With all the hoopla surrounding COVID-19, you’d be forgiven for skipping the gym. But that’s no excuse for slacking on your New Year’s resolution to get in shape! With the best online workout programs, you’ll be able to get your sweat on without ever leaving the house. We’ve rounded up eight that you’ll want to put on your radar, stat.
How to Start Streaming Workouts
First thing’s first: You’ll need to choose a streaming workout subscription service plan that’s right for you. There are several different things to consider when selecting one of the many options available. Keep reading for a few helpful tips.
Consider your workout habits: Sure, it’s nice that you’ve thought about taking up cycling after watching those countless exercise commercials, but if you’re someone who despises cardio, it might not be the best choice for you. After all, as a 2014 study published in BMC Public Health proved, participants who tried high-intensity functional training were more likely to stick with it if they enjoyed it. With streaming subscriptions running the gamut from yoga and pilates to insanity training and dance, there’s sure to be a workout that appeals to you.
Consider your setup: In addition to your passions, you’ll want to take your streaming setup into account when determining which plan you want. A service that’s only accessible via a streaming stick ($49.99, Amazon), for instance, won’t do you any good if you don’t happen to have one. Other plans may require exercise machines or workout accessories that you’ll need to have on hand ahead of time, so make sure to research your plan of choice before committing.
Consider your budget: While it’s true that some subscription plans, particularly those that require equipment, such as an exercise bike or an elliptical, will cost you a pretty penny, your budget shouldn’t keep you from your goals. We found plans for as low as $6.99 per month — that’s cheaper than your monthly Netflix or Amazon Prime bills, which ring in at $8.99 per month or more and $12.99 per month, respectively!
The Best Workout Streaming Service
The best workout streaming service for you is one that checks off all of the boxes above, giving you the most bang for your buck and eliminating any excuses you might otherwise find for getting in shape. We’ve rounded up a selection of plans that are sure to do just that: Keep scrolling to see FIRST for Women’s top picks for the best workout streaming services!
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Best Cycling Workout Online
Where to buy: From $839.98, Echelon
Sure, we’ve all heard of the Peloton bike, but with exercise machinery starting at $2,200+ , it’s not exactly budget-friendly. Echelon’s array of smart connect bikes work in a similar way, connecting you to an instructor who will lead you through your workouts, but ring in at less than $1,000. Since the screen isn’t included, you'll connect to your own phone or tablet (get a free 10-inch Android device when you enter coupon code CHEAPSKATE at checkout) via a Bluetooth app. Sweat your way through more than 14 live classes per day that come included with your bike purchase, or go with one that’s On Demand — the choice is yours. You can also connect to the company’s bike-free Fitpass programs (from $99.98 per year) or a Reflect mirror, which connects you to a personal trainer (From $1,039.98).
Best Online Yoga Workout
Cost: Free 14-day trial, then $20 per month, Alo Yoga
Yoga lovers, rejoice! For $20 a month, you’ll gain access to thousands of yoga videos from the top teachers at Alo Yoga's streamable service, Alo Moves. New classes and workshops are added daily, and filters for yoga styles (vinyasa, anyone?) and difficulty will help you find the one that best suits your needs. You can also search workouts by specific body parts you’d like to strengthen. There's currently a free 14-day trail, and you'll get a free month with any Alo purchase. Sign us up!
Best Online Custom Workout
Cost: Free 7-day trial, then $14.99 per month; $99 per year, Aaptiv
When you sign up for Aaptiv, you’re signing up for an investment in your own personal fitness. While there are more than 2,500 workout classes up for grabs — all of which have an emphasis on audio coaching, not visual — the personalized questions you answer at signup, such as what your fitness goals are and what type of workouts you like to do best, will help you with a customized plan that will work for you. You can even choose the type of music you move best to! Need a bit more than a voice to guide you? There are visual workout guides to show you how to do more than 250 moves.
Best Online Toning Workout
Cost: Free 14-day trial, then $19.99 per month; $143.99 (Originally $179.99) per year, P.volve
If you’re focusing more on your tone and less on your weight, you’re in luck: P.volve’s unique workout was designed by trainer Stephen Pasterino with low-impact, precise, challenging movements designed to get at those hard-to-reach muscles. The result? The elimination of bulk and creation of gorgeous shape and definition.
Best Treadmill Workout Online
Where to buy: From $999 (Originally $1,299), NordicTrack
Much like the Echelon, the NordicTrack system works with an exercise machine — in this case a treadmill — to link you up to a personal trainer in the comfort of your own home. With varying incline levels and screen sizes, these bikes work with the company’s iFit streaming service, which include custom workout schedules and meal plans based on your fitness goals. Pre-recorded sessions with a trainer of your choosing are available for world-class instruction at your fingertips, and you’ll also be joining a community that will help you get where you need to be. One year of iFit training is including with purchase.
Best Dance Workout Online
Cost: Free 30-day trial, then $6.99 per month for Amazon Prime members, Amazon
For less than $7 a month, you can sign up for BeFit via Amazon Prime. While this wide selection of videos includes exercises that run the gamut from barre to yoga and hosts movies from fitness experts such as Denise Austin (a personal favorite!), it really stands out for its dance-related content. Want to salsa your way to a Brazilian booty? Now you can! Go-go through cardio? You got it. Ballroom dancing? They’ve got that, too! What are you waiting for? Get to stepping!
Best Insanity Workout Online
Cost: Free 14-day trial, then $39 every three months; $59 for six months; or $99 per year, Beachbody
Despite being one of the pricier monthly plans on this list, Beachbody stands behind its results-focused workouts, including Insanity — a total body workout that relies on max interval training, putting your body doing intense activity for short periods, with rest in-between. In fact, the company boasts you could see weight loss of up to nine pounds in just 14 days on its website! Not only will you get access to workouts with Beachbody’s expert “super trainers,” they offer up support from an accountability coach, customized meal plans, and motivation from the Beachbody community. If you’re serious about getting in shape this year, this just may be your best bet.
Best Pilates Streaming Subscription
Cost: Free 7-day trial, then $9.95 per month for Amazon Prime members; $99 per year, Amazon
If Pilates is your exercise of choice, a membership with Gaia via Amazon Prime is a smart idea. The company not only puts a heavy emphasis on the low-impact exercise, which emphasizes postural alignment, core strength, and muscle balance, its library of more than 8,000 pilates and yoga-focused exercise videos will enhance your overall wellbeing. Guided meditations, documentaries, and spirituality sessions are also available. Ad-free streaming applies to all plans.