Power couple Daniel and Kelli are the king and queen of HIIT (high-intensity interval training) cardio and strength-training videos. They've created more than 300 free workout videos ranging from five-minute fat-blasters to insane 1000 calorie workouts for the more deranged among you. Kelli is often filmed doing the workout in real time and seeing her getting visibly tired right along with you while Daniel delivers calm, detailed instructions focusing on form is super encouraging. Most videos feature a calorie-counter that tracks your progress, but the best thing about their production is that there's no annoying music, so you can listen to whatever pumps you up while you work out with them.
Cassey Ho's upbeat POP Pilates videos, peppered with her perky enthusiasm and push-it-to-the-limit ethos, are fantastic when you need a little extra motivation to get moving. Her punny, themed pilates and cardio videos are set to viewer-requested Top 40 hits, but her videos are no bubblegum bop—you will seriously feel the burn. She publishes a lot of clean-eating recipes on her blog to accompany her workouts, and even has a line of neon-colored workout wear featuring punchy inspirational quotes like "Train like a beast, look like a beauty." Cassey makes sticking to a workout program easy with her monthly calendars which tell you exactly which videos to do when—and we love that she includes "quiet cardio" videos for conscientious apartment-dwellers who don't want to bug their downstairs neighbors with a bunch of burpees.
Start with: "POP Pilates for Beginners - Total Body Workout"
If you're looking for a little zen, DoYogaWithMe's repository of 100+ yoga videos will be a breath of fresh air. Featuring relaxing, full-length yoga classes filmed in pristine natural locations with guru-like instructors and mellow gong music in the background, their videos will inspired you to cultivate a deep personal practice. Their sessions are often focused on a certain body part or spiritual intention, and are categorized by level—so you won't find yourself being asked to do a headstand before you're ready.
Start with: "Bend and Stretch with Melissa McLeod"
This women-centric online media network's glossy videos feature down-to-earth, non-fitness-model participants working out in pinterest-y wellness center sets. The conversational tone, empathetic instructors and ample modifications for beginners make you feel like you're just getting fit with your girlfriends. Trainers coach you in full-body sessions, fitness quickies, and celeb-inspired workouts like their Victoria's Secret model series and a session that promises to deliver arms like Madonna's.
Start with: "40-Minute Bikini Body Workout | Class FitSugar"
Famous names in fitness like Jillian Michaels, Jane Fonda, Tara Stiles, Billy Blanks and Denise Austin are among the celebrity trainers on the Lionsgate BeFit channel, which will make it easy for you to never shell out for a workout DVD again. They upload a new, high-production video every day, which means you also won't be able to use "I already did that one" as an excuse anymore. Lock yourself into one of their 30- or 90-day programs, and you'll really be on the hook.
Start with: "Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred: Level 1"
“Pssshhh—I could be fit, if I could afford a personal trainer like a celeb…” It used to be our favorite rationalization for binging on Real Housewives and ice cream instead of going to the gym—until the advent of free, fun (as fun as working out can be), butt-kicking and constantly-updating YouTube workout videos, that is. These days we can all afford to have our own virtual personal trainers, and we don’t even have to leave our living rooms. So lose your excuses and get ready to sweat with some of our favorite YouTube trainers.