15 home workout videos to try now that gyms are closed

As the Australian government works to encourage social distancing by closing all non-essential services, you might be mourning the loss of your gym routine. Luckily, YouTube has mountains of workout videos to keep you moving wherever you may be. But what should you be looking out for in a library bulging with videos, advice and workouts? Canstar Blue looks at some of the top home workout videos and workouts available for your time away from the gym.

In saying that, it’s always best to train within your own limits, and to get the advice of your doctor before embarking on a new workout routine. Given the circumstances however, contacting your doctor may not be possible, so it’s best to play it safe and stick to your limits when trying a new workout routine.

Full Body Workouts

All this social distancing may have left you feeling a bit stir-crazy, here are some YouTube workout videos that provide a total body workout from head to toe.

Dua Lipa – Physical Full body workout routine

This full body workout routine is set to the song Physical by Dua Lipa, meaning the workout is only three and a half minutes long, but you can let loose and learn some choreographed dance moves at the same time. The best part is, if you’re not a fan of the song choice, the MadFit channel has heaps of similar workouts set to different songs so you can choose your tune.

Workout with Naomi Campbell

To be honest, this video is addictive to watch regardless of whether you actually do the workout or not. Between Naomi’s dulcet tones and her extremely helpful personal trainer, there’s a lot here to keep you motivated, or just provide a brief break from reality to see how the other half live.

30-Minute Cardio Latin Dance Workout

The 30-minute Latin dance workout strikes the perfect balance between fun and functional. The routine provides modifications for every level of dancer, so don’t worry if you have two left feet, and it gets your heart rate up through shimmying and shaking your hips. It’s so good you won’t even realise you’ve been doing cardio for 30 minutes when the time is up!

HIIT Workouts

If you’re looking for something that’s quick but will still make you feel the burn, here are some high intensity YouTube workouts to keep you moving.

HIIT home workout for beginners

If you’re new to the home workout thing and aren’t even sure what HIIT means – it stands for High-Intensity-Interval-Training in case you were wondering – this HIIT workout for beginners is probably as good a place to start. The whole workout is about 20 minutes, and judging by the YouTube comments, it’s been assigned as homework to a bunch of high school students during this homeschool period, so it must be good, right?

15 min full body HIIT workout

This workout video has it all – it targets your whole body, has catchy tunes and a seriously goals instructor. Plus (as with most HIIT workouts) it’s only 15 minutes long so you can squeeze it into your day while still being long enough to break things up if you’re going stir-crazy working from home.

15 minute partner workout

If you’re isolating at home with a buddy, and need some ‘motivation’ to workout, this partner workout could be just the thing. This 15-minute workout targets the full body and requires a partner and some dumbbells, however you can get creative and substitute the weights for something else around the house.


Yoga flows and routines provide a seriously slick combination of physical and mental strength and wellbeing, both of which are particularly important during a time of uncertainty and isolation. Here are some yoga routines from YouTube to help keep you grounded.

Morning Yoga Workout – Better than the gym

If you’re working from home, or just want to start the day off right, this morning yoga routine is a great way to get your body moving without the intensity of a workout. The routine is 15 minutes long and focuses on strength and stretching to help wake up your body and your mind. The best part? It’s filmed in a surf villa in Costa Rica, so let your mind travel, even if your body can’t.

Elsa Pataky does yoga with Vogue

Speaking of tropical escapes for your mind, this Vogue Australia video lets you do a six-minute yoga sequence with Elsa Pataky and her yoga teacher Tahl from your living room. The video begins with the pair asking each other questions about their yoga routines, before they guide you through the vinyasa flow from an enviable location.

After-Work Yoga Flow to Undo the Damage of Your Desk Job

A great way to literally unwind your body after a day at the desk, especially if your desk happens to be in your home, is with a Yoga flow targeting your posture and lower back. This video aims to help people stretch their muscles who are affected by prolonged sitting and hopefully help you to avoid long-term troubles associated with desk jobs.


Another gym class favourite, you’re probably feeling a bit lost without your Pilates during this quarantine season. Never fear, YouTube has plenty of great Pilates tutorials so you can join in from home.

Ultimate Pilates 10 Minute Workout

If you’ve always wanted to do Pilates on a beach in Costa Rica, look no further than this 10-minute Pilates workout for your coastal getaway fix. Let yourself get transported to a place of rolling waves, peaceful tunes and deep breathing… quarantine who?

Best Pilates Core & Total Body workout

If you’re looking for a total body Pilates workout which leans more towards yoga than workout, this video from YogaDose will be right up your alley. The workout uses Pilates routines while focusing on going slowly and taking your time so that your core and body are properly engaged.

45-Minute Cardio Pilates Total Body workout

If you want your Pilates routine to seriously hit the spot, this 45-minute Pilates workout, which incorporates plenty of cardio, might be more your speed. Keep in mind that the video requires weights to fully make the most of the routine, however as we’ve said above, you can be resourceful with items around the home.

Time-Poor workouts

If you’ve got kids at home, work long hours or just have a lot going on, it doesn’t mean that you can’t join in on the home workout fun as well. Here are some YouTube workouts that are super speedy for the best of both worlds.

2-Minute Easy Ab Workout for Beginners

This easy ab workout for beginners promises a core workout with results that takes only two minutes! While that’s no doubt something you’ve heard before, there are four ab exercises which are seriously simple, so you can do this one at any fitness level. You have to start somewhere right?

4-Minute No Weight, Arm-Toning Workout

This workout requires no equipment and is only four minutes long, perfect if you’re trying to squeeze in a workout during the day or want to focus on your arms. The channel POPSUGAR Fitness has plenty of other workouts targeting different areas of the body so that you can build your own workout if you find that this one alone isn’t enough.

Taylor Hill exercises anywhere, anytime

While not your traditional workout video, this fun little short with Vogue Paris featuring American model Taylor Hill is a fun reminder to keep active and moving throughout your days, even if it’s just a lap around your living room or some stretches while waiting for the kettle to boil. Extra points if you manage to do your workouts in sky high heels.

Are home workouts worth it?

Considering it may be months until you can head back into the inner sanctum of your gym, doing a few reps at home is a good way to keep on track (and keep sane). While there are plenty of workouts available online – and you can always make your own – the above workouts are a good place to start, regardless of what you’re looking for in your next sweat session.

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