YouTube workout videos are a great way to get fit at home at any time, but that’s especially true now that your other options are limited thanks to the COVD-19 lockdown. You get the benefits of attending a fitness class – with an expert instructor telling you what to do and how long to do it for – without leaving your house, and it costs you absolutely nothing.
However, it’s fair to say that along with a plentiful amount of wheat, there is also an awful lot of chaff on YouTube. And looking through the videos to sort the former from the latter can take a frustrating amount of time, especially when you’re in gym gear and ready to go.
Fortunately, you don’t have to do that searching, because we’ve narrowed down a terrific selection of HIIT workout videos for you.
1. Absolute Beginners HIIT Workout – The Body Coach
If PE With Joe isn’t providing enough Joe Wicks for you then raid his back catalogue, where you’ll find great workouts like this HIIT session. It’s four rounds of five exercises, doing 30sec of work and resting for 30sec. If you’re looking to get into HIIT, this is a great place to start.
2. 30 Minute Les Mills GRIT Cardio Workout – Les Mills
This 30-minute HIIT session is a collaboration between actor Nina Dobrev, Reebok and Les Mills. The workout is made up solely of bodyweight exercises, so you don’t have to agonise over whether it’s worth buying the last 2kg pair of dumbbells on the internet or use tins of beans. That said, it involves an awful lot of jumping, so if you live in a flat maybe warn the people below.
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3. 30-Minute No-Equipment Cardio & HIIT Workout – POPSUGAR Fitness
Charlee Atkins, founder of NYC fitness brand Le Sweat, leads this workout, which involves completing three circuits of bodyweight moves at a frenetic pace to help you get stronger and fitter.
4. 20 MIN HOME HIIT WORKOUT No Equipment No Noise – Natacha Océane
We’re big fans of the fact that the description of this workout specifies that there's no noise as well as no kit, because trying to find a HIIT video that doesn’t involve jumping around in a manner sure to annoy your neighbours is tricky. The 20-minute workout involves doing four rounds of five exercises, working for 30 seconds and resting for 30 seconds.
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Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.