. Amy on June 21, 2021 at 7:04 am

    Sydney Cummings. I’ve been consistently working out with her videos since Lsbor Day and absolutely love her and her energy.

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2021 at 8:24 pm

      everyone has such great things to say about her! i’m so excited to try her workouts

  3. Emily on June 21, 2021 at 7:24 am

    I love the channel NourishMoveLove. Lindsay puts put new videos all the time and her videos are GOOD. I’m stronger than ever.

    • Emily O'Shea on June 21, 2021 at 8:54 am

      I love your channel especially the Barre workouts. I also love this channel Emkfit. She does Hitt dance workouts and her music is awesome!

    • Sarah on June 23, 2021 at 4:44 pm

      YES!!! I was just going to write this! She is so motivating and fun!

  4. Jodie on June 21, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Great line up.

    Heather Robertson, Move with Nicole , yours, and Jodie Pilates quite a few others .

  5. Cara on June 21, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Love the workouts from Nourish Move Love, they are structured so well, Lindsay’s energy and cueing are fab and they are fun!

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2021 at 8:24 pm

      i love her workouts, too!

  6. Valerie on June 21, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Caroline Girvan is my go-to for strength training/HIIT. An amazing free resource.

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2021 at 8:24 pm

      i’ll check it out- thank you!

    • Denise on June 21, 2021 at 10:26 pm

      Agree!!! She’s amazing!

  7. Crissy on June 21, 2021 at 10:55 am

    Sydney Cummings… I have been working out with her since 2018 and i joined her membership group in Jan 2021, and that has been life changing. The amount of muscle and strength I have gained in the last 6 months is incredible. Her content is high quality, but even more so, her delivery and post workout talks help get me through each day

    • Carolyn on June 21, 2021 at 2:06 pm

      Sydney Cummings is my favorite! I just found her at the end of last year. I’ve been doing her workouts daily since January!

      • Fitnessista on June 21, 2021 at 8:23 pm

        everyone seems to love her! i’m excited to check out her channel

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2021 at 8:24 pm

      that is amazing – i can’t wait to try one of her workouts!

  8. Amy on June 21, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Of course yours is one of my top channels 😉
    I’ve also really enjoyed Sydney Cummings channel. I found her when the gyms closed last year and it was game a changer for my at home workout. This is a great list, thanks for sharing!

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2021 at 8:24 pm

      so many great shout outs for her! i’m so pumped to try her workouts

  9. Chelsea on June 21, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    Sydney Cummings has been a game-changer for me. I joined her summertime fine workout series ans loving it. Her story is inspiring and i love her wonderful motivational pep talks at the end of each video

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      so many recs for her channel- i can’t wait to try a workout!

  10. Laura on June 21, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    I love several of the channels mentioned in your post (including yours!)!

    Some other go-to YouTube workout channels include: Kukuwa Fitness for really fun African dance workouts, Kaleigh Cohen Cycling for spin bike workouts, and Tabata Songs for quickie tabata workouts (you can also just listen to songs with a built in tabata timer and do your own thing which is nice). The Cirque du Soleil channel also has a bunch of workouts that are fun.

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      omg so many of these sound SO fun. i can’t wait to check these out!

  11. Katie on June 21, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Sydney Cummings has changed my life. I’ve been working out consistently for 20 years, even ran a marathon but Sydney has completely transformed my body like nothing else.

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      everyone has had such amazing things to say about her! i’m so pumped to try her workouts now

  12. Crystal on June 22, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    I love madfit! I also love your videos, especially when there are modifications 🙂

  13. Kristin on June 25, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    I usually rotate between Sydney Cummings, Bodyfit by Amy, Heather Robertson, Cardio Party Mashup, HASFit, Jessica Smith, and Nourish Move Love.

    • Fitnessista on June 25, 2021 at 1:34 pm

      this is a great list and so many new ones for me to check out!

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