Hey friends! Now that I’ve put together a post all about the best FREE workout classes available right now due to the coronavirus outbreak, I thought this post could also use an update! There will be some overlap between the two, but this post will include some of the best at home workouts that require a subscription as well. After all, if you find something that you love, it’s nice to know you can stick with it even when we don’t have to practice social distancing, right?
I discovered the beauty of an at-home workout years ago when I was trying to save money right out of college – and there weren’t even half of the options on this list available back then! In fact, I had a Crunch Fitness Pilates DVD that I’d play on my computer in my TINY room in New York City, and that (plus running around the reservoir in Central Park) was how I managed to get my exercise on a budget!
Luckily, the fitness industry and technology in general has advanced so much that skipping a gym membership or studio classes isn’t even a sacrifice anymore. You can get brand new, quality workouts right on your phone or computer at any time. Pretty darn cool.
While I personally love the energy that comes with group fitness, there is no denying the convenience of an at home workout. Even when we ARE allowed to go to studios, there are so many days when I can’t justify taking the time to walk to a workout, actually work out, and then walk back. Or I just don’t want to because there’s a snowstorm outside! So whether you’re hoping for weight loss, looking to build muscle, or just need a stress reliever – here are at home options to amp up your workout routine!
The Best At Home Workouts I’ve Tried
Froyo to Fitness
At only $50, I’m here to tell you that her 12 Week Guide is a STEAL. Especially if you’re like me and don’t mind repeating the same workouts over and over. Her circuits have made me much more comfortable with strength training. Back when I had a gym membership, these helped me feel like I had a purpose after the treadmill. But even if you don’t go to a gym (or can’t right now!), you can do most of them at home without any problem – you’ll just need some weights! I find it’s similar to the circuits you would do with a personal trainer. Just remember that you need to hold yourself accountable and have good form so you don’t hurt yourself!
This is what we’ve been using the most, and new users can use the app for free for 90 days right now! As many of you might have seen, we decided to get a more affordable bike that is more appropriate for our budget right now – but I love that we can still use this Peloton app. And even if you don’t have a bike, they have a TON of other workout classes: strength, meditation, yoga, stretching, full body workouts and more. (You can choose from their daily workouts that are live or anything from the archives!) I’ve been so impressed with all of the teachers so far – both for cycling classes and for the classes that help with building strength!
Not surprisingly, BBG was recommended a million times! And I know why – each workout takes less than 30 minutes and the results are undeniable. And the are mostly just bodyweight exercises that you can do ANYWHERE. For some reason, I just had trouble with the format though. Each 7-minute circuit felt like eternity. And as I always say, you have to figure out a way to ENJOY exercising so it doesn’t feel like punishment! That being said, if it works for you, get it girl!
Tone It Up
I’ve been a fan of the free videos on their YouTube channel for years. There are a ton available, I love that they’re short & sweet, and the girls are adorable. If you want to stick to at-home workouts more than just a YouTube video here and there, they also have a Tone It Up App that has even more videos + exclusive new videos every single week, so you never get bored. Plus, if you pay for the full year upfront, it only costs $6.99 a month! Even if you need to buy resistance bands for some of the workouts, that’s still a killer deal!
I love that POPSUGAR Fitness was recommended because I honestly forgot about them! I used to do their videos all the time a few years ago because they have so many different options! Choose from pilates to HIIT workouts, and from 5 minutes to 60 minutes.
One of my lovely followers told me about Barre3’s online classes when I asked for help writing my post about free/discounted fitness classes. If you love barre, but don’t want to pay to go to pricey studios in person, this is an amazing option. I will say that you’ll want to invest in the right props – my 5lb weights got heavy really quickly during some of the workouts, and I couldn’t try a few other videos I wanted to because I didn’t have ball. That being said, none of the props they use are expensive. So if you’ll stick to barre workouts, I definitely recommend checking this out!
I did a free trial of Kait Hurley’s app after I saw Jules from Om & the City talk about it. She has high-intensity classes, audio-only running workouts, yoga flows, and meditation/restorative options. All in all, this is great for people who want workouts mixed with a little mindfulness and meditation.
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One of my best gals swears by the app, so I figured it would be best for her to explain why it’s great!! “I’m not a natural gym rat, so I easily get overwhelmed with options both in the gym and at home. But Aaptiv has helped a ton! Whether I’m going for crow pose in my living room on a frigid day or sprinting way faster than I ever thought I could on a treadmill, the coach in my ears is pushing and supporting me through it. I get WAY more out of my workouts than I would on my own. Bonus – since they’re all audio workouts, you don’t feel like a crazy person doing them in public!” Thanks Kaitlin!
FitnessBlender was recommended a bunch of times and I couldn’t figure out why it sounded so familiar… so I went to my Pinterest page and there it was. 10 MINUTE ABS! I used to do this video a bunch when I didn’t have time to get a full workout in. They also have TON of other options – whether you want a cardio workout, bodyweight workouts, or even barre and yoga! They also have some workout plans that you can purchase to keep you on track.
If you want to start doing BBG, but you don’t think you’ll stick to the ebook workouts, SWEAT is what you need. This app has BBG and BBG Stronger workouts by Kayla Itsines, plus PWR/Post Pregnancy workouts by Kelsey Wells, and more.
Nike Training Club
This app has over 185 workouts with clear audio and visual guidance for every move. Oh, and it’s FREE!
P.volve is a totally different type of workout than a lot of these other options. While other programs are about reps, these workouts focus on “precise movements that activate hard-to-reach muscles”. They’re all about working with your body instead of against it… I’m definitely curious about this!
Beachbody On Demand
Beachbody On Demand has over 700 workouts and a ton of specific programs. Most readers recommended 21 Day Fix and LIIFT4!
Pure Barre On Demand
I never knew this was even an option, but this is so great for people who love Pure Barre, but can’t always justify the cost of a membership there! Stream unlimited classes for just $29.99 a month.
Asics Studio App
B Present Studio Barre On Demand
Christine Salus YouTube Videos
Melissa Wood Health (She has prenatal workouts for any of you expecting!)
Physique 57 On Demand
Did I miss any of your favorites?
Let me know in the comments!
PS. You might also like my 2020 Workout & Wellness Planner, my All About [solidcore], and The Best Discounted for Free Fitness Classes/Gym Memberships.