Top 10 Online Home Fitness Programs to Lose Weight
Home Fitness Programs
With gyms and leisure centres having to close due to lockdown restrictions, a lot of people are exercising with the aid of the internet.
If you usually rely on trainer-led classes and/or the equipment that gyms offer, you might be struggling to figure out how to maintain your physical and mental well-being, especially in this stressful time.
In this blog we’re going to look at;
- the best online fitness programs UK
- the best home workout programs for weight loss
- the best online workout programs that are free
Then you can decide which are your best online workout programs for 2021.
When it comes to free online workout programs, the go to place has to be YouTube however you can also get some great free apps;
- Fitness Blender is a popular YouTube channel featuring over 600 workouts that can be searched by length, difficulty, training type, calories burned and muscle group.
They have videos suitable for all fitness levels, as well as excellent options for when you might want a really short but intense workout.
- Nike Training Club app – New workouts by Nike’s world-class Master Trainers are added regularly with slick videos showing correct form and posture for new moves. Browse the collection of workouts based on muscle group, workout type and duration. The workouts range from beginner to more advanced moves as you progress and allow you to choose from body weight only programs to plans with full equipment.
Top 10 Best Paid Fitness Apps and Online Training Programs
If you don’t mind paying, our favourites listed below, include sessions from top trainers around the world.
Some are based in the US. This means that, although there are no additional charges for purchasing the programme, the cost may vary depending on the exchange rate at the time. It’s also worth asking what your bank charges for foreign purchases, as it may cost you a small percentage of the fee.
- Fiit Membership: £10 a month
Think Netflix, but for fitness. Fiit provides access to many of the best trainers in the country – including Adrienne Herbert, Alex Crockford and Richie Norton – for video-led workouts that can be completed in your bedroom and beyond. There are three categories to choose from – cardio, strength and rebalance, which includes yoga, Pilates, mobility and breath work – and all feature sessions comprised of bodyweight moves, so they’re accessible to everybody.
- GymCube membership: £15 one-off payment
A virtual take on the fitness class, GymCube is an online database of more than 700 do-at-home workout videos, plus regular sessions you can stream live (imagine, all the buzz of a group class with none of the faff beforehand). Workouts can be filtered by duration, target area, difficulty, equipment available, preferred trainer and the number of calories you could burn, and there’s an option to follow a plan (all of which are listed under the programmes tab) – such as the 30-day challenge – if you prefer a little guidance.
FitFusion by Jillian Michaels: From £8.08 per month
Ideal for those who favour a fitness DVD but like a little bit of variety, FitFusion is an online subscription service that allows access to a catalogue of exercise videos, ranging from cardio and strength training, yoga, boxing and pre/postnatal-focussed workouts, too. The sessions vary in length (the 10-minute Body Transformation may sound like a breeze, but it’s brutal), and while many are led by an enthusiastic – yet merciless – Jillian, others see the presence of a range of equally encouraging top trainers.
- Doyouyoga: From £7.41 per month
Providing everything from power flows and Pilates, to tips for great posture and assistance in progressing poses, the Doyouyoga site has a little something for every yogi there is.
With both sweaty and soothing sessions on the menu, it’s easy to find a video to target your mood and goals. Plus, regular reminders via email and virtual badges upon completing certain challenges encourage your persistence. The speedy sub-15-minute flows are perfect for integrating into a busy life, as are the short meditation videos, which guide you through breathing exercises to help manage stress and anxiety.
- Joe Wicks Lean in Fifteen Workouts: £5.49, Amazon
Set in scenic Italy, the video emphasises the versatility of the workouts, and the fact they can be completed anywhere in the world with minimal equipment. However, if you intend to train on the go, it might be wise to invest in the digital version. The DVD is ideal for those looking to increase general fitness levels, but if you’re looking for a more substantial, tailored plan, Wicks’ 90 Day Shift, Shape and Sustain plan might be more up your street.
- The Vertue Method fitness programme: £39.99
With a following of over 300,000 and an endorsement by none other than David Beckham, the success of Shona Vertue’s training method speaks for itself. She promotes the equal importance of strength, flexibility and nourishment, and her new video-based programme makes her method accessible to everyone. The 12-week plan, intended to increase all-round health and improve nutrition, is detailed on her website, where – behind a paywall – you’ll find workouts and wellbeing advice aplenty.
- Barrecore: £5 for 24-hour access or £25 for a monthly subscription
If heavy weightlifting is your thing, then Barrecore probably isn’t for you. However, if you’re looking for something to make your muscles sizzle, this is it.
Recognisable for its ballet-style moves that appear deceivingly easy at first glance, Barrecore offers punishing, full-body workouts that’ll have you squealing (in pain, not excitement) through each rep. By signing up to the online subscription service you’ll gain access to 66 videos, which can be filtered by duration, equipment used (such as weights, a rolled towel or a barre/chair), ability and target area.
- Kayla Itsines The Bikini Body Guide: From £35.53
Even if you’re unfamiliar with the fitness industry, it’s likely you’ve at least heard murmurs of Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide; world-famous for toning the physiques of its loyal “army” of fans. The 12-week plan consists of three weekly 30-minute HIIT workouts, each including two seven-minute circuits that are to be repeated twice. The goal is to see how many moves you can squeeze into each seven-minute slot.
- PIIT 28 programme: From £31.57
What in the world is PIIT? Well, think HIIT, but with the addition of Pilates-inspired moves. The 28-day programme – originally created by award-winning fitness instructor, Cassey Ho, to keep herself moving while travelling – comprises of 11 workouts that are to be performed over six days per week. Each workout is, rather precisely, 28 minutes and 40 seconds long, and features seven simple but sweaty bodyweight moves – many including a springy element, like bunny hop variations.
- That Girl Method: £59 for 12 months
Founded by trainer-to-the-stars Christina Howells and activewear designer Charli Cohen, the That Girl Method is described as being “the beginning of a lifestyle change”.
While fun and relatively quick to complete, if you’re someone who likes an ever-changing exercise schedule, then – due to the workout repetition – this might not be the programme for you. But if you’re looking to bust your butt to kick-start a lifestyle switch-up, then this is the door to knock on. Nutrition advice with meal suggestions and a handful of recipes are also available, plus a couple of extra workouts for the advanced and the masochists.
- Carly Rowena Get Gorgeous Guide: £30
Insta-famous for her enviable abs and positive demeanour, it’s no wonder Carly Rowena gets lots of questions regarding her fitness routine. Lucky for us, her 12-week plan provides everything we need – including workouts and advice on nutrition and managing stress – to improve our health, and perhaps even reveal abs of our own. Ideal for fitness newbies and the advanced alike, the eBook (also available in hard copy) allows you to choose your own level of intensity.
Participants can access the private Get Gorgeous Facebook group, where subscribers can encourage, motivate and inspire one another. Once you’ve downloaded the eBook to your laptop or phone (you can download it a total of three times), you needn’t be interrupted by any poor internet connections, so it’s ideal for travelling.
Choosing a fitness programme is very personal – what might be one person’s ideal workout will be another’s worst nightmare – so above all, it’s important that you opt for an exercise that you’ll enjoy, and that suits your lifestyle.
If you’ve tried any of the programs above or have any other comments, we’d love to read them below
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