Exercise on Demand
Former professional dancer and choreographer Lauren Kleban’s dance-inspired workouts use low-impact, high-intensity intervals to tone muscles. “I enjoyed the videos so much that I got up one morning and did a core class before work,” says our assistant photo editor, Gabrielle. Mix and match 22 staple videos to create your own personal workout, or follow one of seven filmed classes. No matter what you choose, you’ll get spot-on coaching. “I felt confident doing these exercises because of the detailed instructions,” says Gabrielle.
TIP: Kleban is the sole trainer, so you’ll want to do a trial to make sure her straightforward teaching style suits you.
Rating: 3.5 stars
STRENGTH TRAINING: Booya Fitness
You’ll never feel like you’re in over your head because Booya’s videos include groups of participants at different skill levels. The 100+ classes range from yoga to kickboxing, but the cool user interface makes them easy to narrow down with filters for time, activity type, space constraints and necessary equipment. “I did toning/strengthening exercises, which I normally wouldn’t do on my own for any prolonged period,” says Darcy, our executive editor. “I even felt the familiar (and reassuring) post-workout soreness of taking a new class.”
TIP: Some of the foam roller videos target only one side of your body, so you’ll have to hit replay for the opposite side.
Rating: 4 stars
Booyafitness.com, $10/month, $27/3 months or $100/year
POPULAR PROGRAMS: Beachbody on Demand
When you want access to workout plans that are loved by millions, Beachbody on Demand has the power pack—P90X, Insanity and 21 Day Fix. Our beauty and fashion director, Dori, loved 21 Day Fix. “The exercises were challenging and sweat-inducing, but they also have modifications for the moves,” she says. The service boasts a mix of workout genres and lengths across 600+ videos. Even people who only like classes will find the sessions motivating enough to do at home. “Plus, it’s so easy to try out other types of exercise,” says Dori. “You can’t be embarrassed when it’s just you at home!”
TIP: Beachbody has so many great programs to choose from that it’s best to sample a few before committing to one.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Beachbodyondemand.com, $39/3 months, $59/6 months or $99/year
SPINNING: Peloton iOS App
The 4,000+ rides on demand and up to 14 live rides streamed daily mean you’ll never get bored with cycling. “Despite the wide selection, workouts are arranged so that it’s super easy to find what you’re looking for,” says Lauren, our editorial assistant. “There are even stretching and foam rolling videos to aid recovery.” Bonus: You can create a custom schedule of live rides and request reminders.
TIP: Since it’s only available as an app, you may be more inclined to use Peleton on the go (say, in a hotel gym), but remember that you’ll need a strong connection to avoid slow loading times.
Rating: 5 stars
Pelotoncycle.com, $6/week or $13/month; free with a Peloton bike
YOGA: Dirty Yoga
Satisfy your need to switch things up with hundreds of high-quality videos—and without the hassle of self-sorting. “Just click the next video in your program. I didn’t have to think about which workout to try,” says our research chief, Lixandra. She also found the trainer in the “Move!” series encouraging. “I’m not a gym person, so the dance workouts got me to exercise,” says Lixandra. “I felt lighter, more flexible and energetic after doing them in the morning.” And the timer keeps you posted on how much longer you need to endure a tough move.
TIP: A basic plan offers 250+ workouts within 20 fitness programs and a new daily video that’s available for 24 hours. Daily videos won’t disappear if you pump up to a premium subscription (for a total of 800+ workouts).
Rating: 5 stars
Dailyburn.com, $15/month for basic or $27/month for premium
With a library of 1,000+ professional videos at your fingertips, you can surely kick your Pilates skills up a notch—even if they’re nonexistent right now. “They had lots of basic classes that truly taught me the technique,” says Regina, our food director. “I don’t often find such detail in mat classes, so it was really helpful.” However, if you have any lingering questions after a workout, post them under the video and you’ll likely receive a personal response from the instructor. Or use the site’s forums to connect with other members and teachers.
TIP: While many videos don’t require extra gear, some teach proper form with traditional equipment—like the Reformer or Toe Corrector.
Rating: 4 stars
Pilatesology.com, $19/month or $149/year
POST-NATAL: Moms Into Fitness
Raising a kid is hard enough, but going to the gym and eating well too? Forget about it! Moms Into Fitness makes it just a little easier with 90+ videos in four categories (prenatal, postnatal, weight loss and core) designed for women trying to reclaim their bodies by working toward specific goals in the comfort of their home. “With so many fitness options out there, I didn’t know where to start after having a child, but the site’s streamlined options made an exercise routine easier to manage,” says Julie, our executive food editor. The service also provides healthy kitchen hacks and meal plans.
TIP: Although the workouts target “mom bods” and post-pregnancy trouble spots, the instructor’s fitness level may be intimidating.
Rating: 4 stars
OVERALL WELLNESS: Grokker
Grokker isn’t just for exercising—it offers thousands of classes, ranging from mindfulness to healthy cooking. “It was nice to have a combination of different types of content to pull from,” says Lynya, our health director. “It’s like one-stop shopping.” Whether you want lessons in sports conditioning or Japanese cooking, you’re covered. Sticking by the motto “Be a better you,” Grokker helps you stay accountable with emails that are actually useful. “It reminded me about the morning mindfulness sessions I wanted to do,” says Lynya. “Plus it delivered suggestions for videos I might like that were spot-on, and sent motivational ‘Nice job!’ messages post-workout that kept me engaged.”
TIP: If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, the Grokker team welcomes suggestions for new content.
Rating: 4 stars