These days, it’s completely possible to stay fit — all you need is an Internet connection and a little living room space (plus maybe a few props here and there). And it’s all thanks to these seriously excellent, totally free workout videos.
We’ve rounded up the best YouTube workouts — we’re talking everything from traditional aerobics, to ballet, to high-intensity interval training routines — so you can keep your physique in tip-top shape.
1. Quick Full-Body at Home Workout
Working out with Whitney Simmons is like having your bestie right there with you. We’re big fans of Whit’s personal mantra, “It’s a beautiful day to be alive.” Indeed, it is, especially when you’ve got this full-body workout you can do in your pj’s.
2. 7-Minute Workout: Full-Body, Fat-Burning Cardio
This video is proof positive that you don’t need to hit the gym — or have a ton of time or space — for a truly killer workout.
Speed through this routine when your schedule is packed, and don’t worry: With exercises like one-legged squats and moving planks (and only 10 seconds of rest between each), you won’t be missing out on any muscle-building benefits.
3. Luscious Legs Lottery Full Workout
Build strong lower limbs (aka “luscious legs”) with this 11-minute routine from Autumn Calabrese. Power through three sets of tough moves, like single-leg jump squats, wall squats, and more, for a quick, no-equipment-necessary workout.
4. Lift and Tone Booty Routine with Katrina
Ever since butt selfies (ahem, #belfies) became a thing, it’s been clear that building the best booty is at the top of many fitness wish lists. Solution: this free workout video. Moves like kick-backs and reverse lunges build a stronger, more toned and lifted rear view. #NoFilter necessary.
5. Strong HIIT Workout for Women
Shelley Darlington’s channel is hilarious, motivational, and she relies on our favorite thing to drive her points home — science. As a personal trainer, she’ll work your butt off (or rather, on) and back it up with the latest studies.
6. Total-Body Sculpting Resistance Band Workout
If there’s one travel-friendly workout tool, it’s the resistance band. Not only does it weigh next to nothing and take up little room in your bag, it’s also super versatile.
If you’re a fan of our full-body resistance band workout, you’ll definitely dig this free workout video. It combines strength movements, like rear lunges with a rotation, with heart rate-boosting exercises for a routine that’ll challenge your entire body.
7. Chair Workout for Legs
If your travels take you somewhere with absolutely zero workout equipment, fear not! Thanks to this video, it’s totally possible to work your lower half with nothing but your own body weight and a chair.
Plus, since it’s just 10 minutes in length, you can squeeze this in between a rushed red-eye flight and brunch at your aunt’s.
8. Full-Body Yoga Workout: Weight Loss & Toning
We’re not sure what we love more, these yoga sequences or the gorgeous backdrops featured in each video, from the mountains of Nepal to the oceanside cliffs of Hawaii.
This 20-minute full-body yoga workout from Boho Beautiful proves you can train and travel at the same time — all from the comfort of your own home.
9. Reunite with Your Core Center
There’s a reason Yoga with Adrienne has over 5 million subscribers and counting. Her workouts are suitable for everyone, from first timers to seasoned yogis looking for a quick flow.
If you’re intimated by the lingo and movements, take heart. This instructor will break everything down for you. Fans love her approachable personality and soothing voice. So soothing, in fact, you might even fall asleep during Savasana (don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone).
10. Strengthen Your Core: Yoga Journal to Go
She directs you through strengthening poses all while giving tips on form with the type of encouragement and reassurance you’d get if you were actually in class. Bonus: The serene backdrop helps put you in a yoga mindset.
11. Bad Guy Booty: A Glute Workout Inspired by Billie Eilish
The crazy-popular creator of Blogilates, Cassey Ho, has delivered a booty-burning workout yet again — this time to the tune of Billie Eilish’s chart-topper “Bad Guy.” This workout is fast enough to bust out between classes, while your food is baking, or before your hot date shows up.
12. Pilates Full 30-Minute Class
Half an hour to a fitter form? Deal! That’s exactly what you get with this classic Pilates workout — you’ll feel longer, leaner, and stronger — without stepping foot into a studio. And there’s no shrill workout music so you can add in your own.
13. 30-Minute No-Equipment Barre Sculpting Workout
Ballet-training and aerobics doesn’t seem like a natural pairing, but this high-energy video proves it’s possible, and the result is a solid workout.
The best part? No shoes required. So, no need to pack your bulky sneakers on your next trip —you can do this 30-minute workout totally barefoot!
​14. Ballet Beautiful Lean Legs & Buns Workout
With this video, she takes her expertise outside the dance studio. The 15-minute mat workout will help tone your lower body with graceful ballet-inspired movements like bridge variations.
15. 30-Minute Cardio Latin Dance Workout
When you think of a typical aerobics class, you probably imagine something like leg warmers, leotards, and hip rolls for days. Not this video! Between shimmying, shaking your hips, and the cha-cha, you’re certain to work up a sweat — without ever leaving your living room.
16. Reggae Dance Workout by Keaira LaShae
We dare you to not have fun breakin’ it down to reggae with Keaira LaShae. Her upbeat, super positive energy will have you laughing as much as you’re sweating, especially while attempting moves like “grandfather clocks” and “the canoe.”
17. Beyoncé Dance Workout with Benjamin Allen
Here’s a free workout video inspired by Queen Bey’s excellent moves. Learn some awesome choreography (while working up a sweat) to “Who Run the World (Girls),” one of the singer’s best girl-power anthems.
18. Billy Blanks Tae Bo® Advanced YouTube Exclusive
Just shy of an hour long, this video is a killer aerobic kickboxing workout. You’ll throw punches and kicks in supercharged sequences as you follow along with the ebullient Billy Blanks.
Don’t be surprised if you start talking back to the screen, especially when Blanks looks straight into the camera and declares, “I see you at home! Keep going!” Talk about motivation.
19. Cardio Kickboxing Workout to Burn Fat at Home
Calling all cardio kickboxing fans! There’s no need to head for the gym to get your punches and kicks in. This 25-minute workout will do the trick.
You’ll work your entire body with punch combinations paired with heart rate-boosting movements. This workout video is without music, so you can supply your own Rocky soundtrack.
20. No-Gym Boxing MMA Workout
We’ve gone on the record with our love of MMA conditioning exercises, and that’s why we bookmarked this video. It’s jam-packed with explosive movements that’ll get your heart pumping and condition your body from head to toe (think burpees and jump squats).
For those of us who are just a tad gym-shy, or who can’t afford to shell out cash on gyms and fitness classes right now, having a personal trainer in our pockets is the next best thing.
Thanks to “YouTube University,” learning how to work out from home, or on-the-go, has never been easier. There are thousands upon thousands of free workout videos to choose from, and our list will get you moving in the right direction.