Getting fit with YouTube

Six great online channels help you get into shape.

RATHER than scratching your head over confusing fitness diagrams, why not go onto YouTube and workout with the help of professional fitness instructors?

Whether you are working, a stay-at-home parent, a student or retired you can follow workouts specially designed by professional fitness trainers from the comfort of your own home.

If you don't want to travel to a public gym or have the cash for a personal trainer, YouTube enables you to watch and follow the instructions of professional trainers for free and also keeps you healthy and in shape.

Let's take a look at six entertaining yet informative fitness channels on YouTube for you to check out and get fit!

1) Blogilates

The trainer and face behind Blogilates, Cassey Ho, is a certified fitness instructor and creator of POP Pilates.

She was chosen Best Healthy Living Blogger of 2012 by Fitness Magazine and the second most influential online personality by Sharecare.

“I came up with the idea for POP Pilates as I was teaching classes at the gym because I loved the music on the radio and I wanted to give Pilates a little boost in energy,” Cassey said on her blog.

“The reaction was positive, my students loved it, and I’ve been teaching a more upbeat style of Pilates ever since,” she wrote.

One of her YouTube subscribers Sherie Mae Janz comments “Blogilates is fun because she comes up with hard workouts and pairs it with some current songs which are pretty catchy so it keeps the mind off the difficulties of the workout.”

“She also talks a lot to get our minds off the pain,” adds Sherie.

On top of the great workouts, Sherie adds that Blogilates also has segments on healthy eating.

2) HASfit

HASfit coach Joshua Kozak has been in fitness for over 10 years. His scientific approach to training and nutrition has brought extraordinary results to his large range of clients.

His YouTube channel has free access to his workouts, healthy recipes and tips to stay fit. He also has exercise programs that cater to all fitness levels.

One of HASfit’s subscribers, Tiffany Yapp, commented "He is super motivating and he can talk during the entire workout without sounding breathless! It’s magic!”

3) Fitness Blender

Husband and wife team, Daniel and Kelli, are the people behind everything you see on their Youtube page and website.

Daniel has been in the fitness industry since 2000 and has a degree in Food and Nutrition, while Kelli has been working in the fitness industry since 2006 and has degrees in both Psychology and Sociology.

Both of them have been active in sports since a young age and believe that fitness should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their income.

A range of workouts are available for every fitness level on their Youtube page and website for free such as bodyweight training, High-intensity interval training (HIIT), strength training, home cardio, Pilates, kettlebell, yoga, circuit training, low impact, stretching and more.

Fitness Blender also has several fitness programs you can follow to burn body fat, tone up, build muscle and gain stamina and flexibility. Their eight week fitness program has a detailed day-by-day plan on what to do each day.

4) POPSUGAR Fitness

POPSUGAR Fitness has fresh fitness tutorial videos with step-by-step workouts on how to keep fit and toned.

You can also expect celebrity trainers to make an appearance to demonstrate workouts that famous celebs and models follow to get their great body.

“I love POPSUGAR Fitness because it’s challenging and they have a collection of good exercises that work out the whole body,” said Sarah Voon.

“There is also variety of videos you can choose from based on what body area you’d like to work on,” she adds.

5) Mike Chang Six Pack Shortcuts

Mike Chang is the creator of one of the best-selling fitness programs which focuses on the Afterburn Effect.

His style of workout is called Afterburn Training which calls for a unique combination of weightlifting and high intensity cardio.

The goal of the Afterburn training is to maximize your need to recover from your workouts, and increase the calories burnt through the exercises.

On top of Mike’s workout regime, he also has a healthy meal plan designed for his clients. Mike not only targets men, but women as well.

He writes: “If you're a woman, you won't have to worry about getting excessively muscular or looking masculine with Six Pack Shortcuts. Your program will be designed to build you a slim, sexy body with a flat stomach and toned abs.”

One of Mike’s subscribers, Sherie Mae Janz, says that she watches his videos for weightlifting.

“It is really helpful, especially for newbies. He goes through the proper forms which are explained in simple words that are easy to follow! And there are also many other workout videos that are pretty good and short,” she said.

6) XHIT Daily

XHIT Daily is made up of a trio of fitness coaches who host the show; Rebecca-Louise Smith, Kelsey Lee and Cynthia Dallas.

They share food and fitness segments as well as toning videos which are suitable for both beginners and experienced workout junkies.

A subscriber, Samantha Lee says that XHIT Daily is one of her favourite fitness channels on YouTube.

“I love it because it features many celebrity workouts. They even have an entire series of Victoria's Secret Model Workouts,” she said.

“Other than that, the trainers actually workout and speak simultaneously instead of doing voice-overs. It really adds to the feel of actually having someone there working out with you, which can be really motivational and keeps you going,” said Samantha.

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