Why You Should Trade the Gym for YouTube


youtube exercise videosYour gym membership might’ve seemed like a great personal investment in January, but when was the last time you actually went? From busy schedules and inconvenient hours to mustering the motivation to leave your house, there’s plenty of reasons to want to stay home.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great workout from the comfort of your own living room. If you haven’t checked out the slew of free online fitness video tutorials, now is the time to start. You can find videos covering practically every topic so your options are virtually endless.

With the incredible volume of video uploaded to YouTube each day, there’s far too much content to sift through, but we’ve rounded up seven of the best free, high-quality workout and exercise videos for you to explore.


1. Back to Basics with Bodyweight Squats

This squat tutorial goes in-depth to show you how to do one of the best bodyweight exercises, perfect for the home gym without free weights or other special equipment.


2. Try Barre for the Ballerina Look

The ever-popular barre workout blends ballet dance techniques with aspects of strength training, Pilates and more. You don’t need a barre in your home — a sturdy chair back should work just fine.


3. Looking for Maximum Impact? Try High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

This fat-burning, metabolism-boosting HIIT workout is destined to make you sweat. Best of all? No equipment is necessary, and you can build up your endurance for longer workouts in the future.


4. Short on Time? Try This 20-Minute Full-Body Workout

Don’t let this one fool you — it’s still a great workout in a small amount of time. Get out your yoga mat for a more comfortable experience.


5. Forget That You’re Exercising and Just Dance

Soundtrack your cardio workout with high energy tunes and fun dance moves in this Zumba workout, or dance to pop tunes with this Werq video. Turn up the volume for this one!


6. Strengthen the Core

If you’re looking for a targeted ab session, work on your 6-pack with this at-home core workout. Working on your core area can help improve your posture and aid in endurance.


7. Cool Down With Yoga

Yoga can be the perfect post-workout activity for beginners, intermediates or yoga gurus. Yoga offers many benefits, from stress relief and lowered blood pressure to increased flexibility and muscle tone.


A fitness video can’t replace a personal trainer, so be cautious when starting any fitness regimen. Be aware of your personal limits and consult a professional when needed.

With so many options, you can likely find just what you’re searching for on YouTube for free. Try some of these high-quality fitness videos and give your gym membership a run for the money.


The information in this article is provided for education and informational purposes only, without any express or implied warranty of any kind, including warranties of accuracy, completeness or fitness for any particular purpose. The information in this article is not intended to be and does not constitute fitness or any other advice. The information in this article is general in nature and is not specific to you the user or anyone else. Consult your doctor before exploring new fitness routines.

Barbara Davidson


Babs is a Senior Content Writer and financial guru. She loves exploring fresh ways to save more and enjoy life on a budget! When she’s not writing, you’ll find her binge-watching musicals, reading in the (sporadic) Chicago sunshine and discovering great new places to eat. Accio, tacos!