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Fitness classes require so much personal dedication that there's a real-life company making money off of kicking clients out of bed in the morning so that they'll make it to the gym on time. A better, cheaper solution? Streaming workout videos from home. Possible motivation issues aside, it's a great way to get in workouts outside of the gym, and more and more fitness studios are hopping on board with the concept. And there's no need to compromise on quality, either: Tracy Anderson, Jillian Michaels, and Ballet Beautiful's Mary Helen Bowers all have options to stream at any hour. Bonus: there are plenty of free trials to take advantage of, too.
Price: $8.95/video (All free during January)
Length: 15 to 20 minutes each
Chaise wins the award for the most inventive set of workouts you'll ever do with a resistance band. The NYC-based fitness company just launched a series of four videos that substitutes its signature crazy overhead bungee system with resistance bands for at-home workouts. Each of the four videos targets a different area of the body, and combine strength training with cardio workouts, and none of them run over 20 minutes. All of the videos are free to stream through the month of January, and the ReinventCHAIR workout will always be free.
Price: $5 to $7 per video or get unlimited access for $57/month
Length:30 to 57 minutes each
Physique 57 combines barre workouts, Pilates, and strength training into intense interval workouts that have gained a following among celebrities and normals alike. The online videos are broken down into four sections: cardio, strength training, prenatal, and hour-long full body workouts. While the monthly subscription option doesn't come cheap—$57 per month for unlimited access to all 18 videos—paying per video is even more expensive as each video can only be streamed for 48 hours after purchasing. On the upside, the company promises visible results after just eight workouts.
Price: $475 for a six-month subscription
Length: New, one-hour-long classes are posted every Wednesday
Everyone's favorite celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson recently launched an online streaming service to essentially give at-home subscribers the in-studio experience. For $475, you'll get access to a new class from Tracy every week, shot as though you were in the studio sweating it out with everybody else. Racked NY broke down the cost, and figured out that if subscribers did the class every day, it'd shake out to $3.73 per workout. However, if you only do it every time a new class is posted, it'll cost $25.96 per workout. But hey, she knows her stuff.
Price: $10 to $28, depending on the subscription plan
Length: 20 to 60 minutes each
Dirty Yoga strips away the stunning vistas and sun salutations to just deliver straightforward workouts in new, weekly videos delivered to online subscribers. The videos come in a variety of methods, from classes focused on using weights to learning effective stretch routines. The subscription packages cost $10 for a week, $15 to $28 for a month, or $20 per month for ongoing subscriptions. New videos are delivered each week and once the week is up, they're gone. As Dirty Yoga puts it: "This is exercise. You're not supposed to save it for a rainy day. You're supposed to do it. Regularly. Every week. So use it or lose it. The same goes for your body."
At $10 per month for access to over 260 workout videos with top trainers, FitFusion literally is the Netflix of fitness videos. Launched just over a year ago and headed up by Jillian Michaels, the program brings together over 20 top instructors in everything from yoga to dance to prenatal workouts. And if all you really want is Jillian Michaels's shred videos, there's convenient rental and download plans that FitFusion offers. For just a couple bucks, you can rent any one video for two days and for a couple bucks more, you can download a single video to own.
Similar to FitFusion, CosmoBody takes the Netflix approach to streaming fitness videos. The Cosmopolitan-backed workout hub got its start in the middle of July last year and has been going strong ever since, with a $10 per month plan plus a 10-day free trial for new users. It's clearly female focused (workouts are geared toward getting a "Wowza Wedding Body," "Sexier by Saturday," or "Revenge Body") and each class is led by one of eight celebrity trainers—get all their best workout gear recommendations right here. The workouts follow one to four week plans for the fastest results.
Price: $8 to $34 per video or get unlimited access for $40/month
Length: Usually 15 to 20 minutes each
Mary Helen Bowers has proven to be super successful in bringing ballet-inspired workouts to the people (and to Victoria's Secret angels, too). She used to perform with the New York City Ballet and since leaving the company, Bowers has managed to transform her former career into her new one. For those who can't get to her NYC studio, Ballet Beautiful's streaming videos are nice and short and powerful, covering everything from ball workouts to swan arms in 20 minutes or less. The company also offers a $40/month streaming option for those who don't want to pay for individual videos to download, plus subscribers get instant access to two new videos per month.
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