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. We will explore three more options in the conclusion of this two-part series on the most popular at-home fitness options that will ensure you have no excuse to skip your next workout.
If you missed part one, check it out here.
You may know ClassPass as your go-to source to for scoring spots at boutique fitness studios around town, but you can actually take advantage of ClassPass offerings from home as well. With ClassPass Live you can tune into live 30-minute classes (HIIT, strength, kickboxing, barre and boxing) or check out the on-demand offerings on your own schedule (HIIT, strength, dance, yoga and barre to name a few, plus express options for classes 20 minutes or less). To get the most out of live classes you'll want to invest in the starter pack of Google Chromecast and a special ClassPass heart rate monitor. This makes the classes interactive and instructors may give you a shoutout. Plus, you'll stay accountable thanks to your heart rate monitor.
- Space & Equipment: You'll need a space big enough for burpees and jumping jacks, and while some workouts use bodyweight, others may require dumbbells and other light equipment.
- Cost: $79 Starter Kit + $19 a month
What once started as an app for guided runs has now expanded to offer so much more. Aaptiv is your one stop shop for audio guidance through all types of workouts, including running, strength training, yoga, indoor cycling, meditation, elliptical, boxing, rowing and more. The app offers 2,500+ workouts (with 40+ new classes added each week) suitable for a range of physical abilities, beginner through expert and even offers running plans whether you're training for a 5k or a marathon. No matter how much time you have to spare, there's a workout to fit your schedule with classes as quick as 5 minutes and as long as 50+ minutes. Detailed audio cues ensure you know what you're doing and can complete moves with proper form. If you prefer to listen to your workouts instead of follow along on a screen, Aaptiv may be a good choice for you.
- Space & Equipment: For some workouts you'll want to be in a gym (or have a treadmill), while others can be done at home with little or no equipment. The app is clear upfront about what equipment will be needed for workouts, while some simply use body weight.
- Cost: $14.99 per month or $99.99 a year (which comes with a 7-day free trial)
The Bloom Method
And finally, we have an at-home workout designed specifically for pregnant and postpartum women, The Bloom Method. Keeping up a fitness routine is important during pregnancy but it's also a time when women may feel unsure of what modifications are needed to ensure moves are safe. This is exactly where The Bloom Method comes in, offering a blend of strength training, pilates, low-intensity interval training, cardio moves, meditation and nutrition. Workouts range from seven minutes to 55 minutes and are safe yet vigorous and will lead to a stronger pregnancy and a faster postpartum recovery. Not only do the sessions give you a good workout, they also provide tools that prepare you for birth, help you prevent and heal from diastasis recti as well as other common pregnancy related issues.
- Space & Equipment: You will need just enough space for a yoga mat and additional equipment is recommended, including weights or kettlebells, resistance bands with handles, mini bands, yoga blocks and sliders.
- Cost: $39 per month, $109 for three months or $309 for nine months