7 Online Workout Videos for Free or Cheap

By Ashley Marcin on 18 September 2014 1 comment

You don't need to purchase DVDs to gain a beefy collection of at-home workouts — YouTube is an excellent resource for quick exercise routines that cost nothing at all. And there are many other free and lost-cost options from which to choose. (See also: These At-Home Exercises Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout For Free)

So, simply turn on your computer, set it on a level surface, and get moving. If you have a streaming TV device — like a Roku or an Apple TV — even better. Let's start the sweat streaming!

1. Fitness Blender

You can find a wide variety of workouts on Fitness Blender for free. Each comes complete with a video and information detailing how many minutes the workout takes, the number of calories you'll burn, and the parts of the body you'll focus on — so there's no guessing. I love the creative blend of different techniques the trainers use to keep people moving, like this Cardio Kickboxing and Yoga Workout. Choose to become a member (also free) to comment on different workouts, save your favorites, and keep up with the latest releases via social media.

2. Blogilates

Cassey Ho is the personal trainer behind the popular site Blogilates. As the name implies, these workouts are focused on a mix of Pilates, cardio, and strength for the whole body. There are quick workouts less than 10 minutes in length and longer sessions that reach close to the hour mark. All are free, and Ho even offers a monthly workout calendar if you sign up for her free newsletter. (See also: 5 Apps That Pay You To Exercise)

3. Workoutz

If you'd prefer your exercises to be organized by focus area, visit Workoutz for plenty of free fitness videos at your fingertips. If you get bored with the same old routine, just check out the "What's New" box to see the latest uploads to the site. Right now, there's heavy training rope work, sandbag lifts, and advanced plank with resistance bands. I like that kind of variety!

4. The Gym Box

If you have $10 a month to spare, check out The Gym Box, which is an awesome streaming workout service you can watch on your TV, PC, or Mac. You'll find over 2,000 guided workouts for everything from step to cycling, dance to strength training, and beyond. Most workouts don't require any special equipment. And you can try this service free for 15 days if all you need is a kick-start.

5. FitFusion

Or perhaps you'd rather try FitFusion, which is also $10 a month and offers unlimited access to over 260 branded workouts by popular trainers. You can exercise with Jillian Michaels, get a good stretch with Gaiam, or sweat it out with Billy Blanks. There are over 125 hours of workouts in all with 24 trusted trainers. If you don't like what you see, you can cancel at any time. (See also: Healthy People Have These 10 Things In Their Homes — Do You?)

6. Hulu Plus

If you're a member of Hulu Plus, you might already know about its wealth of fitness programming. If not, I'm here to enlighten you. For just $7.99 a month, you get access to some of the latest television shows as well as ExerciseTV and DailyBurn with all sorts of workouts from aerobics to yoga, dancing to pilates. I love how some of the videos are less than five minutes in length, making them perfect for in-between show calorie burning.

7. Gaiam TV

For a blend of both physical and mental wellness, look no further than Gaiam TV. The holistic approach will keep your body and mind fit and centered — all for just $9.99 per month. You'll find a blend of gentle to challenging yoga, Pilates, and other fitness routines. In addition, there are numerous videos focused on healthy eating, stress relief, spiritual growth, and all sorts of intriguing topics to expand your horizons and keep health foremost on your mind. You can also try the service free for 10 days with a trial membership.

What's your favorite streaming workout video? Please share in comments!

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IBikeNYC

I LOVE Fitness Blender!

I am 55 years old and was an absolute beginner when I came upon them by chance when searching for upper-body routines. I quickly got hooked on Tank Top Arms 1 and 2.

Even though my heaviest weights are only five pounds, my arms and shoulders developed beautiful definition after only a dozen sessions.

The videos are easy to follow even the first time, and Dan's voice and encouraging manner are perfect.