Exercising in comfort and with the ability to choose a variety of workouts; YouTube fitness channels have been pivotal in motivating me to train.
When I took these photos yesterday, I was mentally in a terrible place and physically in agony. My shoulder nearly dislocated (it has many times before) and my back was causing me pain which happens every so often since my spinal fusion surgery.
It is not an issue that I like to discuss because I hate the idea of sympathy and people never know how to react.
And when I find myself in bouts of insecurity, these situations remind me of what fitness is truly about. It is a moment out of my day to fully take care of me. I transformed my body without a gym and whilst I am not a fitness expert, I do believe that I can reach my potential at home.
Notice that I said “I” as every person has their own perspective on what their ideal body looks like and how it performs.
I do have some weights and equipment, but otherwise I either power-walk, run, put on my Shaun T DVD workouts or switch on YouTube.
1. Yoga With Adriene
I have always been sceptical of yoga. I was not sure if I would actually tone up my body using its practices and unaware if I would feel the healing benefits.
Adriene is the best YouTube fitness channel for yoga. She completely changed my mentality and scepticism. Her videos are diverse and offer a variety of practices including yoga for depression, scoliosis and weight loss.
It is easy to follow along – whether you have experience or not and Adriene has a great way of explaining.
Yoga With Adriene Subscribers: Currently 2,768,579
Sofabar is a YouTube fitness account by Sophie who is a figure skater. I found her when I was looking for a good ballet workout.
She has been vegan for over a year now and uploads videos on what she eats in a day. In addition, there is an assorted mix of choice including how to be flexible, tips on bloating, and films of her figure skating where she demonstrates how to perform certain moves.
Overall, her channel features ballet, yoga and Pilates workouts.
Sofabar Subscribers: Currently 20,379
3. Tiffany Rothe Workouts
One word: Energy.
If you want to dance, shake and have fun when you sculpt your physique – you need to watch Tiffany.
For over 20 years she has been a fitness expert. I think her emphasis is the feel-good factor; she encourages women to love their bodies and enjoy the power of movement.
There is plenty on her YouTube fitness channel to scroll through. You can mix and match her workouts and they all vary in time. It is mainly dance workouts which have elements of hip-hop and Latin.
Tiffany Rothe Workouts Subscribers: Currently 823,426
Cassey Ho is behind the most successful YouTube fitness channel. She is a certified fitness instructor and a hugely popular influencer.
She developed Pop Pilates and has a range of exercise DVD’s and books.
I would describe Blogilates as an online fitness guide. It is customised for all abilities and videos include healthy food ideas and exercises on a range of various body parts.
Blogilates Subscribers: Currently 3,944,611
5. Sarahs Day
Sarah summarised her channel as a “place to share my passion for health, holistic living, natural healing, beauty and fitness”.
I am very new to watching her vlogs and tutorials. I think again what made me connect with her is the fact that her channel goes beyond workouts.
There is plenty of dietary advice, recipes, motivation and beauty such as her skincare routine.
Sarahs Day Subscribers: Currently 477, 345
Do you have any favourite YouTube fitness channels that you follow and do you watch any of the ones that I have mentioned?