Once the ball drops and 2019 begins, hoards of people start heading to the gym in order to commit to their New Year’s resolutions. While that’s great for everyone’s health, it’s not exactly the best news for people who hate waiting for the treadmill or exercise machines. Luckily, there’s a smart fix that has benefits far beyond avoiding the gym.
Workout streaming subscriptions are only increasing in popularity. Not only have the online-only platforms expanded, but the most exclusive boutique studios have also started up virtual training programs that let you take the classes from anywhere. The ease of being able to check off your workout in the comfort of your own living room not only helps you stick to a healthy routine, but there’s another perk, too. Subscribing to a digital service tends to cost way less than those often overpriced gym memberships, letting you get fit and save money.
If you’re looking for the perfect service to start with, here are the best — and most affordable! — options to try out in the new year. You’re only a few clicks away from a healthier version of yourself.
1. Obé Fitness: $27/month (Seven-day trial)
Obé Fitness — which stands for “our body electric” — knows a thing or two about making workouts fun. With a membership, you get unlimited access to a schedule of live classes that take place every day of the week, as well as more than 500 on-demand options you can do anytime. Each top trainer leads their class in a bright, colorful room that can’t help but bring on those feel-good vibes, and the equipment-free classes — which include high-energy sweat (cardio), define (strength and speed), and flow (flexibility) — can all be made even more challenging with hand weights, resistance loops, and ankle weights as you continue to build up your strength.
2. modelFIT: $20/month (Seven-day trial)
If you’re not a fan of heavy cardio, you’ll love modelFIT. The studio has an online streaming service that lets you work out to full classes, as well as shorter workouts focused on different areas of the body that can be combined. And nope — you don’t have to be a model, either. No matter your body type, each workout uses simple sequences that target small muscle groups, giving you a lean and sculpted look all over. Don’t be fooled: while the movements may be tiny, you’ll certainly feel the burn whether you’re using the optional hand and ankle weights or not.
3. Crunch Live, $10/month (10-day trial)
Want a gym membership minus the gym? Try Crunch Live. Instead of going to group fitness classes in person, you can stream Crunch’s most popular picks online, whether you’re into bootcamp, dance, kickboxing, or yoga — all of which are led by the gym’s top trainers. One of the most popular features is perfect for when you’re short on time: 15-minute “quickie” workouts that let you get your sweat on and make it to your next meeting.
4. Body By Simone: $15/month
If you follow Jennifer Garner on Instagram, you probably see a lot of shout-outs to her trainer Simone De La Rue. But you don’t have to be a celeb to get the star treatment — you can simply subscribe to Body By Simone. The streaming platform gives you access to all the trainer’s 20-minute-long videos that focus on either the upper body, lower body, or core, as well as her beloved dance cardio sessions. When you combine the workouts together, you’ll have a full-body workout that will leave you breathless in the best way.
5. Daily Burn, $15/month (30-day trial)
If you need to switch up your workouts on the regular to stay motivated and beat fitness-related boredom, Daily Burn is a steal. For $15 a month, you have access to thousands of workout videos, from yoga, Pilates, and barre to kickboxing and HIIT. On top of the extensive list of workout options, there’s also another perk to the platform: it allows you to track your progress, counting every completed workout, calorie burned, and minute exercised, giving you plenty of milestones to celebrate throughout your fitness journey.
6. Physique 57: $20/month (14-day trial)
While in-person classes at Physique 57 cost $37 a pop, you have access to unlimited online barre workouts online for only $20 a month. Using nothing but your own bodyweight as resistance, the classes target muscles throughout your entire body with the goal of working them until they’re fatigued, then stretching everything out. And the process definitely works — so much so that you’re promised to see results after only eight workouts. In other words, this is a class even ballerinas would work up a sweat doing.
7. ClassPass Live, $15/month (30-day trial)
If you love incorporating tech into your workouts, you’ll thrive on ClassPass Live. The company is known for its memberships that give you access to studios all over your city, but now there’s an online component, too, allowing you to get in on high-intensity workout classes from anywhere. While you can do them on-demand, you can also unleash your competitive side with the interactive live classes that showcase a leaderboard of those streaming the class from home. When you stay in the target heart rate zone — something that’s automatically calculated through wearing a branded heart rate monitor — you’ll get points, giving you that extra push to see your name at the top of the list.