It’s that time of year when all the gyms are absolutely packed with the ‘New Year’s resolution’ crowds. Motivation to exercise is at an all time high – and so is gym class attendance! Couple that with the scorching heat and you’ve got yourself a rather unpleasant place to be during the Australian summer. But that doesn’t mean you have to pack away your training shoes just yet. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can smash out an awesome workout from the comfort of your own home (under the fan or air con!)
Don’t worry, we’re not going to make you pull out your mum’s dusty old aerobic videotapes from the 90s. As long as you have an internet connection and a computer, tablet or smartphone, you can stream workouts from some amazing trainers all over the world. It’s pretty much like having a personal trainer come to your home, except you can wear your PJs! Whether you’re into spin, barre, dance or boxing, there’s an online workout for everybody. Here are some of our newest faves to hit the web:
Like the variety you get from fitness membership services like Classpass, but can’t always make it to the classes? Then you’ll love Booya. The app allows you to stream unlimited workouts from boutique fitness studios for just US $10 per month! It gives you a chance to try everything from Bollywood dancing to trigger point therapy from anywhere in the world. Pretty much any type of workout you could think of, you’ll be able to find in Booya’s extensive on-demand library.
Find out more about Booya Fitness.
Spin classes seem like something you’d need to actually leave the house to do. Yet somehow, the clever folks at Peloton Cycle have managed to bring cycle classes to you. By purchasing one of their stationary bike’s with a virtual touchscreen, you can access over 1000 live or in demand cycling classes from world-class instructors. You can track your own metrics or if you need a little friendly competition to motivate you, even compete with other users on a real-time leaderboard! Currently, Peloton is only available in the US but they have plans to expand worldwide. You can get updates on when they’ve launched in your region by registering at their website.
Find out more about Peloton Cycle.
Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to live near one of Barre Body’s gorgeous Sydney or Melbourne studios. The good news is, their new online service allows you to access their challenging-yet-fun barre classes anywhere and anytime! Whether you’re new to barre or are looking to take your practice to the next level, there are online programs for every experience level. Or, you can pay $25 for a month to month membership and pick and choose your classes as you go.
Find out more about Barre Body Online.
We recently wrote about why twerking is the ultimate full body workout. But if you’re too embarrassed to shake your booty in front or others or don’t happen to have a twerk class near you, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out! US-based Twerk queen Lexy Panterra has created a series of online workouts around the dance move. The classes are the perfect option if you’re looking for something that combines dance, cardio and strength training but is still super fun.
Find out more about LTO Fitness.
Thinking about getting into yoga but aren’t sure what type is for you? Gaia is a great way to get to know your Hatha from your Vinyasa. The app is basically Netflix for yoga, as it allows you to stream over 7000 on-demand classes from some of the world’s best teachers. There’s also a section dedicated to yoga talks, for if you’re interested in learning more about the practice.
Find out more about Gaia.
If you want the gym experience without having to actually step foot in one, Crunch Live is for you. The online service takes a selection of the mega-gym’s most popular workouts and brings them to your living room. Whether you’re in the mood for bootcamp, pilates or dance cardio, you can stream the workouts 24/7 from anywhere with an internet connection. They even have 15 minute quickie classes for when you’re in a rush! At just US $10 a month, it also happens to be the fraction of the cost of an actual gym membership.
Find out more about Crunch Live.
Yogaholics is Australia’s very first online yoga platform. Created by the legends from Power Living, the app gives you 24/7 access to classes ranging from 5 to 90 minutes. Stuck on a certain move (cough, crow’s pose)? The ‘Poses 101’ section will break it down for you so you can practice until you get it right. There’s also guided meditations, in case you need a little help getting your zen on. At just $12 a month and with a free monthly trial, you’re getting major bang for your buck with this one.
Find out more about Yogaholics.