If an hour at the gym (plus a 20-minute commute to get you there) is not something you can squeeze into the already-bursting pages of your planner, consider opting for one of these online workout subscriptions to achieve your fitness goals. From the comfort and privacy of your home—or hotel room, camp site, live-in van, or anywhere you find yourself this summer—you can access exercise videos that will help you strengthen, stretch, and sweat. And if you’re the type of person that arrives at the gym, looks around, and sees mysterious-looking machines and a crowd of people deep into pro-looking workouts and have no idea where to start, these services allow you to build customizable workouts for your skill level and schedule without having to pay the hefty fee for a personal trainer.
Whether you’re looking for a five-minute ballerina stretch for a mid-day break or a one-hour high-intensity full-body workout, there will be something for you here. Another plus to the online workout option? If you’re a fitness newbie (or just gym-shy like me), nobody will see you trying to contort your body into that reverse table top pose or flailing your limbs as you try to pirouette.
Pilatesology brings together instructors from around the world (including Mari Winsor, who trained Miley Cyrus) to offer a digital curriculum of Pilates exercises. When you join, you will have unlimited access to more than 1400 videos featuring all the classic Pilates moves and more, plus the 12 new classes each month will keep you from getting bored.
SWEAT: Kayla Itsiness Fitness
Rated as the #1 workout app for women on the Apple app store, fitness guru Kayla Itsiness’ SWEAT features at-home equipment-free exercise to follow along with, videos with targeted workouts to add to your regimen, meal plans with nutritional recipes, and a digital community of thousands of women to keep you motivated. In addition to the Kayla Itsiness BBG high-intensity plyometric training, the app also features Kelsey Wells’ post-pregnancy resistance workouts and Stephanie Sanzo’s powerlifting program.
Access this yoga program from Alo from your laptop, smartphone, or tablet, and start the day off with a morning stretch, take a mid-day power yoga break, and end the day with a short meditation. Thousands of videos walk you through yoga series for all levels and new classes are added daily to keep things fresh.
Download the Keelo app for a complete HIIT strength and conditioning program. These HIIT classes include bodyweight-only moves for the equipment-less, as well as reps using barbells, dumbbells, and more, for those who do have access to equipment. Plus, the handy fitness tracker allows you to see what areas you’ve exercised and the number of calories you’ve burned.
Last but definitely not least, my personal favourite: Ballet Beautiful, the ballet-inspired fitness program from Mary Helen Bowers, the professional ballerina who trained Natalie Portman for Black Swan and regularly whips the Victoria’s Secret models into shape. I first stumbled on the Ballet Beautiful DVDs, progressed to the free YouTube videos, and am now a loyal digital subscriber. The customizable workout plan, regularly updated streaming library, and online shop featuring ballerina-approved athleticwear keep me inspired and active throughout my day. Try her signature swan arms video for an elegant cardio session and the plié port de bras with weights for a full-body workout.