Thanks to the new influx of on-demand video-streaming platforms, the future of fitness is here—and by "here," we mean in your living room, bedroom, hotel suite, or wherever your crazy-busy life takes you.
To jump-start 2019 with your fitness goals in mind, check out the top fitness streaming programs you can do right from home. We tested and researched hundreds before narrowing this list down to the 17 that are really worth checking out. Each platform is unique, so read on to learn which sweat-inducing investment best aligns with your goals.
By now you've probably heard of Peloton—with an impressive stationary bike, a brand new treadmill, and a recent yoga addition, the brand reportedly has more devotees than SoulCycle. Peloton has IRL studios in New York City, including a flagship where they hook up cameras and stream classes to literally anywhere. Yep, in addition to more than 1,000 pre-recorded classes—complete with killer playlists and motivational instructors—you have access to 20 live-streamed boutique classes per day. The best part? You can view each class's plan before it starts so you can mentally prepare to push.($19 per month; stream online)
Alo, the brand responsible for the strappy-backed bras and seamless leggings repped by basically all of the Insta-famous yogis on your feed, recently joined the digital fitness space. Alo Moves offers app- and computer-based video classes with names like Flow Motion, Remedy, Float Like a Firefly, and Strong Yoga for Beginners to help you tune into your practice. Athleisure-lovers, beware: The instructors' get-ups might send you straight to their online store post-savasana.($20 per month; stream online)
CorePower yoga, the yoga chain known for its killer free-weight strength flows, now has an online, on-demand platform so that you can move, sweat, and savasana wherever and whenever. This all-level-friendly video service provides signature classes, shortened flows, and pose breakdowns. Bonus: You can sync content for offline viewing, which makes airport, hotel, and middle-of-nowhere flow seriously simple.($20 per month; stream online)
When you think of barre, you probably think of ballerinas—not your living room, bedroom, or basement floor. But with Pure Barre On Demand, all you need is a little bit of space, a chair, and some form of weight (a water bottle will suffice) to plié your way to a stronger body. If you've never tried barre before, heads up: This isn't your traditional strength training class. The movements are done in increments, so don't be surprised if you hear "down an inch, up an inch" from your instructor and through the speaker. Don't let that turn you off—we promise you'll feel the burn.($30 per month; stream online)
Let's face it: Daily Burn is the OG of fitness-streaming, and for $13 a month, you can get it for less than the cost of a salad. With more than 1,000 workouts of all types (including Pilates, yoga, mobility, HIIT, and weightlifting), you can log in and get moving. Or you can answer a few questions about your fitness goals, and DB (as we affectionately call it) will provide a legitimate plan to help you get there. Yep, it's basically your video-based personal trainer.($20 per month; stream online)
With the ability to create custom move-mashups, Physique 57 On Demand is for the picky, short-on-time, or advanced barre-er. First, you'll browse workouts and choose targeted ones based on your goals (think: bigger glutes, stronger core, tighter tris). Then before you getting movin' and groovin' ballerina style, you'll structure your video playlist based on your personal style, daily schedule, and workout preferences. Ah, the power of choice.($20 per month; stream online)
If you've ever walked into the weight section at the gym and thought, WTF am I supposed to do now, Anna Victoria, founder of Fit Body Guides and Instagram fitness phenom is here to help. Targeting women who want to up their strength training game, Body Love offers pre-recorded workout videos that combine HIIT with strength workouts and are only 30 to 45 minutes in length. And if you want a dose of nutrition advice with your fitness inspo, be sure to check out the platform's custom calorie meal plans or macro counter.($17 per month; stream online)
Want a home gym without actually having clunky equipment in your home? Thanks to Mirror, you can. This interactive gym looks like a regular 'ole mirror thanks to its reflective surface, and you can get face-to-face interaction with trainers who are there to lead you through cardio, strength, yoga, boxing, or barre workouts. Here's how it works: First, you get the device (it's not cheap), then you hang it up (like a mirror... get it?). Finally, you switch it on for an at-home workout. What sets Mirror apart is that not only can you see the trainer, but you can also see and form-check yourself. And, in live-streamed classes, the trainer can see you (!!!) and offer feedback and encouragement.($1,495 one-time fee, then $39 monthly subscription; learn more)
If you'd list "yogi" on your Tinder bio, or your friends would describe you as "Zen-ed out," YogaGlo is the online yoga and meditation service for you. For $18 a month, it's cheaper than one yoga class at most studios. You can get classes as short as 5 minutes (yoga every damn day has never been easier) or as long as 120 minutes. But the best part is that members have access to lectures and workshops by top yoga scholars—yogis never quit learning.($18 per month; stream online)
Why sweat solo when you could sweat with celeb trainers? With her on-demand, stream-anywhere platform, Anna Kaiser's AKT has given her super-popular dance-meets-fitness workout a digital home. Here you'll find high-energy follow-along videos that range from 10 to 90 minutes. Don't worry, even the most painfully uncoordinated dancers can handle the strength-building choreography.($35 per month; stream on iOS or Android)
Pronounced "obey," Obé is actually an acronym for "Our Body Electric"—and considering the neon backdrop and that the workouts have their roots in dance-cardio and acrobatics, the name is fitting. The workouts, which are for both exercisers who got after it in the 80s and nostalgic millennials, range from cardio to toning to restorative stretching. There are six hours of live-streamed classes a day and more than 500 on-demand classes to choose from. Plus, they run only 28 minutes long. The only thing you need is a smart phone or computer. Optional: onesies and leg warmers.($27 per month; stream online)
"Mobility" has become a buzzword in CrossFit because let's face it: You can't be as stiff as a teenage boy in the morning and expect to nail a squat snatch. That's why anyone from "recreational CrossFitter" to "Games Athlete" (shout-out Kels Kiel!) is ponying up with ROMWOD (the "ROM" refers to range of motion and the "WOD" is CrossFit-speak for workout of the day). The platform offers more than 1,000 equipment-free videos that last anywhere from 10 to 90 minutes, and a new video gets added each day.($15 per month; stream online or iOS)
If you've been wanting to take a HIIT, yoga, bootcamp, boxing, dance-cardio, or mobility class with the fitness influencers you already follow on Instagram, NeoU gives you that opportunity online. All classes are videoed in NeoU's flagship studio in New York City and then streamed via your phone, computer, or tablet. In addition to sorting by class type, you can sort by class length, difficulty level, and equipment used. And in fitness-star fashion, the instructor energy is top-notch.(Free during their early access period; stream online or on iOS or Android)
Calling all moms and working women: FitOn wants you to know that having kids and a full-time job doesn't have to mean game over for your fitness routine. Here, you'll get anytime-anywhere, equipment-free, world-class-trainer-led, mega-social workouts (including cardio, strength, dance, HIIT, pilates, and more) all through an app. And yep, there's a video-series specifically for women who are pre and post natal. With any workout (which are about 20 to 30 minutes), you can also invite and talk with your friends via audio-phone chats.
Who wouldn't want Jillian Michaels in their living room? Thanks to FitFusion, Michaels's streaming platform, you can get moving alongside the celebrity trainer in more than 300 workout videos (and counting). There are also guest appearances from stars like Tara Stiles, Cassey Ho, and the Tone It Up Girls. And check it out: Even though she's the biggest celebrity trainer we've named, it's the least expensive streaming service on the list.($10 per month; stream online)
If you're more loyal to your fitness studio than Kanye is to Kanye (read: very), you'll love JetSweat. Here, sweat fanatics get exclusive access to recorded classes from NYC-famed studios like Bari, Sky Ting Yoga, Xtend Barre, Solace, Switch Playground, and ModelFit. The beauty of boutique fitness is that it allows you to bop around, but it's also pricey. So, for one-third of the price of one IRL class, JetSweat gives you unlimited monthly access to high-quality trainers and routines. New content is added each week, so it'll never get stale.
Gabrielle Kassel is an athleisure-wearing, adaptogen-taking, left-swiping, CrossFitting, New York-based writer with a knack for thinking about wellness-as-lifestyle. In her free time, she can be found reading self-help books, bench-pressing, or practicing hygge. Follow her on Instagram.