Exercise Virtually, Anywhere: The 5 Best Paid Fitness Apps
As we close in on the one-year mark of doing everything at home (including working out), it might be time to reinvigorate your exercise routine with a new paid fitness app. With many popular options that often cost less than a gym membership, you can mix up your routine and try some new classes – all from the comfort of your own home! Read ahead for five of the best paid fitness apps for your 2021 fitness goals.
You’re probably familiar with the Peloton bike, but did you know that their fitness app is a great way to work out even without the bike? With live and on-demand workouts in more than 10 categories (yoga, meditation, running, cycling, cardio, etc.), your digital membership ($12.99/month after a 30-day free trial) gives you access to sessions for a variety of needs.
If you enjoy cycling and running (with or without the Peloton equipment), this app is a great choice! You can follow a live class, map your outdoor run as you check in with other users, or motivate classmates during an intense session – all things that are hard to do when working out alone at home.
Bonus: there are training goals and achievements you can work towards for extra motivation!
Endless variety is one way to ensure that you’re excited about working out. With Obé (available to stream on your tv/computer or iPhone; $27/month), you’ll have access to thousands of workouts, both live and on-demand. The program allows you to filter classes based on audience, duration, low/high impact, and workout type (cardio, strength, and more!).
If you’re just beginning an exercise routine, try following Obé’s Just Getting Started program; intermediate/advanced users can filter for programs to help you get over a plateau or through a slump. As you move through the workouts, you’ll be excited to add more variety to your exercise plan!
Bonus: the instructors often lead holiday-themed classes for some added fun!
If you own and love your Apple Watch, then this paired fitness app is for you. For $9.99/month, you can access a huge library of workouts to stream to your Apple products. The workouts (which are all paired with curated audio tracks) combine with the data from your Apple Watch to show you your progress in real-time on the screen – you can even compare your stats to those of other users. Expert trainers lead all of the classes, and you can easily filter by duration, intensity, musical preference, and more.
Bonus: the Time to Walk series gives you an inspirational podcast to listen to as you walk!
If you crave a workout routine and want the option to vary your exercises, then OpenFit is for you. This popular paid program (as low as $8/month after free trial) can stream from your phone, tv, or tablet and offers an impressive variety of workouts to choose from in the live and on-demand libraries: everything from Barre, martial arts, and yoga to their popular 600 seconds series that gives you an intense 10 minutes of work. Your membership comes with access to nutrition guides and expert advice, as well as many goal-oriented exercise plans that strategically increase in difficulty as you go along.
Bonus: many of the classes are taught by top industry trainers, right in your living room!
If music and fun help energize you for a workout, then Jazzercise might be right for you. This popular dance-based workout has made a comeback in recent years and now offers online access. For $20/month (after a free trial), you’ll have access to thousands of live or on-demand workouts that you can stream on your computer, tv, or phone. All the platforms allow you to search for classes based on length and type, so if you’d like a quick 10-minute low-impact workout or an hour of HIIT-style dance and strength, you’re only a few clicks away! If you’re someone who likes the complete exercise package in one session (strength, stretching, cardio, abs, etc.), then you’ve come to the right place.
Bonus: you’ll learn all the new songs that the “kids these days” are signing around the house.
No matter what your fitness preferences and goals, you’ll find an endless variety of engaging workouts on these apps — so get started today!
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