Finding the time (and the money) to get to the gym can feel like an impossible feat. But those barriers are slowly being broken down, thanks to the rise of on-demand workout programs, which bring celebrity-grade, instructor-led workouts to your phone, laptop or smart TV so you can exercise whenever you want, wherever you are.
Just be sure to pay extra-close attention to your form. “When streaming live, it’s really up to the individual to make sure their form is correct because if you’re not doing it correctly, you can actually do more harm to your body than good,” Laura Gail Diamond, an ACE-certified personal trainer, told Fox News.
Ready to try the trend? Start with one of these seven programs:
Price: free for 30 days, then $14.95 a month
What you’ll get: Choose from over 20 programs (and over 700 workouts) to find the one that aligns with where you are in your fitness journey. Not sure where to start? Take the site’s two-minute assessment, which gathers stats like your age, gender, workout preferences and fitness level, and then recommends the right program for you.
Price: free for 30 days, then $30 a month
What you’ll get: a subscription delivers 24/7 access to workouts from the popular barre studio. Sort through the collection of videos based on time (from 10 to 57 minutes) and workout type (cardio, restorative and strength training are your options here). And don’t worry about not having a ballet barre in your living room — many of the workouts require zero equipment.
Price: free for 14 days, then $5.99 a week or $12.99 a month
What you’ll get: Like cycling? This one’s for you: The Peloton app stockpiles over 3,000 on-demand classes and streams live ones daily from its New York City studio, so you can tap into an in-class experience from whatever stationary bike you have access to. Big fans can spring for the $1,995 Peloton bike (plus $39 a month for access to classes), which allows you to compete against other virtual and in-class riders.
Beachbody On Demand
Price: free for 30 days, then $99.95 a year
What you’ll get: a Beachbody subscription sets you up with about 500 workouts — including some from well-known programs such as P90X® and INSANITY®. You’ll also score access to workout calendars, training guides and meal plans, making Beachbody a complete get-fit package.
Price: $90 a month
What you’ll get: The celeb trainer has had a hand in shaping many Hollywood bodies, including Gwyneth Paltrow, and brings her signature method of promoting long, lean muscles to the rest of us at her five studios across the United States. Each week, one of these classes is recorded in real time, which you can stream and join in on from home with a mat, hand weights, ankle weights and an internet connection.
Price: free for one month, then $9.99 a month
What you’ll get: If the name itself doesn’t get you pumped up, the program’s wide range of workouts will. You can filter through the library of classes — featuring everything from prenatal to kickboxing — based on your energy level, goal, how much space you have, desired workout length and equipment (though 75 percent of the workouts require just a yoga mat).
FitFusion by Jillian Michaels
Price: free for seven days, then $9.99 a month
What you’ll get: FitFusion lets you work out with familiar faces, like Jillian Michaels, who has videos here. At first glance, you may be intimidated by the over 155 hours of workouts, but it’s easy to narrow down your options by exercise type, whether it’s dance, yoga or high-intensity interval training (HIIT).