With the official start of summer, the desire to be physically fit and achieve that “beach body” (whatever that is) is at a seasonal high. Whether due to the general decrease in clothing worn or the soaring temperatures that just make everything uncomfortable, people want to look and feel good.
Unfortunately, for all of us late to the gym game (those that didn’t quite follow through on those New Year’s Resolutions but have big plans to crush them next year), that coveted summer body might not be a reality just yet. So what do you do? Do you get a gym membership and promise that you’ll go every morning right before overspending on a picture-worthy acai bowl?
Maybe. But honestly? Probably not.
Why? Well, one, those gyms are just too damn hot for a mid-July workout. And second, regardless of what many popular gym chains may want members to believe, “intimidation” is very real and very miserable. No one wants to enter a gym after a long winter of avoiding doing just that, only to glue themselves to the closest cardio machine and hope for the best.
Enter YouTube, the saviour to all who hate the gym. We’ve dug through the masses and found 7 channels that specialize in providing a full workout from the comfort of one’s own home, so sit back—don’t relax—and get your sweat on. Get in touch with these 7 workout channels and rev your body up for a summer body!
1. Fitness Blender
Fitness Blender offers hundreds of no-frills, no-fuss workouts so you can hit the ground running. Run by husband-and-wife team Daniel and Kelli, Fitness Blender is a simple yet great channel. All of their videos are filmed with a white background so you can focus on what they're doing. They have more than 600 full-length workout videos, and more than 150 of those are HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) to get your body moving and blood pumping. All workouts range from 5- to 45-minutes. While some videos require some basic equipment, many can be done with your bodyweight alone. Popular Videos: 10-Minute Abs Workout, 32 Minute Home Cardio Workout with No Equipment
2. Yoga With Adrienne
Yoga With Adrienne is a little calm corner of the internet with yoga videos focusing on both physical and mental health. It has a great way to start my yoga practice and work on yoga basics. Since then, I've turned to her videos for a variety of different reasons. She has such a calming voice and has yoga videos for different levels, lengths, or how you're feeling (such as experiencing stress, back pain, or cramps). Popular Videos: Yoga For Complete Beginners, Yoga For Anxiety And Stress
3. The Fitness Marshall
The Fitness Marshall brings you choreography to turn your workout into a dance party. Now doesn't that sound like a blast? Caleb Marshall will turn your living room into a dance party with pop music and moves designed to get you sweating. Each video is one song long, but he suggests creating a playlist of two warm-up videos, eight main workout videos, and one cool down video for a complete workout. But there's also a full workout playlist and a quick workout playlist you can follow. Plus, he has a playlist of dances specifically for kids. You can turn the lights down and the music up to make it feel even more like you're in a club. Popular video: Meghan Trainor - Me Too; Sia - Cheap Thrills
4. The Body Coach
The Body Coach can be your trainer for the whole family with intense challenges for you and P.E. classes for your little ones The Body Coach (aka Joe Wicks) believes that everyone should be able to work out, no matter their fitness level or budget. The channel has more than 250 videos, including challenges, time-based workouts, and workouts for specific body types. There's a new HIIT workout every week. One of the coolest parts of the channel is that it also has the workout for kids, including a daily P.E. class that might be very helpful for any parents who have started homeschooling their kids. Popular Videos: HIIT Home Workout For Beginners, P.E. with Joe
5. Tone it Up
Tone It Up transports you to the beach so you can carry out your workout and not feel like you're stuck in the same four walls all the time. Tone it Up is run by trainers Karena and Katrina who first started posting workout videos on Youtube over 10 years ago. Their brand has grown, but they still stay true to their roots and post free versions of their workouts on their page. You'll find plenty of total body workouts, bodyweight workouts, guided meditations, and more. The videos are on the shorter side, with the newer videos directing you to their app if you want longer videos (right now, the app is free until April 22). If you're looking for more, you can string a couple of their Youtube workout videos together for a longer workout. Popular Videos: Total Body Tone Up; Bikini Arms
6. Alo Moves
Alo Moves might be most well known for its clothing line, but the channel brings together many different instructors (and styles) for a well-rounded workout style. While they are known for yoga (because of the name), they have other types of classes as well, including HIIT workouts, meditation, and yoga, and meditation for kids. There are also yoga challenges you can try and also helpful how-to videos if you're not exactly sure how to do a crow or crane pose. Popular videos: 30-Minute Power Vinyasa Flow with Briohny Smyth, Yoga For Kids with Alissa Kepa
7. Walk at Home by Leslie Sanson
Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone offers equipment-free workouts to get you ~moving~ without ever having to go outside. Leslie Sansone created a walking workout you can do at home. Yep, that's right, you don't have to go outside to get a walk right now. The videos keep you moving the whole time and incorporating some interval training for something anyone can complete without any equipment at all. There are videos based on the length of the workout, the length of the walks, bonus burns, and more. Popular Videos: 1-Mile Happy Walk; 20-Minute Walk at Home Exercise
Did this article help you? How many of these YouTube Channels do you watch or subscribe to? Which ones do you plan on subscribing to? What are some workout methods you have found extremely useful this quarantine! Let us know in the comment section below!