The United States President’s State of the Union address is a ritual set forth by the constitution (Article II, Section 3, Clause 1, if you want to read up). But today, in a new tradition, I’m here to deliver a much different—and admittedly more endorphin-boosting—report. Let’s call it: The State of the Digital Fitness Union.
The bottom line? Last year at this time, we called that fitness studios would be opening right inside your own home through streaming apps and on-demand workouts, and the past year has seen a flood of proof as to why. Even though a report from insights platform Alpha found that only seven percent of Americans in general subscribe to a do-anywhere fitness service, zooming in on the sweat community itself paints a more representative picture. For example, the same survey found that 54 percent of those who work out at least once a month are interested in adding a subscription (like Peloton Digital) to their monthly expenses, reports Fast Company.
What’s more: In 2014, Nielsen Global Consumer Exercise Trends Survey found that 52 percent of those with gym memberships were using a DVD (s/o to Jane Fonda!), gaming, or another online workout program to guide their time at the gym as well as exercise at home. For high-frequency gym rats, that number jumped up to a whopping 70 percent. That’s seven out of ten of the folks #killingit on the treadmill in their basement, people!
So if you’re already enlisting the help of digital trainers when it’s time to squeeze in your daily sweat sesh, consider yourself in good company. If you’re not though, never fear. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the internet’s greatest achievements in digital fitness today. Without further ado, here’s the current status of the digital fitness landscape.
While you could easily fill your smartphone with dozens of streaming services coaching you through pilates, boxing, yoga, and more, some fitness-gals might want prefer a one-stop option. (And hey, I hear ya!) Below are the best of the best offerings for those who want to have it all (in one app).
Aaptiv, $15 per month: About 30,000 classes are taken on this small-but-mighty audio app each day. Whether you’re ready to hop on the tread, row your hands raw, or “drop and give me twenty!” Aaptiv has a class to suit your fitness mood and your music-preference .
Classpass Go, Free: So far, boutique studio-titan ClassPass offers more than 500 free classes on this app. Strength training, cycling, core exercises and more are all awaiting you. And no, you don’t have to be a ClassPass member to get in on the sweaty fun.
Les Mills On Demand, $13 per month: If you like the idea of remixing classic workout styles the LesMills way, then your search is over. The 600 plus sweat sessions bundled in this app include “BodyFlow,” “BodyCombat,” “LesMills Barre,” and so much more.
Workouts that come with online fit-fams
If you’re into the community setting studios offer, but prefer to actually sweat solo, I come with good news: You (*clap*) have (*clap*) options (*clap*). Today, fitness apps that extend their community reach onto social platforms like Instagram and Facebook are far from scarce.
Tone It Up, $13 per month: With Karena and Katrina’s upbeat instructions blaring in your earbuds, it’s actually impossible to not have fun with these workouts. On app, you’ll find Pilates, strength training, yoga, and all your other faves. Plus, a community of sweat sisters that loves to meet-up online and IRL.
Sweat With Kayla, $20 per month: There’s a reason burpee queen Kayla Itsines’ sweat squad numbers almost 11 million: The 28-minute, high-intensity workouts are heart-racing in that hurts-so-good kinda way. Her app has now expanded to include yoga and other programs, so don’t feel like you need to HIIT it every day.
Fit Body With Anna Victoria, $17 per month: Finally ready to unlock the mystery that is the weight section of the gym? Anna Victoria’s on it. Sure, you’ll throw around some kettle-balls and hand-weights, too. But by the end of the first twelve weeks, you and the leg press machine will be BFFs.
Straight out of the store and studio
Both retailers and studios have been betting big on streaming services as of late. And as a result, even those outside of sweaty hotspots like New York City and Los Angeles can tune in to sweat with some of that nations top-notch instructors. Consider these subscriptions a digital fitness tour across the U.S.A.
Core Power Yoga On Demand, $20: Cult-fave yoga studio CorePower arrived in the living room studio earlier this year. Inside the app, you’ll find class between 20 to 60 minutes with streaming versions of the studios signature classes. Even without the ramped up temps, get ready to sweat.
Peloton Digital, $20: Although you could invest in Peloton’s bike or treadmill, it’s also an option to just take Peloton Digital to the gym with you and get sweating with the NYC studio’s expert teachers. And if you’re in need of some TLC for your muscles, the app is now streaming yoga, too.
Alo Moves, $20: Social media’s most ‘grammable leggings brand has now moved to dominate yet another app on your phone. Beyond yoga classes across various traditions, Alo Moves offers meditation, dance cardio, and more. So don your favorite tights and get ready to downward dog from anywhere.
And honestly, this is just the beginning. Check out even more for definitive proof that if digital fitness was meant to take off in 2018, it’s going to be flying high next year.
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