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It seems like these days everyone has a Youtube fitness channel. A lot of these guys make a significant income off of making Youtube videos. With so many to watch, how do you know which ones are worth your time and provide entertaining and knowledgable information? You don’t want to watch someone who speaks in a monotone voice or has no personality. You also don’t want to watch someone who tells you nothing but broscience.
If you want to get pumped up for a workout and need some motivation, check out our list of the top 30 Youtube fitness channels. Make sure you subscribe to their channels to keep up with their latest stuff. These guys made the list because they don’t put themselves first. They understand that the reason they make Youtube videos is to help other people achieve their ideal physique.
We at Visionary Athletes have decided to pay homage to some of the best fitness Youtube channels. These channels make videos that you just can’t wait to watch. Remember that each channel may offer different opinions on training and nutrition so don’t necessarily believe everything they say e.g carbs are bad (lie).
Now before you get upset because one of your favorite channels isn’t on the list, remember that we did not base this list on the number of subscribers although it did play a big factor. Even if your favorite youtube channel has over 100k subscribers, if they only put out videos every couple of months then they were not included. We evaluated each channel based on these criteria:
- Entertainment-Do they make fitness fun? Are their videos funny?
- Information-What kind of expertise do they have? How motivational are they?
- Personality-Is this someone who seems like they would be a cool person if you met them?
- Consistency-How often do they put out videos? Do they consistently put out quality material?
- Popularity-Which channels do our viewers think are the best? How many subscribers do they have?
30. Tony Do-Pure Aesthetics
Tony Do is a men’s physique competitor as well as an advocate for IIFYM (if it fits your macros). He started out just like most of us as someone who wanted to be ripped. He got inspired after watching New Moon and wanted to get abs just like Taylor Lautner. Well today he has the abs and now is a source of motivation for anyone else looking to achieve their ideal physique. He’s doing a lot for his age as he is still in college and is very relatable to if you are still in school as well.
Video: 6 Pack vs 8 Pack Abs
29. Chelsea Karabin-ChelseaLifts
Chelsea is relatively new to the Youtube community but is quickly gaining subscribers because she is a pretty girl that lifts. The majority of channels on this list are males because the majority of Youtube fitness/bodybuilding channels are males. But Chelsea is switching things up as she is becoming a source of inspiration and motivation for women who want to get into weight training. She is currently prepping for an upcoming powerlifting meet so be sure to stay up to date with the latest videos from Chelsea!
Video: 1 Year Transformation
28. Kyle Hunt-Hunt Fitness
Kyle Hunt is the owner of Hunt Fitness, an online personal training and nutritional consulting business. He has been doing personal training since he was 16 years old and has been an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer since he turned 18. He has an extreme passion for health and fitness and loves sharing it with other people. You guys will love his channel because he knows his stuff for someone his age and is definitely not a bro! He has covered almost every topic concerning training and nutrition so be sure to check him out!
Video: 365lb Bench Press
27. Jason Blaha-JuggernautFitnessTV
Juggernaut Fitness (formerly Ice Cream Fitness) is dedicated to providing training, nutrition and social information around the topics of gaining muscle, losing fat, improving athletic performance & fitness for both the athlete and individuals who simply wish to improve themselves. More importantly than all that, Jason might be the most hated Youtuber on this list. He is often the source of controversy when it comes to people making claims that they are drug free athletes. His new channel is quickly rising in the Youtube ranks and people like his channel because they can relate to most subjects he talks about.
Video: Secret To Gaining Muscle Rapidly
26. Maxx Chewning
The deadlift brah Maxx Chewing is quickly rising in the Youtube ranks because people can’t figure out how someone with legs his size can pull such heavy ass weight. Former miscer/troll Maxx Chewning first appeared on Nick Wright’s channel but now has his own where he posts videos of himself fitting his macros and deadlifting. People love Maxx because he would definitely be our best bud if he lived near us (come to NY Maxx!). Joking aside, Maxx really cares about his audience and wants to help every single brochacho out there achieve their ideal physique.
Video: 561.3lb deadlift at 162.7 lbs
25. Jerry Ward-Bios3Training
Jerry Ward and his BioS3training system brings you a no-nonsense point of view. BioSynthetic Training is the blend of three components: training, nutrition, and cardio, fused together. It’s just about bringing the truth to people about how to look good and be healthy! People love Jerry because he is about as raw as someone can possibly be and cuts out the fluff when it comes to getting in the best shape of your life. His channel tackles many subjects that are not spoken upon by other Youtubers. RAW!
Video: Talking Zyzz
24. Dana Linn Bailey
The first ever Women’s Olympia Physique winner…Dana Linn Bailey! The former college soccer athlete turned bodybuilder found her passion in sculpting her physique. She grew up a 6 sport athlete playing soccer, basketball, field hockey, softball, running track and also swim team. She is one of the most recognizable women in the bodybuilding industry and her channel has over 138k subscribers. She is doing a lot for the sport of women’s bodybuilding and proving that strong is the new sexy.
Video: Leg Extensions
23. Jon Candito-CanditoTrainingHQ
Candito Training HQ aims to define what methods make you a better athlete. You will see an increase in performance in the gym when hard work is combined with an effective program. Jon considers it his job to make you benefit 100% from every ounce of effort you put into becoming a better performing machine. He is the guy to check out if you’re looking for help in your powerlifts and backs up everything he says with his own impressive lifts. The 21-year-old squats nearly 500 lbs at only 180 lbs bodyweight!
Be sure to check out 16-Year-Old Powerlifter Squats over 500 lbs!
Video: How to Squat with Perfect Form
22. Matty Fusaro-Fusaro Fitness
Fusaro Fitness is a community for people to share their journeys as well as better themselves each and every day. Matty is one of the most down to earth guys on Youtube and preaches that learning is a continuous process. Nobody knows everything and sometimes you need to experience something yourself in order to figure out what works best for you. A genuine guy with quality information, Matty’s videos include training, supplementation and some cool rants.
Video: Creatine Facts
21. Christian Guzman
Christian Guzman is a gym owner, trainer, and model. Christian is currently enrolled at Texas Christian University as a Health and Fitness major. His videos consist of mostly him training in his own gym (sick). His channel has grown to over 57k subscribers and he also offers customized transformation packages on his website. He is always encouraging people to go after their dreams and is an awesome source of motivation.
Video: Arm Assault Workout
20. J.R. Barthel-Barthel Fitness
JR is a personal trainer, nutrition consultant , and CEO of Barthel Fitness Nutrition. Barthel Fitness is a youtube channel revolved around fitness and bodybuilding. His channel includes videos in the kitchen, the gym and much more. People like JR because he is a very down to earth guy, like someone you would be cool with if you ever got the chance to meet him. JR’s goals are to inspire others to live a healthier lifestyle, and stresses that exercise should not only be a regular part of our day but should also be fun.
Video: J.R. Barthel Motivation
19. Mark Bell-SuperTraining06
Mark Bell is not only a distant relative of mine (no bias) but is the guy to watch if you’re looking for advice on powerlifitng. His videos usually consist of him rapping as the intro as well as a video of someone completing a lift as he critiques it. He is an elite powerlifter as well as a former professional wrestler. His best lifts include a 1,025 lb squat, a 832 lb bench press, and a 722 lb deadlift. Oh yeah, he also happens to own Super Training Gym, ranked 4th most hardcore gym in America.
Video: Mark Bell Critiques His Own Deadlift
18. Gregg Plitt
Greg Plitt has appeared on the covers of more than 100 fitness magazines and 25 romance novels in the last four years. Men’s Fitness magazine named Greg one of America’s 25 Fittest Americans. Greg is a sponsored athlete for MET-Rx Engineered Nutrition, Under Armour Performance Apparel and Gold’s Gym. He is a two-time All-American wrestler and a PRO-rated skydiver with more than 1500 jumps to date. Before taking on acting and modeling, Greg graduated from West Point U.S. Military Academy and served as an Army Ranger as well as a captain and company commander of 184 U.S. soldiers. Basically…Gregg’s a boss.
Video: Best of The Best Workout
17. Rob Riches
Rob Riches is a natural fitness model and competitor, as well as CEO of True Performance Nutrition. There’s a lot more to learn from Rob besides not to take the Craze preworkout supplement and his physique shows it. He recently placed 3rd in the 2013 UKBFF British Finals in the physique short category. His videos consist of training sessions as well as some awesome healthy recipes. One of his most popular videos can be found below where he gives advice on getting a 6 pack.
Video: How To Get 6 Pack Abs
16. Jason English-Big J’s Extreme Fitness
Big Jason English is passionate about spreading knowledge on safe intense training no matter how young or old you are. He trains with intensity because it’s what has always brought him the best results and is the most satisfying during a workout! He first began working out for sports as a teen, and he met and worked out with several bodybuilders, both amateur and pro, while in the military. He hasn’t missed a step and has now been training for over 31 years.
Video: Big J Motivation
15. Layne Norton-Biolayne
Layne Norton is one of the most popular bodybuilding and fitness gurus today and for good reason. He has a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois. He has multiple published researched articles on muscle protein synthesis (building muscle) and proves that not all bodybuilders are meatheads. He firmly believes in using science over broscience and is often involved in controversy due to his beliefs but he holds his ground. He is the source for some of the most up to date information regarding training and nutrition. Love him or hate him, Layne is the man.
Video: Metabolic Damage
14. Brandon Campbell-Campbell Fitness
Brandon Campbell first entered the gym at an early age as a way to succeed in high school basketball. It was also at this time that he competed in his first power meets. These days he’s a successful corporate trainer, personal trainer and YouTube personality where he’s been able to spread his knowledge to the masses through an online medium. Through his videos he’s reached millions of viewers and helped them reach their goals of losing weight and building muscle.
Video: 500lb Squat Attempt
13. Nick Wright-NWB
Nick Wright is a 100% Drug-Free Bodybuilder & Sponsored Athlete. He’s been competing since he was 15 although he has recently taken time off to put on mass. He probably has the most trolls on his channel out of all the channels on this list, but you have to give credit where credit is due. He’s done a lot for the sport of bodybuilding at a young age and has inspired thousands to achieve their ideal physique. His information is very accurate and he consistently delivers quality videos. Respect NWB!
Video: 7 Years Drug Free Bodybuilding
12. Marc Lobliner-Tiger Fitness
Marc is an ACE certified personal trainer, is a former APF competitive powerlifter and national level NPC competitive bodybuilder, having won first place trophies in both the lightweight and light-heavyweight divisions. His videos consist of him training as well as rants on various topics and promotion of his supplement website Tigerfitness.com. Marc is currently MTS Nutrition CEO, EthiTech Nutrition CEO, Wilkins Fitness Commercial Vertical Manager, TigerFitness.com Director of Business Development, MachineTrainingSolutions.com Owner and MachineMuscle.com Editor in Chief. In other words, Marc’s the man!
Video: How To Stay Lean While Bulking
11. Michael Kory
Michael Kory is a 21-year-old student from Missouri majoring in Health Promotion and minoring in Business Administration. He started training casually in his basement in October of 2008 and developed a passion for training, nutrition and the lifestyle. As his passion grew, Michael decided he should start a YouTube channel to share his passion with others. His channel was created the day he finished high school in May of 2010. Throughout the years, Kory gained a following for posting recipe videos and this eventually led to his first cookbook being released in September of 2013.
Video: Figure Out Your Macros
10. Steve Cook-Swoldier Nation
Steve Cook is taking the industry by storm with swoldier nation. His channel consists of weekly workout videos and vlogs of him as he aims to help people live a healthier lifestyle. Former college football player turned bodybuilder, he recently competed in the first ever Mr. Olympia Physique contest. He preaches that looks aren’t everything and that in order to find happiness you have to find balance physically, spiritually, and mentally. He is an Optimum Nutrition sponsored athlete as well as a spokesmodel for Bodybuilding.com.
Video: Arms with Mike O’Hearn
9. Omar Isuf
Omar is a former skinny guy turned jacked guy of strength. His channel consistently provides quality information that doesn’t involve pushing you to purchase a product (as much). A personal trainer and nutritionist, he is a fan favorite and his community his quickly growing. People love his videos because he delivers them with energy and gets straight to the point.
Video: Best Fitness Channels
8. Kali Muscle
Kali was born in Oakland, California where he excelled in various sports and received a football scholarship to Fresno State University. Unfortunately, due to financial issues, he was forced to commit robberies which landed him in San Quentin State Prison for 11 years. In prison, he found peace by lifting weights and bodybuilding. During his time there they removed the weights from the prison which led to a spark of creativity for Kali. He’s come up with various workout routines using garbage bags, water bottles, ropes, and bodyweight exercises. His channel is dedicated to helping misunderstood youth find something to keep them off the streets, and show them that there is more to life than selling drugs and being in gangs.
Video: Prison Bar Workout
One of the first people to begin making Youtube fitness videos and one of the first channels you probably watched is Scooby. He began lifting pretty later than most people-when he was 21 years old. 30 years later he continues to workout 5 days a week as well as make Youtube videos for males of all ages who are both novice and experienced lifters. His videos as well as his website are completely free and he even runs contests to help people stay motivated towards their fitness goals. In case you were wondering, there are no known images to exist of him with a shirt on.
Video: The Truth About Whey
6. Matt Ogus-FlexForAll2
Quit Being A Little Bish!
It was hard trying to find a picture that didn’t have Matt looking like he’s on the set of a Zyzz video, but nevertheless here’s Matt Ogus. The half natty star began lifting when he was 15 and like most of us, did so in order to train for sports. He soon realized all the gains he was making in the gym naturally so he competed in his first bodybuilding show when he was 19 years old. His channel’s popularity has grown tremendously and has over 170k subscribers.
Video: Why I Chose To Stay Natural
5. Chris Jones-Physiques Of Greatness
Ya’ll know who it is…Chris Jones-Physiques of Greatness. The man on the mission to help people get from shit to fit started his bodybuilding journey when he was 19 years old. The channel is best known for some of their sayings such as “rows for the hoes” and “quads for the broads” but most importantly, people love them because their raw. They currently have over 317k subscribers and growing.
Video: Superset For Bigger Arms
4. CT Fletcher-CT Fletcher Motivation
Video: I Command You To Grow!
It’s Still Yo Mothaf*ckin Set!
Probably the most intimidating Youtube channel, CT Fletcher brings the best out of you. If you think you’ve reached failure, then CT will make sure you get in a few extra sets. The former powerlifter won 3 drug free bench titles and 3 World Strict Curl Titles. He now focuses on bodybuilding and hopes to compete for an IFBB pro card in the over 50 class. in 2005 he had open heart surgery, flat lined 3 times, and was told he would never lift weights again. He believes this was because he ate 7-8 meals at McDonalds each day for over 20 years.
Video: The Strongest Man You’ve Never Heard Of
Making All Kinds of Gainz!
The Hodgetwins are without a doubt the most popular youtube fitness channel today. What sets these guys apart are their ability to make people laugh and the variety of youtube videos that they make ranging from Arnold Schwarzenegger to transgender issues. They have unique sayings that people love and provide some of the most entertaining content on youtube. The outspoken duo have over 771k subscribers and growing.
Video: Training Routine To Build Muscle
2. Scott Herman-Scott Herman Fitness
One of the original Youtube fitness celebrities is Scott Herman who has built his own business and established himself as one of the top youtube fitness channels. His videos have totaled nearly 95 million views and his channel has over 473k subscribers. He is NASM, APEX, Kinesis, and TRX certified and is a regular contributor to the free online workout site Lionsgate BeFit. Being into fitness since the age of 14, Scott became a personal trainer at the age of 18 and has been helping people of all ages ever since.
Video: Top Reason Your Biceps Won’t Grow!
1. Elliott Hulse-StrengthCamp
Who else but Elliot would be in our top spot. I mean the guy has over 726k subscribers and consistently comes out on top as best youtube fitness channel. Elliot is pro strongman, strength coach, gym owner, business owner, producer and author and is on a mission to help us all become the strongest version of ourselves. He’s been active trying to help people since 2006 and proves that consistency is key to success in any field, be it career or fitness orientated. His goal is simple-to share powerful ideas that help us all to become stronger in every way possible.
Video: Only 4 Exercises You Need To Get Stronger!
Are there any other channels that you think are worthy to be on this list? Let us know what you think in the comments below!