Some days getting to the gym just sucks. Either you didn’t wake up on time for your 6 a.m. Zumba class, someone snagged your favorite spin bike or you tossed the wrong sports bra in your gym bag. Instead of just skipping your workout (by staying in bed), stream your fitness class online.
The beauty of an e-workout is not having to worry about crowdedness, running late or people staring at you when you bust the wrong move. The privacy of an at-home sweat sesh offers the convenience of working out any time you want without having to get too far out of bed. Here are 10 of the latest and best online fitness classes technology has to offer.
Fitocracy wants your workouts to feel less like work and more like a game. The program provides quests, duels, challenges and achievements. Using the app consistently, interacting with other Fitocrats and completing workouts is the major key to leveling up and gaining more points. If Fitocrats need an extra push in their fitness regimen, they have the option of picking a coach for as little as $1 per day.
Since 2010, fitness couple Daniel and Kelli have been on the pulse of what it means to have an intense workout with little to no equipment in the comfort of your own home. Now, with an audience of three million subscribers, they offer videos ranging from five-minute butt and thigh exercises to 15-minute HIIT workouts to even 1,000 calorie-torching sweat sessions at no cost to their audience.
Price: Free, but users have the option to pay $10/month or $100/year
If you love gym selfies, you may love this social media friendly online workout. VirtuaGym coordinates their workouts, watch how workouts are performed and interact with other fitness enthusiasts. Also, users can post statuses and post pictures to track their progress. A win-win for a Instagram junkie.
Price: Free two-week trial then $10/ month
Think of Fitfusion as the Netflix for fitness. For just $10 a month, users get unlimited access to 300-plus videos from 32 instructors. From Jillian Michaels to Tae Bo legend Billy Blanks, users have the option to get fit on any device with access to wifi anywhere.
Price: Free 12-day trial, then unlimited classes for 20/month or $150/year
In the mood for something less active but still want to strengthen your core? Pilatesology might be the way to go. Pilates, which is mind-body exercise, requires a lot of mental focus on the physical movements of your body. From a beginners to expert level, Pilatesology gives users a plethora of options from workout to instructor. If you’re looking for versatility, the pilates-stream service also provides different programs from pilates for runners to how to make pilates a habit.
Price: Packages/bundles start at $10
From weightlifting and nutrition to yoga and pilates, Cody app is the sweet spot between fitness, tech, and community. Members can access their workouts anywhere on their mobile device and connect with other members for support and encouragement. They also offer free online classes as well as health-oriented advice on their blog called Thrive.
Price: $10, $20 per class or $40/month
If you want to get your Misty Copeland on but time has never been on your side, this streaming service is your best bet. Created by Mary Helen Bowers, the ballerina who trained Natalie Portman for Black Swan, Ballet Beautiful offers aspiring students, balletomanes and experienced ballerinas the option to stream classes from any mobile device. Prices hover around $10 to $20 based on class intensity and skill set, but students also have the option of customizing their workouts for a monthly subscription of $40, where they’ll be getting lessons from Bowers herself.
Price: $10/month or $90/year
Gyms aren’t getting left behind in the online streaming game. Crunch provides online gym classes for $10 a month, offering over 85 online workouts taught by Crunch’s very own instructors. From classes like dance rhythms to yoga body sculpt, Crunch’s online classes are much like their in-studio classes, so you’re not missing out by staying home.
If you’re not quite ready to give up your fitness boutique classes but loathe the crowdedness, try Daily Burn. Users can stream this online fitness class every day at 9 a.m. from anywhere and have access to an on-demand library to all kinds of workouts. You can even chat to your instructor in real time.
Price: $1,995 for bike
With the bike for purchase, cyclists can take live or on-demand spin classes right inside their homes. Users can track their performance, participate in group classes without the added pressure of being in a pack, and try any class they want.