Love working out at home, but get tired of doing the same routine day in and day out?
I mean there are so many DVD rotations you can do to stay motivated with the same routines.
If you’re like me and prefer working out in the comfort of your own home instead of at the gym, you have more options than you can imagine.
You could fight territorial women for a spot in front of the class or you can have workouts streamed to your TV anytime you want.
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All you need for a heart-pounding workout is wifi and a device to watch it on.
I’ve looked into fitness streaming services to find ones that are fun, effective, and worth the money and I have found several that will be a great fit no matter your preferences or fitness level.
And since I’m not one for wasting money, I’ve found some of the best streaming at-home workouts that are also budget-friendly.
Instructor-led workouts not for you? Check out my post on fitness products to buy when you’re on a budget.
What is a Streaming Fitness Subscription Service?
Think Netflix for workout programs. By paying a monthly fee, you have at your fingertips a wide selection of workout videos to choose from. Depending on your mood and fitness goals, you get to determine the experience you’re going to have.
Just like almost everything out there, there are many streaming subscription services to choose from. Some good, bad, affordable, and way too expensive.
What Are the Benefits?
One of the biggest benefits of streaming workouts is that you get to workout at home.
No need to fight traffic to get to the gym or wait in long lines for the treadmill. By turning on your TV or any other streaming device – you get to exercise when and how you want.
If you become bored with what’s on, all you have to do is switch to another video.
If you’re someone who gets bored easily with the same DVD then you would definitely benefit from signing up for one of these on-demand fitness services.
And let’s face it, a cheap gym membership is way too expensive if you never use it.
Is Exercise on Demand Right For You?
If you prefer to workout in the privacy of your own living room, I would recommend trying one of these fitness subscription services.
Some people, especially beginners, may be a little shy about working out with a group at their local gym. If that’s you, don’t fret – you can still meet your fitness and weight loss goals by working out at home.
If you hate working out to videos or prefer using equipment or the atmosphere of the gym, I would say pass on these streaming services. You will be miserable and your money wasted.
However, if you enjoy the flexibility of working out at home, try one of these best streaming workouts at home.
What are some of the best streaming at-home workouts?
Beachbody on Demand
Almost everyone who has ever stayed up late watching TV is aware of those inspiring Beachbody infomercials. Well known for their fitness videos, Beachbody’s On Demand has over 700 fitness videos available for members to stream.
With such a wide range, no matter your interests, you’ll undoubtedly find something to move to. From dance (even country dancing) to Pilates and cross-training, there’s something for every fitness level.
My favorite programs? Anything by Chalene Johnson or Shaun T (though there are some really good ones to choose from).
Receive workout and meal plans in addition to classes being taught by some well-known fitness trainers. Stream from your TV, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Cost: Free 14-day trial. Continue for $39/3 months (get a membership for as low as $8.25/month if you purchase an annual plan).
Booya Fitness is also a generalized workout at-home streaming service, meaning you will find programs from different genres. Another great option if you like to switch up your workout routine or you’re not quite sure what works best for your fitness level.
Fitness clubs have partnered with Booyah to give you more of an intimate or boutique feel. You won’t see many “superstars” here, but you will find over 100 workouts to filter to your fitness level and goals.
I found a quite a bit of yoga and strength training type videos, but you’ll find classes offering dance and kickboxing to name a few.
Cost: Free 1-month trial then choose between three plans: $9.99/month; $26/3 months; or $99/year. You can also pay $2.99 a month additional to receive advanced individualized workout plans.
Get ready to feel a bit of nostalgia. BeFitTV has hundreds of workout videos to choose from, including new and older videos from one of my favorite trainers of all time-Denise Austin (I remember waking up extra early just to workout with her).
BeFit is a great option for those of you who are again looking for a wide variety to choose from. I noticed that in addition to traditional fitness workouts, BeFit TV offers videos in Barre, Pilates, and Yoga to name a few.
A great aspect of this subscription is that it includes videos on preparing healthy and delicious meals through video instruction. You’ll be able to find well-prepared menus, but unfortunately are not customizable or created to you individually.
But hey, with so many options who really needs it?
If you stream the workouts, the cost is quite affordable, however, you do have the option to purchase the video downloads and DVDs of your favorites.
Cost: $6.99/month to stream when selected as an add-on to an Amazon Prime membership.
Amazon Prime Video
Unbeknownst to me up until a couple of days ago, Amazon Prime Video has over 400 exercise videos to stream on your device.
The videos are included in your Prime membership, which makes this an extra budget-friendly benefit for current members.
Included options range from yoga (there are quite a few), kickboxing, pregnancy, to beginner HIIT to name a few. Some of the videos are a few years old (but not as outdated as I’ve seen on other platforms).
Amazon Video offers add-on videos to what they call channels – which is exclusively available to Prime members. If you don’t already have an Amazon Prime membership, try it out free for 30 days.
Daily Burn has come a long way since they popped up on the scene. I was a member in their early days but was a little disappointed by the available workouts and how it required a Roku to stream on your TV.
Thankfully they have upped their game since then. I still see some of the same instructors, which are fabulous by the way. Daily Burn now boasts over 500 videos and offer exciting programs such as Black Fire with Bob Harper of The Biggest Loser.
Another bonus is how customized workouts are on Daily Burn based on your fitness levels and goals.
Cost: Free 7-day trial (though I see they also offer a 30-day free trial), then $14.95/month thereafter
Looking for more celebrity trainers, then you’ll be pleased with Fitfusion by Jillian Michaels. Along with Michaels, you’ll find Billy Blanks, Casey Ho (Blogilates) and the ladies of Tone it Up.
One of the more affordable subscriptions, Fitfusion offers hundreds of videos to stream on most devices.
Fitfusion also offers branded programs such as Jillian Michaels’ Bodyshred and HIIT in addition to a wide variety of workout genres. An added bonus if you want to mix your workout with kickboxing, dance, and yoga.
Cost: $9.99/month or $89.99/year after 7-day free trial ($4.99 a month as an add-on to your Amazon Prime membership).
Claiming to be the only video site dedicated to classical Pilates, Pilatesology has over 1000 videos in their repertoire.
If you love Pilates, but don’t have the time or the desire to go to classes, then Pilatesology is a great option for you.
No equipment is required, however, there are classes that show you how to correctly use any of the apparatuses used in Pilates.
In addition to a passionate community, as a member, you’ll benefit from the super simple Beginner’s Corner. You’ll be pleased to know that they also offer tips and workshops to help you perfect your teaching skills if you’re an instructor (or dreaming of becoming one).
Cost: $19/month or $149/year after a two-week free trial. A little more expensive, however, people interested in Pilates classes understand they will have to pay more.
As the name implies, Dirty Yoga involves, well Yoga. I couldn’t find the “dirty” part, especially since my mind was all in the gutter. From what I can tell, Dirty Yoga’s mission is to have fun and not take yourself seriously.
Quick note: If you’re easily offended, you probably won’t appreciate the references to alcohol and tobacco (I’m still trying the purpose of them).
If Yoga is your primary way to get fit, you will probably love the idea of paying the same amount for an entire month than you would pay for one class in most areas, such as in New York.
Cost: $20/month. No free trial, but you can try them out for 72 hours for only $5.
A Yoga fanatic? You will definitely love Yoga Download. With over 1000 videos to choose from, you will never get bored.
Choose from many styles of Yoga including Kundalini, Barre, and Hatha to get your fix. As well as different programs for all fitness levels such as Beginners Journey, Fearless after 50, and HardCORE to name a few.
I’m not a fan of Yoga in the least, but even I was quite impressed by their variety.
In addition, Yoga Download also has channels for instructors and branded programs in addition to an online training program for instructors.
Cost: Two week trial for $1, then choose from a standard package at $12/month or an unlimited plan ($18/month, $40/3 months, or $120/year)
Designed by celebrity fitness trainer Lauren Kleben, LEKfit is a dance inspired workout using low impact moves to create a long and lean body.
Imagine trendy and very Hollywood-esque.
Every Wednesday, you’ll be able to stream two workouts that she records at her L.A. studio in front of her students. Equipment is recommended, but not required.
Members have access to a video library of workouts not available elsewhere. Watch anywhere on your favorite streaming device.
Cost: $15.99/month after a 7-day free trial.
The verdict? I wish I could help you pick out the best service for you. The best streaming at-home workout depends on your fitness level, preference, and budget on which subscription to pick.
These programs are not free, but if you’re looking for a way to get fit at home, it’s a better (and cheaper) option than the gym.
I recommend narrowing your options down to a few and then signing up for their free trials. The only way you can really tell if a fitness program is a good fit for you is to try it.
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