The boutique fitness and gym scene in D.C. is a powerhouse one, with countless cycling, yoga, dance and barre studios to choose from. But sometimes you really just don't want to leave the house, or perhaps you can't leave the house thanks to wintery weather, kids to take care of, or a really packed schedule. Thankfully there are a number of at-home fitness options that take out commuting time, while still giving you a solid sweat session and endorphin high.
Whether you're ready to invest in a bike or treadmill for your basement, or prefer an audio app to guide your workouts, there's an at-home workout fit for you. In this two-part series, we'll explore six of the most popular at-home fitness options that will ensure you have no excuse to skip your next workout.
Peloton is changing the way people get fit, right from their living room. Offering both cycling and treadmill at-home options, Peloton features immersive fitness content led by a roster of elite instructors. Choose from 10,000+ classes spanning cycling, running, bootcamp, circuit training, walking, floor work, meditation and yoga, either live or on-demand. Peloton classes are a socially-connected experience, truly bringing the group fitness feel home. Members can see who else is participating, can get live shout outs from instructors and can cheer on other riders via "high-fives" in class.
- Space & Equipment: The footprint of the Peloton Tread is 6' x 2.7' and the bike is 4' x 2'. Aside from the tread or bike investment, you may want additional accessories to get the most out of workouts (cycling shoes, resistance bands, weights, etc). Peloton offers packages to get you everything you need.
- Cost: $2,245 for the bike (includes delivery & setup) + $39 per month for classes / $4,295 for the tread (includes delivery & set up) + $39 per month for classes. If you're not ready for the big investment, check out the digital membership for $19.49 (free for Bike + Tread owners)
Row-focused classes are a relative newcomer to the group fitness scene and are quickly growing in popularity. If you love a good rowing session, now you can do it right from home with CITYROW GO. The machine by WaterRower, coupled with video content and live workout data allow users to set goals, compete against personal records and track progress with each session. Classes vary from 20 minutes to 50 minutes and include rowing only, dynamic rowing and HIIT classes. Choose from three types of classes: Signature Class, Just Rowing and Cardio + Core.
- Space & Equipment: When in use the rower is 20"H x 85.5"L x 22.25W. When stored vertically it takes up less than 2 feet by 2 feet of floor space. Many workouts include free weight and mat work so you may want to purchase those to get the most out of class offerings
- Cost: $1,395 for the CITYROW Go Machine by WaterRower + $19 per month subscription for classes
Fans of Flywheel studio classes can now bring their favorite workout home with Fly On Demand. Purchase the Fly On Demand bike, the industrial, studio-grade bike and choose from an included tablet for streaming classes or use your own iOS or Android device to stream, which you can do on your TV using Apple TV or Chromecast for a studio-like experience. There are nearly 1,500 classes on the platform including On the Wheel Offerings (Method, Power and Tempo format rides) and off-bike Precision Training offerings (FlyBarre, FlyFit and FlyRecover). Select from classes as short as five minutes or as long as 60 minutes, including fun theme rides. New classes are added weekly to keep you entertained and motivated. Instructors can see who is taking class live and can give shout outs to riders. Riders will see each other on the Torqboard in classes and riders can compete against the friends they follow on the platform. For riders who have a competitive edge, Flywheel is right up your alley.
- Space & Equipment: Without the tablet, the Flywheel Home Bike is 62"L x 20.5"W x 59"H. The bike comes with 2 and 4 pound weights. Users can also purchase shoes, a bike mat and a heart rate monitor to enhance their at-home set up.
- Cost: $1,600 for the bike (+$300 for the tablet) and $249 for deliver + $39 per month to access content.