We’re totally obsessed with fitness YouTube channels right now. Despite being big fans of gyms and studios, the convenience of home workouts is undeniable. But with so many channels to choose from and varying levels of quality, which should be on your radar?
In this article – we share 7 of the best fitness YouTube channels to follow right now (whether you’re new to exercise or a seasoned pro).
Here’s a quick overview of the fitness YouTubers and channels you need to know about…
- Pamela Reif
- Natacha Oceane
- Grow With Jo
- Keltie O’Connor
- Yoga With Adriene
- Chris Heria
- Hannah Adkins
Now let’s dive into the types of videos they create and why they’re awesome…
Pamela Reif is fitness YouTuber royalty and with good reason. She’s created a huge catalogue of high-quality workout videos that range from 6-30mins. Whatever you’re looking for – HIIT, dance workouts, yoga, anything – she’ll have a fun and effective video for you to follow.
There are several things that set this channel apart from others out there. The first is the quality of the workouts themselves – they’re structured in a highly efficient way with compound movements throughout so you’re working multiple muscle groups at the same time. This gives you more bang for your buck in terms of results.
Secondly, her workouts are really fun! Part of this is the way she themes them but much of it is also down to the excellent playlists. There’s typically no talking – just awesome music to help you through. Her soundtrack choices are a huge part of why the videos are so enjoyable.
Although Pamela Reif has beginner-level workouts, the fact she doesn’t speak in all videos means there’s not always coaching on technique or form. If you’re a beginner, then this might mean you end up doing an exercise movement incorrectly without realising, which may mean a risk of injury. So for people completely new to exercise, it’s worth watching videos that guide you on technique to begin with.
Natacha Oceane is scientifically rigorous and highly entertaining. Honestly, we wish everyone in the health and fitness industry took this integrity-based approach. She thoroughly reviews the scientific research on a topic before creating a video that explains it in no-nonsense terms.
Having studied a PHD, she really knows her stuff when it comes to analysing and interpreting the scientific data. For example, in her video about learning to do the front splits, she reviews research papers on the optimal duration and frequency of stretching before making a recommendation.
Her channel includes workout videos to follow along with, plus exercise and nutrition science content. And there are plenty of fitness challenges too – we particularly like the ones involving military fitness tests.
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Grow With Jo
Grow With Jo’s fitness channel offers a wide variety of workout videos but our favs are the ‘walking workouts’. They feel like doing a step-aerobics class but without the box – lots of gentle movements combined with walking intervals.
These videos are ideal for beginners or those getting back into exercise after time away from it. If you want to increase your physical activity levels, get more steps into your day, or just want something low impact, then these videos are a fun option. We also appreciate the timer and progress bar which motivate you to keep going until the end.
Keltie O’Connor is an athlete turned fitness YouTuber (and DJ!) whose content is both inspirational and entertaining. Her videos typically follow her trying out different workout regimes over 30 days – think CrossFit, yoga, or following a celebrity training program (we’re looking at you Black Widow). She also tests out lots of different fitness YouTuber programs to see what works and what doesn’t.
Her down-to-earth approach is something many of us will relate to – a die-hard fitness fanatic who loves the odd tequila night too. (If that’s not balance, then we’re not interested).
She’s very much real and authentic rather than a YouTuber who’s putting on a show of being ‘perfect’. Honestly, she’s the kind of person everyone wants as their bestie which is part of what makes her content particularly engaging.
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Yoga with Adriene
It would be impossible to make a list of the best fitness YouTubers without including Yoga With Adriene. Her channel was a staple for many people trapped indoors in recent years and is one of the most widely known. Why? Because she’s an insanely talented yoga teacher who’s created videos to help people in many different ways.
Yoga for back pain? She’s got you. Want a session that’ll settle your anxiety? There’s a video for that. Looking for a little guided meditation in the morning? Of course she’s created something that’s perfect. Whether you’re looking for a comprehensive class or little ditty to address something specific, you’ll find a video that suits.
Adriene also runs free 30-day challenges that help people build a regular yoga practice. These are an ideal way to develop a consistent habit so that exercise becomes part of your normal lifestyle.
Calisthenics has been seeing a huge revival and Chris Heria is one of the YouTubers leading the charge. Bodyweight exercise is a great option for people who don’t have equipment at home or access to a gym. Just by using the resistance of your own weight, Chris shows you how to become strong and athletic.
If you’re someone who likes to work towards a goal, then mastering a new calisthenics move can be hugely satisfying. Whether it’s executing a flawless pushup or perfecting a handstand, you won’t be short of fitness and strength goals to work on. Chris breaks down seemingly impossible moves into a number of progressions so you have a step-by-step guide for building up to a difficult movement.
Hannah Adkins is a relative newcomer to the scene having started her YouTube channel just over a year ago. But in that time she’s established herself as a popular and inspiring content creator across the spectrum of wellness.
She vlogs about food, fitness, fashion, and lifestyle. Her videos are packed with inspo for those of us wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle, both mentally and physically. Whether it’s trying out new workout classes or recommending books to nourish the soul, her content is top-notch. And if there’s Manchester foodie vibes or Cotswold countryside thrown in, then all the better.
We particularly enjoy the insights into her healthy vegan diet which is both balanced and fairly achievable. There’s no skimping on carbs or avoidance of snacks, just a focus on plant-based whole foods. Plus, her nutritionist sister Sophie (who also has her own channel) is often on hand with scientifically sound food advice.
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Top Fitness YouTube Channels
So there you have our top picks of the very best fitness YouTubers you need to know about. Are there other fitness YouTube channels that you think should be on this list? Get in touch to let us know.