Best fitness apps and streaming platforms to get fit from home

YouTube fitness videos were great and anything if we thought this whole novel coronavirus thing was going to stay new. But almost a year later, we still do most of our training at home. Like it or not, the surge in new smart home fitness equipment is changing the way we look at fitness and could decimate the fitness industry. If you’re stuck in a workout rut, we want you to sweat it out – one of these standout fitness apps and platforms specifically will get you hooked and excited to put on a sweatband and get to work . From VR experiences to training suitable for a firefighter, we have something for everyone. Read on and hold your breath … while you still can.

So, did your best friend write a novel during the quarantine? Big deal – get in the best shape of your life with this multitude of fitness apps from the comfort of your home.

Best fitness apps and streaming platforms to get fit from home

1. FlexIt

Your muscles don’t have to wither like your social life, folks. Join virtual personal trainers from 3,000 gyms across the country, including Blink, Gold’s, Physique 57, and more. (You don’t have to be a member of a studio to use the platform.) You train with a trainer via video in a training tailored to your goals. Take the trainer matching quiz and you’ll be on your way to better health, whether you’re looking to improve flexibility, rehabilitate an injury, lose weight, or improve overall fitness.

[From $30 for 30-minute session; flexit.fit]

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2. FightCamp

Take courses from professional boxers and NASM-certified trainers with on-demand workouts like full body boxing and full body kick. There’s even a Versus mode where you can challenge yourself or others from previous workouts to beat your personal record. To set up, you’ll need the FightCamp Personal or FightCamp Tribe package, which includes a bag, quick-release wraps, a mat, a pair of gloves, and punch trackers that allow you to measure your speed, strength, and endurance on every cathartic hit and hook. FYI, the freestanding bag is 67 “tall by 24” wide once assembled. So make sure you have enough space.

[From $430-$1,219 for equipment plus $39/month membership fee; joinfightcamp.com]

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3. Alo moves

A diverse group of instructors will guide you through a carefully curated collection of on-demand yoga, fitness, and mindfulness (try a sound bath if you’re in a slump or yoga nidra for restful sleep) that are in a studio or natural setting (we like Alo in wild Hawaii). Use the handy filter to search thousands of classes by class duration, intensity, style, and more. Or heed our wise advice and treat your tired limbs to yoga for hikers with the talented Nicole Tsong or Quick HIIT if your quarantine sweat is running low.

[$20/month or $199/year; alomoves.com]

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4. Future Fit

If you want virtual one-on-one training, take part in the Future Fit program, which brings you together with a fitness trainer who creates individual training plans every week based on goals, available equipment and time constraints, and communicates via SMS and video. To hold you accountable, Future sends you an Apple Watch so you and your coach can keep track of your progress. For an example of the fun that is in stock, last week consisted for a user Slide the focus (three position isometric pushups, knee lunge drives, scissors, T pushups, triceps dips, squat jumps, high planks, etc.) on Monday and Monday Pull focus (Feet raised push-ups, hip lifts, pendulum legs, high side plank, push-ups, etc.) on Wednesday.

[$150/month; future.co]

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5. Supernatural

This virtual reality fitness program is beyond the world (okay, not really, but Machu Picchu and Island have some serious views) and makes burning calories fun as you tailor your sessions to your skill level and desired intensity. It’s available exclusively on the Oculus Quest and Quest 2 headsets with a mobile companion app for iPhone and Android that you can use to track your progress. Explore the exercise library, connect with others, and pair them with an optional heart rate monitor. Workouts dictate the scope, but our two favorites are Fast hits, that are two to three songs in length and can be completed in less than 10 minutes, and the Meditation / stretching Options for a release at the end of a tough day.

[$19/month or $179/year; getsupernatural.com]

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6. NEOU

They had us with LIMITLESS, a three-week program with Andrew Mariani that all you need is free weights and a willingness to work up a sweat. Nowadays, after the winter gluttony, we’re fans of The Biggest Loser too Bob Harper’s slimming starter pack and kids training to keep the little ones entertained. In total, NEOU lets you choose from live streaming and on-demand courses from over 100 studios and teachers in categories such as bootcamp, yoga, cycling, and nutrition. With something for all fitness levels, this is a great choice if you’re sharing your dig with a couch potato or a triathlete and need a service that will do the both of you justice.

[$12.99/month or $59/year; neoufitness.com]

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7. Row house GO

There is no such thing as low impact training like rowing. The BYO rowing machine is easy on your hips, knees and lower back and offers excellent cardiovascular benefits. You can build your stamina and muscles from anywhere. Bonus: If there are barriers behind us and your group books a lake house, you are an MVP for activities on the lake.

[$19.99/month; therowhouse.com]

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8. iFit

Suffer from decreased motivation and workout monotony? You will be amazed at what a dog sledding event in Alaska or a trip around Bermuda can do for your mind, even if just staring at them on an HD flat screen in your basement. With iFit’s comprehensive, interactive app, discover an extensive library of instructor-led studio courses and global training videos filmed on-site in over 50 countries (we’re talking about hiking Kilimanjaro, cycling in the Swiss Alps, or rowing the Zambezi ). It drives NordicTrack, ProForm and Freemotion bicycles, treadmills and other cardio equipment. Even better, iFit-enabled machines can automatically adjust incline, resistance, and more so you can focus on your burning calves instead of dealing with manual adjustments. If you want to mess something up, don’t miss the collection of off-gear workout categories like bootcamp, boxing, HIIT, yoga, pilates, and mindfulness. P.S. If you don’t have IFit-enabled devices but are looking for a globetrotter’s escape, base your phone or tablet on your own devices and follow them. Glacier National Park Climb Series we’re coming for you.

[$15/month for individual plan, $39/month for up to five users on family plan, or $396/year; ifit.com]

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9. Life Time Digital

Choose from 1,000+ live streaming classes per week, ranging from cardio to yoga. (Not to be missed: Bahram Akradi, CEO of Life Time, often teaches bike courses.) For something more personal, you can also do a virtual 1: 1 training. Do you have an apple watch? The app also offers Apple Fitness + programs. Our first class tips: Upper RX and EXTREME. We save you the stressful details so that you don’t get out of hand.

[$15/month; lifetime.com]

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10. Centr

The newly launched Centr Fusion program from Chris Hemsworth’s fitness app combines high octane workouts with mindful components to add a more holistic touch to your workout. The six-week progressive program includes five unique 25- to 30-minute workouts that get harder each week to help you get stronger. Each week includes three training styles: BoxHIIT, strength and strength flow. You don’t need a fancy gym at home either – just a mat and dumbbells. This is great if you are having trouble meditating as it encourages you to take a moment after your workout to re-calibrate and center yourself.

[Free 7-day trial, $29.99; centr.com]

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11. Zygo

Do you have a pool Don’t limit yourself to just swimming and drinking beer. Try this waterproof headset and app for on-demand water-based workouts. Billed as “The Peloton of the Pool,” there are 100 on-demand workouts paired with music; You can also stream your own songs, podcasts, and audiobooks. Some classes that caught our interest include the 20 minute arm intervals (a.k.a. “Angry Arms”) and Recovery floats. For serious swimmers, live coaching is a separate function that can be used as a walkie-talkie by a coach or personal trainer, for example. P.S. Yes, the headset also works in a lake or ocean. Simply rinse the headset off after swimming in salt water.

[$299; shopzygo.com]

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12. Tonal Mobile App

Fans of the Tonal wall-mounted gym can now take advantage of this experience when they are away from home. Mobile Workouts beta is available for Apple’s iOs (including Apple Watch) or Android. Tonal members who have completed a digital weight assessment can access all of the Off-Tonal Guided Workouts ranging from Core strength and Restoration to mobility and Kickboxing, and more. For type aces who can’t stand to see their 100 day training streak ruined, you can be sure that all training sessions are logged on your profile. Do you have 18 minutes Six pack attack, here we come.

[$3,740 plus $49/month for membership with unlimited membership accounts; tonal.com]

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13. FitFighter

Embrace your childhood dream of being a firefighter with this superb strength and conditioning system founded by CEO and Iraq War Veteran Sarah Apgar. It was originally developed for the fire department and focuses on the patent-pending Steelhose dumbbells and an associated iOS app for Apple devices. Made in America from real fire hose and steel shot, the accessory works as a dumbbell, kettlebell, sandbag, med ball and sledge hammer – all in one. Either choose from an on-demand library of workouts or turn on live streaming workouts. A portion of FitFighter’s profits will go to the Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation, which honors Stephen Siller, firefighter who died on September 11, 2001 trying to save others.

[$150 for the Steelhose and a year of training or $65 for 5lb or 15lb set, $85 for 25lb set, and $10 a month or $100 a year for training; 30-day free trial available; fitfighter.com]

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14th UA Performance Academy

Yes, UA like in this UA. Enhance your body’s greatest asset, your brain, with Under Armor’s digital hub. You will discover knowledge, exercises, and tools related to mental strength training used by the world’s best athletes. Take audio and / or video programs with you Visualize success, build optimism, and Calm your mind. This program is based on scientific research and is inspired by world champions and top athletes, so that you too can improve your mental strength and well-being on and off the proverbial place.

[Free; underarmour.com]

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15. Academy of Self Defense

We all have pent-up steam to blow off these days. With the Academy of Self Defense program, hone your skills at Krav Maga, the military self-defense and combat method virtually developed for the Israel Defense Forces and Israeli Security Forces. Or try muay thai, bootcamp classes, and combo / all-around fighter fitness options. All classes are taught by professional trainers who will make you feel like you can be starring in your own martial arts movie in no time.

[$19/month for a specific class subscription or $39/month for extensive, on-demand access; two-week free trial available; academyselfdefense.com]

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16. Yoga Medicine Online

If you are looking for something that is geared towards your wellbeing, we are all for these yoga classes in conjunction with specifically curated wellness programs. You will use research-based techniques with a therapeutic focus led by the famous yogi Tiffany Cruikshank and other talented teachers. Two classes that we keep coming back to –Strength & resilience: whole body and Lung capacity & Longevity.

[$39/month; yogamedicine.com]

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