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    The year is 2004: Everyone is talking like Napoleon Dynamite ("Whatever I wanna do, Gosh!"), Britney Spears just married K-Fed, and YouTube...doesn't exist?!

    Yes, it's super-hard to even imagine the world without YouTube — the place we now turn to for everything from how-tos to live presidential debates. But in the roughly 11 years since YouTube became a thing, it's also gotten kind of out of control, especially when it comes to tutorials.

    There's everything you could ever want on the platform, but unless you know exactly which video you're looking for, it can be time-consuming to find one that fits your specific needs at any given moment. I mean, how many hours have you wasted sitting there, watching a beauty tutorial just waiting for the person to get to the point?

    Those frustrations aside (and please don't misunderstand, we still love beauty bloggers and vloggers), this could not be more true for workouts. Thanks to the sheer number of trustworthy trainers and fitness aficionados posting videos on the daily, YouTube is full of free exercise advice and inspiration. And yet, when you're trying to find a quick workout ASAP, a stretching tutorial, or even a trainer with a channel you can rely on consistently, it's kind of counterproductive to be sitting in your living room, all done-up in your gear, and sifting through videos.

    Even worse, a lot of stuff on YouTube (including — well, especially — the comments) isn't exactly user-friendly for people who want to take a rational, body-positive approach to their fitness.

    Still, we shouldn't totally write the platform off; there's just so much there to work with. And hello, did we mention it's free? In order to help you sidestep these downsides, we went ahead and curated a comprehensive list of great workouts on YouTube.

    You can use the videos featured as one-off workouts (allowing you to get the advice and inspiration) that will liven up your regular routine or you can click through to the trainers' channels to get to know them better.

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    Caroline Jordan

    The instructor: Caroline Jordan
    Fitness style: Cardio and strength training
    How long the workouts last: Five to 50 minutes
    Best for: People who hate when fitness pros who focus too much on "burning" and "blasting." You'll find none of that in Jordan's videos, just straightforward workouts imbued with positivity.
    Sweat rating: The cardio workouts are short, but meant to leave you sweating.

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    Blogilates

    The instructor: Cassey Ho, the creator of Pop Pilates, who is known for her upbeat and positive take on Pilates.
    Fitness style: Pilates/body-weight strength training.
    How long the workouts last:
    10 to 15 minutes.
    Best for: People who like pop music and Pilates. Fine for beginners — the moves aren't intimidating, but first-timers might need to reduce the reps.
    Sweat rating: It's not high intensity in terms of cardio, but your muscles will burn.

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    Yoga With Adriene

    The instructor:
    Adriene
    Fitness style: Yoga
    How long the workouts last: 10 to 40 minutes
    Best for: People who need to relax or like to stretch. Good for beginners and intermediate students.
    Sweat rating: Most of her yoga sequences are gentle and more about flexibility than working up a sweat.

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    Saskia's Dansschool

    The instructor:
    Dance teachers from the Dutch school
    Fitness style: Cardio dance
    How long the workouts last: 3 to 5 minutes
    Best for: People who like to curate their own playlists. Beginners through intermediate — the dance-cardio videos are repetitive, but some of the straight dance tutorials are more complex.
    Sweat rating: Each dance tutorial is short, usually about one song long, but if you create a playlist with them you'll have a sweat-inducing workout.

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    Sophia Pym

    The instructor:
    Sophia Pym
    Fitness style: Pilates
    How long the workouts last: 3 to 30 minutes
    Best for: People who want a core workout that is also weirdly relaxing. For beginners through intermediate — some of the poses are going to require a lot of arm and core strength.
    Sweat rating: Some of the more intense moves will leave you sweating.