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With gyms and fitness studios shut down across the nation, and many states ordering people to stay indoors as much as possible, thousands of people are on the lookout for their next workout. Sure, going for a brisk walk or even a run outside is a possibility, but not in all areas of the country. That leaves plenty of folks stocking up on home workout equipment like kettlebells, resistance bands and yoga mats.
One thing we can all agree on though, sometimes it’s just nice to have a workout buddy, even if they’re just on a screen. We rounded up the 25 most popular fitness classes, apps, and subscription services so you can stay fit, stay safe, and stay home.
Free fitness classes on YouTube
1. Yoga with Adriene
Type of classes: Free yoga classes
If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. Yoga with Adriene is going to save us all during these strange times. Can you already twist your body into a pretzel? Great, Adriene is here for you. Can’t even touch your toes? Even better, Adriene is ready to help. With over 6 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, Adriene has so many videos and options that it’s almost overwhelming. Keyword, almost. Her soothing voice and relaxed approach to yoga will keep you coming back for more.
I’ve been utilizing her videos for almost two years now, following her collection of videos like “Yoga for Runners” and more recently “Yoga for Uncertain Times.” You don’t have to be a yogi pro to have her videos leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. Honestly, it’s kind of better if you aren’t. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for a frequent guest star in her classes—her dog Benji, who is blissfully unaware whenever a yoga class is in session.
Type of classes: Free classes including HIIT, cardio, and strength training.
If you’re looking for some serious “fitspiration” the “Sweat with SELF” channel is where you should be going. From the backdrop of their classes (the NYC skyline is often featured), to the upbeat and spandex clad instructors, these classes give the most realistic vibe of what an actual group fitness class feels like. You know, but without the group.
These classes range from 10-30 minutes. However, there is a timer in the corner counting down each move, so these classes fly by, as each section is broken up into pieces. Most workouts don’t require anything other than your full body weight, though some utilize dumbbells and kettlebells. Word to the wise: if you have neighbors living beneath you, these definitely aren’t the videos to bust out at 6 a.m., be kind and at least wait until 9 a.m.
3. Popsugar Fitness
Type of classes: Free HIIT, cardio, and dance classes.
One of my favorite parts about Popsugar’s fitness classes (other than they’re fun to take) is that they have at least three and sometimes even more people in them. I would be lying to both of us if I didn’t admit that the more people I see in a fitness video, the more I take it as a personal challenge to beat them. “Oh, that person in the blue tank top on the left looks a bit out of breath? I’m going to do way more squats than them.” While I’m sweating in my living room thinking like that, the tone of the videos are quite opposite, offering cheerleader-like support while you work your way through cardio, sculpt, and dance classes.
If you’re looking for classes that will make you feel like you’re working out with friends who are ready to cheer you on, Popsugar fitness is exactly what you need. If you need an extra burst of joy in your life, I cannot recommend the 30 minute “Old School Hip Hop Grooves” workout enough. I’ll say it in advance—you’re welcome.
Type of classes: Pilates and strength training.
Our resident yoga teacher (who is also one of our editors) swears by Blogilates for arms and abs workouts. Most of these workouts are about ten minutes or less, and based around Pilates workouts to help strengthen and tone muscle. The instructor, Cassey, guides you through the routines via the comfort of her home, sometimes with friends but oftentimes alone. With short, attainable workouts, and one-on-one instruction, it can feel like you have your own personal trainer right in your living room—minus the hefty price tag that usually comes along with it.
5. Heart and Soul Fitness
Type of classes: Free full body, HIIT, and strength classes.
This is one of the first HIIT workouts I ever did on YouTube and there is a reason I keep replaying these videos. They are quick workouts that get the job done. At first, I was suspicious that a 15 minute full body workout could leave me feeling drained, but once you meet Coach Kozak and Claudia, you’ll know what I’m talking about. There isn’t anything wild or flashy in the production of these videos. It’s just two people working hard, encouraging you to give your best effort, and demonstrating moves you can do that don’t require a whole lot of space. Coach Kozak does the full workout while Claudia models the modifications, so regardless of your fitness level, you will always have someone to follow. Get ready to sweat.
6. Move With Colour
Types of classes: Dance
My greatest discovery during quarantine? Move With Colour dance classes. These are less of a “I need to get a serious workout in” type class and more of a “I need to burst with joy and smile for 10 minutes straight” sort of thing. While there are a few 45 minute classes, the majority are just 10 minutes, and leave you mastering a small dance combination. With tons of different music choices you can feel like you’re in a boy band, at a disco, or even in a 90’s club for a few minutes out of your day. It’s a great way to get your blood pumping, heart racing, but more importantly, these videos are just plain fun.
Fitness Subscription Services
7. Peloton App
Cost: $12.99 a month
Free trial: They’re offering a free 90-day trial right now (it’s usually 30-day)
Types of classes: Strength, Yoga, Meditation, Bootcamp, Toning, Running, Cycling, and more
You’ve most likely heard of Peloton by now—a.k.a. “the bike from that commercial.” But Peloton is so much more than just a bike. When you purchase the Peloton bike or treadmill, you become a Peloton member and get access to thousands of classes, not limited to only cycling, running, and walking. All of these classes are also available to those who sign up for the Peloton app. Whether you have your own equipment at home, or you only have a carpet to use as a makeshift yoga mat, the Peloton app is a great solution to staying fit in the comfort of your own home. Our Director of Audience is a proud Peloton owner and recommends the bike to those who love cycling, she also recommends the app experience to all—especially now that it’s free for 90 days.
8. Pure Barre On Demand
Cost: $29.99/month; 289.99/year
Free trial: 7-day free trial
Types of classes: All things barre!
Our Director of Audience Samantha Matt is also a Pure Barre enthusiast (she has been going to her Pure Barre studio for 6 years now), and recommends the workout to anyone and everyone looking to get fit. “The workouts changed my life for the better, and I would be lost right now if I could not stream classes in my living room while stuck at home,” Samantha says.
Pure Barre On Demand offers members the chance to take the classic workout in 5 to 60 minute class lengths from anywhere. The classes consist of multiple small movements targeting different muscle groups including your arms, abs, thighs, and seat. Many local Pure Barre studios are also offering live streams of classes taught by familiar instructors via private Facebook groups—but these are only for current paying members.
Cost: $15-$79 per month depending on your plan
Free trial: 7 days
Types of classes: Barre, yoga, running, HIIT, and more
ClassPass is all about letting you explore different fitness studios in your city, but at a time like this, that’s definitely not a possibility. However, you can still stream workouts from their app. ClassPass offers their subscribers video workouts that target specific muscle groups, as well as pre-taped barre, dance, and yoga classes. They also offer audio classes for people who already have equipment like treadmills or stationary bikes at home and still want to feel like they’re in a fitness class with an instructor coaching them through.
Depending on where you’re located, you can also use your ClassPass credits to take classes from local studios that are streaming them live. I’ve been a ClassPass addict for well over a year now and can honestly say, no matter what the state of the world is like outside my window, this app has helped me keep sane while sticking to a workout routine.
10. FitBit Premium
Cost: $9.99 per month
Free trial: 90 day free trial
Types of classes: Running, HIIT, barre, strength training, and more.
Usually a 7-day free trial, FitBit Premium recently increased this period to 90 days, so now is the perfect time to explore everything the app has to offer. The goal of this program is to take those stats and numbers you see on your wrist and turn it into personalized guidance. You can learn how to get started with running or how to pick up the pace throughout your runs, focus on hitting your sleep goal each night, and even receive guidance on how to manage weight in a healthy way. FitBit Premium is all about customization, so if you’re someone who wants a fitness program tailored to your abilities and goals you’re looking to achieve, now is the time to explore.
11. Moms Into Fitness
Cost: $14.99 a month/ $99 per year
Freetrial: 7 day free trial
Types of classes: Workouts specifically tailored to pregnant and post natal women, running, strength training, and more
Let’s be real, parents everywhere right now are in need of a serious break. This is where Moms Into Fitness comes in. This program encourages mothers to prioritize their own health and wellness, and is made up of hundreds of scientifically backed workouts, which were also designed by (you guessed it!) moms. Whether you’re pregnant, post-natal, or have been an empty nester for years, there is a workout perfectly tailored to your needs. They also offer nutrition plans for those who are pregnant, just trying to eat healthier, and busy moms trying to feed a household of kids. So moms everywhere, consider this the green light to step back, carve out 20 minutes from your day, and squeeze in a workout.
12. Daily Burn
Cost: $19.95 per month
Free trial: 60 day free trial
Types of classes: Cardio, strength, muscle building, HIIT, and more.
Daily Burn 365 is a 30 minute workout live streamed every day at 9 a.m. Can’t make it to the morning class? Don’t worry, the workout of the day becomes available on demand for the remainder of the day. Premium members have access to archived classes so they can go back and take their favorite cardio, strength, muscle building or HIIT class whenever they want to.
Daily Burn is designed and made for people who are starting out, or starting over, with their fitness routine. One of the greatest parts about their classes is that they’re filmed in a room filled with folks of all body types and abilities, so you aren’t staring at a screen of 20 people doing perfect squats and lunges every time. These are real people, working hard to get their workout in—what better motivation could you ask for?
13. Zombies, Run! App
Cost: $5.99 per month/ $34.99 per year
Free trial: None
Types of classes: Running
You know those people who say “The only time I’ll run is if something is chasing me”? Well, now they have no excuse. Lace up your sneakers folks because it’s time to run away from some zombies. The premise of this brilliant game that tricks you into working out? You’re a runner en route to one of humanity’s last remaining outposts, and they need your help to gather supplies and rescue survivors. As you run, you automatically collect supplies to take back to the base, but if you start getting chased by zombies, you better speed up. With over 200 missions, you’ll always have a unique story line during your run. Averaging 4.8 stars in the app store with over 13,000 ratings, there are plenty of people out there who can attest to the fact that running from zombies has never been more fun.
Cost: $19.99 per month/ $239.99 per year
Free trial: Use code “WFH” for first month free
Types of classes: Yoga, cardio, sculpt and more
If you’re a lover of the boutique fitness studio feel or maybe you’ve felt too intimidated to try it, now is your time. JetSweat brings New York City studios straight to you, so skip the subway ride and come join them. No matter your location you can feel like you’ve just taken the hottest new class the city has to offer; pilates, Muay Thai, interval training and more. The app is set up so you can see the newest workout when you log in daily or you can filter through and sort by difficulty level, time, or class type.
15. Aaptiv App
Cost: $14.99 per month/$99.99 per year
Free trial: 7 day free trial
Types of classes: Strength training, running, yoga, and more
Aaptiv’s goal? Make boredom a thing of the past. Now, more than ever, this is music to our ears. With over 50,000 reviews and an average 4.7-star rating, this is the top audio-based fitness app in the Apple App Store. All you have to do is input your fitness goals to find a workout that applies to you. Next, depending on how much time you have, music you prefer, or even a trainer you like, you choose the workout that fits your mood. Then all you have to do is turn on your headphones and follow the trainers.
Whether you want to run, do yoga, or do an at home strength training workout (equipment or not) all you have to worry about is listening. No more squinting at the computer screen or staring at the TV trying to figure out what the heck is going on! Now this is a workout we could all get used to.
16. Sculpt Society
Cost: $19.99 a month/ $119.99 per year
Free trial: 14 day free trial
Types of classes: Dance and cardio sculpt
If you long for the days of dance class, or feel like you never got your chance to be a ballerina (but still want those ballerina legs) Sculpt Society is for you. Their motto? Dance. Sculpt. Sweat. Repeat. These classes are all about creating a long, lean, and toned body, with simplified dance moves so that anyone, no matter their dance experience, can feel confident. A combo of your own body weight, along with resistance bands, sliders, and small hand weights are all you need to bring out your inner dancer…and your muscles.
17. Obe Fitness
Cost: $27 per month/ $199 per year
Free trial: 7 days
Types of classes: Dance, sculpt, pilates, barre, yoga, boxing and more
Do you have 28 minutes or less? Then you have time for an Obe class. Classes are grouped into three different categories: Sweat (classes like dance, HIIT, boxing), Define (like sculpt, pilates, barre), and Flow (like yoga and restorative stretch). With live classes starting at 7 a.m. and going until 2:30 p.m., it’s easy to carve out time to hop into a class. If not, there are also on-demand classes that can fit into your schedule whenever you’re free.
Best of all, they also offer programs so you can track your progress and have a goal to strive for at the end of 7, 10 or 30 day periods. Options like Obe for runners, 7-day just getting started program, and 7 day abs are a great way to jump start your fitness routine, especially if you’re feeling out of sorts with your local gym or fitness studio being closed.
18. Seven App
Cost: $9.99 per month/ $59.99 per year
Free trial: 30 day guest pass
Types of classes: HIIT
Do you have seven minutes? Then you have time to get fit. Seven’s workouts are—you guessed it—seven minutes long. Based on scientific studies that provide maximum benefit in the shortest amount of time, these workouts are designed to target your “goal” areas that you input into the app. There is no equipment necessary, so you can do your workout basically anywhere. Plus, with daily challenges, achievement badges, and the ability to compete with friends, it keeps you coming back for more. What have you got to lose? It’s only seven minutes a day.
Cost: 1 month for $29.99 per month/ 3 months for $20 per month/ 1 year for $10 per month
Free trial: 6 week free trial
Types of classes: HIIT, boxing, yoga, strength, and more
We would all be lying to ourselves if we didn’t say we also want to look and live like Chris Hemsworth. But now, it looks like that might actually be a possibility. Centr isn’t just a fitness app. It has healthy meal plans that generate shopping lists and recommend recipes, guided meditations, and even sleep visualization exercises to help you wind down. If you have anywhere from 20-40 minutes a day, you can squeeze in a sweat session with a world class trainer, with new workouts being released weekly. If you haven’t gotten your 15 minutes of fame yet, this might be the next best thing.
20. Booya Fitness
Cost: 1 month for $9.99/ 3 months for $26.99 per month/ 1 year for $99.99
Free trial: 30 day free trial
Types of classes: Barre, yoga, sculpt, cardio, and more
Want that boutique workout feel without the entire mob of people around you? Tune into Booya Fitness. Booya partners with popular studios and workouts, like BollyX, Broga, and Core Pilates NYC, to make your home feel like the studio. Plus, they offer plenty of workout plans that last anywhere from seven days to eight weeks, focusing on topics like busting out of your fitness comfort zone, toning muscle, and tightening your core. Perfect for those who love to follow a plan or change things up as they go, Booya has something for every type of fitness enthusiast.
21. Fit Fusion
Cost: $9.99 per month
Free trial: 7 day free trial
Types of classes: Kickboxing, pilates, barre, cardio, and more
It’s one thing to log onto a fitness app and be taught by insanely fit, perky instructors. It’s another thing to log on and actually recognize the trainers, like Jillian Michaels’ Fit Fusion. Take a class from Michaels herself in this high intensity app with a workout for pretty much everyone in mind. Fit Fusion offers classes based solely off areas of the body you want to target (thinks abs, thighs, buns etc.) as well as classes you’d find at the gym, like pilates, barre, and kickboxing. They even have pre and post natal workouts—truly something for everyone on their list.
22. Yoga Glo
Cost: $18 per month
Free trial: 15 day free trial
Types of classes: All things yoga
It seems like everyone and their mother is practicing yoga and posting it to their Instagram stories right now. But if you’re ready to take your downward dog to the next level and you’re looking for some guidance, Yoga Glo is here for you. Just think: arm stands, inversions, even acroyoga, is available at your fingertips. With thousands of classes in yoga, pilates and even guided meditation, Yoga Glo is ideal for helping clear your mind and get your body moving during these difficult times. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be a yoga pro to start practicing with them, there are plenty of beginner courses offered as well, so yogis of all levels are encouraged to join in on the fun.
23. Neou Fitness
Cost: $14.99 per month/ $49.99 per year (limited time offer for half off the regular price)
Free trial: 30 day free trial
Types of classes: Kickboxing, barre, yoga, and more
Is the idea of starting a workout routine daunting? Fear not, Neou is here to help. With thousands of classes to sort through, Neou is all about finding classes and programs that fit your needs. From running to barre, to yoga and kickboxing—even prenatal classes are available—there is truly an option for every body and every schedule at Neou. You don’t have to worry about showing up at a certain time with these classes or logging in and competing against others, just stream from wherever you are and start sweating, it’s as easy as that.
24. Crunch Live
Cost: $9.99 per month/ $90 per year
Free trial: 10 day free trial
Types of classes: Dance, yoga, HIIT, cardio, and more
Do you have 45 minutes to workout? Great. Oh, you have just 15? That’s great too. Crunch Live is here to kick your booty, sculpt your arms and tone every inch of you with their on demand fitness classes. If you’re already a member of their gyms, a membership to Crunch Live is also included. If not, all you have to pay is $9.99 a month to feel like you’re at some of Crunch’s most popular classes, like bootcamp, sculpt, and kickboxing. These video workouts are led by real life Crunch instructors and feature actual gym members in the background. After a few classes, who knows? Maybe you could star in their next video!
Cost: $39.99 for 3 months/ $59.99 for 6 months/ $99 for year
Free trial: 2 week free trial
Types of classes: Yoga, cardio, dance, HIIT, and more
If you’ve ever thought about trying BeachBody but afraid of the financial commitment, now is the perfect time because they’re offering a two week free trial. Plus, if your excuse for not working out is always “but I can’t find any workouts I like” then this is not the place for you. They have everything from barre and yoga, to full body cardio and weight lifting. Seriously, there are over 1,200 workouts, so say goodbye to ever being bored by your fitness routine.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
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