The 50 Most Inspiring YouTube Workout Videos of the Year

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

We all lead busy lives. We are short on time, and sometimes short on money. While many of us would love a personal trainer, or a luxurious gym membership, sometimes we just can’t stretch that far. So along came YouTube and gave us the ability to have the benefits of a personal exercise programme with expert advice in the comfort of our own home.

Of course, even though you’re exercising at home, the usual rules apply. Exercise at a level you are comfortable with, and if you are in any doubt, see your doctor for advice.


All that’s left is to check out these top 50 inspiring YouTube videos to get in the best shape of your life!

Workouts for women

POPSUGAR’s Muffin Top Workout

Those pesky love handles are hard to get rid of, and hard to target with exercises, but this video makes it possible. Invest in a Bosu balance ball, to get your spine in the correct position to work your midsection to its full potential.

Lifehack’s 7 Minute Workout

There’s science behind this workout, and it’s designed to get you maximum results in a short workout time. Animated characters demonstrate the exercises, so you won’t be faced with an irritating instructor, and the soundtrack is a throwback to the 90’s; get ready for plenty of Britney!

Tone It Up’s Butt Workout

This workout is filmed on a sunny beach, just to remind you that your bikini holiday is not too far off! This video contains some kettlebell exercises, so you can either invest in one, or use a dumbbell of similar weight.

Mary Helen Bowers’ Ballet Beautiful

This workout is gentle, yet very challenging. It promises that much sought after ‘long and lean’ dancer’s body. It builds strength and endurance, in the accessory muscles. You will definitely feel this the next day, but it feels good.

David Kirsch’s Arms Workout

Straight from the workout library of the guy who trains supermodel Heidi Klum, this workout focuses on a hard area to tone and strengthen for women, and it’s not for the faint-hearted. It works, and fast.

Workouts for men

P90X- Beachbody

Trainer Tony Horton presents a series of 12 workouts designed to get you in the best shape ever. Sessions include bodyweight exercises, cardio, ab work, martial arts based exercises and yoga. He claims that his training programme will give you the results you want in just 90 days.

10 Minute Trainer Workout

Tony Horton presents this hardcore workout that proves if you are short on time it doesn’t mean that you have the excuse to ditch your workout plans. This workout works your body from every possible angle, and hits every muscle group in just one 10- minute workout. Say goodbye to spending hours in the gym to hone your physique.


You have probably heard of this super intense workout, and it definitely suits its name. It is a unique spin on interval training. Instead of working at a steady pace and throwing in a few fast bursts here and there, insanity makes you work flat out for 3-5 minutes, and you only get enough rest to get your breath back before you’re onto the next set. It keeps your body working as hard as it possibly can, which equals maximum results, as your body has to adapt quickly to the level of intensity. The workout claims to get you in amazing shape in 60 days. The workouts include plyometrics, upper body strength workouts, cardio workouts, abs workouts and various interval training sessions.

Turbulence Training

If you like your workouts to be hardcore, you will love this workout. The exercises are designed to create an afterburn effect; to burn maximum calories for a long period of time after your workout. The trainer Craig Ballantyne really knows his stuff, and uses his know-how to provide a safe, but very effective workout designed for maximum fat loss.

Men’s Health Spartacus 2.0 Workout

As the name suggests, this is a tough, muscle-sculpting workout. It’s a circuit style workout, and if you haven’t exercised in a while, pace yourself. The workout is timed, but if you can’t do a full minute of each exercise, set yourself a target for repetitions instead. What’s good about the workout is that the video clearly shows you how to modify exercises and tells you to reduce the resistance you use until you get fitter and stronger.

Aerobic workouts

Ministry of Sound Pump it Up!

The setup is a bit like an old-style aerobics class; the dancers are wearing leg warmers! But the soundtrack is ultra-modern house and dance music, and the aerobic dance workout will definitely get you in shape. It’s very motivating and uplifting.

Cardio barre

This workout fuses ballet with aerobics, which shouldn’t work, but it does! What’s even better, you get to do it barefoot. Get ready for 40 minutes of pure sweat, and it’s without doubt a serious workout.

Cardio Kickboxing Workout to Burn Fat at Home

The perfect antidote to a stressful day! This 25-minute workout will allow you to punch and kick to your heart’s content, all in the comfort of your own living room. This is a full body workout which really gets the heart going. There is no soundtrack, so make sure you have your own motivational playlist to hand.

Bodyrock Cardio workout

Allow instructor Zusana to guide you through a short, but very intense workout which uses bodyweight exercises to get your heart pumping and to get you right into the fat burning zone. The workouts are circuit-based and are easily adapted to any skill level. Zusana gives fantastic and easy to follow explanations and demonstrations of the exercises.

Jenny Ford fitness- Step Aerobics

If you want a full-length workout to follow but you don’t want to pay class or gym fees, this is the place to be. All workouts are completely free, and are engaging and easy to follow.

Strength Workouts

The TRX Suspension Trainer is called a ‘gym in a bag

TRX suspension training

The TRX Suspension Trainer is called a ‘gym in a bag’. It uses gravity and your bodyweight to perform exercises with heavy-duty straps to help you build muscle and lose weight. Each workout session is only 30 minutes long, but boy, will you feel it. The workouts are built around some basic movements like squatting, plyometrics, and press ups which are then added to as you get stronger.

The Iron Strength Workout for Runners

If you’re a runner, you will know how important it is to do some strength training to improve your performance and protect yourself from injury. This workout comprises of 2 sessions which specifically meet the needs of runners. Running strengthens your calves, hamstrings and quads, but you also need to work your glutes, hips and core muscles if you want to perform at your best, and this is where this workout comes in!

Full-body Strength and Power Workout: 9 Weeks To Elite Fitness

Coach Steve Weatherford presents this workout which focuses on building strength and power. The workout is split into 2 phases; phase 1 which is about achieving muscle growth, and phase 2, focuses on building on your gains and achieving strength and power. Some of the moves might look a bit strange but they definitely work your body in ways you won’t be used to.

30 Minute at Home Strength Workout

This workout involves a dynamic warm-up, stretching, and a strength-based circuit. The workout is easily adaptable to your fitness level, but the idea is that you still feel challenged by it, whichever level you’re at.

Full Body Strength Workout- Maddy Mosier

This is a tough 18-minute routine that works all of the major muscle groups hard enough to transform your body. The workout consists of a circuit of 9 exercises, which are performed for 45 seconds at a time. Each circuit is completed 2-3 times, depending on your capabilities. Maddy really focuses on doing exercises with correct technique, and exercises are selected to help you gain strength and endurance in the core, arms, shoulders, chest, legs, glutes, and back. You get the benefit of expert advice in the comfort of your own home. The workout is easily adapted to suit different fitness levels.

Pilates workouts

POP Pilates for Beginners – Total Body Workout

This workout is aimed at beginners. Cassie the instructor gives an excellent introduction to the basic principles of Pilates, including correct breathing, posture, and technique. Everything is explained in a basic way without being too slow. Your arms, legs and core get a great workout in just 30 minutes. There’s also a workout calendar you can download to keep you motivated.

Pilates Full 30-Minute Class

This is a full workout packed into just 30 minutes. If you follow it a few times per week, you will look leaner and you will feel stronger. There’s no music which means that you can fully concentrate on the workout, without being distracted or going on autopilot, which means you will get the best from it. All you need is an exercise mat and you’re ready.

Pilates Perfect Body

This is a longer workout, aimed at those who have some experience of Pilates. The workout lasts an hour, and it will strengthen your core so you can achieve that toned, flat stomach you have always dreamed of. The pace of the workout is also ideal for beginners however, and there’s a lovely stretching session at the end to work on flexibility and prevent injury.

Pilates Butt Burner Full 30-Minute Workout

Instructor Angela takes you through this 30-minute session which will really leave your glutes burning! Squats are included to give you a strong, toned rear view and it’s a perfect routine to fit in before or after work.

10 Minute Solution – Sculpting Pilates

This workout is the perfect supplement to a gym session or a run. The 10-minute session focuses on toning and strengthening the arms and shoulders. You need dumbbells for this workout, be ready to say goodbye to those bingo wings!

Yoga workouts

6 Minute Workout

6 Minute Workout

Yoga instructor Kathryn Budig shows you how much you can push yourself with yoga in just 6 minutes. A lack of time is no excuse here, but neither is 6 minutes an easy option; the workout consists of bicycle kicks and leg lifts which will work parts of you that you didn’t know existed!

Beginner Yoga Flow

Kino MacGregor teaches you the basics of yoga in just 12 minutes. You will learn how to control your breath, and how to do basic moves like sun salutations. Kino explains the reasons why you are doing each move and what you will get from it, which is quite motivating and satisfying.

Beginner’s Morning Yoga Sequence

Brett Larkin, a yoga legend from San Francisco leads you through this great 15-minute beginner’s sequence, which consists of poses that will relieve stress and wake you up in the morning.

Yoga for Runners

Running is notorious for making the body feel tight. The repetitive motion causes tightness in the hips, hamstrings, glutes and calves. This workout selects exactly the right sequence to combat tightness and will help prevent injury and boost running performance.

Yoga to Open Tight Hips

Another one for the chronically inflexible, this workout is perfect if you spend your working life sat at a desk. Yoga teacher Sonia Doubell takes you through a simple but effective sequence which targets the hip flexors and relieves tension. Expect constant reminders to ease yourself into each pose, which is great for the mind-body connection.

Dance workouts

The 25 Minute Cardio Dance Workout Celebs Use to Stay Toned

Ever wondered how the Victoria’s Secret models stay in shape? Apart from being blessed with great genes, that is? Well they do this dance cardio workout, which will get you sweaty but you’ll have so much fun doing it. Stress relief is another happy side effect.

10 Minute Cardio Dance Abs Workout: Burn to the Beat- Keaira LaShae

This is a high-energy dance workout which focuses on working the abs, as well as shaping your legs and glutes with some seriously stylish dance moves. Get ready to body roll, hip roll, and torso twist your way to a great body. The workout is suitable for all abilities and fitness levels. Just bring yourself and a bottle of water, and watch the pounds and the stress melt away.

Step Up Revolution Dance Workout: Latin Groove Cardio with Micki Duran

This workout is inspired by salsa and mambo dance moves, and it is seriously challenging for the core, hips, legs and thighs. Achieve a lean dancer’s body to a motivational soundtrack, and learn moves that will definitely spice up any dance floor.

Dance Workout New 2016 – Full Dance Workouts To Lose Weight

This workout is aimed at beginners, and consists of basic moves set to a great, upbeat soundtrack. Nobody cares if you have 2 left feet if you’re doing it in your living room!

30 Mins Aerobic Dance Workout – Bipasha Basu Break free Full Routine – Full Body Workout

This routine banishes stress and tones your body in just 30 minutes. Learn some stylish dance moves as you work your whole body. You will have so much fun, you will forget you’re exercising, until the next day, that is!

HIIT workouts

10 Minute Interval Workout: Anna Renderer of PopSugar Fitness

This easy to follow butt-kicking workout is 10 minutes long, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you’re doing Tabata intervals, it might just feel like the longest 10 minutes of your life! After a thorough warm up, expect to sweat like you’ve never sweated before!

Hot Abs in 4 Minutes: Rebekah Borucki

A yoga and fitness professional guides you through a tough interval workout that focuses on the core. No swimsuit will be out of bounds after you start following this routine!

4 Minute Fat Burning Tabata Workout: Mallory Erin

This workout uses light weights to add intensity, and moves include high knees, jumping jacks and dumbbell punches to get your metabolism firing on all cylinders.

4 Minute Workout: Naomi Rotstein and Stephen Cabral of Diet Health

This is a fast-paced workout which focuses on toning the bum and legs. Moves include mountain climbers and speed skaters. Expect frequent reminders to breathe, which you will need, trust me!

4 Minute Endurance Workout: Will Lanier of GQ

Jumping rope is excellent for increasing cardio fitness and endurance in the muscles. It also hits your triceps and back, so expect to look amazing in your little black dress! Use a weighted rope to add intensity to the workout.

Pregnancy Workouts

The Pregnancy Project by Tracy Anderson

Tracy Anderson is the celebrity trainer credited with honing the figures of Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna, among others. She has produced a pregnancy workout series, which consists of workouts to do month by month, as your body changes. This is a gentle but still challenging workout which can be easily split into shorter sections is need be. It is better suited to women who were active prior to pregnancy, as a certain amount of muscle control is needed. All you need to complete the workout is a set of dumbbells, a mat and a sturdy chair.

10 Minute Solutions Prenatal Pilates

This routine is based on mat pilates but the exercises are adapted as your body changes in each trimester. Because the routine only takes 10 minutes it can easily fit into a busy lifestyle. This workout is suitable for beginners, but as always, consult your doctor if you aren’t sure.

Prenatal Yoga by Tonic

This relaxing routine boosts circulation and flexibility. Each routine is only 10 minutes long, and they are perfect for winding down before bed. It’s the perfect antidote to stress, which is the last thing you want during pregnancy.

25 Minute Prenatal Bodyweight Workout—No equipment workout for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Trimesters

This workout is 25 minutes long and uses bodyweight exercises to increase your heart rate and strengthen your body. This is safe and effective, and all exercises are modified according to different fitness levels.

Pregnancy Workouts: Best 10 Minute Workout

This routine focuses on strengthening the muscle groups that are going to support you during pregnancy and delivery. All exercises can be modified according to fitness level, level of fatigue and stage of pregnancy.

Older people’s workouts

Seated Exercises for Older Adults


As we get older, taking regular exercise can maintain strength and function, and boost mood and self-esteem. This workout focuses on balance and strength exercises, which are important for preventing falls and fractures.

Cardio Exercises for Seniors by Curtis Adams

Instructor Curtis Adams takes you through a cardio routine that can be done seated or standing. The routine is easily adapted for lack of mobility and existing injuries.

Balance Workout – Revelation Wellness

Falls are the top reason older adults end up in hospital. Balance tends to suffer as people get older due to weakening of the bones and muscles, plus deterioration of the eyes and the hearing. This routine takes you through balance exercises that will help you in everyday life.

60-minute Workout for Older Adults from Go4Life

Instructor Sandy Magrath takes you through an hour- long workout which includes a warm up, strength exercises, balance and flexibility work, and a cooldown. Exercises are focused as much on activities that will help you in everyday life, as they are on strengthening your body and improving your stamina and endurance. These exercises can be done almost anywhere.

Low Impact Senior Exercise Dance at Home

These workout routines are based on easy to follow, low impact dance movements set to uplifting music that can be done from the comfort of your own home. It doesn’t matter what your current level of fitness is, the routine can be adapted to suit you.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.