12 Best Cheap or Free Workout Videos and Apps

Use online exercise programs to stream workouts at home or on the go

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You don't have to go to a pricey gym or studio to get your trendy sweat on. In fact, you don't even have to pay to exercise anymore. You can get the best free workout videos online with a computer, tablet or smartphone.

With almost any kind of streaming device, you have access to a wide variety of exercise videos to use whenever and wherever you want. There are mainstream classes like cardiosculpt and kickboxing as well as specialty workouts available.

And if the workout videos aren't free, they are always cheaper than a class at the gym. Give one of these online workouts a try to spice up your home exercise program and lose more weight.

The Best Cheap or Free Workout Videos and Apps

  • FitnessGlo. These workout videos are perfect for exercisers that have no equipment at home and no extra time to drive to the gym. My favorites?  I love the relaxing 15 or 30-minute sessions with fitnessGlo instructor, Denise Klatte.  Looking for something more vigorous? There are perfectly programmed 8-week programs for beginner, intermediate and advanced exercisers.  There's even a program targeted specifically for busy brides! You can try the service for free, but after the introduction, membership is $12.
  • Daily Burn  This subscription website provides a wide range of workouts programmed to meet your specific goals. There are workouts to lose weight, home exercise sessions to help you sculpt your core and even a pregnancy series to help moms-to-be.  The site also offers one-on-one coaching depending on your membership level.
  • Get Healthy U TV  Fitness expert Chris Freytag provides workouts, health tips and inspiration on her website. You'll find plenty of free videos and also longer workout videos for premium subscribers. Got an injury or special concern? No problem. Chris provides workouts for people with bad knees, back pain and other issues. If you choose to become a premium member, you'll pay $6.95/month or $59 for the year.
  • Nike Training Club App Got a smartphone?  Then you've got no excuse to skip your work out.  Download this free workout app to use N+TC Workouts anytime and anywhere. Cool graphics make the app both easy and fun to use.
  • Peloton Cycle  If your budget allows for a piece of solid workout equipment, then consider a Peloton Cycle.  This spin bike comes with a computer console that connects you to a live instructor who is teaching a studio class in New York City.  You can see her and she can see you.  During class, she'll watch your progress and provide tips and motivation.  The bike is not cheap, however. You'll spend $1,995 on the bike and your subscription to the classes will run 39.95 per month.  But even at that cost, it's cheaper than a year's worth of classes at a trendy spin studio.
  • BeFit  Have a favorite celebrity trainer? If so, you might find them at BeFit on YouTube.  You can choose individual workouts to fit your interests or choose one of the BeFiT Workout Systems, bundled workouts that help you reach a specific goal like the 30 Day Fat Burn Workouts or the 30 Day 6 Pack Abs Workouts. 
  • Simple Home Strength Training Workouts. If you prefer a no-nonsense approach to exercise, don't worry.  You don't need to stream live videos or hook up your laptop camera to work out.  Grab a set of dumbbells and do one of these three simple strength workouts in your living room. Want something to watch? Put on your favorite Netflix movie while you exercise. It'll make the time go by faster.
  • DoYogaWithMe. It doesn't matter how committed you are to your yoga practice. DoYogaWithMe.com has a program for you. Even if you are completely new to yoga, there are gentle programs to get you strong and flexible. You'll find yoga for people with back injuries, for runners and to help you reduce stress. Most videos are free, but some require a small fee to download onto your device.
  • 30 Minute Home Workout by Celebrity Trainer JR Allen  When you are ready to bump it up a notch at home, try this quick fat burning workout by JR Allen, the same trainer who coaches Mary J. Blige.  Use weights if you have them, but no equipment is required.
  • Crunch Live, Crunch Gym provides a membership service that allows users to select from a library of workouts at home. Classes include popular workouts like Ass & Abs, as well as trendy sessions like Gospel House Aerobics.
  • Exercise at Verywell.com.  Certified trainer Paige Waehner provides complete workouts, a huge library of specific exercises and workout tips on her Verywell site. If you haven't checked it out yet, do it now.
  • Flirty Girl Fitness This spicy outlet streams classes from their Toronto studio each day. Users from around the world can take part in the class in real time or watch a recorded version at a later time.