The Best Free Workout Videos on YouTube

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The Best Free Workout Videos on YouTube

Now that winter is upon us, you may have to break up with your regularly scheduled outdoor sweat sessions, at least temporarily. Don’t worry. It’s completely possible to stay fit—all you need is an Internet connection and a little living room space. (OK, and maybe a few props here and there.) And it’s all thanks to these seriously excellent, totally free YouTube videos. We’ve rounded up the best full-length workouts—we’re talking everything from traditional aerobics to ballet to high-intensity interval training routines—so you can keep your physique in tip-top shape this season and beyond.

Strength and Conditioning Workouts

1. Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism Complete Workout

The queen of lean, Jillian Michaels brings her tough training to YouTube. This total-body workout includes seven cardio strength-training circuits created to strengthen and tone every single muscle. “If you’re not winded, you are not working hard enough,” she says in the video, so it’s safe to say you’re in for a serious sweat session.

2. 7-Minute Workout: Full-Body, Fat-Burning Cardio

This video is proof positive that you don’t need to hit the gym—or have a ton of time or space—for a truly killer workout. Speed through this routine when your schedule is packed, and don’t worry: With exercises like one-legged squats and moving planks (and only 10 seconds of rest between each), you won’t be missing out on any muscle-building benefits.

3. Luscious Legs Lottery Full Workout

Build strong lower limbs (a.k.a. “luscious legs”) with this 11-minute routine from Autumn Calabrese. Power through three sets of tough moves, like single-leg jump squats, wall squats, and more, for a quick, no-equipment-necessary workout.

4. Lift and Tone Booty Routine With Katrina

Building the best booty is at the top of many fitness wish lists. Solution: this workout video. Moves like kick backs and reverse lunges build a stronger, more toned and lifted rear view.

5. Total-Body Sculpting Resistance Band Workout

If there’s one travel-friendly workout tool, it’s the resistance band. Not only does it weigh next to nothing and take up little room in your bag, it’s also super versatile. And if you’re a fan of our full-body resistance band workout, you’ll definitely dig this video. It combines strength movements, like rear lunges with a rotation, with heart rate-boosting exercises for a routine that’ll challenge your entire body.

6. Chair Workout for Legs

If your travels take you somewhere with absolutely zero workout equipment, fear not! Thanks to this video, it’s totally possible to work your lower half with nothing but your own bodyweight and a chair. And since it’s just 10 minutes in length, you can squeeze this in between a rushed red-eye flight and brunch at your aunt’s.

Dance Workouts

7. Beyoncé “Move Your Body” Full Workout Routine

It’s no secret that Beyoncé is a crazy-good performer, and while we could never mimic her vocals, with some coaching, we thought we could pick up her dance moves. That’s why we were so excited to discover this video series featuring choreographer Frank Gatson, Jr., who breaks down every portion of Beyoncé’s Let’s Move! campaign, which features a remix of “Get Me Bodied.” Watch the first instructional portion and then the second one to learn the entire routine.

8. “Who Run the World” Beyoncé Dance Workout With Benjamin Allen

Did you overdo it on Beyoncé? Trick question. There’s no such thing! That’s why we had to include another video inspired by Queen Bey’s excellent moves. Learn some awesome choreography (while working up a sweat) to “Who Run The World (Girls),” one of the singer’s best girl-power anthems.

9. Pump It Up The Ultimate Dance Workout 2004

When you think of a typical aerobics dance class, you probably imagine something exactly like this video: Legwarmers! Leotards! Hip rolls for days! And with more than an hour of dancing, you’re certain to work up a sweat—without ever leaving your living room.

10. Reggae Dance Workout by Keaira LaShae

We dare you to not have fun breakin’ it down to reggae with Keaira LaShae. Her upbeat, super positive energy will have you laughing as much as you’re sweating, especially while attempting moves like “grandfather clocks” and “the canoe.”

Want to see the other 11 free YouTube workout videos? Check out the full article on Greatist.


  • What, no Blogilates?!

  • Chris

    Which one?

    • Ashvini Webster

      sorry I thought I put the website on, it’s fitness blender .com check it out, they are good!

      • Fitnessblender absolutely rocks! 🙂

  • Christina Ramos

    Unbelieveable! How in the world could you not include Fitness Blender? Fitness Blender has every kind of workout imaginable and they are are the real deal- trained professionals. They even have a calender so that you can plan out your workouts. Another reason I left MFP. Articles are stupid and clearly uninformed. I track elsewhere.

  • Coconutpalace

    What do you recommend for an older person with knee issues? I don’t jump or lay on the floor.

    • Karkar

      Fitness blender! They have loads of low impact workouts I’m sure they’ll have something you can do!

    • Karkar

      Fitness blender! They have loads of low impact workouts I’m sure they’ll have something you can do!

  • There are some pretty good workouts on Youtube. There’s just that *slight* problem of sorting through millions of useless videos to find the good ones! I’ll bookmark this page, thanks.

  • Dawn Thomas

    For those that mentioned Fitness Blender not being included. If you click the link to read the full article you will see Fitness Blender is number 20 on the list.

  • Anjelica Zamora

    Cassey Ho of Blogilates on YouTube has amazing workouts!! Check her out.