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There are lots of different exercise channels on YouTube that allow you to attempt different types of workouts in your own home.
When choosing a workout channel to follow on YouTube, you are going to want to find one where you like the range of workouts that they offer as well as the presenters who are doing the workouts.
If you are doing a workout at home then you want to be able to understand the instructions that the presenter is giving you. Some of these channels will have music playing in the background and this can be something that people either love or hate to hear when they are completing a work out.
There is no point picking an exercise channel on YouTube to follow if you don’t like the workouts that they offer or if you hate the format that they are using. You need to find a channel that has exercise routines that you can attempt as well as one that suits your current lifestyle.
How to Choose an Exercise Channel to Follow on YouTube
When you begin looking for an exercise workout on YouTube, there will be many channels that offer different types of workouts.
You need to type in the search bar at the top of YouTube the actual type of exercise that you want to attempt. Start off searching for a low impact exercise routine as these are usually good for beginners. The workout will be tough but it will be one that you will be able to complete from beginning to end.
This type of workout is good for someone new to at home workouts as it is usually an easier workout that you can complete on your first attempt. It also means that you most likely won’t have to do any jumping jacks, burpees or mountain climbers. The only additional equipment that the instructor might ask you to have for this workout could be a set of dumbbells. When completing a workout always have a bottle of water next to you.
Here are five channels on YouTube that offer different types of workouts for different fitness levels.
- Jessica Smith TV
- Athlean-XX for Woman
- Fitness Blender
- Body Project
- Tracy Campoli
Exercise is really important to me—it’s therapeutic.
— Michelle Obama
1. Jessica Smith TV
Jessica Smith has been on YouTube since 2009. She has 445 workout videos on her channel. She is an expert in her field and has 20 years’ experience in this industry so you can trust what she is saying.
Each of her workouts is also overseen by her French bulldog, Peanut who is always on set during them and most often he ends up sleeping through the whole routine. She also sells DVD on Amazon of different types of workouts that she has released over the years.
She has a range of workouts on her channel that range in length from eight minutes to sixty minutes. So you can fit a workout in around your tight schedule. The workouts that she offers on her channel all differ in style and technique.
She does yoga workouts, barre workouts, fat burning workouts, cardio workouts, barefoot fusion workouts, strengthening workout as well as 1 mile upper or lower body workouts. These are just some of the selection of workouts that she offers viewers on her channel but there are many more besides these to choose from.
She doesn’t up load as many videos now compared to what she used to but the ones on her channel are still relevant and worth a look.
Transformation is not five minutes from now; it's a present activity.
— Jillian Michaels
2. Athlean-XX for Woman
Athlean-XX for woman has had a channel on YouTube since 2011 and they have 863 videos on their channel. There workouts are geared towards women who want to work out in the privacy of their own home.
They also offer a channel that is geared toward men. The creator of these channels is Jeff Cavaliere who is a former New Yorks Mets Head Physical Therapist and Assistant Strength Coach.
This channel offers short as well as long workouts and many of their workouts will vary in intensity so you should be able to find a workout that suits your needs.
If you are just a beginner to the workouts at home scene, then try to start with their shorter workouts before you even attempt their longer ones.
Again just like Jessica Smith TV, they offer different workouts targeted towards different areas in your body as well as HIIT cardio workouts and no equipment workouts.
Most of the presenters on here are extremely fit and toned and very dedicated to looking after their bodies. The channel is great but be aware that some of their workouts are not going to be easy.
3. Fitness Blender
Fitness Blender was created by husband and wife team Kelli and Daniel Segars back in 2010 and they have 891 videos on their YouTube channel. Both of them have a background in the fitness industry and they created the channel to provide people with free fitness advice.
They offer a wide range of workouts that are either targeted towards a full body workout or body challenges. They also offer barre workout routines as well as strengthening and toning workouts.
Some of their workout routines can be very short while others can be very long. The longest workout I found took an hour and a half to complete. But they also have other workout routines that come in at under ten minutes.
At the start of each of their workouts they give the structure of the workout which outlines what you are expected to do during the workout. The also advice the viewer on whether they will need additional equipment to complete this workout.
Both of these presenters are very likable and both of them are very good at keeping you invested in completing the workout routine.
They usually upload videos on their channel once or twice a month now since they have so many videos on there.
4. Body Project
Body Project has had a channel on YouTube since 2012 and it is created by husband and wife duo Alexandra and Daniel Bartlett. Kirsten Orchard is another team member that is a qualified yoga instructor with years of experience in this industry. Alexandra and Daniel have many years of experience in the fitness industry and they have worked in their own gym.
They have 44 videos on their YouTube channel and their workouts revolve around HIIT cardio, resistance training, pilates and yoga. Some of the workouts have seated as well as low impact cardio workout routines. Their workout routines times vary from between thirty minutes to sixty minutes.
Daniel is very good at trying to push you to complete the workout and each workout has a timer as well a bar at the bottom of the screen that shows you how much time you have left to complete that exercise in your workout routine.
Sometimes they have a participant in their workout video that is at a different level of fitness compared to them. The aim is for you too choose the person you most identify with as having the same fitness level as you. Their workout routines varies slightly to what Daniel does.
They upload videos every few weeks but the ones already posted are a good place to start.
Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince.
5. Tracy Campoli
Tracy Campoli has been on YouTube since 2010. She has 447 videos on her channel that offers both fitness and lifestyle advice. She is such an upbeat person that is great at giving directions when completing an exercise routine.
Since her channel is also geared toward lifestyle advice as well as fitness, you are better off going to the playlist section to find an exercise workout to complete.
Her workout routines vary in length and in intensity ranging from full body workouts to body challenges as well exercises designed to target a specific area in your body that you want to change.
She uploads videos every few days to her channel and she usually uploads a workout routine two or three times a month to her channel.
She has such a positive outlook and she offers good advice in a range of areas.
Most people should be able to find a workout routine on one of these channels that they like.
If you are a beginners to the at home workouts then start with Jessica Smith TV or Tracy Campoli. Once you feel that your fitness level has improved, then you can advance to any of the other routines with Body Project, Fitness Blender and Athlean-XX for Woman.
Remember to start with workouts that are low impact cardio as these most often only require you to complete a workout either by standing up or lying down.
HIIT and high impact cardio usually requires a lot more movement and can include burpees, jumping jacks and mountain climbers.
You can create your own playlist by saving different workout routines from different channels to it. Then you can access it on your cellphone at anytime from anywhere as long as there is an internet connection.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Sp Greaney
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on October 19, 2020:
@Dale Anderson, glad you found it helpful. These channels are my favourite workout channels and I think other people would enjoy many of the workouts they present.
Dale Anderson from The High Seas on October 18, 2020:
This was a good idea for a hub article. I am going to share it with the ladies that I know. I think at least some of them will find this very valuable.
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on October 06, 2020:
@Umesh Chandra Bhatt, thanks. I noticed that too about articles transferred to the network site. If you don't read the articles as soon as it is posted, you can't comment.
Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 05, 2020:
Just to mention that nowadays we are not able to comment in our articles once they are shifted to other niche sites like letterpile or owlcation etc. So, I could not thank you for your comment on my 'our first pet' article. Sorry for that.
Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 05, 2020:
Nice compilation and thanks for this valuable and useful information.
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on September 13, 2020:
@Devika Primic, thank you. Yes it's so much more convenient doing them at home around your own schedule.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 13, 2020:
Sp Greaney The workout videos are useful I enjoy working out in the mornings and is a nice start to any day. Simple and easy to follow videos and you shared in detail.
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on September 06, 2020:
@Adrienne Farricelli, yes, that's so true. There are too many to choose from and sure everyone these days has a YouTube channel. At least these instructors will keep us all motivated.
Adrienne Farricelli on September 05, 2020:
With so many Youtube videos available nowadays, it is difficult sorting through really good videos on workouts for women. Thanks for pointing them out. I now have the work cut out for me.
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on August 30, 2020:
@ Liza, no way. That's amazing that someone else has heard of them. Yes, they are so cool and their workouts can be tough but it's very satisfying to complete one as they are challenging.
Liza from USA on August 30, 2020:
I recognize one of the channels you've mentioned, Body Project. I love this channel. Daniel and his wife, Alex are the best workout buddies. I remember when I started working out at home, I was looking for something easy to start, and I came across their channel. I have followed their exercise routine religiously for the past four years.
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on August 30, 2020:
@Pamela Oglesby, I think many of us will be wary of attending the gyms for a while yet. The selection of at home workouts available on YouTube from many fitness experts is great. But I just connect with these ones more.
@Liz Westwood, I remember him. I think I saw on a tv show that he was the unofficial PE teacher for everyone during the early days of Covid 19. He was a legend.
@Maren Elizabeth Morgan, that's great. They all offer something different.
@MG Singh emge, thank you. Your fitness is the one thing you can take control of during this period.
@Chitrangada Sharon, thank you. Each one offers lots of different workouts. I really enjoyed mixing up different workouts from the different channels. I think having a presenter who can keep you motivated is the key.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 30, 2020:
Thanks for sharing the link to these women specific exercise channels. I would definitely check them out.
Thank you for this useful information.
MG Singh emge from Singapore on August 29, 2020:
Very informative for all health and physical enthusiasts
Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on August 29, 2020:
Thanks for your research. I am going to check these out.
Liz Westwood from UK on August 29, 2020:
This is a very useful article. I am thinking that maybe I should dust off the dumbbells. Joe Wicks was big in the UK across all age ranges during lockdown.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 29, 2020:
This is an excellent article on exercise at home. I use to go the gym but I can't do that anymore. I have physical limitations so I will be interested to check out some of these videos. Than you, Sp.