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Ready to boost your fitness?
So you’re looking for free home workouts that don’t require any equipment, don’t take precious time away from your already hectic day and actually make you want to move, instead of pulling the covers over your head at the thought of working up a sweat?
You are in the right place. Now that the gyms have fully reopened, many of you have admitted that they still have trepidation about returning. Sure, you might be armed with the easiest gym workouts to follow, but that doesn’t mean the fear is any less real. Take the stage right, the simple home workout you’ve come to love for the past year — simple, effective, and oh-so-easy.
Scratching your head about which of the thousands free home workouts online to try? There are so many to choose from it can feel like a minefield. You know there are tons of Joe Wicks YouTube workouts waiting for you, plus tons of fun PE with Joe routines to get the kids moving too, but what other at-home workouts are really worth doing? Which fitness apps are worth your hard-earned ££? And which sweat sessions make you want to jump out of bed in the morning?
We scoured the internet and collected all of our favorite personal trainers, celebrities and even gym classes that are currently streaming online, or uploaded workout videos for you to follow whenever you want on their social channels. Want to try a celebrity workout instead? Scroll through our roundup now – there are some good things out there.
For most, all you need to do is download an app, play the YouTube video or stream it live on your phone or laptop.
I can’t choose between a live streamed training or a pre-recorded training: help!
It’s up to you, really. With a live stream you get a real sense of community, can be held more accountable if you booked with a friend, and you can train with lots of other people – pretty much natural. “People really enjoy human interaction, especially at a time like this,” says Greg Zimmerman, co-founder of Rowbot’s gym. “A live workout gives you as much of the feeling of an in-house class without actually being there as possible, and it also helps maintain the community spirit.”
Pre-recorded, on the other hand, gives you the freedom to choose when exactly you want to work up a sweat. Prefer to sleep in? Try ten minutes between Zoom meetings.
Sports bra, training leggings and trainers at the ready? Here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of your makeshift living room gym.
Our pick: 100+ best free home workouts to do right now
Best Free YouTube Home Workout Videos
PE with Joe
Fitness expert Joe Wicks is getting Britain’s kids (and a few parents) fit by uploading daily gym classes to his YouTube account, The Body Coach TV. Each routine consists of a five-minute warm-up followed by a 10-minute workout, and there are hundreds of workouts to choose from. On the first day it went live again in March, 806,000 households tuned in. Not bad.
SWEAT by Kayla Itsines
She is one of the most famous personal trainers in the world, and while you have to buy her SWEAT app to access a full workout plan, she has many easily accessible workouts on her IG and YouTube channels. Not so busy following a plan but eager to get stronger and work up a sweat? Check out Kayla’s pages.
Your favorite sportswear brand has a slew of free workouts on their YouTube. Watch Lululemon UK‘s channel for yoga, meditation, HIIT and strength training from a range of top personal trainers, plus a whole range of self-care tips to relieve stress in these uncertain times.
Like lululemon, sportswear brand Adidas has tons of regular workouts going live on their YouTube channel from popular personal trainers like Adrienne LDN, Zanna van Dijk and more. We love this 17-minute box HIIT session — perfect for a quick lunchtime endorphin boost. Finding free home workouts has never looked so easy.
The Blogilates Channel
Fancy short but sweet cardio workouts, trying barre for the first time or trying Pilates? There’s a reason Cassey Ho’s channel has 5.5 million followers, and it’s because the workouts are completely free and easy to follow. Enjoying.
Heather Robertson’s Full Body HIIT Sessions
Another well-known PT in the YouTube field is Heather Robertson, who has 1.8 million followers to her name. Again, she’s uploaded a slew of workouts to her channel, from HIIT challenges to core workouts, to specific sweat exercises, like leg and glute day. Happy sweating.
Lottie Murphy Pilates
If you like to sweat regularly but aren’t a fan of the jumping jacks and burpees that most HIIT classes put you through, you’ll probably love Pilates. It’s intended to be one of the best workouts for improving your core strength, using small, subtle movements, such as butterfly kicks and leg raises. Lottie Murphy’s flows are always easy to follow and only the right amount of hard. Free home workouts? sorted.
The fitness marshall
Keep this in mind… but dancing is actually really good for releasing endorphins, so why not combine it with a workout to one of your favorite tunes? That’s what the Fitness Marshall team does: mix a workout with dance moves and a playlist blast. They are brilliant, will make you laugh and offer a lot to choose from. And dance.
Yoga with Adriane
For a soothing start to the morning or for relaxing an evening, Adriene is your go-to. She has more yoga flows than you could ever need, as well as for every need and profession. Think yoga for runners, backaches, headaches, anxiety, teachers, nurses, parents and more. Oh, and read about the many benefits of meditation while you’re at it.
Best free home workout apps
Download the Nike Training Club (NTC) App and you can browse a huge library of minimal equipment workouts by highly experienced trainers until you feel like it. You can even create a personalized plan to help you stay motivated, adjust your progress along the way, and plan new activities. Free for iOS and Android.
The FIIT app provides hundreds of pre-recorded workouts from international trainers. You can choose between 25 or 40 minute sessions, based on your training preferences (such as HIIT, yoga or strength training) and new workouts are added daily. If you have an Apple Watch or Fiit device, you can participate in the UK’s first interactive live leaderboard classes, allowing users to train with friends and family from the comfort of their living room. Get a free 14 day trial now. And if you work for the NHS, the app is completely free.
Go into self-isolation, emerge with Thor’s body. Chris Hemsworth and the team that turned him into a Viking god offer six weeks of his health and fitness program Center Fit for free. Just sign up on their website and don’t forget to cancel your membership before the six weeks are up.
Best Free Online Home Workout Platforms
Own your goals Davina
lovable celebrity Davina McCallo is giving away free 30-day memberships to her online gym, Own your goals Davina. Access hundreds of workouts like yoga, HITT and dance, plus wellness tips to help you through the current crisis.
Fitness First FitX Player
Fun fact: Fitness First just launched a new home workout hub to keep everyone away from home. The best bit? It’s completely free. Check out their website for a packed schedule of virtual classes, from HIIT to SHRED, yoga, Pilates and more. Just go to fitnessfirst.nl For more information.
Our pick: home workouts worth £££
The Beyond appCreated by PT Meggan Grubb, have just launched their latest home workout guide, FIRE, which promises to be “one of the toughest home workout guides ever.”
Think home workouts that combine tabata, bodyweight sets, and ladder circuits. There’s a reason Beyond has been voted one of the best fitness apps by Apple… There are three subscription options available: monthly (£9.99), quarterly (£23.99) and annual (£79.99) . For free workout content from Meggan, check out her IG or the Beyond app IG page.
Barry’s Boot Camp
Still beasting people at home, this fitness studio will push you to the limit with intense Zoom workouts. Each session costs around £10, but you can buy them in bulk to make them cheaper. You will also find details of the lessons there Barry’s UK offers online – from sessions that use your entire body weight to sessions that target specific areas of the body.
You can join the ROWBOTS@HOME: Live Workout Series for £35 a month, which includes unlimited live and pre-recorded workouts, plus access to their meditation portal too. Their sweat sessions are tough: each workout not only targets all muscle groups and improves your cardiovascular strength, but also has a different focus on mental health.