Being stuck at home can be mentally exhausting for those of us in the six states where the MCO 2.0 is in effect. This time, however, we’re better equipped with activities to past time, food delivery options (including boozy supplies), the latest Netflix shows to binge on and virtual experiences to temporarily satisfy our wanderlust.
Here’s one way you can pump up your spirits and work towards your 2021 fitness resolutions at the same time: exercise! While you may not be able to visit your go-to gyms for now, you can still schedule a sweat session at home thanks to the wonders of the Internet and particularly YouTube.
Whether you’re into HIIT workouts, yoga, pilates or dancing, our list of fitness influencers to watch on YouTube will get your endorphin levels up to alleviate stress and improve your fitness – killing two birds with one stone.
Subscribers: 17.1 million | Total views: 1.6 billion
Brunei-born, New Zealand-based fitness influencer Chloe Ting is one of the top YouTubers around for home workouts, having started ahead of the crowd back in 2011. Over the years, she has built a strong community of followers with her free workout programs and healthy recipes to incorporate into your diet, advocating for a more holistic approach to fitness.
Workout style: Chloe focuses on HIIT and functional exercises to tone the abs, arms, glutes and so on. Most of her workout videos are beginner-friendly, with ample rest time in between movements and encouraging comments to keep you going.
Visit Chloe’s YouTube channel here.
Subscribers: 9.15 million | Total views: 817 million
Touted as one of the undisputed queens of yoga on YouTube, Adriene Mishler (aka Yoga by Adriene) started her channel with the aim of bringing yoga into homes and schools. The yoga teacher and entrepreneur lives and breathes the mantra “find what feels good”, encouraging viewers to discover their unique expression of a pose instead of sticking to traditional techniques.
Workout style: Adriene follows a vinyasa approach to yoga and focuses on breathing and mindfulness. Her natural ASMR voice and meditative background music will surely put your mind at ease as you stretch and flow into position. Oh, and her dog Benji appears from time to time to lift your spirits too.
Visit Adriene’s YouTube channel here.
Cassey Ho (Blogilates)
Subscribers: 5.44 million | Total views: 836 million
American pilates and fitness instructor Cassey Ho, better known as Blogilates, has been on the platform as early as 2009. (In millennial/internet speak, she’s an OG). After creating POP Pilates – a blend of pop music with pilates movements – Cassey went on to become an award-winning entrepreneur with her own brand of fitness apparel and lifestyle app.
Workout style: As you can tell from her moniker, Cassey specialises in pilates-inspired workouts tuned to the beat of hit pop songs. Her videos are easy to follow but guarantee a burn, and some of them can be done with a partner or with additional equipment.
Visit Casey’s YouTube channel here.
Subscribers: 2.93 million | Total views: 510 million
Leslie Sansone isn’t your typical young fitness influencer in a trendy sports bra and leggings, but she’s a real influencer when it comes to fitness walking. Founder of the Walk at Home program, the aerobics instructor has been a living testament of how exercise doesn’t have to be complicated for more than 30 years.
Workout style: If you’re looking for an exercise that’s straightforward and suitable for all ages, walking is the best answer. Leslie’s exercises aren’t just about walking on the spot though; she throws in some aerobic movements and plenty of laughter in between to keep the workout engaging. Though she doesn’t appear much on her channel anymore, she has a diverse cast taking over to continue her family-friendly workouts.
Visit Leslie’s YouTube channel here.
Subscribers: 2.29 million | Total views: 204 million
Homegrown ACE-certified fitness trainer Joanna Soh is Asia’s leading wellness and fitness YouTube personality with more than a decade of experience in the industry. She is also a Nutrition Coach and Women’s Fitness Specialist (NASM), which she translates into practical tips on dieting, meal planning and all-round healthy living.
Workout style: While you won’t find much catchy music to move to on her channel, Joanna’s videos focus more on form and educating you on which muscles are targeted as you’re exercising. This makes her HIIT and functional workouts ideal for beginners, yet challenging enough for those who are fairly active.
Visit Joanna’s YouTube channel here.
Caleb Marshall (The Fit Marshall)
Subscribers: 3.05 million | Total views: 468 million
Caleb Marshall started teaching dance fitness classes in college and posted some of them on YouTube for fun in 2014. In less than a year, he amassed 100,000 followers and he hasn’t stopped ever since. Caleb
Workout style: For those who subscribe to dance as a form of workout, The Fitness Marshall’s fun dance choreographies will get you grooving. His high-octane energy, sassy personality and quirky video edits will definitely have you entertained as you move to the latest high-tempo pop and hip-hop hits.
Visit Caleb’s YouTube channel here.
Subscribers: 5.67 million | Total views: 685 million
Pamera started out as a fitness model at the age of 16, gaining popularity for her #fitspo posts on Instagram. She has been an ambassador for several athletic brands including Puma and boasts her own brand of natural and organic snacks.
Workout type: A majority of Pamela’s videos are functional and HIIT-oriented, but you’ll occasionally find dance workouts and yoga flows for a bit of variation. Her videos typically have an upbeat playlist with little explanation or interaction – which can be a turn-off for some but helpful for others, depending on preference. Difficulty levels range from beginner to intense, which you can navigate through the playlists.
Visit Pamela’s YouTube channel here.
Maddie Lymburner (MadFit)
Subscribers: 5.22 million | Total views: 416 million
One of the newer faces to join the YouTube fitness community is dancer turned fitness guru Maddie Lymburner (aka MadFit), who started her channel in 2018. At 25 years old, the Canadian native has one of the fastest growing fitness channels with over 5 million subscribers to date, thanks to her regular uploads and variety of workouts.
Workout style: With Maddie’s background in dance, you’ll find a lot of no-talk dance party style workouts that incorporate functional training movements. Besides that, she also does instructional videos with or without additional equipment for sculpting the body.
Visit Maddie’s YouTube channel here.