If you’re looking for the best online workout programs the internet has to offer, you’re not alone! More and more people are ditching the gym and working out at home. In fact, in Q2 of 2020, home fitness app downloads increased globally by 46%! Maybe that's not totally surprising, since gyms were closed due to the pandemic, and we were all sitting around at home bored out of our minds. BUT, did you know that 60% of Americans reported enjoying their home workouts so much, they were cancelling their plans to return to the gym?!
Yeah, working out at home can really be great. No commute to the gym, no paying for a gym membership, and maybe best of all.....no gym! But how do you get started? The good news is, there are a lot of options out there! The bad news is, it’s getting pretty tough to find the best option(s) available. Did you know there are over 50,000 fitness apps available for download? Pretty overwhelming.
Lucky for you, we've done the leg work for you, so you don't have to spend your time and money figuring out what's out there. But wait, before you start making room in your living room and putting on your sweatbands, take a quick look at these questions. We need to figure out what's most important to you in your online workout program.
Now, with these questions in mind, we’ve created a list of our top picks in 21 categories. That’s right, 21 categories! Is it a lot? Sure, but there are a lot of different apps out there, so we think it’s only fair. So, which category are you looking for? You might be surprised! Read below, and get excited for your online fitness journey to begin!
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Fitplan has a huge database of workouts brought to you by top professionals. It gets our top spot due to a trifecta of affordability, high quality training programs, and an unbeatable quantity of high-end trainers. In fact, even celebrities like Rob Gronkowski and Alex Rodriguez can be found on the app delivering workouts! There are over a hundred different workout plans available on this app, making the price point incredibly low for the level of quality delivered.
The online workout programs themselves can range from a couple days to a couple months, and you'll also find plenty of options for workouts that do and don't require equipment. Workout durations will also vary from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the program chosen. HOWEVER, while this app has earned our top spot based on the quality and variety of workouts available, it does NOT include nutrition planning. Nutrition is key to any fitness program, so if you need help on your nutrition planning as well, check out some of the other options in this list.
Beachbody on Demand has a number of science-based and well-vetted programs available on its platforms, and they are probably the biggest name in before-and-after results. One of its earliest workout programs, P90X, became something of a cult workout, with hugely impressive before-and-after photos circulating the web. How do they do it? With hard work, calculated nutrition, and science. In fact, it's very important you don't overlook the nutrition aspect of these programs. Beachbody's nutrition programs are top-notch, and they're critical to achieving these massively impressive results.
While a lot of these before-and-after testimonials derive from their P90X, Instanity, and 80-day Obsession programs, all of Beachbody's programs are undeniably good. Below is a brief overview of each one.
80-day Obsession was created by Autumn Calabrese and designed primarily for women. Unlike some other workouts from Beachbody, 80-day obsession includes 80 different workouts. These workouts are 30 to 60 minutes in length, with different objectives, including: cardio, abs/arms, legs, glutes, and flexibility. As for equipment, this program requires a few sets of light dumbells, as well as resistance bands and sliders.
Core de Force is a Beachbody program created by Joel Freeman and Jericho McMatthews, and it focuses on delivering a fun upbeat workout inspired by kickboxing, Muay Thai, and more. Workouts range from 30-50 minutes, and they are set up in 3-minute rounds, providing a unique approach to HIIT.
Insanity is a program intended for advanced fitness trainers, created by Shaun T. You’ll be working out 6 days a week in this program, performing 30-60 minute cardio sessions that will test nearly anyone’s limits. Largely based on High Impact Interval Training, these workouts include plyometrics and a mixture of exercises designed to increase your strength, muscular endurance, and core stability. This is a fantastic option for someone with an advance fitness level that doesn’t have/want home equipment, since none is required.
Brought to you by Beachbody and created by Tony Horton, P90X is probably one of the most famous online workout programs. This workout is known for producing big results, and for good reason, as it will put you through hour-long-limit-testing workouts, 6 days a week. As the name implies, the program is 90 days long, and it includes an accompanying nutrition plan. The exercises themselves will involve a blend of HIIT, resistance training, plyometrics, abs, cardio, martial arts, yoga, and core stability. Very little equipment is required, but you will need a few dumbbells, a doorway-chin-up bar, and resistance bands to get the most out of the program.
PiYo is a 60-day workout created by Chalene Johnson that blends pilates and yoga together for a low-impact and fun workout. Like other low impact training, this can be a great option if you have joint pain, downstairs neighbors, or a desire to take a break from your normal high-impact training. There is virtually no rest between moves, so you will have no problem getting your heart rate up. Also, there is no equipment is required for this program that will deliver both increased strength and flexibility.
Tone It Up is a workout collection and fitness community, designed primarily for women, created by Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn. There is a huge database of workouts to choose from, and they also run motivating challenges throughout the year, for those that desire community and competition in their fitness journey. Many of the workouts will not require equipment, but some will benefit from resistance bands, sliders, dumbells, and/or an exercise ball.
Openfit is truly a tremendous option for beginners. I mean, with a slogan like “Fitness for Everyone”, it’s very clear they are on a mission to help the masses. One of the reasons we really like this service is the live class offering. They have loads of options to choose from, and their class schedule will also accommodate most schedules. This sort of live interactive fitness gives beginners the supervision and motivation needed to reach their fitness goals. On top of all that, there are nutrition plans (including recipes) to choose from as well!
A huge database of workouts, designed to play on your devices and integrate with your fitness monitors, Sworkit is one of the top fitness apps on the market. They have workouts ranging from 1 minute to 90 minutes, with virtually any training style or goal in mind. Whether it’s cardio, kettlebells, or pilates, they have workouts for you. That said, the primary focus of the training regimen has at-home training in mind. As an added perk unavailable in many apps in its class, you can also get one-on-one assistance from a certified personal trainers!
Trainiac can be considered one of the biggest names in online training, and it focuses more on personal training and less on workout choices. Unlike other services, you won't find a library of programs and workouts to choose from. Their model focuses on pairing you with a fitness expert that will design a customized program to help you reach your fitness goals! The workouts themselves will be tailored to your goals and your workout environment, so they are relatively personalized. If you’re willing to pay extra, you can also get one-on-one virtual training sessions. Prices vary from program to program and trainer to trainer.
Nike Training Club (NTC) has a collection of 4-8 week programs, with workouts ranging from 5-60 minutes. A lot of apps showcase the diversity of their workout programs, but NTC takes that to another level! There are plenty of options for bodyweight workouts for beginners, but there are also loads of options for the most intense athletes with access to a ton of equipment. Also, as you'd expect from Nike, these programs are fine-tuned and science-based, so you can be confident you are following a cutting edge results-oriented program. These programs are sure to enhance your performance and health. Last but not least, every program is instructed by a Nike Master Trainer, which sounds like a pretty impressive credential. Still debating on trying it out? Just do it.
Obe Fitness brings New York City Fitness Classes to the web, showcasing their 28-minute class design. They offer over 100 live classes each week, and they have options for different fitness levels. This is a LOT more options than you'll find elsewhere, giving you more opportunities to find a class that fits your schedule and preferences. You’ll need to purchase equipment to take advantage of their intermediate/advanced classes, but that equipment can be found on their website.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the Mirror. Acquired in 2020 by Lululemon for $1B, it’s one of the hottest gadgets for home workout programs. It is primarily known for its interactive online classes, where its rise to fame was drawn from its comparison to Peloton. If you love a little friendly competition and working out at home, you're going to love the Mirror.
Still, there is more. Mirror also offers one-on-one personal training, accomplished via a two-way camera that is sort of like a mirror-sized video chat. This is probably the closest virtual alternative to an in-person personal trainer.
Is the mirror expensive? Without a doubt. After you shell out nearly $2K for the product, keep in mind that you will need to spend an additional $39 per month if you want access to the on-demand class subscription. Still, it is a very impressive product that can add a lot of fun and motivation to your fitness journey. Also, don't forget that you'll be saving money on that gym membership! Did I mention that when you aren't using the Mirror for a workout, and simply looks like a hanging wall mirror in your home? Pretty cool.
Probably the hottest thing to hit the fitness world since the dumbbell, Peloton came out of nowhere to become a $30B company. The craze was created by something as simple as: competition. Individuals with a Peloton product can get their workout in an interactive class and compete against others! This adds a fun element to working out, and it has added a lot of much-needed excitement for their workouts.
Initially launched as a home cycle, Peloton has also expanded to the treadmill. There are rumors for a rower, and for $39/month, you can access all sorts of other classes like: HIIT, Yoga, Strength Training, and more.
So, if Peloton is offering all those options, why isn't it number one on our list? Well, while we think it's a really cool product (to say the least), we prefer the versatility of the Mirror. If your main focus is cardio, then Peloton is the clear winner! However, if you want to do a variety of workouts, the Mirror offers a lot more versatility, takes up less space, and even comes in at a (slightly) lower price point.
PIIT28 is a specialized version of HIIT that derives all its exercises from pilates. Designed primarily for women, this is a 28 day program that will have you performing 28-minute workouts, six days a week. Again, the movements are pilates based, so you will do a lot of core strengthening while you burn calories. With its HIIT style, each workout will include three rounds of seven exercises, with only 15 seconds of rest between each set, so you will still get a lot done in only 28 minutes.
Fit Girl’s Guide is unique in that it focuses on its online community to generate support and accountability for one another. There are over 5 million people following @fitgirlsguide on Instagram, so while its currently our top pick for online community, it's on the verge of a fitness revolution!
Users are encouraged to start the program at the first of the month so that they are on the same trek as the other new members to the program. This can be a REALLY powerful motivator and also adds a lot of support and accountability to your online workout program. It’s also particularly geared toward beginners. Workouts are 30 minutes each, and no extra equipment is required, but be prepared to be active every day for 28 days!
For those who are concerned about injuring themselves during a workout, and/or those who are just starting on their fitness journey, P.Volve is a tremendous option! Their online workout program combines patented resistance-based equipment with dynamic movements to achieve increased muscular balance, proper movement, and functional strength. P.Volve fills a much-needed gap in the online fitness industry, as far too many platforms focus on workouts and hype/motivation. The importance of proper kinetic movement and muscular balance is paramount for any fitness journey, and we're glad to see P.Volve making strides in this arena. Still, don't confuse this for physical therapy! This workout will raise your heart rate and torch calories as well, making it a true great option. Sure, the equipment is a little pricey, but we think the overall investment is well worth the money.
Have you ever tried working out in your apartment? A good plyometrics workout will all but convince your neighbors you're about to fall through their ceiling! There's a remedy for this, and it doesn't require you to sacrifice the intensity of the workout. What is it? Low-Impact Interval Training (LIIT), and P.Volve is a great option in this category. Rather than jumping and other fast-moving-high-impact exercises, you will focus on increased time under tension, which will still offer a huge calorie burn without putting strain on your joints. Not sure if you believe it? Try out their free trial, and you'll see what I mean.
Alo moves offers an impressive database of high-quality instruction for yoga, meditation, and more. Workouts range from beginner to advanced and include functional instructions for beginners. Also, very minimal (if any) equipment is required for these workouts! Of course, doing yoga on your own always involves some risk for those without any previous experience.
As an added bonus, Alo Moves also has a number of general fitness classes to choose from that include: Barre, strength training, HIIT, Pilates, and more. Their online community is also quite impressive, with over 1 million followers!
Similar to Alo moves, Glo offers a database of yoga, pilates, and meditation workouts ranging from 10 minutes to an hour. In addition, Glo also offers a couple live classes each day! This can be a huge benefit for beginners or people who crave a little more human interaction in their workouts. Also, Glo has a fantastic mobile app that tops Alo Moves. Still, despite some of the extra perks, we just felt Alo Moves' offering was a bit more established than Glo's at this point in time.
The Bar Method Online is a virtual alternative to the already-popular studio workouts they have been doing since 2001. There is a wide variety to choose from, and many of their best instructors were tapped to lead you through these in-home workouts. The length of each workout will vary from 20 minutes to an hour, but some classes require equipment to take full advantage of the workout.
Aaptiv is probably the biggest name in audio workouts. They have a huge database of workouts, ranging from yoga to running to weightlifting. There is really virtually any workout imaginable on here. Also, if you think audio doesn't cut it, you've never tried Aaptiv. These audio workouts are great, and you can take them anywhere! You simply load the app, choose the workout, put in your headphones, and follow along!
Brought to you by none other than Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth headlines this very popular workout app. Like others in its class, it has a wide range of programs from body pump to strength training and meditational yoga. The app itself is very well designed, and they even offer high-quality meal planning. Chris and his team deliver a top notch online workout programs. It's easy to understand why this app is one of the most downloaded fitness apps in the App Store.
For those looking for a true celbrity trainer, look no further than the Magnus Method. Magnus Lydgback is a Swedish health and wellness expert, and he has trained many A-list celebrities including: Ben Affleck, James McCavoy, Gal Gadot, Alicia Vikander, Alexander Skarsgard, and more. Magnus’ app provides a number of workout and (over 100) nutrition programs, and he releases new workouts on a regular basis, with the help of 200+ other trainers! On top of that, you can ask questions in the app and get guidance and advice as well. Note that while a number of programs can be done at home, the Magnus Method also benefits from a lot of additional equipment, so the gym may be a better option.
Fitbit offers its own options for workout subscriptions via Fitbit Premium and Fitbit Health Coaching. Fitbit Premium will give you access to workouts that you can perform and track via your fitbit. Fitbit Health Coaching will also provide you with a health coach that you can interact with. While some may consider this one-on-one training, it is considered by many to be more of a “one-on-one customer support”. Still, while the health coach isn’t training you during your workouts, they do help create them and are also available via text/chat to answer questions and offer advice. Considering the low price point, this is a fantastic option (especially for fitbit enthusiasts).
Brought to you by the popular UK-based boxing studio chain, Boxx Online provides a great option for those that want to develop some boxing skills while getting in shape. No gloves, pads, bags, or other equipment are necessary for this program, as you will be shadowboxing your way through these online workout programs. However, don’t expect this to be all punching, because this HIIT-based program will have you doing push-ups, burpees and a whole list of other high-intensity movements as well. Picture Rocky Balboa getting ready for a fight! Now, sign up and let Boxx help you create your own fitness montage!
For moms-to-be that are looking for a fitness program during their pregnancy, welcome Knocked-Up Fitness. They really focus in on prenatal health and fitness in a way that truly sets them apart from the competition. Their online workout programs focus on core and body strength, prepare the body for birth, and help women achieve faster deliveries and easier recoveries through a variety of targeted exercises. They even offer meal plans, recipes, doula support, and pregnancy coaching!
Emily Skye is a high-profile fitness influencer that has built a large community of (mostly female) fitness enthusiasts. This Australian fitness professional has nearly 15 million followers! And for good reason.
Women who have recently become mothers may find Emily’s workout programs particularly compelling, as her online workout program library includes her own post-pregnancy fitness journey. She also has a detailed program for mothers-to-be in her FitPregnancy program. Emily’s database of workouts includes a variety of different workouts that can be done from home. What may really set Emily apart from the competition, in addition to her energy and relatability, is that her service offers nutrition plans as well, which is essential to helping her subscribers real results.
Nerd Fitness is probably better described as a movement than a workout program. Steve Kamb is a self-described nerd, and he has found a way to help other “nerds” have fun and live a more fit/healthy lifestyle. Expect to hear phrases like, “Don’t give into the Dark Side” on your fitness journey with Steve. While there are a number of great free resources on the website, membership includes access to nutrition and workout plans, with a large workout video library to help you along your way, and it also includes a free money-back guarantee if you don’t see results!
Wait! There’s more! Nerd Fitness also provides access to one-on-one training from certified professional trainers as well! This is a great option to help you get started or stay motivated. These trainers will totally nerd out and create a fully-customized fitness program for you to reach your goals.
Big Dawgs focuses largely on crossfit, so if you’re a crossfiter or another performance athlete trying to maximize your potential, look no further. The price is steep, but it includes a lot of personalized attention such as: daily workout programming, personalized nutrition planning, workout/technique support, and monthly video calls. Big Dawgs will assign a trainer to work one-on-one with you to make sure you reach your goals. If you’re looking to unlock your full athletic potential, Big Dawgs is probably the best option out there!