Fitness YouTubers Ranked (BEST TO WORST!)

I think the question that has been asked the most of me during my time on YouTube is which YouTubers do I watch, myself? In this video, I am going to go over the list of the fitness YouTubers (and other YouTubers) that I like to watch in my free time. You might be surprised by some of the people that show up on this list and you may get a little more understanding of who Jeff Cavaliere is outside of ATHLEAN-X.

Before I kick off this list, I have to disclose that my viewing tastes are not limited just to fitness YouTubers. It may come as a shock that I have other interests as well! Music, motivation, and wrestling to name a few.

To kick off the list, I have start with someone who has a love and appreciation for science just like I do, and that is Andrew Huberman. A Stanford University researcher who has spent much of his time providing actionable and helpful advice that is all based in scientific reasoning. I find myself learning something new every video that he puts out.

A colleague in the medical field puts out videos where he breaks down high profile sports injuries almost immediately after they happen and offers insight into how and why they occurred and the steps that you, as a viewer, can take to avoid similar injuries. I think Brian Sutterer MD is an excellent resource for understanding injuries for athletes.

As you can probably tell, I love learning when I watch YouTube videos and I feel like I always have an opportunity to learn when I watch Bright Side. I also like to watch this channel with my sons because I feel like they are learning valuable information outside of the classroom in a fun, engaging style that also lets me learn a little something knew every now and then.

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With a lot of YouTube fitness personalities focused on bringing you exercise tips and workouts, there leaves room for entertainment. I don’t think anyone in the YouTube fitness space is as hilarious or entertaining as Bro-Science Life. Dom Mazzetti has a way of making me laugh with every video that he puts out regardless of how outlandish the content is.

I find that the best form of motivation comes in the form of a kick in the ass from an in your face personality. I don’t think anybody fits that bill better than my friend CT Fletcher. Every time I need that little extra juice in the tank to get going through a workout, all I have to do is turn on one of CT’s videos and I find myself pushing that much harder.

While he doesn’t have a YouTube channel himself, it is hard to find a motivational video in the fitness space without hearing him speak. David Goggins is another master motivator that I turn to when I need some extra encouragement to get my head on straight for a workout. When a former Navy SEAL is telling you how to be “hard”, it’s tough not to listen!

When it comes to teaching, I have a lot of respect for people that can provide valuable, actionable information that just down right makes sense, especially when it comes to strength training. There are not many out there that do it better than the guys at EliteFTS, but specifically Swede Burns. I just find myself always taking away something new and gravitating towards his teaching style.

Back to entertainment, Harry Mack is someone that I find very engaging. I can’t help but get drawn in by his man-on-the-street approach to his videos, as well as his ability to freestyle using a random collection of words provided by video participants. Every single time I watch, I am impressed!


It’s hard to argue that the guest list that Joe Rogan has put together over the years isn’t impressive. The diversity of participants means that just about every episode you watch is going to have something new and fresh, with plenty to be learned. I love being exposed to new thoughts and ideas on interesting topics that I may not have considered without watching in the first place.

As someone who appreciates applied science, I can also appreciate the research that goes into it. I also appreciate when someone is able to read and break down that research for viewers to understand and I think that Jeff Nippard does a great job of this. Making the literature understandable for the viewer is highly valuable when it comes to YouTube fitness.

There are plenty more YouTube channels on this list that I watch which I cover in the video itself. Who is on your list for people to watch on YouTube? Leave a comment and let me know!

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49 thoughts on “Fitness YouTubers Ranked (BEST TO WORST!)

  1. Andrew Huberman says:

    Thank you Jeff for the kind words. I’ve been following your content and using your programs for years and it’s been extraordinarily helpful. You’re the original on here.… And you set a beautiful example of how graciousness and a focus on hard work supersedes all. As they say in science, the rest is vapors…

  2. Brian Sutterer MD says:

    I’m honored to be on this list, thank you!! I was wondering why I was getting such a random increase in subscribers haha

  3. More Plates More Dates says:

    Very cool to see myself on this list alongside incredibly talented and knowledgeable creators. Thank you for the mention Jeff!

    • mightylorddk says:

      I am on gears now, thanks to you Derek. Your openness honesty about gears helped me a lot. Also, you were my 2nd “best friend” after google while understanding gears. I could have went to a guru here but instead I chose to go on my own way and I am seeing the incredible results without showing any big side effects

  4. Stephen Rohrbacher says:

    Trained exclusively with Athlean X from 2008-2021, and then started using knees over toes for lower body mixed with various AX programs for upper body since Spring of 21. I’m about to turn 43 and I’m in the best shape of my life. I appreciate you shouting out Ben. Knees Over Toes has been a game changer for me. You both have, actually. I recommend you guys to everyone.

    • Zaid Khan says:

      Looking forward to follow the success that u have had with Ben’s program. KOT guy feels very sincere, approachable and personable. Do like the conviction he exhibits about what he prescribes for us knee-joint-acl etc victims

  5. ChrisSmooth24 says:

    This video is one many reasons why he’s one of the best. The VAST majority fitness YouTubers are so damn quick to knock eachother but Jeff remains positive.

  6. Tanner Shuck says:

    I absolutely love how you made this video without talking badly about all the trash that’s on YouTube. Much respect to you Jeff. Truly a class act.

  7. The Kneesovertoesguy says:

    When I’m on the street and talking with people, your name is often mentioned for having helped them. They light up when they talk about you and you can see how appreciative they are. That’s the greatest ranking I think a fitness YouTuber could ever achieve, is having truly helped so many people out there who may not have financial access to hire personal trainers, etc. You’ve set a great example to aspire to and on the occasion that people thank me on the street for my own work, that’s the greatest feeling and what I shoot for above all else. Everything else is secondary. You’re a legend and I’m honored to have been recommended.

    • Shiven Sharma says:

      @The Kneesovertoesguy You have helped me a lot with your videos, I can’t thank you enough, I used to have knee pain, tight hip flexors, and an ankle sprain from which I never fully recovered. With your videos, I have become so much stronger and pain free and have prevented injuries that otherwise would’ve stopped me from playing football ❤️

    • Carson Truong says:

      Kneesovertoesguy and Jeff Cavalier, you two have helped me in ways you can’t even imagine. I tore my ACL and meniscus in my early 20s, started watching Jeff in my mid 20s, and Kneesovertoesguy in my late 20s. Now I am in my thirties still with a torn ACL and meniscus, but have been injury free for years, fitter than ever with muscles surrounding all my previous injuries, and have been actively playing sports. Seriously would have turned to jelly without you two.

  8. Doge Scout says:

    This is why I love Jeff. Humble, fair, and positive. No drama. No nonsense. Just positivity and joy. You’re the best Jeff!

  9. Just Some Guy without a Mustache says:

    I’ve been following Dom Mazzetti for about half a decade now. The dude never misses with his jokes and even though he’s a little inconsistent with the upload schedule, Uncle Dom will never disappoint with a video.

  10. Nae’s Thoughts says:

    Loved this Jeff. Wonderful use of your platform to promote some great creators and people

  11. Bruce Navin says:

    Mark Wildman is one you missed. You two are my preferred experts on fitness. Grateful to both of you

  12. Daniel Lopez says:

    Will Tennyson has a good mix of witty humor, interesting challenges, and honest perspectives for the fitness industry

  13. Vir Animus says:

    I have a cavalcade of creators. I started with AthleanX and discovered Jeff Nippard, Mario Tomich, Ryan Hummiston, Will Tennyson, and I watch their content throughout every day. I made it a point to keep fitness at the forefront of my mind every day so I don’t slow down and I don’t give up. I’ve lost over 60 pounds in 18 months and I’m pushing for gains every day. Work out until I drop.

  14. J.D. Mc. says:

    Jeff, yours is my personal favorite youtube channel. What i have learned from your video’s has changed my life. I was bedridden for 3 years and started again from NOTHING. Thanks to you I’m on my way to achieving all my personal goals. I am forever greatful for what you do and i always recommend your video’s to all who are interested in bettering their health.
    Thank you so very much.

  15. DeafCapybara says:

    I really appreciate the Bioneer, I love his philosophy on training and approach to fitness. In my opinion he’s criminally underrated

  16. JP2972 says:

    I personally started following Jeremy Either with Built With Science. He’s another one that’ll actually look into scientific studies and discuss the findings. It’s a lot of quick videos with a lot of knowledge that’ve helped me

    • MattAlbie says:

      @Phil N He’s probably the type who would be lumped in the “boring” category Jesse was talking about, but I agree. Seems like a good guy with no BS advice from what I can tell.

    • mightylorddk says:

      That’s the difference between Jeremy and Jeff Nippard. Jeremy puts too much science which goes ahead of average peoples’ head.

    • Phil N says:

      @Ben Simpson Jeff Cavalier (not talking about Nippard) focuses a lot on the human anatomy, so his advice is often something like “do this because that aligns with our muscle fibers, or avoid this because it goes against our our skeletal structure.”
      Jeremy on the other hand uses published scientific studies and often gives advice like “this study has shown that exercise ‘A’ is 20% more effective than exercise ‘B’ because …”

      Basically, Jeff is backed by his own knowledge and experience, whereas Jeremy uses scientific studies to back his advice which is often performed on several people with a control group. The caution with any scientific study especially in fitness, they’re not all done well or with a large sample. At least Jeremy seems to call out those issues out often.

    • Phil N says:

      @MattAlbie There are already a lot of fitness channels focused on entertainment or channels that people blindly take advice from. I’m just glad there’s someone who highlights studies even if it foregoes some entertainment (I personally find Jeremy very entertaining because of this education aspect).

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