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 options right at your fingertips. Not to mention, the convenience and lower price tag that you've been longing for. Still, with so many options out there — from dance and barre to HIIT and boxing — choosing the right streaming service for you could feel overwhelming.
Not to worry, we've got your back. Here are 10 top fitness streaming apps to check out now — many of which offer a free, week-long trial to get you started.
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Making the transition to at-home workouts during the novel coronavirus pandemic? Many fitness apps are now free for a limited time. It's a great way to stay healthy, fit and sane during this time of uncertainty.
- Centr: Chris Hemsworth and his team of trainers, coaches, yoga teachers and nutritionists have opened up their app to everyone.
- ClassPass: The workout class-booking platform has made their entire library of 2,000+ prerecorded audio and video workouts completely free.
- Nike Training Club: Nike has made their premium subscription free indefinitely.
- CorePower Yoga on Demand: Though physical locations are closed, you can still access their streaming classes for free.
- Peloton: The indoor cycling giant has extended their free trial period from 30 to 90 days.
- Daily Burn: The workout streaming company has also extended their free trial from 30 to 60 days.
1. My Fitness by Jillian Michaels
There's no denying that Michaels knows how to whip you into shape. In her app, you'll find 25-minute HIIT, yoga, kickboxing and 5K and 10K training plans for all fitness levels, some of which require weights and others that don't.
The app also provides customizable meal plans, grocery lists and coaching from Jillian, so you can dial in the nutritional aspect for max results. An in-app favorite: the selfie tracker — which helps you stay on track, see your progress and connect with the greater community so you can root one another on.
Download: JillianMichaels.com; Price: $14.99/month; a 7-day free trial
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 popular workout programs like Insanity, P90X and 21-Day Fix as a part of the Beachbody library.
Whether you have 20 minutes or 60, you can get in a solid workout packed with a brief warm-up along with cardio and strength moves. Some series also offer modifications to help beginners adjust.
There are also diet plans and workout calendars to keep you on track and make sure there's a set structure that's easy to follow. You can pay for a three-month subscription or an annual membership for $99 with a 30-day cancellation period.
Download: BeachBodyOnDemand.com; Price: $39/three months, $99 annually
3. DDP Yoga Now
"This app is yoga, but not like what you're used to," Brantner says. "It's a yoga program created by a retired professional wrestler that's geared to all fitness levels."
Sound a little crazy? A little. This low-impact, big-on-cardio program is created by Diamond Dallas Page, a retired wrestler, and aims to get your heart rate up without too much pounding on your joints.
Stream this workout 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 proper zone. Bonus: a plethora of delicious, nutritious recipes.
Download: DDPYoga.com; Price: $29.99/month with a 7-day free trial
4. Daily Burn
"This is the best workout streaming subscription for anyone who easily gets bored with their workouts," says Caleb Backe, certified 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, HIIT and more to keep shocking your body and trying new things. When you sign up, you'll fill out a questionnaire and get matched to workouts that fit your needs and interests. With Dailyburn 365, users also gain access to new, streamed content every single day.
Download: DailyBurn.com; Price: $19.95/month with a free 60-day trial
5. NEOU Fitness
NEOU is an excellent option if you're looking to a wide range of options from dance to kettlebells to yoga. A super fun one? Banana Skirt Dance Fitness, which is great for music lovers who want a club-like feel in their home gym. You can burn 400 to 800 calories dancing to choreography from your favorites, like Beyoncé, J.Lo, Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Madonna and more.
Looking for something a little more challenging? Bells Up by New York City-based kettlebell expert Lacee Lazoff offers up challenging sequences with a smile, guaranteed to make you that good kind of sore the next day.
Download: NEOUFitness.com; Price: $14.99/month or $99.99 annually ($49.99 for first-time enrollment) with a 30-day trial
If you only have time for quick bursts of exercise throughout the day, Freeletics is the streaming program for you. The app offers daily challenges — like doing 10 one-arm push-ups — so if you love taking on new feats, it's a great way to stay on top of training and test yourself. There are also leaderboards to track points and workouts to stay better accountable.
Download: Freeletics.com; Price: between $5 and $15/month
7. BBG Sweat
Kayla Itsines is a Instagram fitness rockstar, and her Bikini Body Guides (BBG) inside the Sweat app include different levels of workouts using both resistance training and cardio.
Workouts are 28 minutes long, and there are tons of themes ranging from power and build to post-pregnancy and body and mind. If you need that empowering push, definitely try Itsines' fitness program.
Download: KaylaItsines.com; Price: $19.99/month or $119.94/year
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 master trainer and head of learning and development.
Members get unlimited access to a library of classes ranging from 20 to 60 minutes, all of which include a quick warm-up, weights and push-ups 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 going, you'll need a few props including small weights (up to 5 pounds), a mat and a ball. You can easily substitute those with a sturdy chair, firm pillow and towel.
Download: BarMethod.com; Price: $19/month with a free 2-week trial
9. Fhitting Room on Demand
For the HIIT junkie who hates the high price tag of classes, try Fhitting Room on Demand. It has a content library that's updated weekly with total-body workouts for different durations and intensities.
You can do a full-length, 30-minute class, make your own "playlist" of a workout using bits and pieces of moves to build something between 4 to 30 minutes long or check out themed sessions like Beach Burn or Hotel Workout.
Download: FhittingRoom.com; Price: $9.99/month with a free 30-day trial
With the Peloton app, you get access to cycling and running workouts, HIIT classes, bootcamp, yoga and more. Not ready to buy a bike or treadmill to take their livestream or on-demand classes at home? That's OK. The brand offers loads of options that require little-to-no equipment, and you can get your sweat on wherever you want.
Download: OnePeloton.com; Price: $12.99/month with a 90-day free trial
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