Looking for a way to save time and money but still work up a good sweat? Using technology is a great way to do just that. Online workout videos can be streamed from anywhere (as long as you have a computer, tablet, or smartphone), which cuts out the middleman entirely, meaning you don’t need to leave the house, drive anywhere or pay extra just to get in a workout.
These eight programs offer reasonable membership rates (some are free!) and provide a wide range of different workouts, including yoga, Pilates and high-intensity interval training. One thing’s for sure – after trying one of these workouts, you’ll never want to see the inside of a gym again.
A monthly streaming membership to Barre3, which is a combination of barre, Pilates and Yoga, is $15 a month and provides unlimited access to hundreds of body-shaping workouts. The programs vary in length from 10 minutes to an hour, so you can do a workout based on how much time you have. Barre workouts include “components of Pilates, yoga, and ballet,” Kate Albarelli, a barre instructor, explains to Teen Vogue. “The moves are considered ballet-based but only because they’re derived from the Lotte Berk Method. Lotte was a ballet dancer, so she used some of her dance moves when creating the workout, but what we see as today’s barre classes have gone through so many tweaks over the years.”
Barre3 also gives you access to great seasonal recipes and meal ideas, along with customized workout schedules and programs, such as 28 to Great and 7 Day Body Blast, all created by Barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln.
This is the online version of a fitness class at Crunch gyms, which involves constant simulated drumming with lightly weighted drumsticks, according to the Huffington Post. The 45-minute sessions enable you to rock out while combining cardio, Pilates, isometric movements and plyometrics. The concept originated from two fitness instructors who were also recreational percussionists.
The program promises to shed pounds and sculpt well-defined arms, and you don’t even have to feel silly drumming away in front of a group of people – you can do it in the privacy of your own home instead. For $14.95, you’ll get a pair of Ripstix and a month membership to online classes. After the first month, it’s $9.99 per month.
3. Daily Burn
For $10 a month or $60 for a year, Daily Burn lets you stream a wide variety of workouts, including kickboxing, strength training and Latin dance. You can also get the app, enabling you to play the workouts from your smartphone or tablet, according to the Los Angeles Times. Here’s how it works: You first choose a program from either the Move! Dance workouts, the DB15 express routines or the main Intelliburn system. The site then selects workouts for you each time you log in based on your preferences.
You can also choose your own routines if there is a particular trainer or workout that you enjoy more. The program also believes knowledge is power – it loads you up with useful information, including how many calories you’ve burned, how to plan a healthy menu, as well as providing some healthy recipes to try.
4. BUTI Yoga
Expect a combination of high-intensity yoga, tribal dance and plyometrics when streaming BUTI workouts. No equipment is required other than a yoga mat, making this a great workout to utilize when traveling. It gives you two subscription options, Tone or Sculpt, with both options giving you access to video archives of up to fifty hours of BUTI workouts (that’s a lot of exercise!). If you opt for the Sculpt plan, however, you can get an additional fifty hours of HIIT-based fusion routines as well.
The Tone plan costs $40 per month, while the Sculpt plan is $60 per month. “Our online community, lovingly dubbed the BUTI Tribe, typically see results within two weeks and remark that BUTI has transformed their bodies faster than any other workout that they’ve tried,” creator Bizzie Gold said in a Shape article.
At the cheap price of free, you can’t beat this streaming routine. You can find these workouts on Lionsgate’s BeFit YouTube Channel, which offers workouts from well-known fitness experts including Jillian Michaels, Denise Austin, and Mary Helen Bowers. It also gives you access to BeFit’s custom workout programs, which are created to help you reach your personal goals.
The channel is also neatly organized by specific training styles that are put into easy-to-read lists, such as cardio fat-burning, yoga and Pilates. If you’ve only got a smartphone or tablet with you, check out BeFit’s BeFitGO playlist, designed specifically for smaller mobile screens.
6. Flirty Girl Fitness
You’ll have 24/7 access to these workouts that are streamed live and on-demand. The facility is women’s only, with the goal being to make fitness comfortable and approachable for all women. You can choose from high-intensity workouts such as booty beat, hottie body boxing or sexy sculpt. For $15 a month, you will have unlimited access to all live and on-demand classes, and new workouts are added daily. There is also a 24-hour pass for $5 and a seven-day pass for $10 – perfect if you’re looking for a workout to do while on vacation.
This is a great membership to consider if you’re looking for a large collection of workouts. There are more than 900 exercise videos, covering a wide range of workouts, such as yoga, Pilates and weight training. For $9.95 a month, you not only gain access to workout routines, but you also have access to a ton of videos that focus on inspirational and motivational health talks.
Yoga routines make up almost half of the exercise content on GaiamTV, but you can also find workouts from Jillian Michaels and Leslie Sansone, which step away from yoga and focus on cardio and strength-training routines instead.
8. Jessica Smith TV
These free workouts let you train with certified fitness instructor and personal trainer Jessica Smith and her four-legged friend, Peanut. You’ll have access to more than 150 free, full-length workout videos. You can follow the custom weekly class schedule, or opt for workouts based on your specific schedule that week. Workouts can also be based on your fitness level, preferences, and equipment needs, making it all feel extremely personalized. You can expect fresh content to be added every week, preventing you from ever hitting an exercise rut.