The best free workouts on YouTube

Last updated 10:24 27/02/2014

EXERCISE ANYWHERE: Jump on YouTube, fire up an exercise video and get moving.

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You set your alarm, determined to hit the gym in the morning. But when 6am rolls around, the snooze button is your new best friend.

Factor in how long it takes to drive to the gym and you've run out of time to work out. The solution? YouTube.

Fitness gurus are taking to YouTube and posting their workouts, which means it's easier than ever to squeeze in exercise when you're crunched for time.

Here are five channels to check out on those mornings you want to sleep a little longer.

1. Tara Stiles

Have you always wanted to try yoga but been worried about looking less than graceful in front of the class? Fear no more. Tara's videos allow you to learn the downward dog in the privacy of home. In fact, some of her routines don't even require you get out of bed.

Tara's most popular videos

Weight Loss Yoga Challenge for Beginners:

Morning Yoga for Flexibility

Morning Yoga in Bed

2. Blogilates

Cassey Ho's upbeat Pilates routines will make you work up a sweat. If you're a newbie, it's best to start with the official beginner workouts so you can learn proper form and avoid injury. But if you're looking for something a little harder, load the Bikini Blaster series and get ready to feel the burn.

If you're in need of motivation, head to the Blogilates Facebook page, where Cassey shares success stories, healthy tips and friendly reminders such as, "If you're too busy to laugh . . . you're too busy!" Hear, hear.

Cassey's most popular videos

Call Me Maybe Mighty Squat Challenge:

POP Pilates for Beginners - Total Body Workout

Victoria Secret Model Ab Workout

3. BeFit

Fitness legends such as Jillian Michaels and Jane Fonda will put you through your paces with these varied workouts. Whether you're looking for intense cardio, strength training, dance workouts or all-important stretch routines, BeFit has got it covered.

BeFit's most popular videos

Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred: Level 1:

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4. XHIT Daily

Here you'll find workouts inspired by Hollywood A-listers such as Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lawrence. Trainers Rebecca-Louise Smith, Kelsey Lee and Cynthia Dallas bring their wealth of fitness knowledge to the screen in these quick, easy-to-follow workouts. And once you've finished, check out their recipe videos for healthy post-workout meal ideas.

XHIT Daily's most popular videos

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The Kim Kardashian Butt Workout

Miley Cyrus Workout: Sexy Legs

5. Tone It Up

Best friends and business partners Karena Dawn and Katrina Hodgson have attracted more than 300,000 subscribers with their sculpting routines. Many of their workouts are filmed on the beach, which means you can listen to the waves and pretend you're on vacation. While most of the videos are all about toning, you can throw in some cardio with the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) routines, which are sure to get your heart rate up. Bye-bye, muffin top; hello, endorphins.

Tone It Up's most popular videos

Booty, Lower Abs & Love Handles Workout:

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- Sydney Morning Herald


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