6. Jessica Smith TV
Fitness maven Jessica Smith is fun and easy to follow. She has options for any level of fitness, different types of exercise (cardio, toning, etc.), and videos that focus on every body part.
In addition, she caters to a modern audience by offering both short (7-10 minutes) and long (up to 30 minutes) segments so users can squeeze in a quickie or participate in multiple exercises to work different parts of the body on different days. Whether you’re a beginner that wants to walk off the pounds or you’re into more advanced body sculpting, Jessica Smith TV is a great way to get in daily workouts at home, and for free, no less.
What to try first: One of her great workout routines is this 10-minute ab program.
What to expect: An abs workout ideal for at home or while travelling, that’s easy to do in a small space in your hotel or at home and can be adapted for most fitness levels. Exercises designed to help build balance, stability and functional core strength.
There are two major advantages to taking classes at the gym: you get to enjoy the expertise of a professional trainer and there’s usually an awesome playlist to pump up your workout. There is, however, a significant downside. Popular classes can get so packed that you hardly have room to move without bumping other participants.
If you want all the benefits of classes without the crowd, Aaptiv is the app for you. The on-demand videos feature a trainer-led class paired with a fun and energetic playlist, and you can select options for the treadmill or elliptical machine, cycling or running (from a 5K up to a marathon), and yoga or strength training. The caveat is that the service is paid, but at $9.99 per month it’s definitely cheaper than a gym membership.
What to expect? High-octane workouts like this!
8. Nike+Run Club
If the Zombies, Run! app is a little too visceral or silly for your taste, you might enjoy the Nike running app more. This freebie offers tracking, adaptive coaching, custom playlists, and photo sharing for runners of all levels. What you might like best, however, is access to a worldwide community of like-minded running enthusiasts.
Livestrong isn’t just about fitness – it’s about developing a healthy and fit lifestyle, which is why this YouTube channel features not only exercise videos and workout challenges, but also healthy recipes, inspirational videos of success stories, tutorials (how to do crunches or sit-ups, for example) and even fashion tips designed to make you feel strong and beautiful.
What to try first? How about this 5-minute Booty Challenge?!
What to expect: This short routine delivers the best workout in the shortest amount of time. Tighten and tone your glutes with five intense moves from celebrity trainer Nicky Holender. Ready, set… lunge!
10. Yoga with Adriene
Although most people understand that yoga is a mind-body fusion form of exercise, some people are still intimidated by the pretzel-like poses. Whether you’re new to yoga or you’ve practiced everything from Hatha to Bikram to flying yoga, Adriene’s YouTube channel makes the practice approachable with videos designed to fit specific needs.
Want to chill or prepare for a restful night of sleep? There’s a video for that. Maybe you’re a runner or you want to stretch post-workout. There’s a video for that. She also posts tongue-in-cheek options like “Yoga for Actors” or “Yoga for When You’re in a Bad Mood”.
Don’t know where to start? How about “Yoga for Complete Beginners”? All of her videos are designed to help people connect to their body.