ILLUSTRATION BY RICKARD WESTIN
We know you’re stuck at home, but there are still plenty of ways to stay active. Here are five apps to help you workout no matter where you are.
This spring, Equinox Media launched an app, Variis, offering classes from industry-leading fitness brands, including Equinox, PURE Yoga, Precision Run, HeadStrong, Myodetox, and, most notably, SoulCycle. (For the latter, a $2,500 at-home bike is available for purchase to help you take full advantage of on-demand classes.) When you’re traveling, opt for the slickly produced video versions of what you’d normally do at the gym: high-intensity workouts, strength training, guided running, and more. Standalone digital membership pricing will be available later this year, variis.com
THE BE.COME PROJECT
Bethany C. Meyers launched this workout app in 2018 with the goal of making people feel good, not just fit. Body positivity is the main focus for the bubbly, motivating instructor, who posts one low-impact 25-minute class each week. Why just one? Meyers wants users to master the routine (each day, ideally), feel good about their progress, and truly benefit from the Pilates-inspired moves. $35 per month, thebecomeproject.com
This all-around fitness app offers 100 live classes per week, plus a library of 4,000 more on demand. Three categories—Sweat (cardio), Define (strength-based), and Flow (yoga and stretch)—give you options for every day of the week, and signing up for live classes, in particular, helps hold you accountable. There are even family-friendly classes set to Kidz Bop jams. $27 per month, obefitness.com
Many in-person yoga classes run at least $20 a pop; this app gives you access to more than 4,200 classes in 14 styles (plus Pilates and meditation), led by some of the best teachers in the country, for just $18 a month. Search by duration, experience level, teacher, or, possibly best of all, focus. Want prenatal yoga? A class to help you get to sleep? Fifteen minutes to work on that lower back pain? You’ll find it here, and then some. $18 per month, glo.com
Don’t want to stare at your phone while you exercise? Aaptiv is an audio-only app that puts a personal trainer in your pocket. Workout sessions mix popular music with trainer guidance, making activities such as running, strength training, and cycling as fun as they are effective. Use it at the gym, in your living room, or on the street; with 3,000 classes already available and 40 new ones added each week, you’ll definitely get tired, but you’ll never get bored. $15 per month, aaptiv.com