Wifi is the only gym buddy you need, anyway.
Look, there are few things in life that don’t already exist in YouTube video form. It’s part of the reason why I, personally, get stuck down a never-ending YouTube spiral that takes me from a music video about a Florida woman who maybe (definitely) fed her husband to the tigers, to a full-on 20-minute core workout.
And honestly, I’m glad it did. As I write this, my stomach burns any time I so much as giggle at my dog’s farts. So yeah, don’t sleep on YouTube workout videos, my friends. They honestly slay. And while I know you have plenty of fitness app options too, know this: YouTube videos are super-efficient, FREE!, and easily accessible too.
If anything, trying one might get you to do something semi-productive that doesn’t involve cutting your hair (for the love of our lord and savior Cardi B, do not do this). Regardless on whatever you decide, here are some of my faves to get you started.
1. Yoga with Kassandra’s Deep Stretch for Hips
Yoga with Kassandra’s YouTube page is low-key your resource for yin yoga, vinyasa flow, and maybe even world peace (just kidding…kind of). Her soothing videos go anywhere from five to 30 minutes, and will definitely leave you feeling much more zen than before you started. Personally, I love this 15 minutes of hip stretching because sitting in my bed all day does not feel good when it’s time for my daily stand.
2. FitnessBlender’s Body Weight Fat Burn and Energy Boost
If you want something a lil more fast paced, check out any of FitnessBlender’s videos. With more than 6 million subscribers, the couple provides nearly 600 full-length workout videos and stretching options for those on all different fitness levels. Opt for the total-body cardio interval workout if you want something short, but def. blood-pumping.
3. Yoga with Adriene’s Yoga to Gain Perspective Flow
Okay, subscribe to Adriene’s YouTube channel not just because she kills it on the whole “let’s relax and breathe together” front, but also because her good boi pup loves to make guest appearances. This video specifically is designed to help you “create a rhythm of balance and ease,” which sounds like everything the world needs right now, TBH.
4. Emily Skye’s Full Body Circuit Workout
Emily Skye is a former fitness model turned personal trainer whose videos will leave your body hurtin’ in alllll the best ways. This video specifically targets arms, legs, ya butt, and core (yup, full body). You’ll need some dumbbells and kettlebells to get the ~full~ effect—but NBD if you don’t have ‘em, you can use a wine bottle or suitcase instead.
5. ALO Yoga’s Beginner Power Vinyasa
Tune in when you kinda want to work out, but mostly stretch out your shit and get some ASMR-worthy yoga audio. You can expect lots of downward dogs, twists, and warrior poses. It’s basic, but that’s not a bad thing. P.S. This instructor and her hot husband have an Instagram account.
6. Kayla Itsines’ Arms and Abs BBG Workout
You’ve definitely heard of Kayla, her BBG program, and kickass SWEAT app. While all these are very much worth the money, IMO, it’s def worth trying before you buy. With this vid, you’ll see eight exercises that target your abs and arms, like ab bikes (bicycle crunches), push-up rows, and a weird but definitely effective move called an X-plank. Follow the instructions in the description for a killer 15-minute workout.
7. Anna Victoria’s Booty-Sculpting Gym Workout
If you’re down for a serious leg day at the gym, play this vid and let fitness influencer, certified trainer, and all-around adorable human Anna Victoria walk you through the whole damn thing (including how many reps to do and how much weight to use, based on your fitness level). Honestly, I watched this twice, and I’m basically a personal trainer now. You’ll start with a quick warm-up and then get to the real ish: deadlifts, weighted glute bridges, fire hydrants, and more. Good luck walking tomorrow, fam.
8. Pamela RF’s 10-Minute Equipment-Free Booty Workout
Gyms are cool, but sometimes you don’t wanna go there. If that’s you and you’re looking for a solid lower-bod workout, YouTube queen Pamela RF shows you 15+ moves you can do in 10 minutes to build dat butt. Although you won’t get a tutorial here, you can follow her through the whole workout. Oh, and the five R3HAB songs she plays are something you’d actually listen to while sweating anyway. You’ll do each move for 30 seconds before switching to the next. And yeah, this is one of those harder-than-it-looks situations. Good luck to you.
9. Tone It Up’s 15-Minute Foam-Rolling Workout
Okay, being real for a sec: The first 20 seconds of the video are maybe a li’l too enthusiastic. BUT stick with Steph, a Studio Tone It Up app trainer. She explains why foam rolling is actually helpful and how it works, but you can skip to minute 2:30 to start rolling from head to toe without all that chatter. You’ll spend about two minutes on each muscle group, pausing only when you find a juicy knot to work out. Maybe this is a me thing, but there’s something about doing a painful activity (foam rolling ain’t relaxing, guys) with someone else that makes it suck less.
10. Tone It Up’s Resistance Band Workout
Yeah, so, as the intro montage implies, this Tone It Up workout vid is an oldie (2016—seems like so long ago, right?). But once you get past that (0:35), follow Katrina Scott through a 13-minute total-body workout using only resistance bands. TBH, there are some awkward silences and eye contact, but it gets less weird. Also, these strength exercises, most of which engage more than one muscle group at a time, are pretty tough. Yay for multitasking!
11. MadFit’s 20-Minute Equipment-Free HIIT workout
Behold: A workout vid with boutique studio aesthetic (which I now want to copy for my apartment). Besides looking like every Insta ad currently targeting me (QQ: where do I buy those plants? And the planters? And that bra? Also those pants!), the moves are actually good. Plus, a cute li’l timer in the corner counts you down, so you can see the light at the end of this sweaty tunnel. During the 20-min routine, you’ll do each exercise for one full minute (aka an eternity). This includes jumping-jack squats, Pilates moves, some mildly complicated abs moves, tricep pushups, mountain climbers, lunges, and a lot more. BRB, following her on Insta to get served more stuff like this.
12. Blogilates’ 3-Minute Back-Toning Workout
If you only have the time or energy or mental strength for a 3-minute workout, this is a solid option from Casey Ho, Blogilates creator and Pilates guru. TBH, her solidarity “wooos” are super comforting as I’m whisper-screaming, “f*#@, this hurts.” It’ll be over before you know it, but you’ll feel it.
13. PopSugar Fitness’ 30-Minute Body By Simone Dance Cardio Workout
Take a bougie-ass Body By Simone class fo’ free! Normally, Simone De La Rue’s studios in New York, Los Angeles, and London cost up to $35 for one class, but technology has made it possible for you to get you some quality dance cardio for the price of your Wi-Fi. During the 30-minute workout you’ll warm up with some hip action (which, if I’m sober, I only feel comfortable doing at home anyway) and stretching. Then, you’ll ease into fun choreography (which I plan to break out while not sober or at home). Bonus: It won’t trigger your dance team tryout PTSD.