Hey, you. Feeling lost? Need some advice? Lacking direction? YouTube is here for you and it’s capable of teaching you pretty much everything you need to know about life.

No matter the area of interest, you can probably find a video about it on Youtube. If you want to learn the proper technique for massaging a possum (who doesn’t want more info on that?) or need a Donald Trump hair tutorial, it’s out there.

This also applies to exercise and nutrition. Whether you’re interested in cardio or lifting weights, there are tons of instructional videos on YouTube. When I began strength training, I diligently watched videos for every exercises I wanted to add to my routine.

By doing this, I learned the requisite information needed for proper form and technique and I achieved incredible results. Because of my YouTube studies I knew exactly what to do—and how to do it—whenever I went to my local gym.

I also gleaned an abundance of knowledge regarding multiple nutrition plans—including intermittent fasting, IIFYM, and clean eating. Within a short timeframe, I was able to pack on nearly 40 pounds of lean muscle because of what I learned on YouTube (and I did it without the use of any supplements whatsoever—not even protein powder).

There are also countless cardio and aerobic routines available for viewing—from HIIT to hip-hop dance sessions. And thanks to technological advancements—such as Chromecast—it’s easy to broadcast YouTube videos on TVs. This means people can complete these workouts in the comfort of their own homes the same way they would with a VHS or DVD.

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Those who have never utilized YouTube for fitness purposes may doubt the legitimacy of the trainers who post videos. Keep in mind, people post fitness content on YouTube because they want lots of viewers, which means they have an incentive to ensure their workouts are safe and effective.

YouTube’s rating system also helps ensure quality control; those who post dangerous or ineffective workout routines receive negative ratings and comments and their channels do not survive. But rest assured: Most YouTube fitness purveyors are individuals who conduct themselves professionally and several of them are actually certified personal trainers and nutritionists.

As an added bonus, the majority of the videos are fun to watch. Since their primary objective is to increase viewership, it’s in their best interest to be likable, entertaining, or funny and, surprisingly, many of them are successful at achieving this goal.

The obvious advantage to using YouTube is that it’s far more affordable than paying a personal trainer. A personal trainer can set you back $70 or $80 per hour, versus $50 or $60 per month for the internet service needed to get on YouTube.

Plus, YouTube is always accessible. You can watch informative videos at 11:30PM while comfortably sitting on your couch and reluctantly eating kale chips. While personal trainers try really hard to make themselves available to clients, it’s impossible for them to compete with YouTube in terms of accessibility.

Notwithstanding the considerable advantages of utilizing YouTube, I still don’t think it has made the personal trainer obsolete. But I do believe their role and purpose has changed. Yes, people can learn a lot about exercise and nutrition online. But trainers and nutritionists are still helpful for clients who need expert advice on how to implement this information into their daily lives.

In fact, trainers and nutritionists may be more important than ever because they are indispensable for people who can’t (or won’t) sift through the megatons of info available on the web.

In addition, trainers can provide encouragement for people who lack intrinsic motivation; some folks won’t do anything unless they have someone pushing them and trainers are great for that. And, of course, hiring a trainer makes the most sense for individuals who absolutely despise technology.

The primary detraction against YouTube is that the medium through which it’s presented—the internet—typically belies physical activity. In other words, most people surf the web while in the most sedentary positions imaginable (such as sitting on the couch or lying in bed).

Watching video after video after video while chilling on your futon may provide a false sense of accomplishment but, without action, you will never get fit.

That being said, relying on YouTube as a primary fitness strategy requires a lot of self-discipline and self-motivation. These are not qualities everyone possesses and, for them, a YouTube-based fitness regimen will never be effective. For individuals in this category, a personal trainer is definitely the best option.

Whether you choose to hire a trainer or not, it would be a waste to ignore the vast amounts of free information available on YouTube and on the web, in general. If you have access to an internet connection, everything required to unleash the best physical version of yourself is out there. It’s just waiting to be exploited. So, what are you waiting for?

Here are some great YouTube fitness channels to get you started.

Cardio, HIIT, Aerobics, Pilates, Yoga, and more:

FitnessBlender

JessicaSmithTV

Yoga With Adriene

BeFit

POPSUGAR Fitness

XHIT Daily

Blogilates

Amanda Russell

SparkPeople

Sarah Fit

Strength Training, Weightlifting, Bodybuilding:

Barbell Brigade

ScottHermanFitness

Sarah Grace Fitness

PhysiquesOfGreatness

OmarIsuf

Nikki Blackketter

Jen Sinkler

Matt Ogus

Men’s Fitness

Six Pack Shortcuts & Abs After 40

YouTube Personal Trainer