By Julie Loffredi
If you are unable to go to the gym or proceed with your usual fitness routine during the COVID-19 pandemic, working out at home is a great way to stick with your fitness goals.
That’s where streaming programs come in.
These programs are easy to watch via your Connected TV, tablet, smartphone or computer. And, many online fitness programs and apps are offering incentives for new users, like free trials and other perks. So, if you’ve ever considered trying a streaming workout — now is a great time to start.
P.volve is pretty new to the streaming scene and is gaining momentum It’s described as a “functional movement fitness program” trusted by Victoria’s Secret models. The program aims to elongate shape and build strength (without bulk) by mastering precise movements for hard-to-reach muscles. It’s a bit like combining barre and pilates together with the concentration of a yoga class. For streaming workouts, users can choose from over 200 videos. Most workouts run about 30 minutes long. Using special equipment, like the p.ball, is recommended with some workouts. (Feature photo credit: P.volve)
More info: Pvolve.com (equipment can be purchased on the site)
Beachbody is a streaming platform that offers a library of different workout programs — from high-intensity cardio to yoga. P90X3, T25, and 21 Day Fix are some of the more popular series. But, there are always new collections — over 1,000 to choose from. Users can also browse training tips and meal plans.
More info: Beachbody.com
This new fitness app encourages users to pick their favorite celebrity trainers and follow daily video workouts. There’s a slew of impressive fitness influencers who offer “personal training” style programs on Fitplan, like former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez and Instagram star Jen Selter. Many of the workouts are geared for those at-home and can be done with minimal equipment.
More info: Fitplannapp.com
Aaptiv is an audio-focused fitness app that is appeals to those who prefer listening vs. watching guided workouts. To get started, users fill out a quick questionnaire and get matched to programs best suited for them. If you like to run, hike, or bike — there are plenty of guided classes to check out.
More info: aaptiv.com
Tip: Also, check your favorite local gym or workout facility. Many local gyms are now offering virtual workouts during this time.
Julie Loffredi is an award-winning journalist and retail trends tracker for Brad’s Deals. Check her website at julieloffredi.com.