Recent circumstances mean that we all need to get a bit creative to keep up our physical health.
Luckily, there are a bunch of apps out there that cater to working out at home. Some of them don’t cost anything and still give you quality instruction. Others cost a few dollars and come with more resources. It’s really up to you how far you want to take it, but we figured we’d give you both options.
Best free home workout apps and equipment
1. YouTube Videos
I know this sounds basic, but all you really need to do is go to YouTube and type in home workout (or anything similar) and you’ll be bombarded with more videos than you know what to do with. But if your goal is to stay active without spending anything, then YouTube is one of your best resources. If you want a couple of suggestions, check out this article, on the 10 best Youtube Workouts. Blogilates, and Yoga with Adriene are two channels that made the list.
If you want to level up from the YouTube workouts, then NTC is where you should be. This app is great because it lets you filter the type of workout you want to do. You can choose from bodyweight workouts, do workouts for mobility or just get into some yoga. The cool part is you’ll be guided through each workout by Nike certified trainers or athletes and sometimes even a celebrity like Serena Williams or Kevin Hart.
3. Use stuff around your home
This is your chance to get creative. Maybe pots become weights, floor pillows become yoga mats and couches are something you use to do dips. Maybe your kitchen table doubles as something you can crawl under as part of an obstacle course you’ve designed. The point is, your mind can be your best asset. Use it to think of ways to keep your home workouts interesting. For example, this low-impact circuit from BOLO (Body Love Inc.)’s Instagram Live feed, requires only two towels and a mat.
Price: Free (but requires some paid In-App Purchases for premium features)
Down Dog Yoga is a great app that has customizable Yoga routines including Hatha, Restorative, Gentle Yoga, Aerobic Yogo, and more. You can also choose your ‘boosts’ like ‘back strength,’ ‘neck stretches,’ or ‘leg strength.’ The App generates a sequence for you based on what you want, and you can even choose the voice that leads you through it, and the genre of music you want to listen to. Afterward, you can check back in on the App to track your progress (how many days you’ve used it, and what workouts you did, and even play the music from each workout over again).
Best paid home workout apps and equipment
This is a much more affordable way to stay active at home. Tone It Up offers hundreds of video workouts, most of which are bodyweight only workouts, that are geared towards your goals. There are also recipes and guidelines around eating that are aimed at speeding up your metabolism. The best part is that they’re offering the first 30 days for free. You pay $15/month after that.
Price: Around $3,000 or $76/month
Yeah we know, this is extreme. Considering the cheapest version of the bike costs $2,950 (which can be split into payments as low as $76/month), you probably want to be sure that you’re serious about getting or staying fit. But if you’re willing to go that extra mile, there’s a Peloton app that takes you through a number of different workouts you can do on the bike. It’s definitely an investment, but if working out at home is closer to a passion than something you’re doing just to stay active, then Peloton is worth it.
3. Hire a personal trainer
Price: Around $50/hr to $150/hr
Right now, personal trainers are doing virtual home workouts. Trainers like Jamie Snow and Nsuani Baffoe are using video apps like Zoom, Duo, Skype or even WhatsApp. You’ll likely be paying a reduced cost because they aren’t physically there with you, but trainers can range in price from $50/hr up to $150/hr.
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