Summer is coming and that means we want to be in top shape for all that running, jumping and chasing after our kiddos. But let’s face it: getting to the gym every day (or even three days) is sometimes a small miracle. Which is why we rounded up our favorite online fitness programs which offer everything from postnatal workouts to dynamic yoga to cardio sculpts, all available at your finger tips. Scroll down to see our faves.
Every Mother offers easy-to-follow workout routines, ideal for all stages of motherhood: pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond. It is the only program scientifically proven to resolve diastasis recti. Whether you are trying to keep active during pregnancy (Prepare), strengthen your core after childbirth (Reclaim) or it's been years since you've exercised (Surpass), this gentle program is as advertised: for every mother! You start with a simple self-diagnosis technique to determine which program is best for you and then proceed to do short sequences each day (typically 7 or 8 minutes) along with a 20 minute workout. The programs compliment and build on each other and don't require an advanced degree in PhyEd to understand. A subscription (either $9.99 a month for a yearly subscription or $14.95 a month for a quarterly subscription) includes access to the app, over 100 workouts, daily tips and tricks and a supportive community.
Check it out at every-mother.com
If you like the camaraderie (and accountability) of group workouts but time or money make it tricky, FitOn is the app for you. While the app offers a ton of awesome on-demand workouts from world-class trainers, every day, there's also a unique feature that allows you to "join" a class at a specific time so you don't have any excuses! There's even a social component that allows you to interact with friends inside and outside class. But what we like the most is Maddy Curley's FitMama program which helps you get fit post-baby. You won't need any special equipment and since it's an app, you can download it right to your phone.
Best for: People who like group fitness but can't get to the gym; moms looking to workout post-baby or even with the kids. Basically: anyone!!!
Cost: $14.99/month or $119.99 per year (limited time offer: $59.99 per year or $4.99 per month)
If you’d like to try yoga without the mediational mood music, the new online yoga classes from Bulldog yoga is the best bet. There’s a wide variety of classes, from hour-long to 20-minute “bulldog bites” that you can fit into any schedule or budget. How is it different from a traditional online yoga program? Each video features yogis from all walks of life at all different skill levels, and each one is accompanied by an energetic, heart-pumping playlist. Some of the online classes start as low as 40 cents a day!
Best For: People who want an energetic yoga workout.
Cost: $5 for a day pass, $16 a month unlimited, $12 a month auto-renew unlimited. You can also get a 30-day free trial.
A team of experts designed Barre3's signature moves to give students a strong and balanced body. Anyone can do Barre3—it’s a mix of yoga, pilates, cardio and weight training—and instructors encourage their students to adapt the moves to their own needs in order to develop body awareness. You can choose from over 300 different videos (new ones are added every week) that vary from 10 to 60-minutes, get real-time support from instructors, connect with wellness experts, and utilize their new goal planner—schedule workouts, set weekly goals and even set text reminders! There's also an app you can purchase your iPhone, making it easy to fit in a workout wherever you go.
Good For: People who want to increase strength and balance.
Cost: From $25 a month to $29 a month, depending on how many months you choose. All subscriptions auto-renew. Sign up for a 15-day free trial to see for yourself.
Physique 57 uses a method called Interval Overload—a combo of body resistance moves that target the abs, glutes, thighs, and arms. Each workout focuses on strength training, cardio, and restorative workouts, there’s minimal equipment needed for the 40+ online videos, and the intensity of the workouts mean quick results. There are 10, 15, 30-minute (or even longer) videos available so you can design your workout playlist to fit your needs and daily schedule. There are also two, four, eight and 12-week programs, and different themed programs like Best Beach Body, Two Weeks to Hard Core, Lost 10 in 10 and more.
Best For: Body resistance training, all levels.
Cost: First month free, $30 a month after.
Grokker is a wellness social network. It’s designed for both companies who want to encourage wellness among employees and individuals who want to e-meet other like-minded folks on the same journey. There are over 4,000 videos, 70 programs (Choose from popular fitness plans like HIIT, Pilates, fit and trim and more!) and over 130 trainers who guide users in healthy exercise, mindfulness, nutrition, and even sleeping habits. You can find family-friendly recipes, compete against other users and get support—like you’ve got your own virtual trainer. Besides the app and platform, the service can be streamed via Comcast, and in December 2017, Grokker launched their new Amazon FireTV app.
Best For: Anyone who wants to make healthy living the norm.
Cost: First 44 days free, $14.99 a month after.
When you sign up for Daily Burn, you’ll be getting a cheering section in the supportive online community, as well as an impressive collection of workouts designed and taught by seven top-notch fitness gurus—24/7. Every morning you can catch a new workout via live stream (and it's available for the next 24 hours), or you can opt to try one of the numerous archived videos. There are 20-plus programs, including dance, high-intensity cardio, strength-training and more. The service also offers personalized workout plans. Daily Burn is compatible with a range of devices and streaming services, including Apple TV, Roku, Android and iPad, which makes it easy to workout anytime, anywhere.
Best For: People who need a little extra motivation.
Cost: First month free, $14.95 after.
YogaGlo brings the soothing, zen mood of a yoga studio to your living room. Each workout is filmed in an actual studio, and the vibe filters right into to your workout. Each time you log on you’ll be quizzed about your state of mind, and what you want out of the workout (Feeling calm? Feeling energized?). Workout range from five to 120 minutes, and with more than 3,800 videos, your choices are endless. There are options for everyone—beginners, runners, and travelers are just a few (There are plenty of classes for expectant mothers and families, too.).
Best For: Yoga at all levels.
Cost: First 15 days free, $18 a month after.
Ballet Beautiful was created by professional ballerina and celebrity trainer Mary Helen Bowers. Opt to tone your bottom half, tighten up your abs and arms, or power your way through a full body workout. You have the option of streaming individual videos (nutcracker workout bundle, supermodel, Ballet Beautiful stretch bundle) or choosing the custom workout plan (unlimited access, two new videos a month, personalized workouts), which has a monthly fee. There’s even a pre-natal option for expectant mamas.
Good For: People looking to tone and sculpt.
Cost: Videos range from $9.99 to $14.99 or $39.99 per month.
BodyLove Pilates was created by a pre-and post-natal pilates guru as she was going through her own pregnancy. The workouts are tailored to various stages of pregnancy, and the services have specialized workouts for different needs: what muscles you want to target, any pain you may be feeling, how much time you have, and more. For $25 a month, members get access to a rapidly growing library of 200+ workouts, a step-by-step catalog of Pilates mat exercises (over 100!), detailed anatomical info on what happens in the pre-and post-natal stages, the Postnatal After Birth Training Program and a blog filled with handy tips to get you through each trimester.
Best For: Pre-and post-natal fitness.
Cost: First week free, $25 a month after.
There are so many offerings from Booya Fitness, the chances you’ll get bored are slim. There are over 100 boutique classes, different workout plans (clean eating challenge, busy mom workout plan, post-baby bounce back and more), and a blog with tons of healthy living tips. You’ll even get reminder emails to keep you motivated and on the right track.
Best For: All levels and fitness interests.
Cost: First month free, $9.99 for one month, $26.99 for three months.
iBodyFit by Franklin
iBodyFit is ideal for people who need a little structure in their workout. Designed by fitness guru Franklin Antoian, there are three basic options: Fat Burner Plan, Bundle Plan, and Premium Plan. Each one is designed by Franklin, has different fitness goals, and requires just basic equipment. A new addition to the personal trainer programs means that members can now Skype with trainers, nutritionists and even set up a Q&A with a personal trainer.
Best For: People who want an organized workout plan.
Cost: Trial rate starts at $15. Plans are $49, $79, $99 and there's no auto-billing.
Beachbody on Demand
Beachbody's on-demand services mean you'll have access to your workouts every day, all day. There are all kinds of different types of workouts, from PiYo to the brand-new 80-day obsession, clean week and even kids & family. You'll have streaming access to over 600 different videos, and you'll use the programs healthy-eating plan offered with your membership. Simply download the app to any number of tech devices: iPad, iPhone, Roku or Amazon Fire.
Best For: People who are interested in meal planning as well as workouts.
Cost: $99 for the 12-month membership plan, $160 for the 12-month shakeology challenge pack.
—Gabby Cullen & Amber Guetebier