Whether your gym has been closed during the coronavirus lockdown or you just prefer working out from the comfort of home, there are endless options when it comes to working out at home—all you really have to do is sign onto YouTube and you’ll find a virtual fitness class to suit your style.
That said, there are certain channels and fitness apps that are leading the way thanks to their killer workout plans, encouraging hosts, and great production value—in fact, you’ve probably already seen most of them on Instagram already.
To help narrow down the best online workout for your fitness goals and workout style, I tested some of the top channels and apps from around the globe.
Here’s what happened when I spent the week doing some of the trendiest workout videos online—from sweaty HIIT workouts to easy going yoga and mindfulness sessions, I tried them all so you don’t have to.
Day one: Chloe Ting
Chloe Ting is an Australian YouTuber and fitness personality—and her no-BS approach to fitness is both inspiring and seriously effective.
I tried her “Do This Everyday to Lose Weight” video on YouTube and it was seriously tough to keep up with—even as someone who works out every day.
Between the endless burpees and mountain climbers to the lunges and planking, this full-body workout can easily burn 300 calories in just 15 minutes.
Day two – Kayla Itsines
Kayla Itsines is known for her killer workouts for burning fat and gaining muscle—but her SWEAT app is quite a different approach than most virtual workout programs.
Rather than watching a guided video, this self-guided app allows you to follow a set of workouts on your own time with GIF-style examples appearing on the app as you go.
I find this style to be less engaging and while I still got a serious sweat on, the self-guided approach makes it easier to slack off or slow down before the workout is finished.
Day three – Bailey Brown
Australia-based Bailey Brown’s BBFIT app is my personal go-to when it comes to getting in a decently sweaty workout in a short amount of time.
Most of the videos on her app are between 15 to 40 minutes long and range from pilates to HIIT to boxing (with meditation and cool down at the end).
I opted for a 30-minute “sunset sculpt” class that is set on an Australian beach during sunset—honestly, the gorgeous setting motivates me to work harder, especially while I’ve been stuck at home during the pandemic.
Day four – Yoga with Adriene
By now, most casual fitness enthusiasts are already aware of Yoga with Adriene. The Texas-based yoga instructor has become well known for her comprehensive YouTube channel packed with yoga for every possible ailment and fitness level.
I opted for a full-body flow and while I’m usually not a big fan of yoga (I prefer an intense cardio burn followed by meditation), I did enjoy the slower pace and stretching.
Day five – Popsugar Fitness
For the last day, I opted for a Popsugar Fitness boxing video in partnership with Prevail Los Angeles.
Popsugar Fitness offers a ton of fitness YouTube videos—ranging from yoga and pilates to standing cardio and even Latin dance classes but I really like their boxing classes.
It couples an intense cardio burn with fun boxing techniques that instantly elevates my mood and helps me work out any frustration that accumulated during the day.