The 20 Greatest YouTube Exercises – Yoga, Power, HIIT, Pilates, and Extra

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Of all the habits we acquired during quarantine, the time you spend Googling the best YouTube workouts is arguably the most persistent. In fact, about a third of 11,000 respondents in a recent survey by said they plan to permanently waive their gym membership in 2021.

But leaving the gym behind has its downsides. First of all, not having fitness facilities means you’re also leaving out all of the expert-curated courses, trainers, and equipment that will help make your goals much easier to achieve.

Of course, knowing where to look for the top online workouts and coaches will partially negate this disadvantage. And luck to you – we’ve done the legwork for you. Here are 20 of the best workouts on YouTube for HIIT, weight training, cardio, yoga, and more.

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BEST YOGA VIDEOS: Yoga with Adriene

Adriene Mischler has amassed a massive following for good reason – nearly 10 million subscribers. In addition to her relaxing, energizing, and empowering flows, she is fun to watch and move around with, who is known for her down-to-earth, quirky personality. Mishler’s videos are also a good choice for yoga newbies, because her motto “Find what feels good” encourages you to push yourself, but only as far as you feel comfortable.


Aham yoga

Arundhati Baitmangalkar has a great passion for yoga – so much so that, in addition to meditative or sweaty flows, she also moderates the Let’s Talk Yoga podcast on her popular channel. Get into the flow with gentle morning sun salutations or work your way up to reversals and more complicated movements with in-depth tutorial videos for beginners.


Yoga with Kassandra

As a yoga teacher with over seven years of experience, Kassandra offers more than 550 courses on her YouTube channel, from beginners to advanced. One of her specialties is Yin Yoga, a gentle style of yoga in which the poses are held longer.


Sarah Wes

Sarah Wes’ YouTube channel has a plethora of yoga sequences that will make you feel stronger and more supple. Wes promotes their workouts as a “360-degree mind-body-spirit experience through images, sound, movement and breath”. Get ready to feel a lot calmer (and rejuvenated) at the end of one of your artistic flows.



If burpees, planks, and abs exercises are your thing, you can’t go wrong with Les Mills. The offerings on Les Mills’ YouTube channel range from 15-minute sessions (perfect for an afternoon break-in) to 30-minute workouts. And while you have to pay for the full Les Mills workout catalog on the site, the YouTube channel has a sizable amount of content to get you started.



Led by top trainers – Kayla Itsines, Sjana Elise, Kelsey Wells, Stephanie Sanzo and Chontel Duncan – SWEAT offers HIIT training, cardio, yoga, post-pregnancy workouts and even powerlifting. The canal also has a home-friendly workout section in case you have a salty neighbor downstairs.



Check out Maddie Lymburner’s MadFit YouTube channel for bodyweight strength training, dance-based cardio routines, and exercise tutorials for beginners. You can also choose mini workouts for selected songs and artists – Lil Nas X, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd – if there’s a particular tune that really makes you want to do planks.


Body project

While the Body Project’s YouTube channel is jam-packed with a wide variety of workouts, you won’t find a shortage of heartbreaking HIIT videos, both high and low impact, for working out without equipment. The couple, led by the (literal) power couple Daniel and Alexandra, pride themselves on not being “fitness models” who “train two to three hours a day”.


Orange theory fitness

Orangetheory has garnered a cult-like following over the past decade, and its team of top instructors is definitely a part of that success. The company now offers a free selection of HIIT and strength classes on its YouTube channel. Grab a pair of dumbbells for the above workout and expect a serious burn in your glutes, hamstrings, and calves.



Another couple training team, the makers Daniel and Kelli, provide over 600 strength- and HIIT-based training videos in full length on their channel FitnessBlender, which receive almost 33 million views every month. You can browse videos by time, difficulty, and muscle group focus.


Pamela Reif

If you haven’t tried one of the incredibly challenging strength, HIIT and cardio workout videos by German fitness professional Pamela Reif on YouTube, now is the time to do so. Your videos garner millions of views apiece. A key differentiator in Reif’s videos is that a significant portion of the workouts are snack-sized and last around six to 20 minutes.



Each class (from 15 to 60 minutes) includes jumping jacks, kicks, slides, twerk and everything in between – all to music you would expect to find in a club. Don’t be surprised if you play one video at a time, as time flies by in these energetic sessions.



Originally founded in Los Angeles, YouTube dance cardio channel PlyoJam is exactly what it sounds like – you’re literally “jamming” out while doing high-energy plyometrics. Choose from 30- or 60-minute videos with routines tuned to the top 40 hip-hop hits, as described by Saweetie in the video above. (Don’t be surprised if you smile and burn calories long after your workout.)


Let Riley

A former dancer of Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Trey Songz, and Lady Gaga, Deja Riley knows a thing or two about keeping a beat (and entertaining an audience). And she distributes tips and routines for free on her YouTube channel. Try dance out of the box for an energetic, smiling, rhythmic cardio workout.


Nikki Kiesel

NYC-based certified personal trainer Nikki Pebbles is also a certified body image and life coach, as well as a public speaker and event hostess. So expect some serious charisma and energy in each of their fun, fast-paced dance workout videos. And rest assured, even rhythmically challenged people (including me) can keep up with Pebbles’ clear, pinpointed instructions.



One of YouTube’s OG fitness influencers, the specialty of Pilates trainer Cassey Ho, is called POP Pilates, a practice that combines pop music and traditional Pilates movements into a fun, happy workout that’s as enjoyable as it is heartbreaking (and muscle burning) is. In addition to the full workouts, you can find beginner movement tutorials (including splits workout, one of their most popular videos), as well as advice on diet and self-care on Ho’s channel.


Lottie Murphy

For the quintessential Pilates training, Lottie Murphy’s gear-free YouTube sessions channel is just the thing. Murphy has taught Pilates for more than 10 years, leading viewers through core-focused abdominal exercises, calm stretches, and full-length Pilates flows. Get ready to feel sore after this one.



Isa-Welly is not only a top Pilates trainer, but also a registered nutritionist and certified health and wellness coach, which makes her a place to go if you want to re-energize your entire self. But if all you want is a solid burn, turn to their catalog of gentle, equipment-free workouts, including this 30-minute session woven into traditional barre moves.


Gone Pilates Adventure

If you need travel inspiration (or just want to hit the Santa Barbara beaches for a hot second), Gone Adventure Pilates is the workout channel for you. Find machine-free, mat-based Pilates sessions (or with a reformer if you have access to one) in addition to restorative routines.


Tory Rivera

Like many content creators on this list, Tony Rivera features a range of workout videos, from cardio to HIIT to dance. But as a trained ballet dancer, Pilates and barre are her specialty. Try workouts that cause large burns of 10, 15, 20, and 30 minutes that are broken down by muscle group focus.

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