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10 Best Fitness YouTube Channels for When You Don’t Have Time for the Gym

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These YouTube channels bring the gym to your living room

There's not always time for a trip to the gym, but that doesn't mean you need to skip your workout. Thanks to YouTube, you can always have access to some of the best workouts and instructors around, no matter where you are — or what kind of workout you have in mind. These are the best fitness channels on YouTube.

1. Tone It Up

If you're looking to hit it hard with a high-intensity workout, Karina and Katrina's channel, Tone It Up, is full of HIIT workouts guaranteed to get your heart rate up. No matter what your schedule looks like, you can fit in one of their HIIT workouts, ranging from five to 35 minutes. And since they usually film on the beach, you can imagine your toes are in the sand while you sweat. That makes it less miserable, right? Plus, these two adorable girls are everyone's #BestFriendGoals, and the sweet way they motivate each other will get you moving, too.

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2. Jessica Valant Pilates

If you're ready to work on your core, strength and flexibility, it may be time to give Pilates a try — and Jessica Valant is the person to help you figure it out. She's a licensed physical therapist and Pilates instructor, which means she spends just as much time making sure you're executing the moves properly as she does giving you a killer workout.

3. Yoga With Adriene

If you're looking for all the body benefits of Pilates with the added benefit of quieting your mind, yoga might be your thing instead. If you're a newbie, don't be intimidated — Yoga With Adriene takes an easygoing approach that will make you feel instantly at ease. Are you a yoga pro? You'll love her, too, since she doesn't shy away from some of the more advanced moves, either.

4. SofaBar

Admit it, you once had dreams of being a ballerina, right? Well, Sofia Barnova came pretty close to living those dreams — she's a professional figure skater. She'll help you achieve those goals, too (at least in your living room), with her unique ballet total body workouts.

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5. Jenny Ford

Maybe your mom was on to something. Jenny Ford is revisiting those old-school step aerobic workouts that were so popular in the '90s. They may have gone out of style, but Ford is proving they still give results — and they can still be a lot of fun.

6. The Fitness Marshall

Would you rather hit the dance floor than the gym? Then the Fitness Marshall is exactly who you need in your life. His fun dance routines (and hilarious commentary) will have you shaking your booty and sweating like a pig — and smiling the entire time. Seriously, you'll probably forget you're even exercising.

7. Blogilates

If you're in the mood for something different, take a look at Blogilates — because there's nothing else like it out there. Instructor Casey Ho introduces you to Pop Pilates — a series of Pilates moves coordinated with pop music, making a Pilates/dance combo that'll give you both a total body workout and a really good time.

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8. Jessica Smith TV

If you're looking for something a little bit less intense, it may be time to simply go for a walk with Jessica Smith TV. Her walking videos have varying levels of intensity, and her one-mile Walk n' Talk videos will keep you walking in place and give you something meaningful to think about while you're doing it.

9. Fitness Blender

Daniel and Kelly, the husband-and-wife team behind Fitness Blender, have one of the most popular workout channels on YouTube, mostly because of their amazing library of targeted workouts. Whether you want to target your arms, legs, abs, butt or whatever else you've got going on, they're guaranteed to have at least a few videos to help you target that zone. They also require little no equipment and design their moves around small workout spaces — meaning you won't have to rearrange your furniture before your workout.

10. HASfit

If you have a spouse, roommate, girlfriend or neighbor who wouldn't mind breaking a sweat with you, check out HASfit for a full library of partner workouts — both with and without extra equipment and designed to target different parts of the body. One person in the video usually demonstrates a modified move, so don't worry if you and your partner aren't at the same fitness level. There's nothing like a good workout buddy to keep you motivated and accountable, so if you don't have someone to try out this channel with you, start searching.

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