Best Home Workout Programs

It's little wonder so many people resolve each year to lose weight, eat better, get stronger and treat their bodies better. When you're healthy, you feel better, look better, and are all around more happy.

But maintaining a good physique isn't necessarily easy, especially as we get older. There are a lucky few who are able to stay fit simply by living their daily lives. The rest of us, however, have to put forth an effort.

Too often, this is something we don't do until there is a problem. Maybe you're looking in the mirror and you don't like what you see. Maybe you are participating in an loved activity and realizing you have lost a step and can't keep up. And maybe it has come to the point where a poor physique is actually affecting your health and quality of life.

Regardless of their motivation, come January 1st people flock to their local gyms in hopes of making this year a better one. But this crowd quickly dissipates as the year progresses and it doesn't seem to be because people are reaching their goals and living happily ever after. Instead, it appears that people are getting discouraged and giving up. And it's not just the people in gyms who spent the first few months of the year aimlessly trying out the various machines at the gym and not seeing results. Millions more have treadmills, exercise bikes, dumbbells, and other home gym equipment purchased with the best of intentions that often times ends up being a high priced clothes hanger.

Why is this? Why do so many people fail at achieving their new year's resolution to get in shape?

Part of it may be that working out is just that, work - and work is hard. But that doesn't appear to be a complete explanation. Most people will work extremely hard if they believe it is worth it. And what reward is better than a trim and strong physique? Instead, a better explanation may be that people get discouraged by a lack of results. Granted, it takes time to make a difference in your body, but if you don't know what you are doing when you work out, results may come at a snail's pace if at all.

In order to get the best results in the shortest amount of time, you need to work out properly. For some, this means signing up for sessions with a personal trainer, but at $50+ an hour, this can be prohibitively expensive. More and more often, people are avoiding the gym altogether turning to home workout programs.

Unlike the aerobics videos on the past, today's home workout programs are more complete fitness solutions. Many feature multiple routines, diet plans, online interactivity and more. There are no magic weight loss potion and you will have to work, but know that if you select a quality workout routine and put forth the effort, you will see results, and you will see them quickly.

To help you get started, here is a list of the top home workout programs.

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1DDPYogaIt is the mission of DDP YOGA to empower others to think beyond traditional limits, to find inspiration from adversity, and to become the most trusted fitness company on the planet!

I've been doing DDPYOGA for 3 years and am in the best shape of my life. I'm 59 years young and love the fact that I get a great workout without beating up my joints. I gave up running 20 years ago due to back and ankle issues and took up cycling. I find my cycling has also improved since starting DDPYOGA. I'm on the road for work a lot and love the fact that I can great a great workout in my hotel without having to bring a lot of exercise equipment along. The new DDPYOGA App has made working out on the road that much better. Dallas does a great job teaching modifying positions so that if you are a beginner you can work your way up to better fitness levels. I have tried other higher intensity body weight programs but the high repetitions were hard on my joints and can leave you so sore you can become frustrated and quit.

DDPYoga is the best home workout on the planet. They give you so many tools to own your life and make the best out of the rest. I have not seen a workout such equipped with food guideline, workout plan for beginner to expert, and a group that helps every step of the way like this. I will never look at another workout system again. Not only are the workouts amazing and you feel so much better afterwards but there is a group on the website and on Facebook that is the best support system you can ever find. I have found such a diverse and amazing group of people because of that. Friends and family for the rest of my life that would be there for me at the drop of a dime if I needed it. Once you start, you can't stop and that is a guarantee.

I started DDPYOGA afte herniating a disc in my back and having horrible sciatica. It was bad enough that at 42 I couldn't even bend down to pick up my newborn daughter. Sneezing was agony and it was a fight to get into a standing position out of bed. DDPYOGA works with the limitations you have to make you stronger and better. It's high cardio/low impact. You sweat like a beast without hurting your joints, in fact you strengthen the muscles and ligaments around your joints making them stronger. I tried everything but only DDPYOGA got me functioning again. And as I have grown in strength and flexibility, there are always new twists to keep the workouts challenging. In addition, the new DDPYOGA Now App with fitness tracker is revolutionary. It has all the workouts plus regular live workouts, nutrition and cooking videos and a ton more. I'm 42 and the strongest I have ever been in my life. You have to try DDPYOGA!

It has really helped build me a new life at 38 years old. I am a nutritional science major and this is the best for everyone.

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2Insanity

I'm now currently in my second week of insanity and my god is it tuff, but when I see the huge sweat stains on my t shirt that is what keeps me going.
Even if there is no science behind it (which there is) the simple fact is that you are working your ass off and so your going to see results.

The thing I like about insanity is that there are no equipment needed unlike P90X and Chalean Extreme. Insanity is good cardio workout! It will drop those pounds off of you and of course with healthy eating. But as soon as you hit your goal weight time to add weights.

I love how insanity requires no equipment and it is so tuff and difficult, and its not boring. Because its so tuff and your basically always moving, its hard to remember things. I lost 10 pounds in 2 months, my brother lost 20 pounds in two months! Its amazing, totally recommend it

Talk about intense and invigorating!

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3P90X

I love P90X for one reason and one reason only. It is THE most effective program out there. It's effectiveness is simply due to it's all around approach. It challenges you in all areas of your fitness, whether it's strength training, cardio, or just overcoming the greatest obstacle of all, YOU. If you want a total life transformation, P90X is your tool for achieving it.

P90X is a good program to use but it's tough to do. I use it when I can't go to the gym which in the gym you can spend hours and with this program you can do one workout only just a hour which I think is amazing. 'It challenges you to succeed and a month you end up with a decent new body, workout more, the more your muscles will build 'and I believe theirs is something you eat that after the workout which is helpful I don't know what is called.

P90X was successful back then and now. Sure, it can be challenging and rough, but it has effective methods and routines to lose weight without any single hesitations. There's this guy called Jacksfilms on YouTube who made a parody of this program, he gave it a try and received an amazing result after many days of workouts, this made him appreciate Tony Horton (The 56 years-old creator of P90X) even more. - TheRegular1227

My favourite, I got good results!

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4FOCUS T25

Amazing workout. After completing Insanity 3 times I never thought a 25 minute workout could make me work this hard. I am in BETA now and it is amazingly tough to be so short. Well worth the money.

Such a great FULL BODY workout! I've gotten amazing results with T25! Almost done with my 10 week program and am already excited to start round two next week! Have REALLY tightened and toned ALL OVER.

This program is accessible to everyone. Yes, it is intense. But there are low impact modifications that make it something people at any fitness level can do. Top athletes will also be challenged by this workout if they go all out at it. It is perfect for cardio and muscle tone and the optional third phase Gamma will work more on strength, if you want it. Core development is also a huge part of this workout. Push play.

Best shape of my life doing this program and went on to t25 gamma. Great for leaning but not for muscle gain.

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5Insanity: The Asylum

If you want to get in shape and turn your life around, choose insanity it doesn't get much better! It really works you will have a great trainer and really just great everything! Join insanity for the best choice of your life!

Asylum pushes not only my body, but my mind. The agility, quickness, explosiveness and focus required reap HUGE results!

Amazing combination of resistance paired with cardio type moves designed to increase your functional fitness in your sport of choice. Excellent and challenging.

Listen, this workout is not for the weak. Shaun tells you over and over that he's not playing with you and he means it.

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6Body Beast

Love this program and the progress I am seeing so far! It is also increasing my confidence in myself!

Body Beast is an awesome program for women too! You will not bulk up like men do, but you will certainly get strong, lean muscles and definition. Will be doing this one again!

Best for skinny guys like myself! For maximum result you gotta take the supplement but the program also works pretty good without it.

Great program and great results!

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7P90X2

It makes you stronger more flexible more explosive more athletic more durable and less vulnerable to injury doing your everyday routine. All this and at the same time getting you absolutely ripped.

This program adds balance & proper recovery training in to the mix. Most people need this to feel better as they make the journey.

Same style as P90X, but with a focus on athletic performance and overall durability, as well as getting ripped! Best program for the money, hands down.

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8TurboFire

I loved TurboFire... It was the most fun workout that I've done at home and as a result, it kept me motivated to keep doing it. I Lost 15lbs at the end of the program and would have probably lost more if I'd followed a proper nutrition plan. I start doing other workouts but on the day that I don't feel like doing anything, I always do a turbofire workout because I know I would enjoy it! I would highly recommend this workout to anyone interested in a good home workout program!

This workout gets the job done! I've lost 15 pounds and 12 inches off my body in 8 weeks! The workouts are FUN, varied, and keep you wanting to come back for more! A better workout than a gym workout, and less money than a gym membership! Turbo Fire makes you feel like you're actually IN class with the rest of the people. Can't say enough about it. Cardio, strength training, and high intensity interval training all in one! There's also modifications for those who need to keep things more low impact. Don't think twice about trying this workout!

I've done this program three times beginning to end, and supplemented my half marathon training with it. I LOVE IT. Its SO much fun. Hardly feels like you're working out...until your flat on the ground, out of breath, sweating like a crazy person! Really makes getting your fitness on track super fun and easy!

Exuberating

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It's a scientifically proven workout system that really works! You'll get results incredibly fast.

This guy beat the Guinness world record for random exercises. - backpain

Mike Chang is awesome. His stuff actually works. I have lost fat using his 3-6 minute circuits (which actually work).

It's a smart &handsome

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10Hip Hop Abs

Hip Hop Abs is fun to do, and what people don't realize is that it can be pretty hardcore as it includes good plyometrics just like like P90X and Insanity! The only difference with Hip Hop Abs is that I's FUN! You don't realize how hard you're working out till you notice all the sweat dripping off your face and splattering on the floor! - elteescat

Love HHA, for an older no longer willing to do much on the floor (to many issues, back troubles and such) This is a great work out...Might not be as fast losing your inches, but also not as intense as Shaun's T25 Better to start with one you will use/finish, than buy one that you start and use once or twice and never finish. I go to a fit club where we do most of these on the list. So I know the difference between them. HHA is a good starter program. Although you can modify the others...they are not near as fun though

I'm doing Hip Hop Abs now and I love what Shaun T has done to help people lose weight. The moves are easy to do and you just have fun while you are doing Hip Hop Abs. Great job Shaun T. This is one video people should get.

I need Abs badly

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The Newcomers

?Buti Yoga

Buti is an amazing yoga practice and workout! It is a butt-kicking combination of power yoga, plyometrics, and dance. There is a lot of toning so you will get your cardio, strength, and flexibility in one super fun, engaging workout! I have personally seen my core strength increase so much more in Buti than any other type of fitness program, plus I can do headstands and other yoga poses I never dreamed of doing before. The practice and group of women that do it are extremely supportive and empowering. Buti encourages you to be your best self through self-love rather than self-loathing. And did I mention it is so much fun?!?

Buti Yoga shows you physical results immediately faster than any other workout I've seen on this list. Buti is challenging and fun. The music is great and I can do more yoga poses than when I was paying massive amounts of money at local yoga studios. I'm not sure how Bizzie balances yoga and cardio so well but it just works. You are challenging yourself and growing so confident. It's so great I really can't sum it up in this comment. Everyone that does Buti ends up with a body they ACTUALLY dreamed of...but not by stressing the body; rather, celebrating it.

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?Fitness Blender

With literally 100's of FREE videos on YouTube and several video series available for super cheap, Fitness Blender is truly accessible to the masses! Their routines are varied and include tons of modifications so everyone can follow along! There is a free app for support and people around the world are getting fit with this system! I love that it's all about encouragement and no shaming! There are tons of fitness and nutrition tips, but again the focus is positive and I health not shaming or pressure to fit a mold or eat perfectly.

I love these guys! This is a real couple who do the workouts in the video and sweat and pant along with you. They are really in touch with what their audience is expecting and going through. There are so many videos and a great search function - search by duration, focus (core, upper, lower body), type (Pilates, warm-up/cool-down, cardio, weights) and gives you options like Dumbbells, no equipment, mat only, etc.

There are a number of programs available as well which are not free but very affordable ($5-$10) - once paid for, you can reuse them however many times you'd like. They range in duration - 2 weeks or 6 weeks, etc. and target your goal - muscle building, total body, booty, arms, etc.

There are also some great downloads for simple recipes. This couple's approach is REAL - they don't make you count your macros or swear wine off for the rest of your life. There is no Photoshopping or perfect takes of their videos or fancy camera angles. I feel inspired rather than ...more

This website has changed my life! I have been doing their videos for about 6 weeks and now have just started 2 of their 4 week programs. My body shape is changing...I have dropped my cholesterol and my endurance is up - in just 7 weeks! Can't wait to see what happens after 6 months! LOVE this site!

I love fitness blender and how their videos have so many different moves to help spark your metabolism. I just started their videos 3months ago and am hooked!

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The Contenders

11Les Mills PUMP

Les Mills Pump is an awesome program which helped me lose 40 pounds in 5 months

Absolutely the best workouts I have done in over 30+ years working out daily. The best!

Love this program. Lost 36 inches and 12 pounds in 3 months!

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12Les Mills Combat

I don't know why Les Mill Combat is ranked #10. It should be one of the top 3. I am on my second round of the Ultimate Warrior Hybrid and am seeing amazing results. I went from day one of hardly keeping up to now matching their every move. My body is definitely changing shape and I am loving the empowerment it gives me! I highly recommend this program to women and to any one who likes more martial art type workouts.

I love Les Mills combat. I lost 10 lbs and 10 inches in 30 days. The trainers are great, I love how they start slow then ramp up the moves. The music is motivating and entertaining to listen to. I recommend this workout program to anyone.

This program ROCKS! I am doing it for the 2nd time, and I thought it might be too easy to do again from the beginning... Not so. It's still a challenge, but every bit is entertaining, fun and engaging, and it gets the job done. Les Mills Combat is only so far down on this list because not nearly as many people know about it as the other programs. It should be #1.

Intense workout, dripping sweat within 5 minutes and feel like I'm learning correct form.

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13ChaLEAN Extreme

Enjoyed this program and did 90days then mixed it up between dvd's like 1 week from each month. She does a great job of letting you know moves ahead of time and proper form. She is not annoying. Lots of lunges but reps range from 8 to 12 so not excessive and most routines are close to 30minutes each.

This program is easy to do and easy to follow. It doesn't matter what your fitness level is, you see results.

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14Athlean-X

Much better planned program that all of the above and below. Probably the only one that marries science with working out (those that don't should be dumped as they can easily cause injuries to people that follow them - which are almost all of the other programs).

Great program. Much better than the more marketed ones listed here- especially if you want to be athletic in your movements - whether you are an athlete or not. Jeff really knows his stuff.

If you want to look like an athlete and not looking like a bodybuilder or a skeleton then try this program

This is the best

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1510 Minute Trainer

There really isn't an excuse for finding 10 minutes in your day. You are sitting here reading right now, right? This program helped me find my health and redefine my future fitness goals. Fun, challenging and a great first step from couch potato to athlete.

Wonderful workout program. If you are short on time, if you are travelling, if you just want to maintain whatever shape you got, if you want to have an efficient workout in short time (total 15 mins, including warmup and cool down), if you want to stay in shape or if even if you want to get extreme results (by doing 2 or more workouts back to back), then the 10 MT is an ideal program.

Another masterpiece by beachbody and tony Horton. This program is in in the same level of the P90X and insanity series. I did this program for straight 1 year when I was working abroad and worked 12 hour shifts, 7 days a week. Even now I sometimes do it when I am short on time and especially for a month every year during Ramadham. It may be only 10 minutes, but it surely is intense, especially the total body DVDs.

Why is this program so rated below. Please vote and take this programs rating up.

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16Thrive90

Great program for couples to do together. My wife and I have completed it and not only did we get fit, but we had a blast connecting. I recommend it to any couple looking to get fit and healthy together.

Great program for couples and busy parents! I was really happy with my results, especially since the workouts take less than 30 minutes.

Jump started my fitness quest. Helped me a full time workingng parent of two young children find a way to make it work to squeeze in tim for myself.

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18Tae Bo Classic

I love tae bo too! I have the PT 24/7 and have tried numerous at home workouts and this is the most motivational, energizing and the only workout I have done that I could get into and have had the best results from... I got down to my smallest weight in combination with healthier eating and running occasionally than I ever have. I just recently started again, I have done 3 workouts and I can ALREADY tell a difference I just love Billy Blanks.

I have been doing his videos for 10 years and I love them! I still get sore and I run 4 times a week and this video still gets me!

Once you've finished a 1 hour session with your home personal trainer Billy Blanks you'll be filled with new energy, eventhough it is as difficult as it gets.

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19Insanity Max 30

Serious workout with more advanced moves than insanity. Feels like the same fitness levels in 30 min

If insanity is considered the best this one gives you better results in half the time.

I have done 3 rounds already and this is my go to routine. It is 30mins only, but highly intensive. You will sweat all over. I have done various sports but this program beats them all in terms of cardio preparation.

Great workout in just over 30 min

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2020 Minute Workout

This workout combines strength, flexibility, and cardio in a pleasant, non-judgemental manner. You are encouraged to perform at your own level and to make adjustments and modifications based on your own injuries or physical limitations. It can be as hard, or easy as you make it. But the workout is only part of the deal. Diet and recipes, a supportive, interactive community, and an optional app, make this a total fitness package.

Diamond Dallas Page is a genius!

4 more, 3 more - stop bending over, or I'll never make it to 1

DDP Yoga is absolutely the best workout and lifestyle program that I've used.

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