We can all agree that one of the more positive names that will be given to the pandemic is “the era of the home workout.”
When the novel coronavirus first appeared, one of the silver linings was the sheer amount of fitness classes, platforms, and instructors who began offering free virtual options. For a while, it was fun to cherry-pick new types of exercises to try week in, week out. But now that the novelty has worn off, many of us are ready to make a commitment to just one or two fitness channels.
But how do we choose? YouTube is chock-full of popular accounts, so how do we know which ones are legit, which ones aren’t, and which ones are truly right for us?
We’ve curated a list of some of our favorite digital fitness instructors. They offer fun workouts that are also safe, effective, and full of educated, trustworthy advice. Here are 15 of the best!
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Toning + Cardio
Melissa Alcantara, or Fit Gurl Mel, has a 1 million-strong Instagram following that speaks for itself (and includes celebrity clients like Kim Kardashian). She offers fitness tutorials to coach you on form and technique before helping you burn those muscles in her mega-toning workouts. She even has awesome recipes for after!
Certified personal trainer Kola Olaosebikan focuses on cardio, toning, and strength training at home. She supplements her workouts with educational videos on how to get results quickly — and keep them.
With a wide range of videos to suit your mood, Rebecca-Louise is a great one-stop shop for home workouts. Whether you want to use equipment, do a full-body workout, or focus on targeted areas, she has a great option for you.
A long-time favorite in the at-home workout world, Kayla Itsines offers tons of cardio and strength training videos to get you toned, strong, and in your best shape ever. Her nearly 13 million Instagram followers would agree!
5. Brittne Babe
With everything from 21-day challenges, to strength training, to beach cardio workouts, Brittne Babe is your girl. Be sure to check out her nutrition tips while you’re at it!
Blogilates’ Cassey Ho is a tried-and-true YouTube instructor. Having been in the digital workout game for over a decade, the certified personal trainer and Pilates instructor offers down-to-earth Pilates-inspired workouts that help her followers see real results.
Yoga + Pilates
As both a barre and Pilates instructor, Nicole Kastoun offers calm, low-intensity workouts with a focus on Pilates and yoga. Each one will help you stretch, align, and tone your body.
With nearly 10 million YouTube subscribers, Adriene Mishler has an endless offering of yoga tutorials for every level, intensity, and mood. Her accessible, encouraging guidance has garnered a faithful fitness following.
Breathe and Flow is made up of married couple Bre and Flo Niedhammer, who are both certified yoga instructors. With a large collection of both yoga and meditation videos, they have something for every skill and intensity level (including a high-intensity yoga program).
Weight + Strength Training
10. Krissy Cela
Krissy Cela provides uplifting workouts with a focus on strength and weight training. She offers both gym and at-home workouts as well as an entire archive of delicious and nutritious meal plans.
Micheal and Vivviane Addo are known as Mr. and Mrs. Muscle. The pair of personal trainers focuses on HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, and circuit training workouts that are both short and highly effective.
Stephanie Buttermore is a fitness expert with a Ph.D. in pathology and cell biology. Mixing her science background with her love for fitness and nutrition, she offers both muscle-building workouts and anti-diet tips for eating both healthily and deliciously.
For a music-only sweat sesh, pop on one of Heather Robertson’s HIIT or circuit training videos and start feeling the burn. Whether you’re in the mood for a low-impact workout, an apartment-friendly session, or a mega-shredder with all the equipment, Heather’s got a workout for you.
Founded by Caleb Marshall, The Fitness Marshall offers insanely fun original dance workouts to your favorite songs, featuring everything from quick three-minute videos to full 30-minute “sweat sessions.”
15. Kukuwa Fitness
If you want a dance workout that is fun and upbeat and makes intimidating dances totally accessible, look no further than Kukuwa Fitness! Fitness professional Kukuwa Kyereboah-Nuamah and friends teach awesome dances to a melting pot of Central, East, South, West, and North African rhythms. We dare you not to smile while you give it a try!
Try out some of these incredible online instructors and take your at-home workouts to a whole new level! Better yet, share these options with a friend and try them out together.
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