There are so many at-home workouts available right now, but which ones are actually worth doing? We tried TONS of them so you don't have to. Here are our top picks.
If you're like me, the workout routine that keeps you feeling your absolute best is a weekly combination of group fitness classes and working out on your own. Switching to a fully at-home workout can be difficult because it takes motivation and a bit of fitness knowledge. However, I am determined to feel my best and come out of the other side of social distancing feeling good. I tried SO many of the virtual workouts in the search for something that got me sweaty, sore, and feeling like I was IN class again. The workouts in this guide exceeded my expectations and I'm finally feeling good again. Also, scroll down for some ideas on ways you can help YOUR local studio stay open.
These workouts are for EVERYONE and can be done ANYWHERE. Here are the best of the best as far as home workouts go.
P.S. I was not able to find or test online classes for people with physical disabilities. If you know of any good ones, please email me with links and I will update this article.
1. 305 Fitness
The 12pm EST 305 Fitness class led by founder Sadie Kurzban is where the 👏 fun 👏 is 👏 at! 305 Fitness is an addictive dance cardio class with a live DJ that combines dancing and toning all into one class. These classes are a full 50 minutes and make you feel like you're right there in class with the instructor and other 305ers. If you're looking for something to lift you up, connect with others, and work up a sweat, this is the class for you. Don't worry, the moves are super easy to follow and you'll still feel sore the next day. These are great classes to sprinkle throughout your week or to do on the weekend as a fun activity. Seize the day and dance like no one's watching! Can't make the live session? Don't sweat it! All of the class recordings are available on their YouTube channel.
Recommended for: anyone who needs to let loose and have fun or feel connected to others. Out of all of the classes in this guide, this is the one that feels the MOST like being in class with others.
Nosh Notes: The classes go live at EXACTLY the time the class starts. So if you go to their YouTube channel at 11:59am and don't see the 12pm class listed there yet, don't fret. Refresh the page after 12pm and you'll see the video pop up with a red 'LIVE' icon.
Class Format: Dance & toning moves
Class Schedule: Daily, 12pm EST Dance Class with the Founder, 6pm EST Yoga or other class. See full schedule here.
Cost: FREE. If you LOVE these classes and want to support their DJs and Instructors, here's the link to do so: https://305fitness.com/support
2. SWEAT App
Meet your newest trainers. If you follow Kayla Itsines on Instagram you know that she's the queen of fitness. She dominates the online fitness world with her BBG Program all the way from Australia. I save her fitness Instagram posts so I have quick access to challenging and varied toning moves that I'll pair with a run. When she announced on Tuesday that she was offering a one-month free trial on her Sweat App, I immediately downloaded it to my phone and have been doing it every day since. I'm SO SORE! But it feels so damn good! This app is like having a personal trainer, a nutritionist, and a personal assistant on demand. THIS ONE MONTH FREE TRIAL ENDS SOMETIME TODAY (4/6!) SO GRAB IT WHILE YOU CAN.Recommended for: anyone who could really use structure in their life. Whether you're home alone, home with kids, or still working long hours, this app will help you take back some control of your life. You can spend as little as 10 minutes on the app or as long as 2 hours - either way, you'll be feeling it the next day.
Nosh Notes: This program is the most intricate out of all of the fitness programs listed here, but it has the most to offer. Take some time to look through the app to figure out how it works. You'll see that it asks you to choose a program, but don't panic! You can jump ahead in the program if it's too easy, or you can change programs completely at ANY point. You can also choose one program and do a workout from an entirely different program anytime. It's flexible.
FYI - When you first choose a program, a message about 'starting next Monday' will appear, but that seems to be a kink. You can start the program ASAP. Just click on the calendar icon that says 'Planner' at the bottom of the screen and you'll see what's on your fitness schedule that day.
Class Format: Tap through exercises in a timed circuit
Platform: App, available on Apple & Android. Details here.
Cost: 30-day FREE Trial (A FEW HOURS LEFT TO CLAIM), $19.99/month or $119.94 for the year
3. Peloton App
You DO NOT need a Peloton bike to use this App. In fact, you don't even need a bike at all. They offer live and pre recorded instructor-led classes in Treadmill Running, Outdoor Running, Cycling, Strength, Yoga, Meditation, Stretching, Cardio, Bootcamp, AND Walking! I've been using this app for some time now and like it for its wide variety of class type and class length. You can also download a workout to your phone, which is great if you want to take one of the outdoor running classes. This app will make you feel like you're in a virtual class - unlike the 305 fitness class which makes you feel like you're IN class. The workouts are challenging, but I don't find them as hard as the SWEAT App workouts. What this App excels at is variety. They also offer challenges if you'd like to create more structure, or you can even choose a program that will help you train for races! It also syncs with your Apple Watch and Apple Health data.Recommended for: anyone who really likes to switch things up (biking, running, bootcamp, yoga, etc.) or for people who want to workout outdoors.
Class Format: Live and On-Demand classes, class length: 5-75 minutes
Platform: App, Available on Apple & Android & Amazon. Details here.
Cost: 90-day FREE trial, $12.99/month
Here's a list of single classes that will get your heart rate up!
Equinox - Instagram. They've been posting 30ish minute classes since March 23rd.
Rumble - Instagram. Good for anyone who wants to incorporate boxing moves into their workouts. They seem to be posting a bunch of these so check back for more.
5. Ways to Support Your Local Fitness Studio
- Buy classes to use later.
- Buy classes to their streaming workouts. If you've been wanting to check out a certain studio, this is a great time to do it at a discount!
- Ask your favorite coaches or trainers if they can do a paid virtual training session with you.
- Purchase swag from their websites.
- Offer Venmo donations to a studio after you take a free class.
- Sign these petitions: