By Sarah Chrisien
If you’re anything like me, there are times where you can barely find a spare minute in the day to eat or sleep, much less go to the gym. Luckily, there are free, efficient alternatives that let you squeeze in a daily workout from the comfort of your own home.
YouTube workout channels have hundreds of workout videos and plans that are a great option if you are on the go but still want to incorporate exercise into your unpredictable schedule. After researching many different channels, I narrowed down the ones I found to be particularly helpful, accessible, and popular among the YouTube community and various websites. Below are four channels that are bound to fit the needs of college students, from exercise novices to fitness fanatics.
- More than 212,000 subscribers
- Active since 2008
- Has appeared in Women’s Health Magazine, Glamour, Shape and Men’s Health Magazine
- Certified Personal Trainer
Sarah Dussault, also known as Sarah Fit, offers high-quality free videos with easy-to-follow workouts and healthy recipe and lifestyle tips. Her videos are particularly useful if you don’t have a lot of time to fit a full-fledged gym workout into your day. She has a dorm room workout routine, as well as videos of workouts that are 30 minutes or less, so you can easily add a workout to your daily routine during your down time before, between, or after classes.
- More than 2.5 million subscribers
- Active since 2010
On Fitness Blender, husband and wife duo Daniel and Kelli Segar share a wide variety of at-home workouts as well as general fitness advice. All of Daniel and Kelli’s workouts can be done at home, and with over 450 videos and counting, you’re sure to find a routine for your specific workout goals. Their website also offers additional fitness planning tools, including a search function that allows you to narrow down your workout by difficulty, body type, training type and equipment. It’s best to use Fitness Blender if you already have an idea of the type of workout you need but are looking for specific instruction.
- Nearly 950,000 subscribers
- Active since 2012
- Run by co-founder of online yoga/lifestyle library Find What Feels Good
Adriene Mishler’s videos cater to both hardcore yoga lovers and those who have never even touched a yoga mat. Specifically, if you’re a beginner, she has a 30-day program to ease you into the practice. On Adrienne’s channel, there’s a video for every situation: yoga for travel, yoga for when you’re sick, yoga for weight loss, and more.
Yoga can be a great, relaxing way to unwind after a busy day of class or work. Even better, Adriene’s videos allow you to do it on your own time without ever leaving home, and let you design your workout around your level of ability.
- More than 75,000 subscribers
- Active since 2011
- Certified Personal Trainer
- Has appeared on Access Hollywood, The Today Show, and MTV’s Made
This channel, led by Amazing Race contestant Kym Perfetto, is fun and edgy without sacrificing workout quality. It even has a workout called Pilazies that you can do without ever leaving your bed, which is a good option if you want to squeeze in exercise before even getting out of bed in the morning. In case you need further motivation, her website also has a variety of workout playlists to suit your mood.
Overall, if you need a free healthy recipe, workout plan, or fitness or lifestyle tips, these four channels are a good place to start. If you’re still not convinced, don’t worry. There are countless other YouTube fitness channels out there, and if you do some research of your own you’re bound to find the one that best suits you.
Check out the links below to get started:
Greatist’s Best Free Workout Videos On Youtube
Huffington Post’s 20 Best Free Online Workout Video Series
Buzzfeed’s 18 Youtube Channels You Need to Get In Shape