Whether your 2021 New Year's resolution involves hitting your weight loss goals, or you're just bored of your normal at-home fitness routine, going to the gym and spending money on a personal trainer isn't the only efficient way to exercise. YouTube has a treasure trove of free videos online—many of which require little to no equipment (though there are tons that will put your weights to use, too)—that will satisfy beginners looking to have fun while keeping their heart rates up, or intermediates determined to get Jennifer Lopez's abs or Michelle Obama's arms.
From aerobics with Jane Fonda, to apartment-friendly, low-impact exercises that work the whole body, to 30-minute videos that tone targeted areas like the booty, to hardcore HIIT workouts—not to mention options for seniors and pregnant women—these YouTube workout channels will provide you with a full regimen to get you up and moving in your living room. So grab a pre-workout snack, move your coffee table out of the way, pull out your favorite sports bra or yoga pants, and get started.
Do you sometimes miss those OG fitness workout videos from the '80s? BeFit offers several options on YouTube that'll satisfy that nostalgic workout itch. You might want to start with this one, starring the one and only Jane Fonda leading a 10-minute aerobic cardio exercise.
For those looking for a more structured fitness regimen, try Chloe Ting's workouts. The fitness influencer has over 16 million followers and she offers short, to the point workout challenges (most are under 20 minutes), that target specific areas of the body, as well as recipes that'll complement your fitness goals.
Join the ladies of Zumba Class as you dance your morning away. Fair warning, the instructor tends to set a fast pace and stick to it for the whole video, but the music will certainly accomplish the goal of getting your body up and moving to the beat.
Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone
A great way to get some daily exercise in without breaking too much of a sweat is a brisk walk. That's where Leslie Sansone and her fun group of instructors come in. But don't let the seemingly old school style of her YouTube videos fool you. The ultra-popular workout channel has almost 3 million subscribers who keep up with the easy-to-follow fitness walking regimen that's perfect for beginners and seniors.
Madfit channel shows you how to get full body workouts in without disturbing the neighbors. Bonus, most of the workouts require no equipment.
Yoga with Adriene
Tune in to Adriene's variety of YouTube workouts if you find yourself missing your weekly yoga sesh, or just want to squeeze in an early morning or late night practice at home. The popular instructor offers everything from yoga for beginners where she teaches the basic foundational poses, to hour-long power flow classes.
Kickstarting a fitness routine doesn't have to involve a gym membership or buying a ton of equipment. Body Project offers a YouTube library full of free classes that any beginner can easily feel comfortable trying at home. As one commenter notes, "the best part about this video is seeing people who look like me."
Get that dance on as fitness instructor Rachael Okesola guides you through fun moves synced to the rhythm of mood-lifting afrobeats songs. No equipment (or expertise in dancing) is needed to follow along.
Casey Ho is the fitness instructor behind the popular Blogilates YouTube channel where you can find videos that will help you tone every part of the body, from lower abs, to arms, and the booty. Ho started creating and uploading her YouTube fitness videos over 10 years ago, and has since amassed over 5 million fans who follow along with her popular series like the 21 Day Tone Challenge or the #100AbChallenge.
Known for their in-person fitness studios, Orangetheory also has a YouTube channel where they provide a no-frills workout video every day, that shows you how to do all the exercises in proper form. The workouts usually range from 30-50 minutes, and are a great way to stick to a daily exercise regimen.
The Fitness Marshall
Why suffer through a workout when you can dance to Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga and more. With choreography led by Caleb Marshall, the fun YouTube channel has even created an easy January challenge series to guide you through a month of moving your body to the beat.
If you prefer workouts that get right to it without talking instructors, try Pamela Reif's channel. She combines upbeat pop music layered over a video of her demonstrating the moves. She offers something for every level of fitness, and occasionally she even has special guests, like Jason Derulo, join her.
Evolve Functional Fitness
Getting in a full hour of fitness can be hard to do at home on your own. The Evolve Functional Fitness channel has a library of 25, 45, and 65-minute no-equipment workouts that focus on building your strength, agility, and core. The trainers also provide tutorials on how to properly do common exercises like the forearm plank, lunge, burpee, mountain climber, and more.
Daniel and Kelli are the husband and wife team behind the Fitness Blender channel. With over 6 million subscribers and an enormous library of over 500 videos, there's something for everyone. Try one of their hardcore HIIT cardio routines to get the heart rate up or a 10-minute lower body pilates session for a quick workout snack.
Cirque du Soleil
The famous circus brand is not playing around with their 13-part fitness video series that targets different parts of the body, ranging from abs to arms to back workouts. Bonus: The instructors demonstrating the moves are actual Cirque du Soleil artists.
Stick to your fitness goals with the help of HASfit's Coach Kozak and Coach Claudia who lead the videos. Try their "Workouts by Body Part" collection for targeted toning, or their series designed specifically for senior or those with limited mobility.
Join the virtual Roberta as she guides you through targeted, specific workouts that are simple and easy to learn. Some videos like this one are short and focus on specific moves, including jumping jacks, planks or donkey kicks, while others provide a longer 30-minute full-body workout.
If strength building is your fitness goal, this channel provides videos with various levels of intensity to help you out. From workouts you can easily do at home to Arnold Schwarzenegger-level exercises best done with gym equipment, take advantage of the free trainers and tips on how to take a body sculpting regimen to the next level.
Fancy yourself a Bollywood dancer? Follow along with Sabah Kadri who has taught Bollywood fitness for over 6 years. She combines fun songs with various workouts like high-intensity challenges, traditional folk dancing, and more.
Nourish Move Love
Looking for low impact workouts where you can still feel the burn and lose weight? Follow along with fitness lover Lindsey Bomgren and her barre workout series on YouTube. Bonus, Bomgren also has a great 30-minute exercise video she created for pregnant moms, as well as a free prenatal workout plan.
Learn the Electric Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Watermelon Crawl, and Cotton Eyed Joe as part of your exercise routine with licensed physical therapist Jenny McClendon. Her channel is full of videos specifically for beginners, seniors, and everybody looking for a more low-key approach to exercise that's easy on the joints.
Pop Sugar Fitness
If you like to try new workouts everyday, Pop Sugar Fitness brings in a rotation of instructors (including celebrity trainers) to lead everything from hour-long HIIT (high-intensity interval training) sessions to hip-hop tabata dance, to zumba, to cardio kickboxing.
The Studio by Jamie Kinkeade
Colorful lights and hip beats define the high-charged dance workout videos that range from hour-long full body moves to 10-minute ab burners that you can squeeze in during the day while working from home.
Nike Trainer Club
Learn from Nike master trainers like Betina Gozo, Joe Holder, and Traci Copeland, as they guide you through workouts designed for all levels of fitness. Specifically created music playlists accompany the videos so it's not just the instructor's voice guiding you through the sessions.
Injecting a little bit of fun into your workout ensures you'll stay on track with your fitness regimen. Emily of EMK Fit creates music-themed videos like 90s hits, boy bands, Hamilton, K-Pop, and more to help make your workouts feel more like a fun dance party.
Monica ChonMonica Chon is the former editorial fellow at Oprah Daily, previously OprahMag.com.