This collection of fun and motivational workout videos will get you feeling inspired and excited for your workouts again (whether beginner or advanced)! From yoga to cardio, HIIT to kickboxing, meditation to dance, these affordable fitness programs will help you reach your health goals!
UPDATE: This post was originally published in September 2017.
Let's face it – sometimes, exercising can feel like a total drag, and is the last thing in the world that we want to do. Yet, we all know how important it is to move our bodies and keep up with our fitness to support our health and overall well being. So what's a girl to do to stay inspired with her workouts?
Enter: fun and motivational workout videos! If we can find a way to make exercise but fun and inspiring, then we'll be a heck of a lot more motivated to follow through with it – right?!
Today, I've gathered up some of my top choices for the best fun and motivational workout videos – so put on your cross-trainers and let's get movin'!
The Best Fun + Motivational Workout Videos: Erin Stutland
Feel like you’ve tried every kind of workout there is? I now invite you to try something totally different. I was recently introduced to the uplifting Shrink Session series by Erin Stutland, a mind-body wellness and fitness expert, who mixes mantras (positive affirmations) with movement to give you a unique workout that will not only make you sweat–it will change your life!
Her workouts are so much more than just jumping around and having fun together. (Although there’s plenty of that, too!) Combining principles from dance, HIIT, toning, kickboxing, yoga, and meditation, Erin helps you cleanse stuck energy, transform negative thinking into possibility and tap into strength and confidence like never before.
What you’ll actually be doing is sweating out some of those old beliefs and thought patterns that aren’t serving you. For example, for us busy women who have tendencies to overextend ourselves, struggle to find balance with work and responsibilities, and/or put quite a lot on our plates (like nearly every woman I know!), one of the mantras is – “It's all working out. It's all getting done.” – which you say while alternating between doing squats and warrior 3.
Thus – her workouts help you elevate your heart rate and create a long, lean body while you elevate your thinking, rebuild and recover a deeper emotional connection with yourself–the ultimate double whammy, right?!
Erin's workouts are based on two well-researched principles from neuroscience that help you develop a healthy relationship to fitness and tap fully into your power to create a body and life you love:
- Rewiring through repetition: Repeating mantras/affirmations has been shown to create new pathways in the brain, essentially wiping out old negative beliefs by overwriting them with new uplifting statements.
- Positive Association: We are drawn to repeat things that are pleasurable. That’s why the workouts are set to upbeat music, include only encouragement and acceptance, and always acknowledge you for the effort you bring to your workout. Yes!
What I love about Erin is that she–like me!–doesn’t believe it takes going to extremes to get the body or the life you want.
From November 5-9 2018, she’ll be running her week-long FREE Say It, Sweat It, Get It Challenge, where she will show you how to shake your booty and shake up your life in just 5 MINUTES a day!
It’s the perfect way to get moving and get motivated, and I think you will be truly amazed at what 5 minutes can do.
The Best Fun + Motivational Workout Videos: Gaia
Gaia is the world's largest resource for videos on everything mindfulness-related–from yoga videos, to meditations, to films and documentaries about alternative healing, conscious parenting, finding happiness and more–some have dubbed it the Netflix of spirituality with their collection of over 8,000 videos!
I did some of their prenatal yoga videos when I was pregnant and really enjoyed them–they include lots of visualization and some great stretches! They also have tons of yoga videos in the categories of morning rituals, vinyasa, evening relaxation and ones to address specific body parts (like tight neck and shoulders).
What's cool about Gaia is you're not just getting access to their huge collection of yoga videos, but for the same price you also get to explore the huge variety of meditations and other fascinating video content that will keep you hooked for hours on end. Hello, newest binge-worthy content!
Try a 1-month trial of Gaia today for just $.99! After that, it's just $9.95/month (or buy an annual membership and save 20%!).
The Best Fun + Motivational Workout Videos: Kayla Itsines
Kayla Itsines is an Australian personal trainer, author and entrepreneur who has educated and supported millions of women to improve their health, fitness and life by achieving their ideal body and feeling more confident and happy.
Kayla is known for her 12 week Bikini Body Guides (BBG) and book, The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide. Her programs are flexible, so you can choose whether you want to workout at home or in the gym, and they're now delivered on her app Sweat with Kayla! You’ll learn how to train to increase your fitness and strength through regular workouts, and the program grows with you, so you’ll always be progressing.
She also recently added a brand new program that incorporates weight training into the BBG workouts. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or working out is second nature, her programs promise to help you to reach your next fitness goals and let you feel the confidence you deserve.
There's also an international BBG Community you can join for a fantastic source of extra support and encouragement throughout your journey.
She also offers a 20% discount for all students, teachers, military, first responders and government officials.
The Best Fun + Motivational Workout Videos: Tone It Up
Tone It Up (TIU) was created by real life best friends and business partners Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott (dubbed K+K) and has since become a fitness and lifestyle empire.
K+K bring a fresh approach to fitness with their fun, energetic, girlfriend-to-girlfriend method of getting fit. Since founding Tone It Up, they have built a brand of fitness products, beach workouts, community, retreats, recipes, nutrition plans and more. Their book Tone It Up: 28 Days to Fit, Fierce, and Fabulous incorporates fitness routines, delicious recipes, and mental and spiritual practices to transform your body, your attitude, and your life to bring out the ‘gorgeous goddess' within you!
They also have plenty of DVDs, a membership to an exclusive part of their site and a Nutrition Program you can purchase separately, along with plenty of free videos on YouTube, a daily live workout on Instagram and a free daily workout on their website.
I've been a TIU member for over a year now, and I love the flexibility of their programs and the supportive community they've created!
With a following of 1.2 million just on Instagram and over 30 million views on their YouTube videos, these two powerhouse women inspire millions of women to live the life of their dreams every day.
The Best Fun + Motivational Workout Videos: Yoga Download
Are you a self-proclaimed yoga junkie? If so, then Yoga Download is for you!
For a tiny monthly fee of $18, you can get unlimited access to 100+ online yoga classes (compare that to the $100+ monthly membership most yoga studios charge and you're practically making money doing yoga!).
The membership includes unlimited streaming compatible with any device, free downloads to keep forever (perfect when traveling so you have access even when offline!), with new classes added weekly and classes for every level of yogi – from total beginner to very advanced!
They feature dozens of styles of yoga including hatha, power, vinyasa and yin. There are also videos for kid's yoga, prenatal, postnatal, restorative, yoga with weights, pilates, meditation videos and even yoga in Spanish!
I love taking some of their hyper-focused classes that really hone in on hard postures, like inversions.
Yoga Download boasts some of the world's top instructors with targeted programs you can follow, like yoga for weight loss, yoga for runners and beginner programs. You can save classes to your favorites, add them to your calendar, create reminders and set custom categories to stay organized and add in your own notes.
Yoga Download has over 200,000 members in their community, and you can even get a 2-week trial for just $1 by clicking here.
The Best Fun + Motivational Workout Videos: BellyFit
Bellyfit, a combination of belly dance, fitness and yoga, was created by Canadian Alice Bracegirdle. It's designed to give you everything you need in 60 minutes – 40 minutes of stress reducing cardio, 10 minutes of full body toning and 10 minutes of yoga inspired stretching and meditation.
Bellyfit's mission is to help you create the body and the life you desire, through movement that is intelligently and intuitively designed for the female body. With its unique combination, you'll experience a workout that makes you feel like the beautiful, powerful woman that you are, so you can create the amazing life you deserve!
There are a variety of workouts you can purchase on their site, or you can order Alice's original 5 Elements DVD set on Amazon. If you prefer in-person classes, they have certified instructors and you can put in your address on their website to see if there is a class near you.
The Best Fun + Motivational Workout Videos: Jillian Michaels
Whenever I really want to sweat, I turn on my girl Jillian Michaels, a leading fitness expert, world renowned life coach and one of the most famous personal trainers of the past decade (any other The Biggest Loser fans out there)? She's a New York Times best-selling author for several books including Unlimited: A Three Step Plan for Achieving Your Dreams and Master Your Metabolism.
Known for her kick butt, no nonsense style, Jillian has countless workout DVDs (one of my favs is her 30 Day Shred), but what I'm really excited about is her app for personalized fitness that debuted earlier this year.
I downloaded it as soon as I heard about it, and it was a godsend when I was traveling!
You can choose from one of Jillian's specifically tailored programs, or customize your own daily workouts by swapping out exercises (there are over 550 to choose from, complete with a video demo to help you perfect your form).
Jillian will respond to you if you increase or decrease the intensity at any time – how cool is that?! – and you can also pick your music to dynamically match the tempo of the pace of your workout. You can sync your workouts with your Bluetooth heart rate monitor and Apple Health, and also monitor your progress with a personal dashboard to track your weight, workouts, calories burned, calories consumed and more.
You can sync your workouts with your Bluetooth heart rate monitor and Apple Health, and also monitor your progress with a personal dashboard to track your weight, workouts, calories burned, calories consumed and more.
And if that weren't enough, the app also includes access to her carefully crafted meal plans (with paleo, pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options) – complete with focused guidelines, recipes, menus, shopping lists and even dining out tips. Is there anything this app CAN'T do?!
What are your favorite fun and motivational workout videos? Leave a comment below sharing any we've missed, or which of these workouts you're most excited to try!
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