With Thanksgiving behind us, we’re heading into the busiest time of the year (aside from NYFW). When the calendar gets full and the weather gets colder, fitness is the first thing to fall to the wayside. You can’t always get your ass to class, and that’s okay. For times when you’d rather huddle under the blankets and press snooze, there’s YouTube. Gone are the days of Richard Simmons and Denise Austin — these fitness YouTubers deliver at-home workouts that’ll kick your ass (minus the $30 fee).
You might have heard of Cassey Ho’s #GIRLBOSS-style rise to Internet fame: After abandoning her parents’ pre-med dreams, she built a clothing line and workout method now known as Blogilates. Blogilates brings weekly mat pilates videos set to upbeat music and Top 40 hits, with Cassey’s positive energy encouraging you to get strong, not skinny. Don’t let cute video titles like “Brutal Booty” and “Happy Hard Core” fool you, however — the micro-movements are every bit difficult as they are effective.
Popsugar offers fitness guides, recipes, and more on their site, but you can head over to their YouTube channel for full-on workout videos. From a five-minute burn to a 45-minute class, Popsugar Fitness has a way for everyone to stay in shape. You’ll be instructed by a range of celebrity trainers, Equinox pros, and fitness models to get a good sweat — minimal (if any!) equipment required.
Two is better than one, which is why we’re loving Tone It Up for fun workouts you can do at home solo or with a pal. The girls have a stamp of approval from Bandier, and their short, easy to follow workouts are great for traveling and getting in shape on the quick. Karena and Katrina’s TIU method kicks up the intensity, no matter where you are.
You know how your super lanky, modelesque friend has been begging you to try Y7 and you’re just too embarrassed to go? Well, fear no more. Even if you’ve never stepped foot on a yoga mat, you’ll be flowin’ like a pro to videos from Yoga With Adriene. With hundreds of videos ranging from 15-minute wake-up sequences to full-length power vinyasa classes, Adriene brings a no-judgement attitude to the mat. The classes are for experienced yogis as well as beginners, and they’re a great jumping-off point before you commit to a studio.
Well + Good is like the Bible for all things chic and sweaty, so it’s no surprise that their YouTube channel delivers as well. In the past year, their content has expanded to include short workout how-tos and a full-body sweat series featuring your favorite NYC and LA-based trainers. Past series include meditation with Taryn Toomey, Skinny Bitch Collective burnouts, and dance cardio from AKT — all without leaving your living room.
If you’re like us, you probably grew up reading Cosmopolitan (much to your parents’ chagrin). Most of us have moved on from the juicy sex stories, but we can still get behind the killer workouts from Cosmo Body. With moves targeting every body part imaginable from celebrity trainers and Instagram fitness stars, the channel will have you looking fire for your mid-winter beach escape. (Bonus: Head to their Facebook page for even more videos and FB Live workouts.)
At this point, the Bikini Body Guide — that’s BBG for you devotees — is practically a household name. You might have even cursed under your breath about its workouts. But we can’t deny that Aussie trainer Kayla Itsines’s moves are effective — just look at client before and after photos. Her YouTube channel is ideal for those dabbling in the program (because 12 weeks is a big committment, you know?), and features short workouts and demos of her now-infamous circuits.
Beverly Cheng is an influencer-slash-fitness model from the 6ix (and she’s got a serious six pack to show for it). Luckily for us, she shares videos of the workouts she uses to get those strong-as-hell muscles. Her moves are mostly HIIT style: High intensity nonstop movements that get your heart rate working for maximum results. She breaks it down further with GIFs and printable guides on her site, Born To Sweat.
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