Top 10 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.
The Top Ten
1 DDPYoga It 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 three 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 stressing my joints. I gave up running 20 years ago due to back and ankle issues and took up cycling. My cycling performance has also improved since starting DDPYoga.

I'm on the road for work a lot and love the fact that I can get a great workout in my hotel without having to bring a lot of exercise equipment. The new DDPYoga App has made working out on the road even better. Dallas does an excellent job teaching modified positions, so if you are a beginner, you can work your way up to better fitness levels. I have tried other higher-intensity bodyweight programs, but the high repetitions were hard on my joints and could leave you so sore that you become frustrated and quit.

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2 Insanity

Insanity changed my life and my fitness level. I thought I had reached the peak of my fitness, but then along came Insanity. I've never felt as fit or as strong. My journey has been shared with so many others on similar journeys. I am now an Insanity live instructor. I see individuals of all shapes and sizes taking their fitness journeys further.

It's amazing to watch. The beauty of this program is how you feel both the psychological and physical need to give up, yet that inner voice just keeps you going. If you've never done this program, don't be put off. There are plenty of options for beginners to advanced. Be warned: your fitness is about to take a serious boost!

3 P90X

P90X is a good program to use, but it's tough to do. I use it when I can't go to the gym. In the gym, you can spend hours, but with this program, you can do just one workout in only an hour, which I think is amazing.

It challenges you to succeed, and after a month, you end up with a decent new body. The more you work out, the more your muscles will build. Also, I believe there is something you eat after the workout, which is helpful, but I don't know what it's 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 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-year-old creator of P90X, even more.


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!

I love T25! I keep waiting for the workouts to get easier, but they get harder, and I sweat more because I push myself harder and my form gets better every day. I truly am inspired by the setup, the short time frames, the bursts and resting periods, and Shaun T himself. Again, I LOVE IT!

5 Insanity: 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!

I've done P90X, but this one is harder and better. I will definitely keep doing this workout, as well as the other volumes that get released for it. If you're wanting to get in peak condition for a sport or just wanting to get healthier, then look no further.

I have done the Asylum about 4-5 times, followed by the Asylum 2 4-5 times, and then the Asylum 1 & 2 hybrid. I feel like a real athlete. I highly recommend it for people who want a challenge, preferably after P90X or Insanity.

6 TurboFire

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 are also modifications for those who need to keep things more low-impact. Don't think twice about trying this workout!

7 Hip Hop Abs

Love HHA! For an older person no longer willing to do much on the floor (too many issues, back troubles, and such), this is a great workout. It might not be as fast for losing inches, but it's also not as intense as Shaun T's T25. It's better to start with one you will use and finish than to 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 workouts on the list, so I know the difference between them. HHA is a good starter program, although you can modify the others. However, they are not nearly as fun.

8 Body Beast

The best program for skinny guys is different from all Beachbody programs, and the best part is it's built for people with any fitness level. The results are amazing as hell. Everybody should give this a try.

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. I will be doing this one again!

I love Body Beast. My doctor wants me to approach this program slowly due to some considerable health concerns. Just doing back exercises today with 5 lb weights was tough, but it's a step in the right direction, and I can feel it.

9 P90X2

It makes you stronger, more flexible, more explosive, more athletic, more durable, and less vulnerable to injury during your everyday routine. All this while also getting you absolutely ripped.

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.

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

10 Les Mills Combat

I don't know why Les Mills 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 anyone who likes more martial art-type workouts.

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.

The Contenders
11 12 Days - Amy and Jamie Honey System

Fun is the key ingredient of everything: A healthy diet can be fun, exercises can be fun, learning important facts about your body, nutrition, and fitness can be fun.

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13 Les Mills PUMP

This program is the absolute best, hands down! It's a HIIT, weight training, and cardio program. It will tone, shape, sculpt, and change your body if you apply yourself. It will burn the fat and give you lean muscle.

"Change" is the reason we work out, right? This will give you the change you want in the shortest amount of time!

The only class workout that I have done where I have seen a change in my body! Also, it helped with my running and achieved my own personal best time in the Manchester BUPA 10K!

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

14 Athlean-X

Anything other than this just feels ineffective and a waste of time. Most programs usually plateau and stop helping, but Athlean-X, on the other hand, continues to be effective in all aspects. Jeff always tells you what is needed and separates the truth from the nonsense.

Much better planned program than 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 who follow them, which are almost all of the other programs.

15 ChaLEAN Extreme

I enjoyed this program and did 90 days, then mixed it up between DVDs like one week from each month. She does a great job of letting you know the moves ahead of time and the proper form. She is not annoying.

There are lots of lunges, but the reps range from 8 to 12, so it's not excessive, and most routines are close to 30 minutes each.

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

16 10 Minute Trainer

Wonderful workout program! If you are short on time, if you are traveling, if you just want to maintain whatever shape you have, or if you want to have an efficient workout in a short time (total 15 minutes, including warm-up and cool-down), then the 10 Minute Trainer is an ideal program.

Another masterpiece by Beachbody and Tony Horton. This program is on the same level as the P90X and Insanity series. I did this program for a straight 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, especially for a month every year during Ramadan. It may be only 10 minutes, but it surely is intense, especially the total body DVDs.

Why is this program rated so low? Please vote and take this program's rating up.

17 20 Minute Workout

This workout combines strength, flexibility, and cardio in a pleasant, non-judgmental 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!

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

18 21 Day Fix

I have two toddlers, and they even try to join in. The first week was killer, but definitely stick with it. I am on my third round and am down over 20 inches. Portioning properly is important. The closer you can follow the program and push your limits every minute, the more amazing results you'll get.

Just missing one day impacts my life surprisingly in a critically negative way. Having a support group also helps on those difficult days to stay motivated. Every single workout, I notice how I've improved every week and always find it challenging. I love how any fitness level can do it because of the modifications, and I still do some for my joints. I love this plan, and it's 30 minutes a workout, so it really does fit into anyone's schedule.

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20 30 Day Shred

Jillian kicks my butt almost every day. Her workouts are just the perfect amount of exercise for a busy mom like me. Along with walking every day, I see the pounds shedding off.

Jillian is an angel. She is a great motivator. This workout is doable for a mid-range fitness level, 30-something mom of two. And you see results in a few days.

Love, love, LOVE IT! The first 30 days I did, I lost 5 lbs! And like the others say, it's a great workout for a busy mom!

21 Daily Burn

Awesome total body workout. Excellent trainers. A different one each day. Streams live.

22 Insanity Max 30

This is good for people with bad joints too because it has a modifier right on the screen. You don't have to look for where the modifier is while you're working out.

This program should not be down here. It's one of the best workouts I've ever tried. It gives you a great sense of accomplishment when you hit a new max-out time. Seriously hard and amazing. This should not be number 18!

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

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24 Buti Yoga

Buti is an amazing yoga practice and workout! It's a butt-kicking combination of power yoga, plyometrics, and dance. You get a lot of toning, so you'll experience cardio, strength, and flexibility in one super fun, engaging workout!

I have personally seen my core strength increase more in Buti than in any other type of fitness program. Plus, I can now do headstands and other yoga poses I never dreamed of doing before. The practice and the group of women who participate 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's so much fun?

25 Georges St-Pierre's RUSHFIT

I lost 43 lbs with this program after two rounds. There's no whooping and hollering from participants (a big plus), straightforward training from Eric - all well-researched - and a bit of humor from the very humble man himself, GSP.

I have tried quite a few of the other programs on this list, but I always come back to this one. One tip: squat the way Eric tells you to, putting your weight into your heels, or your knees will suffer. Good luck.

This program really works you hard. At most, you need some space, a mat, and light dumbbells (I should be in the 165 lb range, and 10 lb dumbbells were plenty), plus the program, of course. It also has three fitness levels, alternatives for the exercises if needed, and is a 60-day program.

I bought multiple copies to ensure I have a working one. I rarely endorse anything, but I stand firmly behind this product.

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