Making time for a workout is hard enough. And unless you're a personal trainer or fitness buff, knowing what to do during those workouts feels even harder. A quick fix? Streaming workout apps.
Subscribe to a virtual workout service, and you suddenly have an entire library of fitness classes at your fingertips. Not to mention, the convenience and lower price tag you've been longing for.
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Here are 10 of the best streaming workout apps to check out now — many of which offer a free, week-long (sometimes even month-long) trial to get you started.
The Best Streaming Workout Apps
- My Fitness by Jillian Michaels ($14.99/month, $34.99/3 months or $119.99/year, iOS and Google Play)
- Beachbody on Demand ($74.97/3 months, $89.94/6 months or $119.88/year, iOS and Google Play)
- DDP Yoga Now ($29.99/month, $49.99/3 months or $119.99/year, iOS and Google Play)
- Daily Burn ($19.95/month, iOS and Google Play)
- NEOU Fitness ($7.99/month or $59.99/year, iOS and Google Play)
- Sweat ($19.99/month or $119.94/year, iOS and Google Play)
- Nike Training Club (free, iOSs and Google Play)
- Bar Online ($29.95/month, $149.95/6 months or $274.95/year, iOS and Google Play)
- Fhitting Room on Demand ($19.99/month or $159.99/year, iOS and Google Play)
- Peloton ($12.99/month, iOS and Google Play)
How We Chose
To come up with this list, we asked certified personal trainers and fitness experts for their recommendations. We chose fitness streaming apps based on their recommendation and other criteria, including:
- Class variety
- Free trial and membership options
1. My Fitness by Jillian Michaels
There's no denying Jillian Michaels knows how to motivate people into getting fit. In her app, you'll find 25-minute HIIT, yoga and kickboxing classes, as well as 5K and 10K training plans for all fitness levels. (Just note that some require weights while others don't.)
The app also provides customizable meal plans, grocery lists and coaching from Michaels, so you can dial in the nutritional aspect for optimal results. An in-app favorite: the selfie tracker — which helps you stay committed, see your progress and connect with the community so you can cheer each other on.
2. Beachbody on Demand
"I'm partial to this one, as I have personally gone through several of their programs, most notably Shaun T's Insanity series," says Chris Brantner, founder of StreamingObserver.com.
You'll find live classes along with dozens of workout programs, including Insanity, P90X and 21-Day Fix, in the Beachbody library. You'll even have access to recovery, nutrition and mindset classes.
Whether you have 20 minutes or 60, you can get a solid workout with a brief warm-up and cooldown, along with cardio and strength moves. Most series also offer modifications to help beginners adjust. You'll also get printable workout calendars to keep you on track with a set structure that's easy to follow.
3. DDP Yoga Now
"This app is yoga, but not like what you're used to," Brantner says. "DDP Yoga Now is a yoga program created by a retired professional wrestler that's geared to all fitness levels." Sound intense? A little (but less than you might think).
This low-impact, big-on-cardio program created by Diamond Dallas Page gets your heart rate up without too much pounding on your joints. It also includes workouts designed for people with limited mobility, as well as kids and pregnant people.
Stream these workouts for an active recovery or lower-intensity day to give your body a break from HIIT and indoor cycling. The program also syncs with a heart-rate monitor to keep you in the right zone. Bonus: a plethora of delicious, nutritious recipes.
4. Daily Burn
"Daily Burn is the best workout streaming subscription for anyone who easily gets bored with their workouts," says Caleb Backe, CPT, certified personal trainer and health expert for Maple Holistics. "It's by far the most versatile option to prevent you from hitting a plateau in your fitness journey."
You can choose from yoga, kickboxing, pre- and post-natal workouts, Pilates, flexibility and stretching sessions, HIIT and more. With Daily Burn 365, users also gain access to new classes every single day.
5. NEOU Fitness
NEOU is an excellent option if you're looking for a wide range of workouts to try. It has dance, kettlebells, yoga, barre, Pilates and even options for kids. A fun one to try: Afrobeat Burnout, which is perfect for music lovers who want to burn tons of calories without feeling like it.
Looking for something a little more challenging? Cardio Burn offers cardio-focused sequences guaranteed to make you feel that good kind of sore the next day.
The app has multiple women trainers who guide you through different styles of training, so you can choose the program that fits you. Choose between full-body HIIT, Pilates, strength-training and post-pregnancy workouts led by app creator Kayla Itsines, as well as other trainers.
Each program gets progressively tougher every week, "which I love, because that's how we get stronger," Windt says.
7. Nike Training Club
Nike's signature app, Nike Training Club (NTC), is another of Windt's top choices. "This app supports a very wholesome view of fitness, where it doesn't have to be complicated or long for it to be a good workout," she says.
It offers a large library of instructor-led workouts that are appropriate for all fitness levels, ranging from yoga to high-intensity training. Plus, it gives you the option to schedule your workouts. The app also provides guidance on mindset, nutrition, recovery and sleep.
8. Bar Online
Can't make it to the studio? Bar Online is the next best thing to taking a barre class. "You get the same highly trained teachers, motivating music and variety of workouts with the convenience of an at-home (or on vacay) workout," says Kate Grove, The Bar Method technique director.
Members get unlimited access to a library of live and on-demand classes, ranging from 20 to 60 minutes, all of which include a quick warm-up, then transition to weighted and body-weight exercises to define your arms, shoulders and legs.
There's also seat work — which targets your glutes — and floor work to focus on the core. To get started, you'll need a few props, including small weights (up to 5 pounds), a mat, portable barre, stretching strap and ball. But you can easily substitute those with a sturdy chair, firm pillow and towel or belt.
9. Fhitting Room on Demand
You can build a full-length, 30-minute class with your own "playlist" of exercises, using bits and pieces of workouts to create a routine between 4 and 30 minutes long. Or check out themed sessions like Beach Burner or Hotel Room HIIT.
With the Peloton app, you get access to cycling and running workouts, HIIT classes, bootcamp, yoga, barre and more.
Not ready to buy a bike or treadmill to take their livestream or on-demand classes at home? That's OK. They offer lots of options that require little to no equipment, so you can get your sweat on wherever you want.