"Hearst Magazines and Yahoo may earn commission or revenue on some items through the links below."
It’s kiiiiind of a stretch to say that anything great came out of 2020, but we’re going to go out on a limb and say that there is one thing we’re really glad that 1) happened and 2) seems to be sticking: the boom in free workout and home workout options.
During peak pandemic, our favorite fitness brands from SoulCycle to Reebok started offering free workouts on Instagram Live and YouTube. Ya know, to give all of us something to do besides binge-watching Tiger King. While the enthusiasm dwindled once quarantine ended and gyms started opening again, those ~times~ changed the fitness landscape forever. It’s now just as normal to stream your fave workout at home as it is to go IRL. And while the sweet sweet price of free point O for topnotch studio classes at home has started to increase again, there are still plenty of free home workouts at our disposal on the internet.
Some of those free workouts are just a library of content that brands filmed during the pandemic. Instagram Lives are now live on the grid, and YouTube streams are nicely organized in playlists we can access anytime.
So if you’re out here on the internet like, “Where can I exercise for free?” The answer is: your own home. Clothing brands, apps, and trainers are all offering workouts for free on various digital platforms. You won’t get the same plethora of livestreams, but hey, I’m sure we’d all rather a slightly scaled back version of free stuff if it means we can actually leave our homes now if we really want to. (If you don’t, we won’t judge you.)
Take advantage of all the free workout goodness with one or all of these 26 home workout options. TWENTY-SIX OPTIONS. Enough talking…
If Instagram is your life...
The activewear brand offers a variety of yoga, breathwork, and meditation classes via Instagram Live. These classes are taught by local teachers and take place Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. PT and Sunday 4 p.m. PT. Check out the weekly schedule to see what’s coming up each day. You can also find them after the fact in the feed—look for Vuori Actv Club. Please teach me how to breathe, Vuori.
2. Women's Health Magazine
A go-to source for all the fitness things, Women’s Health offers Instagram Live workouts throughout the week from various trainers. WH is going live every week day with workouts that focus on full-body training, legs and core, HIIT, and arms. In order to see times, workout type, instructor, and equipment needed, follow their feed for access to their schedules for the week. Once you’re done, slide into the DMs of all the trainers to thank them for a life-changing sweat session.
3. Venus Williams
During quarantine, four-time Olympic gold medalist Venus Williams took to the stage of Instagram Live for daily five-minute workout demos, where she demonstrated how to properly execute the exercise within the comfort of your own home. She’s scaled back to once a week now, on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. PT—sometimes Live, sometimes pre-recorded. Aside from workout demos, Venus also shares a lot about her wellness routine in general, including how she stays mentally and physically fit from home. Follow Venus on Instagram and turn on notifications for Live Videos to be notified when she’s starting her demos.
If you‘re looking for options on options...
1. FitOn App
FitOn offers pretty much every type of on-demand workout, from cardio to strength to HIIT, no-equipment, stretching, and yoga. And it’s absolutely free. It’s one of the rare times in life that something sounds too good to be true, yet it actually is that convenient. Sign up and download the app to get access to the huge library of endless workouts with trainers and celebs like Johnathan Van Ness and Pilates superstar Cassey Ho.
2. Centr App
Chris Hemsworth (read: Thor) created a fitness app that’s designed to help you stay healthy and motivated in every aspect of your life, which I need so badly rn. With curated meal plans, fitness classes, and guided meditation sessions, this app is a good place to get after that healthy lifestyle. Class options range from 20 to 40 minutes, offering HIIT, boxing, yoga, strength training, and more, and you can try it all for a 7-day free trial.
P.volve is a great option for those looking to kick-start a new fitness grind. The app allows you to customize a routine that is perfect for your body. You can follow the structured 30-day program, customize a calendar, and stream all of your workout classes for a 14-day free trial by signing up here. P.volve also shares in-depth exercise demos on Instagram that teach you proper form and useful modifications to level up your skills.
If you’ve seen any Gymshark athlete, you know that they know what they’re doing. Follow along with these pros on the Gymshark app and get free access to their fitness plans. You can also customize your own routines by downloading the app for free.
5. Daily Burn
Get a 60-day free trial of workouts ranging from kickboxing to barre to yoga and more. With more than 2,000 workouts, you’ll never tire of the options. You will, however, be really tired after doing just one of these sessions.
6. Fitbit Premium
If you’re new to the Fitbit fam, welcome. And, if you've been around but haven’t tried Fitbit Premium, now is the time. Fitbit is offering a 90-day free trial of their Premium subscription to new users available through the Fitbit app. With personalized health insights, health guidance, advanced sleep tools, customized programs, and workouts from popular fitness brands, your next 90 days is going to be FULL of fitness. Excuse me while I scroll through the app for...a few hours...
Before you think to skip this because you don’t have a Peloton bike sitting in your spare room (lol to that dream), KEEP READING! Peloton’s on-demand app offers a variety of workouts that can be done with little to no equipment, even without the bike. Peloton is now offering a free 60-day trial of the app, which includes workouts from yoga to strength training and can be accessed on a phone, TV, tablet, or web browser. You’ll love their trainers, promise!
As a major player in the fitness game, Reebok knew that with gyms closed and studio classes canceled, they needed to provide a solution for at-home fitness options. So, they did just that. There aren’t doing daily live classes anymore, but you can find the previously recorded classes on their YouTube Channel. The classes are led by Reebok CrossFit ONE trainers and cover everything from HIIT to yoga, abs, fitness training, and mobility.
9. Adidas Training
The free version of Adidas’s training app offers a variety of workouts—with and without equipment—and exercise demos, and you don't have to pay anything. There’s a paid version that unlocks fancy features like the ability to build a customized training plan, but you don’t need it if you’re just looking for one-off workouts to try.
10. Nike Training Club
Nike’s free workout app not only lets you search by type of workout, but you can also browse trainers and learn what they’re about, and then pick one of their workouts to try. You can also select pre-made programs, depending on your goals, like “2 Weeks to a Stronger Core” and “Yoga for Every Day.” Because sometimes we need a little structure to light that fire under our butts.
11. Chelsea Piers Fitness
The New York City fitness club had a nice stock of free workouts on its YouTube page. Most of them are old Instagram Lives or Zoom sessions, but we’ll take it. You can also find helpful exercise tutorials and a six-week virtual running program, if that’s more your speed.
If you have no equipment...
1. Planet Fitness
When Planet Fitness had to close its doors in early 2020, the gym launched its “United We Move” initiative to bring the gym’s personal trainers and some celebrity guests (hi, @DougThePug) to your living room/basement/backyard/rooftop (no judgment on your setup!) You can now access the pre-recorded training sessions—there’s close to 300 videos!—on the Planet Fitness YouTube channel. The workouts are all 20 minutes or less and are designed for you to stay active and relieve stress.
Tonal, the craziest, coolest workout from home machine (and something I might need to splurge on v soon) has published free Tonal Yoga classes to their YouTube channel. The classes range from 6- to 55-minutes and you can choose from power yoga, yoga basics, or yoga recovery to suit your vibe.
3. Anytime Fitness
Looking for some consistency in your life? But not the kind of consistency that requires you to actually leave the house? (Same.) Well, then look no further than the Anytime Fitness Facebook page every weekday at 9:30 a.m. EST.
If you‘re missing your favorite in-studio classes...
1. CorePower Yoga
You can do the yoga training of CorePower in your own home by using their CorePower Yoga on Demand online videos. While the normal rate for their on Demand classes is $19.99/month, CorePower is offering access to a variety of yoga sculpt, C1, C2, and meditation videos for free. The “Keep Up Your Practice” videos range from 30- to 60-minutes.
2. Orange Theory Fitness
Everyone’s favorite Orange Theory instructors from around the world are coming right to your homes (not in a creepy way). You can access recordings of the 30-minute HIIT at-home workouts on Orange Theory’s YouTube channel. Now I’m questioning why I ever left the house to work out before.
Anyone else ever terrified when they hear the word “CrossFit?” Cool. Same. Well, now you can finally see what CrossFit is all about from the comfort of your childhood bedroom (or wherever you are). Check out their at-home workout videos on their website and you’ll learn how to properly do those deadlifts, burpees, and toe taps without even having to ask the trainer for help next time you're in class IRL.
If you have an at-home gym...
1. Fhitting Room
You can now access the high intensity training of Fhitting Room classes in your own home with Fhitting Room on Demand. You can choose among a variety of classes, with filter options such as full classes, quick workouts, no equipment, and more. Receive 14 complimentary days of workouts by signing up on their website for the 14-day free trial option.
2. Life Fitness
Anyone else find it hard to motivate yourself to work out with a queue full of Netflix to watch? Life Fitness’s Digital Coach site is the perfect fit for us. Simply follow this URL to sign up, and every day you’ll get a new set of workouts performed by Life Fitness Academy Trainers.
3. Wundabar Pilates
First-time customers of WundaBar Pilates can access WundaBar on demand for a free seven-day trial by signing up here. The on-demand classes are typically 30 minutes and taught by WundaBar creator, Amy Jordan (you’ll like her, she’s sweet!). But also, get ready to strengthen the hell out of those glutes.
If you’re motivated by music...
1. STRONG by Zumba
No, no no, this isn’t your mom’s Tuesday morning Zumba class (although those are always crowd pleasers). STRONG by Zumba combines body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio, and plyometric training to create a music-fueled HIIT workout. Sounds amazing, right? Well, while you won’t be able to hit up the real classes for these, you can select from a variety of workout videos on the STRONG by Zumba YouTube channel. The videos range from brief one-minute tutorials to 30-minute HIIT workouts.
2. Gold’s Gym
Gold’s Gym offers free on-demand workouts via the Gold’s Gym Anywhere section of its website. Never know where to start with an indoor cardio workout? Here’s your app! Don’t have a good playlist that’ll keep you going during your five-mile run? Also the app for you, since all workouts come with music.
3. 305 Fitness
This Miami-inspired dance class is usually equipped with dark lights, lots of neon, and a DJ in the corner, but you can still sweat it out from your fluorescent kitchen. 305’s YouTube page is full of free workouts of different lengths and focuses, like booty, strength and toning, and their bread and butter: straight up dance cardio. Bonus points for whoever can recreate the club-like vibes of a 305 class in their at-home situation.
You Might Also Like