Unless you’re a competitive athlete or professional trainer, “exercise more” is probably one of your goals for the new year. Getting in shape and being healthier are consistently society’s top resolutions, and 2022 is no different. However, gone are the days where you have to go to the gym for a sweat-inducing workout. What makes this January distinct is the amount of at-home exercise options. All the major fitness brands—Equinox, Barry’s, and SoulCycle—now offer classes that you can do from the comforts of your living room. Smaller studios and individual instructors also have a plethora of on-demand and virtual programming. Honestly, there has never been a more exciting time to work out, and we're proving it by sharing our favorite online fitness classes.
The Sculpt Society by Megan Roup
Megan Roup’s sculpt and dance cardio workouts are all about making the body and mind feel good. Every day she posts a new video, and at least four days a week, she offers a live class. Variety is plentiful in both the type and duration of each session. You can choose to do a 50-minute full-body routine with dance cardio, 10-minute abs, or a 23-minute arm and booty sculpt. Roup believes that by committing to less, we can show up more and advises members to stack classes or start by doing 5-minutes of movement per day. The best thing about The Sculpt Society is Roup herself. She’s warm and welcoming, encouraging and engaging, fun, and friendly. She clearly explains the moves in a way that is easy to follow with different angles and detailed descriptions. If you were a cheerleader in high school or on the dance team in college, we highly recommend giving her a shot.
Peloton needs no introduction. Having launched the first at-home stationary bike connected to a streaming service, the brand is a pioneer of the remote workout movement. These days, Peloton is so much more than just a cycling class. The team manufactures and sells treadmills, equipment, and apparel. Their beloved instructors offer strength training, yoga, dance cardio, and boxing classes. And most importantly, Peloton has created a positive digital community that connects like-minded fitness lovers.
Barre, cardio kickboxing, and dance HITT (high-intensity interval training) are a few of the classes users can enjoy with Obé. The on-demand platform offers 20 live classes per day and has a library of over 7,000 videos that range from ten to 60 minutes. We’re dying to try bounce, a trampoline-based low-impact workout. Doesn’t it sound like fantastic fun? If you’re worried there are too many choices, pick one of Obé’s programs that lasts a certain amount of days and focus on a specific workout. For example, The Yoga Deep Dive is a 15-day challenge that teaches everything you need to know. Other pros to Obé? Pre and postnatal programming, meditation training, and kids' workouts.
Tracy Anderson Method
Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham are avid devotees of the Tracy Anderson Method, which Anderson developed through years of research and movement. The method is a mixture of dance, strength, and sculpt motions that are repeated to create the ultimate burn. She believes that by activating the accessory muscles consistently, one can achieve a long, lean, and strong frame. Anderson’s online studio is where you’ll find new weekly workouts (sectioned by beginner, intermediate, and advanced), an on-demand video library, and so much more. If you prefer an activity where the trainer doesn’t talk much, give Anderson a try. She hardly says a word and lets her body do all the talking.
Body by Simone
In late 2021, Simone De La Rue launched her digital studio, Reimagined Body by Simone. The new website features more than 1,000 on-demand classes searchable by equipment, type, trainer, and duration, plus fresh courses daily. Her signature workouts are 55-minutes long and include dance cardio, ABC (arms, back, and core), full-body, trampoline cardio, and HTB (hips, thighs, and buns). If you’re looking to make a drastic change, commit to De La Rue’s eight-week transformation program, a plan that includes workouts and diet tips. Then monitor your progress with De La Rue’s state-of-the-art tracking system.
Glo has more than 4,000 on-demand classes, most of which are yoga and pilates. With 12 different styles, from ashtanga to kundalini, Glo covers all aspects of the yoga world: breathwork, meditation, and restorative classes. Whether you have 45 minutes for an energizing morning flow or 15 minutes for a quick stretch to relieve stiff muscles, Glo offers something for everyone and embraces all levels of yoga practice.
Former New York City Ballet dancer Mary Helen Bowers launched Ballet Beautiful, a workout founded on ballet basics, after she retired from dancing full time. Ballet Beautiful features ballet-like core, leg, arms, butt, and cardio classes, all of which help you attain a ballerina’s body. If you took and enjoyed dance as a child, you’ll love returning to the barre for Bowers’ sessions. The on-demand workout subscription includes live streams, monthly challenges, and access to her DVD library. There are also stretch classes and private training.
In 2008, Sadie Lincoln opened the first Barre3 studio in Portland, Oregon. Since then, the brand has expanded across the US with 170 locations and, more recently, a digital platform where members can stream online classes. The workouts focus on stretching, yoga flow, glutes, core, and cardio. Each Barre3 class combines strength conditioning, cardio, and mindfulness with an end goal of a balanced body and mind. New sessions are uploaded weekly, and there are pre-and post-natal options. If you want to attend Barre3 in real life at one of their studios and do the classes at home, you can with a hybrid subscription.
P.volve is a low-impact workout based on everyday functional movement—think bending down to pick up an iPhone or reaching high into the cabinet to grab a bag of flour. The exercise mimics the motions your body goes through day after day. The app has hundreds of class options, but the coolest feature is the ability to adjust the volume of the music and instructor. Turn one up and the other down and vice versa. P.volve requires special patented equipment, including a ball and two types of resistance bands, so be sure to grab it all before you take the virtual sessions.
Fans of dance-based fitness classes will love Katia Pryce’s high-paced routines at Dancebody. The workout counts model Molly Sims as a regular and doesn’t require any dance background. New routines are taught every three months, so you have plenty of time to master the movesand build confidence. Monthly membership provides access to over ten live class options per day and allows you to browse Danebody’s archive of classes.
Melissa Wood Health
Melissa Wood’s subscription service is more than just exercise classes. It’s a cohesive program that includes cooking videos, meditation guides, and a wide variety of workouts, from Pilates to water aerobics to treadmill walks. The duration of Wood’s workouts are thirty minutes or less, making it perfect for those short on time. Remember, doing a 15-minute workout every day is better than doing no workout at all.
Sky Ting TV
Sky Ting started as a beloved yoga studio in New York City’s Chinatown. Fast forward to now, and it is a beloved yoga studio that also runs a digital operation. Sky Ting TV features yoga classes in a gorgeous lush setting for all levels. The screen is filled with green plants, vibrant lighting, and (often) two instructors demonstrating each move. This ensures that you never get lost or don’t know what to do. One person shows you what the pose looks like from the side, while the other illustrates how it appears head-on. If only every yoga class were this easy to follow.