We have all been there — you want to fit a workout in but it’s too hot, too cold and/or too late to get out to the gym. Maybe you are on a business trip and the hotel’s gym is subpar. Or perhaps you just plain ol’ do not live near a gym — this is when streaming workouts can be a lifesaver.
At Fit Bottomed Girls we hear from new online steaming fitness companies all the time, and it can get overwhelming figuring out what each offers and if they are worth recommending to our readers. So, we decided to take a look at a variety of options to help anyone find the “just right” online workout. Consider it a fit hack to help you get a workout no matter where you are (see all the fitness hacks for Fit Bottomed Hack week here)!
Your Fit Bottomed Guide to Online and Streaming Workouts No Matter Your Budget
1. Crunch Live. Crunch gyms have been famous for years for having the hottest new group fitness classes with even hotter instructors teaching them. Their monthly membership fees have never been on the cheap side, but just about anyone can afford $9.99 to take advantage of fun Crunch workouts, including Barre Assets, Rear Attitude, Burn & Firm Pilates and even Gospel House Aerobics.
The production is top-notch with Crunch Live, and you really feel like you are taking a class at one of the cool downtown NYC locations. You can save your favorite workouts as a playlist. Go to crunchlive.com to try it out for free for one-week trial session.
2. Body By Simone TV. Simone De La Rue launched her Body by Simone fitness studios a few short years ago in New York City and Los Angeles, and they immediately became a hit with celebrity clientele that includes Anne Hathaway and Naomi Watts. Using her dance background to teach proper technique, Simone and her trainers work one on one with their clients to reach their fitness goals — and she has taken more than 20 of her top workouts to Body by Simone TV so that you can access them with a monthly fee of $9.99.
Available workouts include Cardio Burn, Trampoline Cardio and Body Bands. Not a huge variety of classes are offered here, but they are very challenging and Simone is a manic pixie delight.
3. Grokker. This brand new site is currently free for all users and features thousands of wellness videos covering yoga, fitness, and cooking, and it’s community driven. You can share your favorite recipes and workouts with others on social media. I was immediately impressed with the number of high-quality core workouts available (in addition to just about any other workout you want) and the interactive nature of the site. Perfectly suitable for all fitness levels — Grokker is currently in beta form so for now they are free. So be sure to check them out now.
4. DailyBurn. One of the leaders in online health and fitness content — DailyBurn classes are something I have been hearing about for years and was impressed with what they offered. Their HD-quality workouts range from 15-minutes to more than an hour and are available for $10 per month for unlimited access. Some of their standout programs include Beautiful Belly, which is geared toward expecting moms; Inferno, a high-intensity 21-day program; and True Beginner for exercise newbies.
One big plus with DailyBurn is that they post your approximate calorie burn to keep up your motivation. DailyBurn will also recommend workouts based on your goals to offer a customized experience. Additionally, these high-definition workouts can be streamed on almost any platform including iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, Samsung Smart TV, Amazon Fire, Google TV or any computer.
5. Acacia TV. Do you Roku? I bought one of those amazing wonder boxes a few years ago and streaming movies and TV has never been the same for me. Acacia TV now has their own channel on Roku hosted by SparkPeople’s Nicole Nichols (aka “Coach Nicole”) and featuring a plethora of bold-faced stars such as Shiva Rea, Kristi Yamaguchi, Bethenny Frankel, Kathy Smith and Lisa Whelchel (Blair from The Facts of Life — OMG!) to name just a few.
This is a one-stop site that will have something available for everyone, from the seasoned yogis to the kettlebell enthusiasts. Three subscriptions are offered: monthly access ($6.99), 90-Day Burn ($14.99) and yearly $49.99. Available on Roku, PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Galaxy S.
6. The Bar Method Online. Burr Leonard created The Bar Method with one studio 23 years ago and has since created a worldwide franchise that sells a popular line of DVDs, apparel and accessories. Now you can try their variety of workouts online (led by Bar Method teachers from across the U.S. and Canada) with several different packages available including 24-hour, weekly or monthly memberships.
The workouts are designed for all fitness levels (including pre-natal) with fees ranging from $5 for the 24-hour pass up to a “premier monthly membership” for $35.
7. FitnessBlender. How about a free workout? Husband and wife trainers, Daniel and Kelli Segars, created FitnessBlender.com in 2010, and they offer more than 400 full length workout videos online for free that range from 5 to 90 minutes in length and are designed for beginners up to elite athletes.
An array of training types are offered, including HIIT, strength training, Pilates, kettlebell, cardio, stretching, boot camps, yoga and more. Daniel and Kelli are passionate about creating workouts available to anyone interested in getting healthy, no matter what their income. They also offer meal plans to follow for those interested in learning about nutrition and clean eating.
8. Gym Jones. Let’s say you want to look like a super-cut movie star and have the budget to make it happen — check out the Salt Lake City-based fitness studio “Gym Jones” that got Henry Cavill into Superman shape and was featured in this pretty cool article in The New York Times. The workouts are tough and no-frills, but if you push yourself, you will see amazing results pretty fast. (The trainers here would make your average CrossFit instructor weep from exhaustion!)
Online memberships start with “low level,” which is $10 per month and you can cancel anytime up to a “high level” yearly membership of $500 that includes access to “All Salvation” content. Fans of Gym Jones include 300 director Zack Snyder and Chris Evans (you probably know him as Captain America).
Have you tried online and streaming workouts? What are some of your favorites? —Margo