The Best Online Workouts

There are always a million excuses not to work out: It’s too hot out, too cold, too dark, the gym is too crowded or I don’t have time to drive to the gym. (You get the point.) Don’t hate us, but there is a way to kick these excuses to the curb. Work out at home! Working out at home seems like it would be less effective: no equipment, less space, no instructor or trainers to guide you. But the ease of an at home workout will make up for these shortcomings. You can control the temperature, you don’t need to apply sunscreen, you can shower immediately after, you don’t have to waste time driving back and forth, and you won’t have to touch any sweat that didn’t come from you. Do we need to go on?

Thanks to the handy old Internet, there are plenty of online workouts you can do from the comfort of your home that will kick your butt into shape just as good as any gym will. Here are a few of our favorites:

Booya

Do you like to stay up on the latest trends? Booya’s unlimited supply of 30-minute classes from boutique fitness studios (like ChaiseFitness and SoHo Strength Lab) will bring you the latest and greatest in workout trends. It takes longer for big chain gyms to catch onto workout trends, so this is a great way for you to try the newest workouts at a fraction of the cost.

Cost: $10 per month

Blogilates

Blogilates host Casey Ho’s ability to make working out fun is why her videos are so beloved. The Pilates instructor’s videos are bright, colorful, have fun music, and her happy attitude makes the challenging workouts easier to accomplish. Alongside terrific Pilates videos, she shares diet and nutrition tips that will compliment your active lifestyle.

Cost: Free

MoveMeFit

Like most activities, working out with a friend can be a lot more fun. But if you start working out from home, you can basically kiss yoga with your best friend goodbye—unless you try MoveMeFit. MoveMeFit uses your webcam to split screen and work out with a friend in a different location. Not only will you have someone to commiserate with when you’re exhausted, you can also use it to stay accountable. Find a friend to join you and suddenly you’ll have no choice but to log-on and get to work.

Cost: $9 per month

Tone It Up

Two trainers are better than one, at least in the case of the Tone It Up girls. The upbeat hosts (Karen and Katrina) aim to help you earn the perfect beach body. They always have a positive attitude and guide their videos with the motto: “share, love, inspire, sweat!” They offer a variety of videos aimed at toning, stretching, and yoga practices. For brides-to-be, their wedding series will be the perfect prep for your big day. They post new videos several times a week so there is always fresh content.

Cost: Free

Crunch Live

Does Crunch gym sound familiar? Of course it does! The massively successful gym chain is known for its unusual workout classes like Stiletto Strength, Gospel House Aerobic, and Lyrical Hip Hop. If you feel too embarrassed to attend an out-of-the-box workout in front of strangers, try their quirky workouts from the privacy of your own home.

Cost: $10 per month

BeFiT

If you need a new workout routine to stay motivated then YouTube channel BeFiT’s will keep you very happy. The channel offers a new workout every single weekday, so you will never have a chance to get bored. This also means they have a crazy amount of videos backlogged and you can choose ones that best suit your needs. If you don’t like the idea of having to constantly choose a workout, then let their workout systems guide you. Try their signature 90-day BeFit workout system or one of their many 30-day systems, such as 30 Day Six-Pack Abs. Their videos come from top trainers like Jillian Michaels and even workout video legend Jane Fonda.

Cost: Free

Udaya

For many, yoga is a very relaxing workout. That is until you add in traffic, parking, expensive classes, and an awkwardly quiet studio. Not to mention you may get insecure when it feels like everyone else in class is a yoga master and you are just trying your best not to fall on your face. Udaya allows you to practice yoga where you feel most comfortable: your home.

Cost: $12 per month

Body Rock

Even if you work out from home, it can be easy to make excuses related to your busy schedule. Body Rock is about to kill your excuses! They offer short videos that are high intensity so you can get a great workout in a short period of time. A recent blog post taught readers a five minute workout you could do without even leaving your bedroom. Everyone has time for that! Sign up for a daily workout to be sent straight to your inbox.

Cost: Free

Ballet Beautiful

Try reading an article about a supermodel’s fitness routine and more often than not they will mention being Ballet Beautiful devotees. The ballet inspired workouts are created by former professional ballerina Mary Helen Bowers. She trained Natalie Portman for her role in Black Swan and helped her form an authentic ballerina’s body.

The Ballet Beautiful website has live, interactive online classes as well as prerecorded streaming videos designed to build sleek muscles and ballerina posture. The website offers monthly subscriptions to the always expanding workout video library, or you can “attend” a live interactive class with Bowers herself. For a less inexpensive option, try one of her workout DVDs, which are just as effective.

Cost: $35 per class or $40 per month

Is there an online workout that has replaced your favorite gym workout? Tell us! 

  • Riley Nowlan

    These look awesome and I like how lots of them are free. Can’t wait to try!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Riley

    rileyannenowlan.com

  • Kay

    This list should definitely include Fitness Blender, which is also free.

    • Mia- MakeMeUpMia

      Yes!!!

    • MelodyJ

      Agree, it’s free and is one of the most balanced workouts out there. The videos are free and the programs and e-books are low cost.

  • Kristin Otto

    I love using FitStar Yoga! Great workouts that are curated just for you! 🙂

  • Cait

    This is a great compilation of links, and I love that so many of them are free! Definitely going to be checking some of these out!

  • Brandi

    Yoga with Adrienne! She is so wonderful and all workouts are free on her YouTube channem

  • C Will

    You should definitely try Redux.fit. A personal trainer trains you LIVE online through Skype at a fraction of the cost. It’s like $20 a session and you get nutritional support. Workout on your schedule anywhere it’s changed me.

  • Esther Victoria Kay Plaster

    I love Kayla Itsines – she is an amazing IG personality and would be a perfect person to interview at TEG.

  • Zoë Elizabeth Blogg.

    This is so useful! Cannot wait to give some a go.

    I also personally recommend Way of Grey 🙂

    Zoe

  • NattilyDressed

    I’m a big fan of HASfit workouts. They are free and Coach Kozak is always so damn cheerful!

  • Megan

    Ballet Beautiful is so challenging yet so rewarding. I love that with the Custom Workout you can change it up weekly and each month they keep adding to the library of workouts. Plus the DVDs are killer!

  • Briannen Arey

    Beachbody on Demand is my favorite online workout! $3/week (under $40 per quarter), loads of programs types and different trainers available–and there are a lot more programs available for purchase at a hugely discounted rate. I’ve tried most of the ones listed, but always keep going back to Beachbody or mixing programs, like the TIU Daily Moves!

    – Bri
    http://www.briinboots.com

  • BJess

    complement*

  • Joanna Rekik

    I just jumped on the Blogilates bandwagon and love it!
    Re: other apps – I am in love with a yoga app called Down Dog. It’s free (with a paid premium version) and I love how you can steer your yoga workout depending on your mood (music choice!), time that you have available (fast flow 20 min morning sessions are my fave!) and body part or aspect you want to work on. Highly recommended!

  • Joanna Rekik

    I just jumped on the Blogilates bandwagon and love it!
    Re: other apps – I am in love with a yoga app called Down Dog. It’s free (with a paid premium version) and I love how you can steer your yoga workout depending on your mood (music choice!), time that you have available (fast flow 20 min morning sessions are my fave!) and body part or aspect you want to work on. Highly recommended!

  • Ellie

    I would 100% add Spotebi to the list. Awesome variety of interval workouts that are about a half hour each. There’s a breakdown of each move with pictures so you know what you’re doing, a widget that has a large timer, animations, and an audible cue when it’s time to move to the next exercise, AND a built in Spotify playlist. Couldn’t be easier!!