We all have excuses not to go to the gym, even if we have a real desire to get in shape. For example, being away from home a lot for business or pleasure, working odd hours, not living near a gym, or feeling a little out of shape, may be keeping you away. And then there’s always cost. Gyms can be very expensive and personal trainers even more so. The simple solution to this problem is streaming fitness subscription services. There are so many different ones; we’ve sorted through them and picked five of the best. So, no matter what your needs are or what your budget is, as long as you hit that subscribe button and hold yourself accountable, you will get into shape.
If you love indoor cycling, can’t make it to regular classes, and have some extra cash to make an initial investment, famed New York City spinning studio Peloton offers exactly what you need. It sells top-of-the-line bikes with a large built-in screen and Wi-Fi connection, allowing you to live stream or choose from a library of any of its classes on demand.
While the equipment doesn’t come cheap, ($1,995 for their bike) and the subscription fee is $39 per month, we all know that spinning gets you into ridiculous shape. Peloton also offers an interactive element unique to its program. If you stream a live class, you can post your stats on the leaderboard, putting you in competition with everyone else taking the class, whether they are in the studio or halfway across the globe.
2. Crunch Live
If you’ve ever taken a class at one of the many Crunch gyms, you know they combine fitness and fun in a way no other gym does. Now, with Crunch Live, you can bring the fun wherever you go. From its current video lineup, which has over seventy different choices, you can pick from a variety of workouts including cardio, yoga, and strength training. Many of these videos are versions of Crunch’s most popular classes, including Absolution and Top It Off. Crunch Live also works on several platforms including your phone, iPad, and even your SmartTV. Costing just $9.99 per month or $90 up front for the whole year, it’s a great way to get your Crunch on at a price that won’t crunch your wallet.
If you like to go hardcore, StreamFit is for you. This service is actually a division of Men’s Health, so it’s geared specifically toward the needs of the male body. With over 300 workouts to choose from, boredom is not an option. It’s also very easy to sort through all of the content because it’s incredibly well categorized, from beginner to equipment-free and even workouts designed for hotel rooms. You can also choose the areas of your body you want to focus on, from upper body to core and legs. Fairly priced at just $19.99 per month with even less expensive annual and semi-annual plans, you’ll want to stream StreamFit.
4. Jessica Smith
Jessica Smith is your dream personal trainer because she will kick your butt and won’t charge you a penny for her services (although she sells DVDs and accepts donations). Plus, she has an adorable French Bulldog, Peanut who helps keep the atmosphere light and fun. With content ranging from kickboxing to resistance bands, you’ll want to try everything. Jessica even offers a series of quick routines, which last under fifteen minutes, so you can get in a workout, even if you are short on time.
Do you like the personal part of a personal trainer? Then say hello to Wello. Wello offers personal trainer services and small group classes with a live person through a two-way video (kind of like Skype) for way less than the cost of a traditional trainer. There are options galore with trainers for everything from TRX to yoga and bodybuilding. Another cool feature is that you can create your own group classes, which is a great way for friends and family to work out together, no matter where they are.