My Favorite Workout Youtube Channels

We cut ties with a gym about 9 months ago, but my wannabe fitness guru heart needs fitness classes.

Not going to lie I grew up watching Sweating to the Oldies with Richard Simmons and Tae Bo with Billy Blanks. Group fitness is my jam.

Some days I aspire to be a fitness class instructor. But then I remember there is now way I would remember the choreography for an entire lesson nor do I really have the skills to teach fitness form.

This would be me (as the toddler)…

So in an effort to help my fellow fitness enthusiast wannabees, here are my favorite workout channels on Youtube.

All of these channels have free videos that I have enjoyed. It can be hard to find the motivation to workout at home, but these videos make it a little easier. Having access to these still keeps me active and energized since there are so many options.

PopSugar Fitness

I really like this channel. There are all kinds of videos. You can do just 10 minutes which some days is all you have time for or full body workouts if you have some extra time. They also have short videos to show you one move or stretch. This channel does focus on full health with videos about food choices too. I would say these feel the most like you are in a workout class. The lead talks to you like you are in a classroom with jokes and motivation along the way. There is also a lot of modifications that they show you. This is my favorite video from this channel…I was dripping with sweat and felt this workout for a few days afterwords.

Jessica Smith TV

Jessica does some really good low-impact workouts. I found her for her barre workouts. While they aren’t true ballet workouts, they do have some influence. Even with the low impact, I still get a good sweat on with her videos. I usually do the ones that are 30 minutes, but she does have some shorter videos. I think I am going to do her power-walking challenge here soon.

Fitness Blender

This is a great channel. They give really good instructions so I always feel like I know what I am doing. There is also a timer on the side which I like. I love working out but I also like to know when it is going to be done so I can keep pushing myself. They have a wide range of videos so you can really diversify your workouts with this channel.

Millionaire Hoy

This guy is really energizing. I love his kickboxing videos. I really get into these. Most of his are HIIT inspired which I really enjoy. He loves what he does, and that shows through instruction. There is a double timer on these:  one for the total time and one for the move. He also has a preview box that shows you what is the next move. This is my favorite workout I have watched so far.


This is another all-encompassing healthy channel. There are workouts and videos on healthy eating. Jillian Michaels has several videos on this channel which is how I watched her 30 day shred series. I love all the options!

There are so many workout channels out there, but these are just a few that I have enjoyed and found benefits with.

Do you watch workout videos? What are your favorites?


Fit for Me 27/52

What I did last week:

Thursday-30 minute training run.

Friday and Saturday-Our town does a two day festival for the 4th of July where there are food trucks, carnival rides, and band stages set up in the downtown area. It means a couple hours of walking, and in our case pushing a stroller. Exercise done!

Sunday-40 minute training run. This was also the first time in approximately 2 years that I have run outside without the dogs for a true run completely on my own. It was weird and great at the same time. It was nice not to be bogged down by leashes and doggy bags. 

Tuesday-Another 30 minute training run but I did it on an elliptical since my leg was giving me issues.

Impressed by:

I am maintaining right now. And in this season of busy, that is about all I can ask for!

Struggled with:

I had a lot of cramping in my quad this week so that impeded me going as hard as I want to on my run last night. I think I may have slept on it wrong because I woke up in a lot of pain. It is always a struggle when you have an injury, especially early on in your training.

Did I meet my goal from last week?

I did all of my training runs!

What is my goal for next week?

I want to make it to a class this weekend.

Fitness Thoughts:

I am taking a different approach to my training this time. I have always done my training by distance per run, this time I am doing time per run. I am really liking it so far because I haven’t really run run since before I was pregnant with George. This is allowing me to ease back into the running game with a combination run/walk by judging it by time. Not all of my runs have looked pretty, but I am making the time that I need to so far.

If all else fails, I will remember this.


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Fit for Me 17/52

What I did last week:

Thursday-30 minutes on a bike

Saturday-1 hour of BodyPump. I actually got through all the tracks! I did have to weight down on a few tracks, but I made it all the way through.

Sunday-I participated in the March of Dimes walk with my sister-in-law. George and my niece, Ava, were there too, but they did a lot less walking. When I signed up for this event, I thought it was a 5K walk, but we ended up doing only one lap in this park that was maybe a quarter of a mile before they did the programming for the event. So Emily and I ended up doing our own thing and kept walking for 45 minutes. It seemed like a lot of hype for a 5-10ish minute stroll.

Monday-20 minute ab workout.

Tuesday-30 minute walk/run with the dogs.

Impressed by:

It has been a long time since I have gotten through an entire hour of BodyPump, so I was impressed with myself on that.

Struggled with:

This week was a good week physically and mentally. I can’t really think of anything I really struggled with. I was pretty proud of my workouts. Long time coming!

Did I meet my goal from last week?

I did meet my goal, sort of. I wanted to add planks to my ab workouts, which I did the one day I did the abs. So I met it, but I still feel like I could have done planks more days.

What is my goal for next week?

I am going to up my last goal and try to do a plank at least 3 days next week. I have a couple plank challenges pinned so maybe I will whip one of those out.

Fitness Thoughts:

I want to talk about kids working out. I think it is great to educate children on fitness and to start creating habits early about physical activity. What I don’t think is great is not teaching them proper technique, especially with weights. There have been several weeks that there have been kids in the BodyPump class. I think that is awesome! However their technique sucks. Their parents just tell them to keep going and suck it up basically. And here they are hunched over with a bar on their back doing squats or flinging a bar sporadically with shoulderpresses. I am just waiting for them to pull something right there because it is obvious their parents got them too much weight. Fortunately, the instructor on Saturdays is phenomenal, and she usually spots these issues and walks around to help fix them. She is really good about showing the right techniques and making you feel ok about only doing body weight. It just bothers me to watch the parents encourage the poor form when their little bodies are in such a growing period. If I was closer to these kids, I would try to say something. But inevitably they are usually set up several people over if not across the room. I don’t know if that would be me overstepping my bounds, but it hurts my heart knowing that these kids could get injured or at the least starting poor habits. (And yes I watch everyone else in the class through the mirrors…)

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If only it were that easy…

Have you done a plank challenge? Do you see kids in your gym?

Also I am answering all your questions tomorrow, so if you have any to add, please check out this post!

Fit for Me 4/52

I will be honest; this last week was a struggle. Sickness hit the Whitener household.

What I did last week:

Thursday-30 minutes on an elliptical.

Saturday-1 hour of BodyPump. I made it through every song! I had to do some of the modifications to do so, but I did it! Whoop Whoop!

Sunday-1 hour of BodyFlow, which is a combo of yoga and pilates. I am still up in the air if I will go again. The instruction was a little weak, and for this kind of class I need you to tell me when to do everything. Otherwise I end up in downward dog for entirely too long, or I forget to breath.

Impressed by:

I actually made it through the whole BodyPump routine, even the planks and shoulders. I high-fived myself after the class.

Struggled with:

Unfortunately, I caught whatever bug Tom had last week. It hit me Monday afternoon, so I decided to not push it and took Monday and Tuesday off from working out. We’ll see if I get back at it tonight. I may be taking the afternoon off from work due to the urging of my boss, so exercising is probably unlikely. Let’s also hope that G doesn’t get this sinus crud.

Did I meet my goal from last week?

I made it through planks!!! Granted it was a modified plank, but I still didn’t drop to my stomach! Progress people.

What is my goal for next week?

To go to a Jazzercise class. Yep that is right. I am going to pull on my leotard and leggings and Jazzercise it up.

Fitness Thoughts:

It is really interesting to see people who go to different workout classes. I think each one definitely has it’s own culture.

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Do you work out while you are sick? I don’t attempt to because I am afraid it will make it worse.