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I Tried Three Workout Apps, and Here’s What Happened

Three Workout Apps

It’s that point in February where it feels like winter will never end. As I shuffle from one indoor location to the next, like a testy sloth, I struggle to remember how it felt to be an active, positive person. Will she ever return? A bevy of fitness apps promise to bring personal trainers right to your smartphone, for a great workout at any time. So, I tried three of the most popular, to see if they would inspire me out of my winter slump…

Sweat App

SWEAT, $20/month
The Sweat app was created by Australian fitness star Kayla Itsines, after the runaway success of her BBG (Bikini Body Guide) cult program (which inspired scores of viral before-and-after photos). The app features breakdowns of Kayla’s original BBG workout, along with a handful of other programs, including weight training, yoga, and post-pregnancy, taught by a cast of Instagram fitness stars. While I’m definitely not the type to track and share photos of my abdominals, I wouldn’t mind having a transformation of my own. I was excited to get down to business.

Each workout is broken down into a list of different exercises, where you try to complete as many circuits as you can in the allotted time. A tiny virtual Kayla demonstrates each move in a looping video clip, so even if you’re unfamiliar with a term or a piece of equipment, it’s easy to follow along. Because a lot of the moves (like burpees) involved jumping, as well as use of free weights, benches, and other equipment, this app felt best completed in a gym. There, no matter how hard I tried, I felt like a weird lady staring at her phone and hopping alone in the corner. “You have to get over the shame,” says my friend, a Sweat app devotee who can be seen hopping alone in corners on a regular basis.

If those viral before-and-after photos are any indication, regular use of this app delivers serious results. But while this app was incredibly user friendly, I’m not sure if just having it on my phone would motivate me to actually use it. And for a regular monthly fee, I don’t want to take my chances.

Verdict: Solid guidance for the self-motivated.

Aaptiv Fitness App

Aaptiv, $15/month or $100 for a one-year subscription
This app boasts over 2,500 classes, including running, strength training, stretching, yoga and meditation, ranging from beginner to experienced athlete. The classes are audio only, so there are no visual demonstrations, and if you don’t know what a certain move looks like, you’re on your own. The effect often feels like a very spirited invisible pixie is yelling in your ear.

Not all classes are created equal. Some felt easy to follow, while others, like a strength training class where the instructor yelled things about beastly bodies, scooping up dumbbells, and how things were “about to pop off,” all while techno music blared in the background, made me yearn for the peace and quiet of an uninterrupted run.

A number of classes are geared for use on a treadmill, stair climber or elliptical, so if you’re looking to up your solo gym game, this could be worth checking out. But as far as I’m concerned, there is nothing — and I mean nothing — in this world that could ever entice me onto an elliptical, least of all an aggressively enthusiastic dude yelling at me through my ear buds.

Verdict: A lot of people like this app, and I am not one of them.

Nike Training Club App

Nike Training Club, Free
The Nike Training Club app offers a range of workouts, which you can search based on your goals, workout type, or the muscle group you want to target. It offers both streaming videos and workouts broken down into a list of moves, so you can complete them on your own time.

I appreciated the variety of the instructors — while many of the other apps I browsed featured exercises demonstrated by a homogenous cast of (very thin) women, the Nike Training Club exercises were performed by a diverse crew of both women and men. They all look alarmingly strong, like they could casually lift a car, should the need arise. In all cases, the instruction was solid and the vibe felt inspiring.

I also liked that a lot of the moves, while effective, were things I could do at home, either with free weights or simply using my own body weight. And because a number of the workouts didn’t involve a lot of jumping around, I could complete them in my NYC apartment without worrying about my downstairs neighbor thinking some kind of stampede was happening overhead. Of all three apps, I am most likely to use this. In fact, maybe I’ll do it right now.

Verdict: For zero dollars, an excellent value.

Have you tried any workout apps? Do you currently use one? I’d love to hear.

P.S. The best YouTube workout videos and the art of (bad) running.

  1. Sue says...

    I love Cathe Friedrich and subscribe to On Demand ( slickly produced studio filmed workouts) and Live ( recorded with ‘real people’ at her gym in New Jersey) . As an earlier commenter mention, Cathe is 54 and super fit which I find so inspiring as a woman also in my fifties. She’s very encouraging, no boot camp style aggression, the tone is very much ‘this isn’t easy but you can do it’. The live classes show a diverse range of women from those in their twenties to much older, one woman was celebrating her 70th birthday in one workout and she’s pretty fit too. Watching them spurs me on, I feel that if they can all stick it out then I can too! I pay around $20 a month for access to hundreds of workouts and there’s a new live one every week plus any new series of the studio recorded ones. Can’t recommend it enough!

  2. Dani says...

    Thanks for this ( and I looked at some comments). I have a membership to the Y that I like to use but work +life has been hectic lately.. Wanted something I could do at home when life gets busy but didn’t know where to start.

  3. Hilary says...

    The comments in this post are incredible. I was looking for an at-home workout app or program a few months ago and could really not find a great list of potential options / reviews. Would love to see roundup of these options in a follow-on post.

    (Went with Tracy Anderson Online Studio. Seemed to be the most well-reviewed and long-standing option online)

  4. Julia says...

    “…like a testy sloth..” : )

    Your turns of phrase!
    Caroline, can we probably be friends?

  5. Sara Boggs says...

    Yes, please make a post collecting all of these comments together! And I’ll add my affection for Yoga with Adriene here – free and friendly, with a range of intensity. Her dog Benji lights up my bluest days!

  6. BambinoBradley says...

    I’m not sure if this has been suggested already but the 7 minute workout apps are my ideal. They are hugely popular here in the UK, and a lot of them are free. 7 minutes for each HiiT workout is the perfect start to the day, or do 2 or 3 back to back in the evening. Always by the side of my bed, no expensive equipment and tailor it to what you require. Short enough not to make excuses for, and backed by plenty of research proven that short bursts are scientifically better for you than an hour at the gym. I do MetaFit workouts twice a week and doing daily mini versions keeps me motivated and strong. And I only need my phone & trainers if I’m feeling saintly enough to work out on holidays too!

  7. Susan says...

    Love this! I’ve been using the Kait Hurley workouts which are online. Lots of yoga moves along with running and general fitness. I love the variety and how motivating and also down to earth she is. I also like how she has guests who do some of the work outs with her.

  8. Oh Caroline I love you. Your brutal honesty about Aaptiv made me snicker. I view my workout time as a form of ‘me-time’. I’m not one for gyms or crowds. I like the silence of my own thoughts, or just blaring out my thoughts (if I’m having a particularly stressful day) with music. I try to turn off all distractions during that time also, so being dependent on my phone during a workout is just setting myself up for failure. That said, I’m not one for fitness apps at all. I follow some fitness accounts for motivation and workout ideas then sort of incorporate them into my own plan. For instance, I have the Nike app downloaded but I haven’t opened it yet D:

    I have found this past year the combination of going Keto and adding more resistance training than cardio has helped burn fat quicker than any other program I’ve tried :)

  9. Lilly says...

    I love The Balanced Life Sisterhood by Robin Long. It’s not an app, but a membership site for pilates and barre, along with a community. Every month she provides a new 30 minute workout, along with a mission (January was goal setting, February was community) and a recipe bundle. She is so sweet and encouraging, and it’s something I don’t mind my 4 year old to listen. It’s all about loving your body. Membership also grants you access to a workout library (with workouts for as little as 10 minutes and as long as 45 minutes) and a recipe central site full of healthy recipes. Love Robin!
    https://thebalancedlifeonline.com/sisterhood-signin/

  10. Meredith Vilarello says...

    Just a suggestion for Cup of Jo editorial–do a follow up post where you list the 5 or 10 most suggested apps from the comments! I am reading through and taking notes (Mommastrong sounds INCREDIBLE), but a round up of your readers’ top apps would be so bookmarkable, especially since Caroline did not love two of the three apps she tried.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s a great idea!

    • I second this! I’d love to see a review of the ones mentioned in the comments. :-)

      Great post—I’m currently trying to find a workout app that is both affordable and effective in building muscle! (I’ve tried Sweat and I was burnt out after 8 weeks. Way too much jumping for me, and my cortisol was through the roof when I was doing her workouts 3+ times a week. I wrote a full review here: http://herstorygoes.com/2017/05/24/why-i-cancelled-my-subscription-to-kayla-itsines-fitness-app/)

      Right now, I just cycle through different workouts I save on Instagram!

  11. Helen says...

    “YOGA WITH TIM” on youtube. He is easy on the eyes, a nice motivation to keep following the work out.

  12. I’ve been using Nike Training Club on and off for YEARS and I love it. If you’re interested in getting into weightlifting I’ve used stronglifts and liked it. I (think) it’s free, although don’t quote me. It’s nice because there are only 5 basic lifts you do, and you go up in weight gradually. Unless you have a weight rack at your house you do need to do it at the gym, though.
    Recently though, I’ve been doing kettlebells at home since I actually hate the whole environment of a gym (and the fact that all my kids do at gym daycare is watch tv). I don’t have an app for them, my husband has been into them for a while and he showed me how to do them and they’re easy and quick and I do them in my basement.

    • Michelle Owens says...

      This this this. I LOVE my kettlebells. I’ve been using them for almost 10 years but almost exclusively for the last two – they are great investments for a home gym! I have been a member of Pat Flynn’s Strong On group where you pay $20/month (maybe it’s $25 now) and you get a daily workout and FB community. I’m not doing it now as I’m pregnant but plan to start again when I’m able to train without restrictions!

  13. A Martin says...

    How do you stay motivated to work out every day? I used to run when I lived in SF and always felt inspired (it is an absolutely beautiful city). But now as a mom of 2, I am full of excuses and lack inspiration to work out. I have ALL the tools necessary and yet I stiiiiill can’t get myself to do it even a couple times a week or I’ll start a workout program then quickly lose interest.

    • Rema says...

      I say this with love and total empathy: it’s not about motivation or inspiration, it’s about discipline. When I stopped looking for someone/something to make me enjoy or be excited about working out (spoiler alert: it never happened) and instead started treating it as a non-negotiable part of my life (as in: floss teeth, be kind, pay bills, exercise) it was a game changer. I don’t think about my workouts. I just show up to it every day and do the work. It’s often not fun, but I never regret an exercise session. And eventually it gets to where the extra energy and self-confidence you get from being fitter makes showing up to the exercise easier, and it becomes a virtuous cycle. I’ll work out now in the wee hours in the morning while my toddler is still asleep or go for a run in less-than-ideal weather, anything to keep it going. It’s self care and you and your family deserve it!

  14. Erin says...

    I use yogadownload.com and love it (not an app, it’s a website). $12/month unlimited class subscription, but they also have free classes. Tons of options for different class lengths and levels. It’s just like being in a studio but much cheaper.

  15. Anouk says...

    My favourite workout app is Goliaz. I started working out with them even before there was an app. Everything is tailored to you and your goals, and you get really fit with it. You now have over 300 workouts to choose from, but the best thing are audio workouts! A voice tells you what to do, it an even be a mixture of running and exercises.
    Goliaz has an amazing community, I have met friends from all over the world. It’s like a huge family. 💚

  16. Nazeefah says...

    Currently using FreshBody FitMind created by former Australian Olympic pole vaulter Amanda Bisk. It is SO good. Has videos of a ton of yoga workouts and stretches from beginner to advanced and also lots of strength circuits that you literally don’t need any equipment for. The length of these workouts range from about 20 to 40 minutes. I’m really enjoying it! What’s great is that Amanda is doing the class with you, like watching a YouTube video or taking a class in real life.

  17. Kim says...

    Love Fitness Blender – online, free, tons of workouts, and select from a wide variety of workout types, intensities, body focus, equipment or none, durations. With this and my Apple Watch tracking my activity, I’ve been exercising consistently for almost a year now.

  18. Lauren Cupp says...

    MommaStrong is THE way to go!! I’ve tried so many different workout apps and subscriptions, and this one is the only one I’ve been able to stick with. It’s more than a workout – MommaStrong has changed the way I look at and feel about myself. Couldn’t recommend more!

  19. Jen says...

    I’m 8 weeks into BodyBoss program. One time fee $50 and is a 16 wk workout program. Videos and books, get explanations and do-able in under an hour. No fancy equipment or gear required. Full time college instructor and mom of 2 under 7- first program I’ve been able to stick with since kids.

  20. I love Fitness Blender, Popsugar, Sydney Cummings and on Instagram Diana Mirgon dmirgonfit21, fitsylegrace, jptraining and cindyyufitness. These are all great and are free!

  21. Christina says...

    Rebecca Louise in you tube. She is so sweet and engaging. A variety of workouts. I pick and chose, but love her abs series the best.

  22. Claire M says...

    Zuzka Light!! Seriously, it’s so good! It’s not free, but half the price of Kayla and Zuzka has much better form, better designed workouts, and more variety, in my opinion. Plus, I like her personality in the videos and feel good about supporting her much smaller mom-and-pop sized company. And being small, she often responds directly to customer input and will provide further guidance or suggestions :) You can check out some full length workout videos for free on YouTube to see if you’d be interested to join.

  23. Jen says...

    I am a Cathe Friedrich devotee. I subscribe to her Cathe OnDemand and Cathe Live. The variety of workouts is crazy good. And Cathe is not a superfit 20 year old – she’s a superfit 54 year old. Never annoying and inspiring.

  24. Hannah says...

    Sworkit! I love it so much. I can select any length and workout and it customizes a series for you. So I have no excuse not to work out if I only have 10 minutes. And when I’m feeling draggy, I’ll start with 5 minutes and
    after it’s done, inevitably I’m energized and ready to commit to a full 30.

  25. Lauren says...

    Just started with Beachbody on Demand, and the workouts are fantastic (I was panting and sweating 10 minutes into my 30 minute workout), but the thing that keeps me going is the community! Being a part of an accountability group where we check in everyday and motivate each other has made all the difference, especially since I have a bad habit of going hard at something for a week or two, and then quitting. Plus its only like 90 bucks for a year subscription!

  26. Angela says...

    Wish you would’ve tried out Obé! I’m considering joining

    • Sophie says...

      I love love love Obé! They have a 7-day free trial and then there are a lot of codes for 30% off your first month (I think it’s OBELOVE). Try Madelaine’s classes and Megan Roupe. But really everyone is great, you’ll just see which style you prefer. I like that they have live classes—helpful for those of us who need the motivation of showing up at a certain time (they have a list of people who tune in and there’s a weird thrill of getting called out by name for doing a good job, in a virtual environment!). They also have an ever-growing on demand section, which are classes you can do any time of day. Finally they have super short 10 min classes for when you don’t have long or want to add on.
      They have an app, or you can stream from their website (I do this and put it on chrome cast to see it on my TV screen). You can do the workouts sans equipment, or with light weight, ankle weights and bands. But just try it first without buying anything you don’t have!

    • Liz says...

      I’ve been using obé since the summer. The love classes are great, it’s cool to hear that instructor yell your name. And the on demand are great too. They are intense and I feel like a 28 minute workout works well for my schedule. I’m also a huge fan of Megan and Madeleines workouts. Sometimes the instructors post codes for longer trial periods on Instagram

  27. i don’t do work out apps, though i did download Fitbit Coach with the intention of doing it eventually.
    i do watch Yoga by Adrienne on youtube, she cracks me up.

    • Caraline says...

      I adore Adrienne she is the realist!

  28. Angela says...

    MommaStrong is where it’s at! There are workouts for every stage of motherhood, but’s it’s not just for moms. I love the community built through the online FB group and the new guest workers by REAL members. Courtney is the real deal, and she shows that it’s okay to be less than perfect, and just showing up for yourself is enough. Plus, at $5 a month, you can’t get much better than that!!

    • Sara C. says...

      Gosh, i LOVE Courtney. So much that when I put I my workout clothes, my kiddo says “is courtney coming to our living room now?” She’s the one that got me back to running comfortably after pelvic floor issues after baby.

    • Amanda says...

      She is amazing and now, instead of getting frustrated when the kids interrupt me, I just laugh or talk to them like Courtney does with her kids and then they do “crab walks” with me. 😂 Mommastrong.com I fluctuate between this, Yoga with Adriene and jogging to fun music.

    • Leah says...

      MommaStrong ALL THE WAY!

  29. Maranda says...

    I have had Aaptive in the past and loved it. I did only use it for guided runs and time on the elliptical though. I did try to do a few strength classes, but since there isn’t a video component I didn’t always know the move they were talking about and gave up. Their running coaches and playlists are great though!

    For those who like to strength train, I cannot recommend Whitney Simmons enough! She posts short fitness routines on her Instagram and longer ones on YouTube. She has a wonderfully sunny personality and I love how her workouts are challenging and informative.

  30. Andrea says...

    I love, love, love Mommastrong (along with the bazillion others above!). I found it in the Cup of Jo comments about a year and a half ago and figured I had nothing to lose at the price ($5/month). I love the focus on strength and making your body work for you rather than any mention of getting my “bathing suit body.” I have stopped weighing myself, so I have no idea if I’m losing weight, but I can tell you that I have defined arm muscles and can make it up the stairs to stop the night terrors before they get going in record time thanks to Mommastrong!

  31. Lisa says...

    I used the Sweat app after my first baby but was always a little frustrated that these workouts were NOT for moms. If my arms are falling off…how do I carry the baby?

    Now I use and LOVE the mommastrong workouts. $5 month for a different workout everyday, amazing motivational education, and a truly empowering community.

    I don’t need anyone telling me to keep showing up so I can get the body I’ve always dreamed of, I need someone reminding me that showing up for this is basic self care and I deserve it.

    • “I don’t need anyone telling me to keep showing up so I can get the body I’ve always dreamed of, I need someone reminding me that showing up for this is basic self care and I deserve it.” – – – YES! MANTRA! genius….

  32. Kay says...

    StefFit is one some of my friends have tried and have raved about it! I haven’t gotten to using any apps yet but this was a great intro thanks :)

  33. Kelly says...

    Has anyone tried Find What Feels Good, the paid Yoga with Adriene one? I’m really intrigued but not sure I want to spend the $.

    • Sonia says...

      I just signed up and I mostly did it because I wanted to contribute in some way- the extra videos seem to be for people who are way more advanced in yoga that I am. There is a 7 day trial period so you can see what’s available.

    • Brianna says...

      I used to but stopped when I wasn’t using it when I had a newborn. I am about to start up again though now the baby is 1. I really liked the videos, there are often great series that you can do and the setting and music is often Devine which for me really adds to the experience. I would try the 7 day trial and see how you like it. I love YWA and have been doing it on and off for four years.

    • Lexi says...

      I have had the paid subscription for about 2 years now. I signed up as soon as Adriene announced it. I love it, and use it everyday. Its nice if you travel because you can use the app (which I believe is only available to members). I love the extra content that she has for members also! I would highly recommend it, but it is also the only paid subscription thing that I have right now, but I think its totally worth the $10.

  34. D says...

    OPEN GYM!! Bodyweight only workouts that can be done anywhere in 20 minutes or less!! https://open-gym.com/

  35. PAS says...

    Another Mommastrong devotee here! I’ve been using it for 3 years now and it literally put my body back together after having a kid. The 15 minute workouts are easy to fit even with a crazy schedule. I love that Courtney keeps it real (she films her workouts in her house, with dogs and kids around) and that the focus is squarely on feeling good and strong as opposed to some nonsense beauty ideal. And that you can interact with Courtney and ask her questions (there’s a super supportive FB group). Amazingly, it’s only $5/month.

  36. Hannah says...

    I use Mark Lauren’s On Demand – a web-based app with all his videos and workouts that allows you to follow his different (past) programms (like a 90 day challenge that really got me great results) as well as offers daily workouts (a mix of strength and agility training). What I love about Mark Lauren’s app is the flexibility – I can pick and choose the workout I want, I can do the workouts whenever I like and – most importantly – I can do them at home (there’s not a lot of jumping and you can do most workputs without any equipment). They take between 20 – 60 mins and fit into my daily routine. Mark also takes feedback (given in his Facebook group and via the app) seriously and adapts workouts accordingly. A one year subscription costs about 60 dollars, I think. And no, I’m not getting paid for this glowing review, I just love this training and the community! I’ve been using his workouts for about 4 years now and the web-app since last year, when it went live. And, BTW, he has special workouts for runners or swimmers.

    Oh, and another app/subscription thing I heard about (but haven’t tried): Alexia Clark’s workouts have loads of followers, too.

  37. Sarah Keating says...

    It’s a shame you didn’t like Aaptiv, I’ve been using it for ages and think it’s great! I know what you mean about some of the shouty instructors BUT there is a lot of variety in the instructors’ styles and I have a found some really inspiring, calm instructors on the app that have really taught me good form in running – for example – and there’s one meditation that I turn to again and again when I can’t sleep. I stick to the instructors whose style I like and ignore the rest :)

  38. Nina says...

    Apart from runkeeper to track my occasional run, I have never come across a workout app that interests me enough to download… unless you can youtube videos as a workout app :)

  39. Cool, will have to check these out. I love love Tone it Up and also Fresh Body Fit Mind 😊👍

  40. Emlod10 says...

    I love Tracy Anderson Online Studio! She has a beginner level and takes time to explain each movement. Bonus: she uploads new workouts every 7 days so it doesn’t get boring! Also MUCH cheaper than her in studio classes. I also Melissa Wood Health workouts!

  41. BB says...

    I used the Kayla Itsines app for about a month but found that after a few weeks it was SO REPETITIVE that I couldn’t anymore… I needed more variety!

  42. GFY says...

    Welp I just went down a deep Kayla Itsines rabbit hole. VERY inspiring, particularly their business ideology – her fiance is pretty brilliant at business as is she.

  43. emily weems says...

    I’m a die hard follower of MommaStrong, a wellness/fitness community for women. I have learned so much shit about my body, it’s insane. It’s such a welcome break from the “shed your baby weight!”, “get killer abs”, and objectifying propaganda women are inundated with after having kids. It’s HIT 15 mins workouts and the cost is only $5/month.

    • anonymous says...

      YES! i mostly love the articles, i have never commented, but after reading this i decided i HAD to say something about mommastrong (you were faster :-)) and for me and a lot of other moms it’s an absolute lifesaver, both physically and mentally.
      those 15min per day really make a difference in muscles and being able to run up stairs or behind a fast 5-yo without catching your breath!
      plus the mommastrong lady is so real, so honest about her own doubts and i-dont-wanna’s, it feels more like a funny session with a friend who understands your struggles. there is also a facebook group and you can get tied up with buddies if you wish. the community is comparably warm and honest to the community here at coj.
      at the same time very professional knowledge behind the scenes about which muscles have to be trained how without injuries and especially before/after birth. highly recommended!! MOMMMASTRONG, yay :-D

  44. Georgia says...

    While not a workout app per se, my fitness pal has afforded me a much stronger grasp of what I’m putting into my body and how active I am (or am not, haha.) I like that I can log my calories daily, adjust my goal to work for me, track steps and log workouts every day. I’ve lost 5 pounds (my goal is 10) and am taking the stairs every day at work which is a huge win for this sedentary sloth :)

    • Emily says...

      I agree! I have stopped and started on My Fitness Pal countless times but it has finally stuck. It’s helped me to reframe food as nourishment vs reward and made me aware of how much I should be eating. Consequently, it makes Girl Scout cookies seem like more of a special treat and I’ve lost five pounds since January. (Bonus!)

  45. Annika says...

    MommaStrong! Changed my life!

  46. Shannon says...

    I’ve been doing MommaStrong and I love it! For $5 a month, I get daily 15min workouts tailored to my stage of motherhood. There are also stretching modules, 5 minute hacks, and videos to help fix pain issues in various body parts. The whole program is designed to build strength while improving the function of my body through proper alignment. The slogans are motivating and Courtney is so relatable! MommaStrong and the community behind it has changed my life!

  47. Emily says...

    I love MOMMA STRONG! $5 a month, 15-min workouts, and an immediate improvement in my mood, function, and strength. It is so body positive and great for pregnancy and those early post partum days (although mine is almost 2 and I still love the workouts). Someday I will get back to running or crossfit but I don’t think I’ll ever quit momma strong.

    • Annika says...

      Yesssss. MommaStrong is the BEST!!

  48. Jane I. says...

    Fitness Blender is the best on Youtube. Just put on your own music and go! Sweet husband and wife from Canada. There is totally something for everyone.

    • Deb says...

      YES to fitness blender!! Love it! So much variety, not very much equipment needed and Kelli and Daniel (like they’re my friends :-P) are normal, approachable and no-nonsense. It’s the best.

    • Fitness Blender is awesome, I have been doing their workouts for YEARS! One correction, they are from Seattle.

  49. Nora says...

    Three words: Gixo Gixo Gixo! It’s a life-changer…

  50. Bee says...

    YouTube all the way-Blogilates on YouTube is my #1! Cassey Ho is always so cheeringly motivating and I happily hum through a workout of hers at least once a week. Fitness blender on YouTube has long workouts and an outstanding variety.

    • Olivia says...

      I love Casey! She’s so positive and the workouts are challenging, varied and are almost over when my motivation drops. I also really like Rebecca Louise for her quick routines as they are effective but don’t have to be very long or at a gym. I can feel the burn!

    • Nina says...

      Yes to Blogilates!

  51. Laura says...

    Suzanne Bowen! She offers streaming barre classes at a variety of levels with plans to follow or you can select your own. Inexpensive and easy to do at home and she is so encouraging. Only thing I’ve ever been able to stick with and see real results, including better posture. Plus, for many all you need is a yoga mat and a chair!

    • Cate says...

      I second this! Suzanne Bowen is a great instructor and her workouts are super effective. It’s the only program I’ve been able to stick with for longer than a year because it feels manageable, fun and I’ve actually seen my body get stronger. Been using her workouts all through pregnancy and have felt great.

  52. Sarah says...

    I’m in love with Mommastrong. It’s a few bucks a month and has a new 15-minute workout every day, with special and awesome focus on alignment and core/pelvic floor strength.

  53. Barb says...

    Very very helpful post! Thanks!

  54. Katie Muncie says...

    Wai Lana Yoga on Amazon Prime. One of the best yoga teachers I have ever experienced. There are three seasons of her t.v show on prime which is something like 70 episodes. They are 23 minutes each episode – which is perfect for us to fit in before breakfast in the morning. My kids aged 11 and 13 do the workout with me and its perfect for everyone’s levels. We have not missed a single day in the past year because we all are happy to have her part of our routine each morning.

    The 3 minute meditation wind down at the end is my absolute favorite and has given me new mental tools to face the challenges in my life.

    Her voice is so soothing, her instruction so precise and gentle and omg she is stunning and beautiful to watch in the most inspiring way.

  55. Kay says...

    Oh I love aaptiv but I like using equipment at the gym like an elliptical. And you have to find the right trainers for you, that hit your buttons. I found a few who I love and I cannot imagine going to the gym without it.

  56. Sarah says...

    Fun to read this! Not a fan of the clickbait-y title though.

    • Kumi says...

      Interesting, I didn’t remember the title until I read the comment but, in reading it again, I thought it was direct. I agree it was fun to read.

  57. Kate says...

    Pop Sugar Fitness is free and fun. Great variety and easy to follow. And count me as another fan of Yoga with Adrienne- I feel like she’s my friend.

    • Caraline says...

      LOVE PS and Adrienne! :)

  58. Alyssa says...

    fitness blender for life!! it’s FREE people!!!

  59. Christie says...

    Fitness/workout content on CoJ is my fave, would love to see more.
    :)

    Popsugar fitness on YouTube is THE BEST. All skill levels, from 3 minute workouts to 1 hr +
    On days that I’m feeling unmotivated, a 10 minute Popsugar workout is just the thing.

    Plus, Anna Renderer (who is the main instructor) is just a ball of positive glowing light.

    • Akc says...

      I love Anna and popsugar fitness too.

    • Jen says...

      Yes! Anna is great. Popsugar is also good for days your’re short on time. While they do have longer workouts, they have a ton of 10 or 20 minute ones that I appreciate too.

  60. Sneha says...

    Obe is the BEST workout app. I’ve done it religiously for 6 months and I never worked out before. Have seen serious results and you don’t need equipment just a yoga mat and a little free space

    • Melissa says...

      Awesome – I just started a trial of Obe today! Let me know what classes you like best!

    • BK says...

      I started Obe in January and have also loved it! I’m somehow now working out five days a week (??). The instructors are fun, I like the variety of classes, they’re short but still hard work, and the price is good. I don’t ever post in it, but it’s nice that they have a facebook group to foster a sense of community, interact with instructors, etc.

  61. Carolyn says...

    I’m just now in a free trial of the Studio app which has treadmill and strength training workouts. My first treadmill workout gave me such a nice runner’s high—which I can never seem to get on my own! Now I’m deciding if it’s worth a monthly $$ sub. I’d love to hear if anyone else has loved the Studio app!

  62. Kat says...

    She doesn’t have her own app, but I downloaded Katie Crewe’s at-home workouts and I love them. She also includes tons of nutrition information, and really seems like she wants to give people the tools to make healthy choices. Her Instagram @katiecrewe is also helpful/hilarious and her super cute cat is always making cameos.

  63. Nykayla says...

    Oh my goodness friends!! Amanda Bisk has a new app she’s just launched and sometimes puts free workouts on her instagram- she. is. the. bees. knees.
    She’s endearing and calm and talks through and completes every single workout with you. Her instruction is impeccable and I can’t say enough good things about her. She’s wonderful 💛

  64. I LOVE Obe Fitness, and I’ve tried tons of at-home stuff. This one is excellent. Fun and lots of variety.

  65. Callie says...

    Love this! And love Caroline like always!! A new women’s fitness app that is coming out that I am PUMPED about is from a trainer local to my metro area (which I guess means I’m shopping local?!) called SHOCK… What caught my attention about it was that the fitness model is someone also local who literally has an 8-5 full time job and got her body from workouts they are showing on the app, which is so enticing to me, because I love seeing “real people” like Caroline and the girl on the shock app getting actual results….
    https://www.shocktraining.com/

  66. Maggie says...

    I’ve been doing P.Volve (it’s an app and a website) for almost a year and I love it! I come from a yoga background, and while it’s not yoga or pilates or barre, it’s in that universe with a little Katy Bowman functional movement thrown in. Very low-impact, very sustainable, very challenging, and amazing results! The trainer, Stephen Pasterino is very knowledgeable about anatomy and movement.

  67. Mckenzie Cunningham says...

    I’m loving 80 day obsession! Although, I don’t quite follow it the way it’s meant to be followed – on the days I’m working out from home, I just pick and choose which class I want to do, in no particular order

  68. Maggie says...

    All about Yoga with Adrienne in the winter!

    • Love Yoga with Adrienne!!! She’s so good.

    • Mari says...

      Yoga with Adrienne is the best thing

  69. Agree on a lot of this (especially the feeling like a testy sloth!) and did enjoy the Nike Training App for its free nature for a long time. Those workouts are just as good as anything you can get on the others. Nothing changed drastically for me though until I found a community of a few other women to do workouts with. No amount of self-motivation can account for the community, comradery and the fellow co-misery of people to work out with. They cheer you on when you think you can’t make it to 100 mountain climbers, and celebrate you when you’ve finally become faster than all of them at 50 burpees. Is Barre or CrossFit or whatever-hot-new-thing really that much better of a workout than the other? No, it’s paying a premium to find your tribe and accountability. Instead, find a few friends, get the free Nike App, and suffer together. Preferably followed with a large bottle of water (or wine?).

  70. KittyGinger says...

    I use a Notebook. It’s really cheap, payment is upon purchase but it has to be renewed when filled up. I use Books and Internet Resources to get my Brain to program my workouts with some common sense on the side. Works wonders.

  71. Kayla says...

    Have been loving alo moves subscription, all yoga, but tons of variety and instructors that are super knowledgeable and able to explain where you should be feeling each position- which has been a game changer for me. I think the struggle with anything where a real human is teaching you is that you don’t know if you are doing a move correctly or not unless they tell you exactly how it should feel, not necessarily how it should look.

  72. abc says...

    I love the BBG program, but I also find it $$$. While I was unsure about making the commitment, one day last year I received an e-mail from BBG offering a promo: 1$ for 3 months. Because I’m all about life-hacks, I spent the dollar and then a spent a significant amount of time copying ALL of the workouts into a word document. Cancelled the app before the 3 months were up and now I do them without the app…!

    • celeste says...

      Genius!

  73. rebecca says...

    Not an app, but check out the Sydney Cummings YouTube channel. She posts new workouts every day at 5:00AM and is super upbeat and motivating. You can follow along throughout the week or pick a workout from her extensive library.

  74. Teatreebaobab says...

    Surprised no one’s mentioned Body Love / Fit Body by Anna Victoria. There are 3 different programs in beg, int, adv levels: without equipment, with minimal at-home equipment, and for the gym. I’ve felt a good burn with all three, and the app works pretty well overall. Fitplan is also pretty good if you have a trainer you like (I’m partial to Michelle Lewin and Fit Gurl Mel)

    • Jenny says...

      Yes! Love Anna Victoria. And you can get the PDF versions too

  75. Meg says...

    Fitness blender!

  76. Ro says...

    I’ve used the “Zombies, Run!” running app. Nothing will make you pick up your speed quite like the sounds of the undead.

    • Bridey says...

      Zombies, Run! is the best! The only time I run is away from zombies 😆

  77. Danielle says...

    Throwing in my votes for Nike Run Club and Yoga with Adriene. I also recommend YogaGlo–it does have a monthly fee, but you can try it for free for a certain amount of time, and the yoga offerings are really varied. You can do very chill restorative yoga or very active yoga cross-training, they have a detailed search feature to find a class you like, and they’ve recently added Pilates. Additionally, their website is starting to get slightly more diverse in terms of race, sexuality, and body type.

  78. RR says...

    I have both Aaptiv and Beachbody-on-demand right now but I did get deals of both for the yearly subscription. I love Aaptiv for treadmill running and the stair master. The intervals push me in a manner I would NEVER do on my own. However Aaptiv for strength training is seriously challenging without the visual cues. Beachbody-on-demand works great when I’m alone at home but at the gym I feel like everyone is staring at me, as I’m staring at my phone. Either way, external motivation undeniably pushes me out of my comfort zone.

  79. Trish says...

    I really like Aaptiv, and I really like that trainer. I sometimes wonder if your characterizing of him is a bit racially derogatory? And perhaps we could have characterized his work out without being so negative about his word choices? I’m thinking a lot about code switching and this article post raised a good point. The workout is not for someone who works out to get peace and quiet! But, I don’t know if we need to mock his use of words or his style of motivation.

    • Elizabeth says...

      How can you tell what race a person is by her description of what he says? Does he say those things? Does he yell? Is there techno music? None of those equate to a singular race that I can imagine. Do you think that because you recognized the trainer by her description that perhaps you were reading into what is said?

    • Julie says...

      The description in the article doesn’t even specify what gender the instructor is let alone race. It could literally be anyone and when I read it I pictured the (female, German) fitness instructor I hated when I did a bootcamp class.

    • Dot says...

      Thank you for this comment, Trish! I felt uncomfortable reading that description too, and I appreciate you pointing out the coding. I was also struck by the coding of class, and that made me feel a bit gross too. I hope the replies aren’t getting to you; bring on the day that people are as ready to jump in against racism the way they are when they are when something is being called racist! Heavens.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      That class actually had a white instructor for that video but thank you for these thoughtful comments!

    • Lindsey says...

      I read and reread this comment to try and understand but I think you are way off base. There is nothing wrong with what she wrote.

  80. Paul says...

    I use Google Fit and while it is a little clunky I like that it tracks my weight along with my workouts. It is easy to see the direct correlation between my working out and weight gain/loss. There are no tutorials or suggested workout regimes. It does track move minutes and heart minutes, when you are in cardio mode, and makes suggestions to increase or decrease your goals once a month.

  81. Melissa says...

    The Glo yoga app is fantastic. has pilates, yoga and strength classes all available on the app and online. I love it! All different lengths of classes as well so if you have 15, 30, or 60 minutes there are options.

    • Emily says...

      I also really like Glo. I enjoy the yoga classes and the 5 minute abs. It definitely hasn’t gotten me “fit,” but it’s something I can easily do in my living room, after putting the baby to bed, without even putting on a sports bra, and I feel better afterwards. At $15 a month, worth it for me.

    • Amy says...

      Oh Emily, you had me at “after putting the baby to bed, without even putting on a sports bra”

      Checking this one out!

  82. Ellie says...

    Another vote for Fitness Blender! Love their videos.

  83. Kara says...

    I subscribe to Les Mills on Demand and stream workout videos using my phone, Firestick, ipad, etc at home on my own schedule. I had a $100/month family membership at our local YMCA where I participated in LM classes (BodyPump, RPM, GRIT) but found it difficult to get to the gym in time for classes. Streaming videos at home is saves me money and time! No more waiting in line outside the locked cycle room 15 minutes before a spin class just to get a bike!

  84. I love Kait Hurley’s Move + Meditate app!

  85. Zoe says...

    I like Aaptiv a lot! Definitely helps with figuring out what the heck to even do at the gym. Before I started using it I felt aimless. But also DYING at your reference to the class taught by Sultan. That was one of the earlier classes I tried and my mind was seriously blown by him…I was like, does he think he’s in a rap track?!?! Is he the DJ Khaled of Aaptiv?!?!?! I had to keep stopping my squats to giggle. And then I had to lurk him on IG. He is a beast for sure!

    • Jenn says...

      I have and love Aaptiv but don’t think I’ve ever done a class by Sultan. Clearly, I need to!

  86. Gianna says...

    Not an app, but https://www.fitnessblender.com/ has 550 free workouts done by super down-to-earth trainers Daniel and Kelly. No crazy music, no yelling to “push yourself to the limits”, high and low impact options, beginner to advanced options. Can’t recommend enough and I hope they release an app one day. :)

  87. Anni says...

    For sustainability (i.e.: you won’t get injured, which is a real probability with repetitive workouts) and for healing imbalances and improving your overall mobility, balance, and strength, and for ideas about how to bring movement out of a “workout” and into your daily activities, check out Nutritious Movement with Katy Bowman. Online classes, books, and if you wanna really go deep into the biomechanics of movement with a funny, clear, passionate teacher, check out her podcast!

    • Emily says...

      This is exactly what I need! Thank you for the rec.

    • emily says...

      i looooove katy bowman! i found her when working through some core issues. and i now find myself pushing against door frames and hanging from bars throughout the day : )

    • Julia says...

      Came back to the comments to say thank you for this!! I got two of her books with my audible credits and it came with pdf download of the movements she recommends (besides just moving more!) I love how she goes into all the layers of glorious geekiness when describing the effects of movement. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for! I really enjoyed Barre workouts before (shout out Barre fitness Yaletown & YouTube channel!) for that reason, of creating balanced movement memory and strengthening the little forgotten muscles to be stronger!

      I may end up getting her more intensive programs, but for now I’m enjoying her free content like her squat ‘advent’

      This is why I love the coj comment section ❤️

      Thanks Anni!!

  88. Eric says...

    I’ve been a distance runner for many years and in an effort to improve overall strength, I’ve tried a bunch of these and finally settled on the Nike app as well, so I second the recommendation whole-heartedly.

    The new section called “collections” is fantastic, ranging from about 20-45 mins in length. Word to the wise – if you are not already at a reasonable starting point, ease into these. I currently run 50-70 miles per week so the suggested 3 times per week fits nicely into a cross-training routine. Most workouts focus on legs, core and some (though lighter) upper body and, if you follow the collection through in order, lead to a very well-rounded workout routine. Plus, can’t beat the price!

  89. Mallory says...

    This is not an app, but Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube is great for people who like yoga. Adrienne is so charming, you feel like you know her after one video. She’s got a video for almost anything, from strength to depression. I have struggled with anxiety, and her videos have helped me through some tough times!

    • Rebecca says...

      I need this right now so badly, thank you!

    • Jen says...

      YES!!! Lover her so much!

    • Em says...

      I love Adriene too! YWA is the first exercise programme I’ve ever stuck with, and has been so good for my brain and my body. I began it during a period of depression and acute stress and anxiety, and it made all the difference. I love the calendars on her website that you can work through; takes the decision making out of exercising (unless I there’s something specific I want to work on and then I go straight to that video, or sometimes I just redo one of her thirty day programmes). She is so loving and encouraging and has such a great sense of humour… she’s the best. YWA all day every day.

    • Elizabeth says...

      YES! I recommend Yoga with Adrienne wholeheartedly. There’s a video for almost any type of situation or time frame (i.e. “Yoga for Grumpy Days” & “Yoga for Your Time of the Month”) and her personality is so fun, I often find myself laughing along with her, like I’m doing yoga with a friend. As a teacher, we’ve even done some of her 5-minute yoga videos in class as a brain break. :)

    • Bekah says...

      Yoga with Adrienne is amazing! She is so down to Earth, calm, and encouraging. Love her series and state of mind.

    • jen says...

      YES! YogaWithAdrienne and FindWhatFeelsGood have been life-changing for me. I do a video every day (nearly a year now) and I have never felt stronger and also more at peace. I swear her videos are meditation for me. I recommend her to everyone. And they’re free!

    • Molly G. says...

      I agree! Yoga with Adriene is amazing! I love that she has short videos if you need a quick stretch or nice long relaxing practices too. Plus her dog’s appearances always make me smile (usually because my basset hound is usually licking my ears while I’m in downward dog or something! ha!)

    • Helen says...

      Yes MOLLY G. I couldn’t agree more, I love seeing her dog in the videos!

  90. Jess says...

    I use aaptiv regularly and really like it – but almost entirely for running. Left to my own devices my runs are sort of sadsack versions of what I imagine actual runners do, and apptiv has helped me 1. shorten and fix my stride and 2. run for more than 3 miles on a regular basis. Someone enthusiastically encouraging me in my ear and reminding me to relax and stop slouching mid-run is *exactly* what I needed. No regrets on purchasing it for a year and I’ll buy it again next year. I know how to lift and am comfortable putting together strength training circuits on my own based on how i’m feeling, so I just don’t use the app for that.

  91. Jen says...

    I use the PWR program by Kelsey Wells, which is also on the Sweat app. It also has a huge online community, and it seems like a lot of the people who previously did BBG have graduated on to PWR. She teaches you how to start weightlifting and compared to BBG it isn’t as repetitive or plyo-centric; it just seems like a more sustainable option than BBG overall. I was previously a cardio bunny and using this program has allowed me to change my mindset from doing everything I can to lose fat, to building strength and impressing myself (and others in the gym!) with what my body can do. Weightlifting has been incredibly healthy for my mental health.

    • Dawn says...

      I second this comment! I never weight-lifted before this program and now I feel so empowered and capable in the gym. You do need access to a huge variety of gym equipment-just a heads up!

  92. Maureen says...

    Possibly not a popular opinion but I’m really sick of seeing fitness trainers with bodies that don’t represent what the majority of women’s bodies really look like. Any suggestions on video’s/apps that have some variety to that theme?

    • Allison says...

      Maureen, I’m a member at Barre3 and I also love their online program. Both my studio and the online courses are very body positive and there’s body diversity among the instructors and the students. I’ve never thought of myself as very athletic, so I’m thrilled I could find a great workout that leaves me feeling physically and mentally stronger!

    • Danielle says...

      Yoga for all Bodies with Jessamyn! I feel like Barre 3 is working on it. They aren’t all there yet but they have been making an effort. What an enormous difference it makes when you are go to pick a workout and you are like “Hey that girl kind of looks like me”.

    • Emily says...

      Check out Glo, which someone mentioned above! It’s a website/app which has yoga and other classes, and definitely has women of all body types (thin, old, strong, fat, etc). Very refreshing.

    • Charlotte Riise says...

      For body diversity, I suggest Jen Sinkler (lifts weights faster is an excellent program), or Molly Galbraith from Girls gone strong. Also, Neghar Fonooni (her Bikini rebellion guide) and Nia Shanks.

      All strong women with powerful messages that focus on self worth and strength rather than changing one’s body.

    • Joanna Hart says...

      Christine on Peloton talks about this. She’s an absolute beast and not model thin (she’s a competitive cyclist). I love the Peloton app (I don’t have their branded bike) and it is such an amazing deal: strength, boot camp, yoga, meditation, indoor and outdoor running, and of course spin of all types. I think for new subscribers it’s $20/month with thousands of classes on demand.

    • Rachel L says...

      Co-sign all the suggestions Charlotte gave and will add Chrissy King to that list! She’s another inclusive body positive woman who really focuses on strength and power. She sends out free emails and occasional free programming, and has things to purchase as well!

    • Maureen says...

      Thank you everyone, love all these amazing recommendations!!! Can’t wait to look into them all.

    • Naomi says...

      Mommastrong! It’s all about building strength and healing from pregnancy/child rearing, not about how your body looks.

  93. Debby says...

    Thank you so much for this roundup! Love free.99 apps. I wonder, though– does paying for an app make you feel guilty if you don’t use it? Maybe it’s like a sick motivation tactic to pay that fee and feel like you owe yourself to make the most of it. Good luck with Fit Feb!

  94. Scarlett says...

    Fitness Blender is great, they’ve got hundreds of different workout videos for all levels of fitness and amounts of equipment. I’ve tried to begin BBG numerous times but for someone like me who is bored easily and has trouble sticking to a workout “program” because of lack of variety, it got too repetitive for me so I’ve just never been able to complete it. Plus I find that it focuses a little too much on the end result and not creating healthy habits (or maybe that’s just me). Nike Training Club is a great app too.

  95. Justine says...

    I am a devoted home work out person – no time or motivation to get to a gym. I love Youtube (Yoga by Candace, Yoga by Adriene, Bad Yogi, Zuzklight’s free workouts, Four Points Yoga). I have also following Bad Yogi’s paid program (awesome) and subscribed to Zuzka Light’s paid programs/site – excellent workouts if you can ignore all the (IMO) silly diet advice. I like Zuzka because she isn’t overly cheerful or aggressive when she leads her workouts, she does the full workout with you and has a really nice personality. She also offers a variety of types of work outs and work out levels.

    • Steph says...

      I LOVE Bad Yogi! I’m currently doing Perfect Body Resolution and love the strength training mixed with yoga. I highly recommend Erin & her programs :-)

  96. Kiley says...

    The Nike Run Club App is great! I used it to train for a half marathon and a 10k. It takes your fitness level into account and creates a plan for you. It’s free and you can use it with the Nike Training Club app. I’d like to try the Tone It Up app. I love the workouts they post on their website, they’re always so positive and upbeat!

  97. Kim B. says...

    I love the Down Dog app! For those who are already familiar with yoga poses and sequence (and even for those who are not – the app provides photo and spoken guidance), it is a terrific way to get in your practice on the go. I have used it while traveling, in hotel rooms and occasionally at home. The fee is $29.99 for an entire year.

    • Nicole says...

      I echo that. Love the Down Dog app! Easy to adjust and the price is right.

  98. Cara says...

    I have been using the Alexia Clark workouts ($29/mo.). 5 workouts per week, 30 minute or 60 minute, gym or home. There isn’t an app so you have to save it as a pin on your phone, but the exercises are great and there is a great support group on FB. I like it, it’s great for a quick, effective workout during the week.

    • Lisa says...

      I use AC workouts, too. They are very similar to what I do when I have a personal trainer and I love the flexibility of home versus gym. There’s always a lot of variety. I really love that there isn’t a video I have to pause every time my kids interrupt me.

      I use Aaptiv for treadmill running and I will not treadmill run without it. I definitely run harder and with more variety than if left to my own devices.

  99. Julia says...

    I have done BBG twice – at home, without any weights, benches (a chair is just fine) or whatever it is you might „need“. The exercises are still really tough!

  100. Ni says...

    My sister is an amazing nyc trainer and her new app is excellent and free for 7 day trial. Lots of choices for different types/lengths of workouts…

    https://ondemand.kirastokes.com/

    • Alli says...

      OMG tell your sister I took one of her pop-up workout classes in San Francisco at The Assembly. It was GREAT! Can’t wait to check out her new app. Thanks for sharing.

  101. Sarah S. says...

    Did BBG and Sweat app for a while, love Kayla, just ended up getting bored after a while. Also – found that it’s kind of still all the same thing if the trainer can’t see you. A trainer in-person is too expensive but I found something recently that’s new to market that I think could be so awesome for anyone trying these apps – http://www.livekick.com. I did their 2-week trial for $10. It’s basically like having a personal trainer over video chat. My trainer was in South Africa!!!!!!! Found it super cool – and learned that I have been squatting incorrectly my whole life lol. There’s really no contest and nothing better than having someone able to observe your form and also program specifically for you, not just for the general public. Think this could be particularly great for postnatal mamas! Let me know if anyone else tries it!!!!!!!

    • GFY says...

      ooo thank you for the rec – I agree with you about the personal observation of a live trainer being super helpful.

  102. Lauren E. says...

    Not an app, but I cannot say enough good things about the Fitness Blender app on YouTube. I wake up an hour early before work every day and get an intense HIIT workout in via FitnessBlender. They have TONS of workouts and you can modify anything and most use body weight alone. It’s magical.

    • Anna says...

      Fitness Blender is the absolute best. Saved my sanity when I was working in the Middle East and couldn’t easily access gyms. They’re such good and varied workouts. They seem like really nice people too.

    • Charlotte says...

      Yes! I’ve second Fitness Blender. Great videos.

  103. Mel says...

    No app for me. But thanks to your post last year about YouTube workouts I went from not working out for 10 YEARS (yikes) to working out every single day with BohoBeautiful Pilates/yoga/fitness videos. I do a few a day – it’s been life changing. And Juliana is so lovely – I don’t even consider it ‘working out’ anymore, it’s just my time to restore/challenge/take care of myself.

  104. Lee says...

    I’ve used and enjoyed a couple of programs: (1) Tone It Up: workout videos range from 10 minutes to an hour and the girls who led it are so cute and encouraging (2) Yoga Vibes: you can use the filter to choose the amount of time you want to spend, the focus area (e.g. legs, shoulders, etc), and the type of yoga (e.g. iyengar, forest, etc.) (3) BBG: I’ve never used the app, but I have the PDFs and love them. I highly recommend any of these programs–I’ve used all of them at different times/sometimes the same time. If you are having trouble getting motivated, find a friend to work out with you! A friend and I did BBG together and it was a great way to spend time together with our busy schedules.

  105. Julia says...

    I’m really curious about the newish Tone It Up app!!! I follow the TIU gals on Instagram and I love them. Has anyone tried it?

    • Sara says...

      I like the Tone It Up app. I’ve used the website for years to get workout inspiration. I don’t pay the monthly fee so I only get access to the daily 5 moves, but it gives me a circuit of 5 exercises to do that I ordinarily wouldn’t do on my own. It helped me get ready for my wedding a few years ago and it has been motivating me ever since. They are also very body-positive with a focus on mind-body health. One of their founders recently had a baby, and she offers pre and post natal workouts too.

    • Ashley says...

      Have been doing TIU for over a year – it’s amazing. Great value for the amount of videos on demand & the results are legit. As an added plus, the positive messages they share are great.

    • Jenny says...

      I’ve used TIU and I like it a lot! They have sooo many on demand videos so it’s so easy to pick one I’m in the mood for. Some of them are really tough! Look for the videos with Jillian if you really want to sweat. I’m taking a break from it now while I focus on marathon training, but I’ll definitely be resubscribing!

    • rachael says...

      LOVING the TIU App!!! I’ve followed them and have done their workouts for free on YouTube for years and just signed up for the app. I love how the app takes all the guesswork out of deciding which workout to do each day. I love that the workouts are all 15 to 30 minutes, but they are still killer! Love, love!!!! They offer a 7 day free trial, so I would definitely recommend checking it out!

    • Erin says...

      I tried TIU a few years ago. I think things have changed a bit since then, but there was a big focus on running, which ultimately didn’t work for me. Otherwise though they have a really big, positive community.

  106. Sarah says...

    Just have to add FitnessBlender on YouTube into this fitness conversation–I’ve been using their (literally hundreds) of videos for over two years now and just needed to invest in a set of adjustable dumbbells, which are perfect for small spaces!

  107. Maggie says...

    I have to say, I LOVE Aaptiv. I agree that the trainer matters, and the music – but once you have ones you like, you can stick with them. Anyway – for anyone else who has little kids and no time, wants to work out some at home and some at the gym, cannot devote a moment’s energy to researching workouts or choosing a playlist, give it a try.

    • Nicole says...

      totally agree! for busy people that need to squeeze in a workout and don’t have time to plan it, aaptiv has been fantastic. I’m a mom of three with lunch hour being the only time to squeeze it in. I love the spinning sessions, the music and trainers are great. The weight lifting can be tricky if you don’t know exactly what they are asking for but you get the hang of it after a few sessions. All in all, it has greatly improved my fitness.

    • bb says...

      Same here! I started Aaptiv a bit over a here ago, and I can’t imagine going to the gym without it. I was so surprised by the original post and the reaction to it– I love the music, trainers and workouts. (Swear this isn’t sponsored!) I used to try to give myself spin workouts and now have them on demand… it’s perfection. Huge Katie fan in particular.

  108. The Nike Run Club app (also free) has been helpful for getting me motivated to run more. They have some running plans that can be built for you based on your needs (ex: a plan to train for a half marathon, a plan just to get more active, etc.). As a Headspace lover, the crossover Headspace X Nike guided runs are great and help to make me more mindful as I run (as opposed to just miserable).

  109. Amanda says...

    Not an app, but Fitnessblender is a fantastic website for free, full-length workout videos. You can search for workout videos by time, equipment needed, type of workout (strength/cardio/etc.), and a bunch of other factors, so it’s easy to find one that works for you even if you only have 30 minutes and no equipment. I work out at a gym now, but I used their programs for awhile and really liked them for working out at home.

  110. Jess says...

    Peloton! The app is $20ish/month and you can have multiple users on your account so I share it with my sister. I have a non-Peloton spin bike that was cheaper than a Peloton, and the spin classes are great (my fave instructor is Robin). The app also has tons of other types of classes: treadmill, guided outdoor runs, strength, yoga, etc. All of the classes I have tried are great, and I especially love the guided outdoor runs, which make me push myself way more than I would alone. Highly recommend!

    • Second. I was VERY skeptical about Peloton. Their ads are ridiculous and seem like SNL skits to me, but I’m extremely impressed so far. It’s much much more than just cycling. I like Emma Lovewell’s classes the best.

    • SFMom says...

      I am obsessed with the Peloton app! It is life-altering. I use it for runs primarily and love that you can use it both on a regular treadmill or outdoors. It motivates me to do all of the things that I do not do on my own: hills, intervals, speed. Turns out having a personal trainer (read: cheerleader) in my ear the whole time is just what I needed to get excited about running and, dare I say it, even progress. Highly recommend!

    • Totally agreed – I did the free 14 day trial of Peloton and got sucked in (amazing variety of workouts, and as a runner I have primarily used it for treadmill and outdoor runs – Becs Gentry is my fave!). I signed up for the digital app for $20 for the first 3 months (a discount they were offering in January) and have been using it almost every day! I find it works great on a non-Peloton bike and treadmill. Definitely recommend checking out the free trial to see if you like it!!

    • Beth says...

      Yes! I signed up for Peloton primarily for their treadmill classes. My gym offers treadmill classes, but I loved the Peloton classes and the fact that I can do them anytime and choose the length of the workout and the type (HIIT, tempo, hills, etc). My husband also tried it and loved it so much that we ended up getting the Peloton bike.

  111. T says...

    I LOVE lekfit. It’s $15 a month, I have my $20 trampoline from amazon and it brings me so much dam joy. Good sports bra is required but so much fun

    • Alex Messina-Schultheis says...

      Hi, T! Would you please share which trampoline you purchased? I would LOVE to do trampoline workouts at home but the inexpensive trampolines seem a little unsteady (?), but if you found one that works, I would love, love to hear!

    • Kk says...

      Same!! Love LEKFit!!

  112. Jessica says...

    Check out the Be.come Project !! It’s an fitness app with the focus on feeling good and inclusivity. Each week there is a new routine to practice & master (with modifications for injuries, pregnancy etc) The social aspect is highly motivating and since Bethany the founder creates and leads each routine, then gives tips on social media – is like taking a private class with your instructor whenever you want! Oh and it’s made for doing at home, nothing but a mat & your phone or laptop needed. It’s approachable, fun & rewarding! This is not an ad- I just love it and want to share!
    https://thebecomeproject.com

    • Morgan says...

      I love Bethany! I love that her emphasis is on feeling good (energized and strong), rather than trying to slim down and get skinny. She is so encouraging. Each workout is 25 minutes, and is meant to be done as many times as you wish over a week’s time. So the first time you do a workout, it might feel clunky or really difficult, but the more you do it the better it clicks and you get to see how much stronger you get over the week

  113. Jess says...

    Has anyone used OpenFit? Thoughts?

  114. Rachel says...

    For treadmill/spin workouts and yoga, I love MoveWith. It’s similar to Aaptiv I think. But I prefer the features on this app. You can change the type of music, increase or decrease the volume of the instructor’s voice relative to the music, and they’re starting to add video tutorials with some workouts to demonstrate each exercise.

    For strength training, I recently discovered Fitplan. I’m going through Katie Crewe’s “Step Up Strength” plan. Unlike Aaptiv, MoveWith and a lot of other apps, it’s not an audio workout. You move through the workout at your own pace which is key for strength training (and you can listen to your own music!). You select the first exercise and it shows how many reps/sets. When you’re done with a set, you can mark what weight you used and how many reps, and check that you’re done. There’s something about physically checking off that you’re done with something that’s very satisfying! There’s a video tutorial with each exercise and when you play it, it dims your music slightly. I’m 2 weeks in and already obsessed!

  115. Katie says...

    I love the Peloton app. I don’t have their home bike (yet) but they have a few at the gym I go to so I can use the bike there but at home I do a lot of the yoga and strength classes. You can do live classes where they give shoutouts to participants or watch the previously recorded classes. I can go for a run and then just do a quick 10 minute core workout via the app at home (which you can airplay to your tv). It’s $20/month but you can do two months free to start. I’ve been loving it so far (it’s only been a few weeks).

  116. Maclean Nash says...

    For years, I have been doing Lucy Wyndham-Read’s videos on YouTube (LWR Fitness). She has something for EVERYONE (beginner, intermediate, pregnancy, post-partum, you name it)! She promotes living a healthy life-style so it becomes routine. I like that I can follow along with her, she is motivational throughout the workouts and what I also like is that it is body weight training. So you’re not getting bulky and you truly only need a yoga mat. I have learned I need to workout everyday to maintain a healthy mental state and I typically choose two of her workouts and do each one three times. I’m done in 40 minutes, I am dripping with sweat and to top it all off, I haven’t had to leave my apartment.
    I can’t recommend her enough.

  117. Molly says...

    Stream Hilliard Studio Method classes out of Charlotte, NC for the best workout. First 2 weeks free.

  118. Neen says...

    Regarding the Sweat/Kayla Itsines workouts: something missing in those “transformation” photos is that she prescribes a fairly restrictive diet (for some), which is part of her BBG plan. Diet is 100x more important than exercise for losing weight, so those pictures are a bit misleading that it’s exercise alone! (I also worry that many of those girls are on starvation diets to achieve cuts in their muscles…but another issue for another day, perhaps.)

    And I love the Peloton Digital workouts – – similar to Nike training club, but with good music and encouraging instructors.

  119. jessica says...

    I highly recommend be.come project (https://thebecomeproject.com/). Yes, there is a monthly fee but you can pause it whenever you need – injury, travel, general lacksadaisical-ness. It is incredibly body positive and, I think, easy to get on board with. One 25-30 min routine per week, which you repeat as often as you want/can. Easy to do at home with a yoga mat.

  120. Megan says...

    Unrelated, but I wanted to let you know, Caroline, that my eight year-old daughter loves your book! I bought it for her when it came out and she just told me this morning that she thinks it’s wonderful and funny. High praise from an eight year-old;) Congratulations!

  121. eliz says...

    but also: winter running! sounds terrible, but can be exhilarating! so much less gross than summer running, in our muggy climate at least

  122. KK says...

    I’ve been doing a trampoline workout in the comfort of my own home via LEKFit (the workout you see Busy Phillips doing on her Instagram Stories). I’ve been “bouncing” and “scupting” for more than a year, which says a lot for the workout. I have a monthly subscription, there’s an app, and the content is amazing, and always new. Sometimes you recognize famous people in the classes, in addition to Busy. :)

  123. Ellie says...

    I go through phases of varying levels of self-motivation and here’s what I’ve found:
    -BBG: I’m drawn to the serious results I’ve seen, but between my hate of things like box jumps and burpees and my lack of desire to hop in the corner of the gym, I’ve never given this a go.
    -Melissa Wood Health: I recently discovered her from the blog Brooklyn Blonde and signed up for a 5 day trial…oops now I’ve paid the first month haha, but when I’ve done these I really love them! She is aspirational but manages to feel relatable at the same time (a really tough balance to strike). Her workouts are under 30 minutes and feel like they’re done in a flash! It is mentally like taking a yoga class but easily burns like a pilates or barre class. Recommend!
    -Obe: I loved the idea of Obe, but couldn’t motivate myself for the recorded classes. I took one live class and loved how it felt more interactive. The instructor calls out names/locations of people in the class and encourages you to post your sweaty selfie after…I tagged the instructor on Insta and she shared my post/said nice things which made me feel like someone other than the walls of my apartment cared that I showed up. The live classes are all early morning or midday, so they didn’t work for a post-work timeframe for me. If they added more live times, I would maybe try it again.
    -Spotebi: I think this site is actually British and it seems that no one else has heard of it BUT here’s why I love it: mostly 30 minute circuit workouts with a timed widget so you can do each move for the right amount of time without having to watch a clock (the audio cues are the BEST) AND there is a Spotify playlist on the page too. If you’re not familiar with a move, the page has a 1-2 line description and the widget has an animated person doing the move. This is one of my go to’s for an at home workout! Press play on Spotify, play on the widget, and go! I just have a yoga mat and two light dumbells and I’m good to go!

  124. judy says...

    I like Bodyfit by Amy and HAS Fit workouts on youtube. Free. And they both offer tons of modifications for any level of fitness as well as being super positive!

  125. eliz says...

    love these apps! Definitely agree that you can do so much in 30 minutes on your own either at a standard gym or just with your body weight and/or some dumbbells — these apps seem to make that much easier by providing the inspiration/instruction. I’ve never been able to justify the $30+ boutique work out classes that many people here in the DC area seem to enjoy

  126. Nora says...

    Omg, the yelling. Why does anyone think that’s motivating? I’d pay to get away from it.

    I used Cyclecast with my bike for awhile, I loved it and would probably have kept my subscription, but the cycling made an old injury flair up. You can choose different instructors with different music profiles and different lengths of ride, and then you can control the music volume separately from the instructor volume. I also used it while running and on an erg – the music and the instructor telling me when to raise or lower the intensity was weirdly helpful, even if he/she was talking about a different motion.

    Yoga Studio is fantastic – they used to be free, now they’re subscription. If I didn’t have an awesome real life studio five minutes from my house, I’d probably subscribe.

    Every other exercise app – especially focusing on strength – I’ve ever tried has been a washout and so now I just spend stupid money on a personal trainer who is great about helping (and never aggravating) the injury. I wish I could bench press and do other high-weight exercises for less $$$ but I can’t.

  127. Ann says...

    Has anyone tried to the Peloton Digital App? It seems to offer both recorded and live classes for Yoga, Strength Training, Cardio and Meditation in addition to Spin. Not sure if it is worth the $20/month commitment. Would love thoughts if anyone has tried it! :)

    • Emily says...

      I love the Peleton digital app! I share it with my brother, which is a great deal (you can share one subscription with 2 additional people). I think you can also try out the app free for a week or something to test it out. I mostly use it for running and strength training classes and I really love those classes. It definitely makes my runs fly by quickly and I always feel like I had a great workout afterwards.

      I will say that I think the cycling classes might not translate as well to non-Peleton bikes because the instructors refer to the resistance and speed numbers during the class (that are specific to the Peleton bike and dashboard) and it might be hard to gauge/adjust if you are using a different bike.

    • SFMom says...

      I absolutely love it! (Words I never thought I’d say). The instructors are awesome and seem genuinely enthusiastic — which gets me excited to actually listen to them. So many awesome options and you can filter by class length, type, instructor, music, and difficulty. Well worth it!

    • Stacy says...

      Big fan of Peloton! We bought a non-Peloton bike that has comparable resistance numbers, plus do power yoga and stretching and even meditation. I’ll do the running classes when the weather warms up. The only thing we miss on the bike is competing on the leadership during live classes but I’d be on the bottom anyway…

  128. Dominique says...

    It doesn’t really qualify as an “app” (nor as a “workout”), but I love love love Yoga with Adriene, free on YouTube, which offers hundreds of yoga routines of different durations and difficulty levels. I never thought I would be able to do yoga everyday, but here I am. She is just the best.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ve heard such great things about yoga with adriene!

    • Mina says...

      I LOVE Yoga with Adriene. LOVE.

    • A says...

      love yoga with Adriene :) and would really, really love for COJ to do a beauty uniform with her!

    • Madelaine says...

      I second that! She is wonderful.

    • Masa says...

      She is really great! Very positive.

    • Lauren E. says...

      I like Yoga with Adriene, too, but ultimately found a yoga soul mate in Yoga with Kassandra. She is the sweetest and talks through the moves without a lot of idle chatter. Highly recommend!

    • agnes says...

      My husband just started in january and it has litterally changed his life! He’s now doing it without the video, it’s very easy to rememeber. Shes’ really great.

    • Cat says...

      I was about to comment and say the same thing about Yoga with Adriene! I am currently doing her 30 day Yoga Challenge – Dedicate, and it’s been life changing!

    • Allison Leedie says...

      She is amazing! CoJ should interview her :) (hint, hint).

      Also, Momma Strong is really great (also not an app). I think it’s $2 a month for a new 15 min. workout every day.

    • Sally says...

      I, too, love Yoga with Adriene!

    • Amanda Metzler says...

      Me too! She’s so fun and a little quirky. Sometimes I’ll laugh out loud at her puns and wordplay.

    • Anna says...

      I first checked out Yoga with Adriene because of a mention on CoJ and now I am one of the many who finds her videos just wonderful. Some of the videos are not as much of a traditional strenuous “workout” but I always finish one of her videos feeling grateful that I took the time to do it, which she encourages everyone to feel!

    • Sonia says...

      Yay! I had to chime in about Adrienne too- she’s so wonderful! I’ve never been someone who exercises regularly, but I just finished her 30 day challenge and am now doing yoga in the morning every day. Love her! And love feeling connected to her community too.

    • Cecile says...

      She’s the best.

    • Katie says...

      Yes! I read about Yoga with Adriene on Cup of Jo last year and finally got myself in gear in January. Just finished the 30 Days of Yoga (original) series yesterday and am starting a new one now. I haven’t exercised consistently since having a baby 2.5 years ago, but I feel really good and encouraged doing Yoga with Adriene.

    • Mette says...

      Yes to YWA! Love her so much. A friend of my sister in law lives in Austin and knows Adrienne and we all completely fan-girled out over it! A beauty uniform with her would be amazing!

    • Chelsea says...

      A little over a year ago my third child had just turned 1 and I was struggling to lose the last bit of baby weight and find a workout that did not consume too much time and money. I googled “beginner yoga” and found YWA. This is the first workout I have been able to stay consistent with because I can do it while my son is napping or after my kids go to bed, and mostly because I’ve realized I love yoga. I think that’s the most important thing, to find something you enjoy doing. I’m not a fan of gyms or of trainers yelling in my ear (Caroline, sounds like you would agree). After a year of yoga I feel strong and healthy. My husband is impressed with how toned my body is now as well. :) And although I don’t have a regular cardio workout, I try to get some in doing things I enjoy like walking to the park with my kids, going for a hike, skiing, etc.

  129. Alex says...

    I’ve done Kayla’s workouts off and on for a few stretches (before and after pregnancies and when I didn’t have babies/toddlers climbing all over me) and for a short amount of time, these workouts deliver. When you first start, you feel incredibly weak because they are tough but after a few weeks, you feel like you could do anything (if it wasn’t for those aforementioned babies and toddlers :). They are a bit monotonous, so I always listen to my favorite podcasts. I also appreciate all the positivity of her community/instagram.

  130. celeste says...

    Downloading the Nike one right now! I feel the same – nothing has inspired me to workout this Feb.!

  131. I love Nike Training Club too. It’s an awesome app, I’ve been using it off and on for quite some time now.

  132. Kelly says...

    LOL, I am also a testy sloth by the end of winter.

  133. Lauren says...

    Would love to hear suggestions on workout apps for pre and post natal fitness! I just froze my gym membership in anticipation of the upcoming birth and am looking for at-home low impact workout ideas. Thanks!

    • Ellie says...

      I’ve been doing Melissa Wood Health videos and love them!!! I’m not a mom or mom to be, but she has a whole post-natal section and I think her little one is only 5 months or so :)

      The BBG app also has a pre natal section I think!

    • Neela says...

      I subscribed to yogaglo in my first pregnancy and used it the entire way through, and then regularly for postnatal classes, and then normal classes since then, whenever I had the chance. Am now in the last weeks of pregnancy for the second time, and having access to thousands of yoga classes is a godsend, when you have limited time because of the constraints of family/toddler life. Highly recommend, especially if you have a prior knowledge of yoga (although they have great beginner programs too).

    • Megan L Scarborough says...

      check out Expecting & Empowered!

    • Erica says...

      Momma Strong! $5 a month. Not an app, but online.

    • Emily says...

      I’ve loved Moms Into Fitness with Lindsay Brin. Her Postnatal Slimdown is effective but you can really tailor it to your own abilities and pace.

    • Tayler says...

      Hi Lauren! I am having my first baby in April and have also been focusing on pre and post natal fitness. I’ve been using the Tone It Up app for pregnancy exercises. There is a fee, but one of the founders recently had a baby and she filmed exercises while pregnant which I appreciate! She has also said that she’s going to be releasing a post natal section of the app too, which I’ll be checking out when I’m postpartum!

    • Whitney says...

      During my last pregnancy I streamed prenatal workouts from Bodyfit by Amy on YouTube. The routines are challenging but low impact, and her instructions are super clear and easy to follow.

    • Sophie says...

      MommaStrong is perfect for this! It’s five bucks a month and you’ll get tons of strength and rehab work for both before and after birth (and for years beyond).

    • Natalie says...

      I did Etica Ziel’s core rehab program and it is WONDERFUL! She is very positive and encouraging but never annoying or overbearing and I learned so very much about core fitnees. Her program made my core stronger than it was pre-pregnancy and toned up my whole body, even though I did yoga 4 times a week prior to pregnancy. It seems expensive at first, but you have lifetime access and she’s there on your phone or laptop any time. I can’t recommend her enough.
      https://www.ericaziel.com/core-rehab-program

    • Christina says...

      I was looking for the same thing and recently discovered Every Mother – am loving it so far! I’m 30 weeks along and am using the Prepare program, but plan to switch to the postpartum program after birth. :)

    • http://www.livekick.com is such a great option for new moms! Workout from home with a real pre/postnatal personal trainer or pre/postnatal private yoga teacher over live video.

    • Lauren says...

      THANK YOU LADIES!! I really appreciate all of these recommendations and will pass them along to some of my pregnant friends as well :)

  134. Elizabeth says...

    I have loved 8fit, which gives fun and daily 10-15 minute workouts. The workout difficulty increases every week. The app with workouts is free, but you have to pay for additional meal plans (I use the free version). I have loved this app because I have been traveling a lot for work, and it is something you can easily do in a hotel room if you only have 20 minutes or add on to a longer cardio workout if you have the time.

  135. Marcella says...

    My friend and I would switch off doing the 30 min Nike training app/Kayla PDFs we found online for the month of January a couple of years ago and I will say that was the MOST toned I’ve ever been, for the least amount of work – 30 mins everyday. Love the Nike training app!! Now I live in a third floor apartment and don’t want to be jumping all over the place but maybe I’ll get over that fear soon.. Something else I’ve been doing is meeting a friend every Monday for Fitness in the Park classes. Where I live (San Antonio, TX) the city has funded a fitness program for people to get more fit (we have a big issue with diabetes and people aren’t as in shape here). They’re free classes and in all the parks in the city and offer something for everyone.

  136. Amanda says...

    It kind of qualifies for this, because it has an app – but I absolutely swear by ClassPass!

    After years of struggling to come up with my own workouts at big box gyms, followed by years of inactivity and demotivation while going to school for my bachelor’s, I finally found the savior I’d been looking for all along – VARIETY!! I now belong to three different exercise institutions – 24 Hour Fitness, a local HIIT chain called Fit36, and ClassPass.

    I mainly have a 24 Hour membership so I can swim once a week and go to Zumba every Sunday, then I use the HIIT gym as my main workout two days a week, and utilize ClassPass to fill in the gaps with yoga or cycling or, if I’m feeling wild and crazy, something nuts like a boot camp class at a Ninja gym. Overall, the system absolutely works for me – it keeps me on my toes and lets me switch things up, while also having a routine (I’m one of those weird people that likes a different version of the same routine every day of the week haha).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i want to try classpass! such a great way to figure out what suits you best.

    • kiki says...

      I looked in to Classpass at one point, and read there was some rule that you couldn’t go to the same studio more than like 3 times in a month?? Is that still true? Kind of killed it for me…

    • A says...

      Second this recommendation! ClassPass has been a great way to try new things and figure out what I like (barre! boxing!) and what I don’t (solidcore!) I’ve also been using the videos in the app for some extra workouts too. They seem to also have guided audio workouts for when you’re using the treadmill or lifting weights, but I haven’t made use of those (yet!)

    • SMR says...

      @Kiki – there’s now a points system, so you can go more than 2-3 times per month (depending on your plan), but it may cost a couple points more per visit.

    • Amanda says...

      Kiki – yes, ClassPass still seems to have the same policy, but I kind of wonder if it is an optional upcharge for some studios? The yoga studio I frequent doesn’t seem to change in price/credits when I sign up once a week/four times in one month, so who knows!

      Jo – it is the BEST way to try new things! So far I’ve done a couple different yoga classes, a kickboxing class, cycling, and I’m going to try Pilates and Barre here soon! Plus, I’ve had great experiences at each place I’ve gone. Bonus: depending on where you travel, you can use your credits in your destination city! My husband and I used ClassPass while in Minneapolis for a long weekend and had so much fun meeting people!

    • Anna says...

      Kiki it depends on the studio! Some studios have no restrictions. Some charge more points per class / visit if you go more than three times. Usually classpass has some kind of deal for the first month if you want to give it a try (I got 45 points for free my first month).

    • Amy says...

      Just signed up for Class Pass live, and I love it. It’s surprising how motivating the heart rate monitor is! With three kids (4, 2, and 5 months old), I’ve struggled to find the time and childcare to get a good workout in. I used to do Fit4Mom, which was awesome, but it’s a little much with 3 kids. Now, I do my half hour Class Pass live workout every other morning while the kids do…whatever! Now if only I could figure out how to stop eating their Valentine’s Day treats, I’d be set!

    • Amanda/Anna/Kiki— Studio owner here just chiming in to say that ClassPass gives studios the option to allow students to come in more than whatever the usual monthly limit is (or to stick with the CP monthly limit)— but ClassPass determines the premium pricing for those extra drop-ins if the studio does opt in. The points they charge for all classes are based on an algorithm that has to do with how many overall spots are in a given class, how many of those spots are allocated to ClassPass, how full the class is (especially how many non-ClassPass spots are filled), how well the studio does in attracting repeat CP users, etc.

  137. This is awesome. I appreciate your view of who they’d be best suited to. I’m downloading the Nike one as we speak!

  138. I’m currently using something called “Daily Burn” although I don’t know if they have an ap. I used their website on my laptop. It is best for home gym use – I would feel silly using it at the gym. But I have a very basic gym set up in our basement. I had a baby almost a year ago and fitting in workouts have been really really hard, especially in the winter when I can’t just go for a walk or a run (I live in minnesota where it’s dark, cold, and super snowy right now!). There are a bunch of different programs to choose from or you can search for a certain kind of workout. They also post a new workout each day – it’s 30 minutes and requires no equipment. The membership is $20/month and has been worth it for me so far! I think I’ll pause my membership when it warms up here as I prefer to do my workouts outside. But for now I am really liking it! And I actually like paying something for a workout program/ap because then I feel more apt to use it in order to get my money’s worth.

    • Anna Vitale says...

      I really like Daily Burn too, and they do have a mobile app! I’m also a mom and am able to fit in little workouts at the park, during gaps in my workday and while the kids are having some screen time. I love how the workouts are organized by time and style, that you’re able to set weekly goals and that they track all the workouts I’ve done cumulatively. I have been looking for a solution for “mom life” workouts for years because it’s not realistic for me to dedicate an hour to an hour and a half at a time at the gym during this stage of life.

    • chris says...

      Yes, I love Daily Burn too! I just finished a workout about 5 minutes ago. There are really great trainers, a variety of workouts and a brand new live workout every morning (if you cannot be there at the live show they put it on the website right afterwards). It is so convenient for me-no driving to the gym, workouts available 24/7. I can get home from work, squeeze in a 30 minute work out and then pick up kids. I stream it on my Roku at home and on my laptop when I am on a trip.

  139. sara says...

    Not an app but the Darebee website (https://www.darebee.com/) has changed my working out life (and my health and fitness level in the process!). It’s free (I make a donation on a regular basis because I get such great value out of it) and has daily challenges, tons and tons of workouts, and 30-60-90 day programs. I started working out using it probably 4 years ago and have barely missed a day since. I am not affiliated in any way with them just a HUGE fan.

    • Tina says...

      I’m so curious about this program. Can you give more detail? I’m trying to get back into working out after kids (that are older than I’d like to admit) and usually try (and fail) with cardio heavy workouts.

    • Sara says...

      Tina, not sure why I can’t reply to your comment directly. Go check out the Darebee website. They have hundreds of workouts of all levels — most without requiring any equipment (a few need weights). You can pick a program that runs for a number of days or just pick a workout or do the workout of the day. I like doing a program because it takes the “what should I do?” feeling out of the workout because they tell you what to do! I used to work out religiously then had a kid and started working a lot, you know the drill. I was on a work trip in a hotel room 4 years ago feeling awful and said, “I’m going to start working out again TODAY” and knew about the Darebee site and started with the “Foundation” program (https://www.darebee.com/programs/foundation-program.html). I’ve been working out religiously since. There are cardio programs, weights, yoga, stretching, high and low impact, you name it and it’s there.

  140. Alysha says...

    I love the down dog yoga app, it has a variety of styles and allows you to pick how long you want to practice and if you want to focus of a specific area, for example hips. I have a 2 month old at home and it’s been great for squeezing in some work outs!

  141. Ellen says...

    For parents, I’d recommend Momma Strong (www.mommastrong.com)–15-minute high intensity workouts that can also help with pelvic floor issues. One thing I love is that Courtney, who runs it, *doesn’t* focus on a bikini bod, but instead on helping people build strength and get some endorphins. Momma Strong has an incredibly welcoming & helpful Facebook community.

    • Sophie says...

      Yes!!!

    • kerri says...

      Momma Stong is the only program I’ve consistently done for fitness since I had my second child. I feel stronger in many ways and my back pain and posture have improved significantly. I can’t say enough good things about this program. I can do it on my phone in my living room 5 minutes after waking up in the morning! And even though it focuses a lot on issues women have after having children, I think the exercises are good for all women, full stop.

    • Tara says...

      Me too! Absolutely love Mommastrong!

  142. Leah says...

    I like “The 7 Minute Workout” app, great if you need a bit of cardio and you’re in a time crunch (I usually do 2 sets of it). It’s free but you can pay for extra workouts.

    • Maggie says...

      I love this one! I run three times a week and try to do the app several times a week. Helps me feel overall strong and i love that you don’t need any fancy stuff.

  143. Samantha says...

    Two words (one word?): YouTube!
    Also, with a ClassPass subscription you get access to ClassPass Go, which is great to supplement at home workouts! They have workouts ranging from 5 minutes to an hour, from yoga to HIIT! Since I want to save money by not going to a studio class 3 times a week, this app is a nice supplement to a ClassPass membership.

    (A note: I hate the title of this. Why is everything so click-baity now? Why couldn’t the title be “An Honest Review of 3 Popular Fitness Apps” – why is everything “HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED, CLICK ME TO FIND OUT!!” (This is not aimed at COJ, but the internet at large))

    • Clare says...

      Totally agree with your comment about the title!! Especially since the content itself is not clickbait, it doesn’t make since for the title to be.

    • Amy says...

      I agree; I tend to immediately expect lower quality content from a click-baity headline.

      I’ve been alternating between Yoga with Adriene and Pilates with Robin Long (both free on YouTube) at home, plus some yoga classes at my nearby Y. And I recently took on my neighbourhood’s newspaper route for some more activity – 45 min of fast-walking 2x/week! And I get paid a whopping $10/week but at least I’m not paying to do it, haha!

  144. I finally sucked it up and joined Barre3, which has completely changed my life in terms of being a consistent exerciser. I pay for the unlimited monthly classes, so I really try to get my money’s worth! l I’ve gained 5 lbs of solid muscle, and I like that they don’t inundate you with diet culture or fake body positivity. The Guy Raz interview with Sadie Lincoln affirmed my loyalty to the company!

    As far as apps go, I am a big fan of the 7 min work out. It is free, and the HIIT workout benefits have been lauded far and wide. I really like it!

    • Danielle says...

      I love Barre3. I do the online courses but a studio is opening near me soon. I really loved the interview with Sadie. I’ve noticed the way that Barre3 has really evolved and I love that they don’t use “bikini bod” language and use a more diverse range of folks in their videos. Highly recommend.

      I also really love spin classes so I’m about to do a budget Peloton hack. We’ll see how it goes!

  145. Claire says...

    I’m a huge fan of YouTube workout videos from Tone It Up, PopSugar Fitness, to Blogilates, to Yoga with Adriene I feel like a workout is at the touch of my fingertips. They are so effective! And they are free! I like how the Nike one is free and shows me what to do. May have to check that one out.

  146. Nicole Loewen says...

    I like the app/website Alo Moves for yoga and strength training (using your own bodyweight). Some great instructors and it’s a nice balance to running!

  147. Nicole Loewen says...

    I find the app/website alo moves excellent for yoga and strength training (using your own bodyweight)! It’s a nice balance for my running and actually gets me stretching too ;)

  148. Mariela Biber says...

    you should try lbactive!!!! its a game changer!

    • C says...

      Love Lauren and Lbactive! You can do it online at lbactive.com or she just launched an app. There are shorter and longer videos, and cardio and strength to choose from. Plus her weekly schedules get results. I’ve been doing them since she had her own studio and love that I can do a quick workout at home now.

    • Kelly says...

      I second this, and swear by Lauren Boggi’s workouts! So far I’ve lost over 70 lbs!! I used to take her classes, and since she moved I exclusively use the Studio LB app. Last week I took my first class at SLT with co-workers who also work out regularly and they were dying (shakes and couldn’t walk down the stairs when we left). I definitely had some shakes, but felt like Studio LB has made me so strong and prepares you for everything.