Not everyone can afford a gym membership and put the gym price tag aside, some people simply like the convenience, privacy and all other advantages that come with at home workouts.
When I got serious about training in 2013, I did not join a gym. Instead, I turned to Jillian Michaels’ and Billy Blanks’ DVDs and also found a few of the best home workout programs on YouTube and eventually I lost 20+ kgs.
If you are looking into getting fit at home, you must check out these 5 best at-home workout programs on YouTube.
THE 5 BEST HOME WORKOUT PROGRAMS ON YOUTUBE
The greatest thing about BeFiT channel is that you are not restricted to just having one or two trainers to work with. They host an impressive collection of fitness videos from top trainers in the industry.
Featured instructors include Alicia Marie, Scott Herman, Denise Austin, the drill sergeant Jillian Michaels and many others. You might like channel segments such as “You Asked For It”- where experts answer fitness questions asked by subscribers and “BeFit GO” a total body conditioning circuit series that is optimised for mobile devices. My favourite BeFiT workouts are:
- Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred: Level 1
- Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred Workout- Level 2
- Butt Workout 1: Tone Up | 30 DAY BUTT LIFT
***Update: Jillian Michaels workouts have since been removed from BeFit due to legal issues. You can, however, buy her 30 Day Shred DVD on Amazon.
This DVD delivers amazing results and is by far her best home workout program to this day. And to prove my point, this is how much weight I lost whilst doing her 30 Day Shred.
This Youtube channel is the top host for the best home workout programs. Personal trainers and couple, Kelli and Daniel offer free fitness information in addition to over 500 free workout videos.
Their home workout videos usually include warm-ups and cool-downs and require none to minimum equipment.
Kelli and Daniel always stress the importance of correct form during the workouts and will walk you through the workout as if they were actually with you in your home workout space.
Fitness Blender videos include HIIT and LISS cardio, Yoga, Pilates, resistance and strength training. If you do not own a fitness tracker, you will appreciate their calories burned estimate sidebar in almost all their videos. I implore you to check the Fitness Blender channel and website out if you haven’t yet.
Some of my favourite Fitness Blender workouts:
Brutal Butt & Thigh Workout
1000 Calorie Workout Video
3. XHIT Daily
XHIT Daily is a vibrant channel well known for the quick 5-10-minute at home workout programs. These best home workout programs from XHIT will work well for you if you are looking for supplements to a 20-30 minutes’ workout programs or if you are pressed for time and need a quickie.
Trainers Rebecca-Louise and Kelsey are the faces of the channel and are such a delight; they will motivate you to train even when you are not feeling up to it. Chatty Rebecca-Louise’s energy is quite infectious; trust me, you will want to do one more of her workouts than you initially planned.
There haven’t been recent uploads on the channel for a while now but the old videos will still get you results. My favourite XHIT Daily videos are:
10 Minute Ab Workout: How to Get a Six Pack
*** Update: Rebecca-Louise now has her own channel. The concept hasn’t changed from what she used to produce on Xhit. She still creates short and fun home workout videos and remains as talkative and bubbly as when she was on Xhit.
You can check out her channel here:
4. Zuzka Light
This girl has an amazing rock-hard body. Her workouts are centered around HIIT, Tabata, circuit and body weight training. I love her weekly ZWOW (Zuzka’s Workout of the Week) challenges where she performs 3-5 exercises in a few rounds while racing against the clock.
The intensity in all her videos will have you in a puddle of sweat within minutes. I would advise you to start with ZWOW #1 if you are keen on her challenges and work your way up from there. ZWOW # 14 is one of the best at home workout programs from Zuzka that I love.
Cassey Ho’s channel is one of the top rated Youtube channels for best home workout programs.
I don’t have much to say about her programs as I have only tried her Pilates for beginners workouts on my active rest Sundays and I would be lying if I said otherwise. As far as the rest of her workouts are concerned, you might need to explore that on your own.
These are are my picks for the best home workout programs for males and females, and from beginners to advanced. Once in a while, I check out the BodyRock channel which is where Zuzka Light started from before she went solo.
*This article was first published on 3 January 2017 and republished on 9 January 2018.
Susan Chanda is a professional content writer/journalist with over 20 years’ experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from University of South Africa and a diploma in Journalism and Public relations.
Susan has been writing evidence based fitness and health articles since 2016 for Fitness Chat, and is a certified fitness trainer, and diet and nutrition coach.
Fitness Chat is one of the several other websites that Susan owns, or co-owns with her children.
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