If you thought two-day free shipping and all access to “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” were the highlights of your Amazon Prime account, you are going to be pleasantly surprised at this other fit feature. Not only can order your yoga pants and earbuds on Amazon Prime, you can actually use it to squeeze in a bit of cardio or stretching anywhere you happen to be.

If you have Amazon Prime ($99 for the year; $10.99 per month) or an Amazon Firestick (starting at $39.99 for the device, which has built-in Prime) you’ve got a golden ticket into fitness videos ranging from yoga to strength training to meditation.

Most of the workout videos you’ll find range between 20 to 30 minutes, so you can always catch a sweat after binge-watching “Mozart in the Jungle” or downward dog before shopping for new throw pillows. For the full fitness experience, you can also find 60- to 70-minute videos so you never have an excuse to skip the gym.

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Stream on-demand from home, while traveling or even at the park on a sunny day — Amazon challenges you to workout anywhere. Most videos don’t require equipment, but do offer more advanced options to add weights, bands and other equipment if you have them.

With Amazon Prime, you’ll find more than 300 workout videos and movies included with your membership. Here are five sweat-inducing videos already included with Amazon Prime (and five videos worth the additional splurge):

5 Best Free Workouts on Amazon Prime

  • Zumba Fitness-Concert Live. Ever been to a concert and just danced around with abandon? This Zumba video is the next best thing and it’ll count as a workout! In addition to the cardio burn, you’ll feel all the electricity from the crowd during this 70-minute latin dance workout. The video features 16 high-energy, calorie-blasting routines that you can do all at once, or pause and break up into intervals.
  • Power Yoga Weight Loss with Erica Vetra. Have less than 30 minutes to spare? This metabolism-boosting yoga workout will Zen you out in just 20 minutes. Flow through movements with instruction from Erica Vetra, an experience yoga instructor who has traveled the world honing in on her yogi skills.
  • 15-Minute HIIT With Maggie Binkley. If you’re looking to get your heart-rate up, but are limited on time, this 15-minute video is for you. Maggie Binkley takes you through these short workouts each day of the week (Monday through Friday), focusing on specific areas on different days, and including a few full-body routines as well. Come Saturday, you’ll be ready to cheers to your accomplishments!
  • 8-Minute Abs Workout. This quick tutorial makes it easy to power through an abs session and will get you doing more than the run-of-the-mill crunches. Plan to burn between 50 to 110 calories during this core-toning workout, recommended five days a week.
  • High-Energy Full-Body Pilates Fitness Fusion Workout. If you’re new to Pilates, a mat workout is a great way to begin learning the movements. The video flows through three circuits, featuring high-energy Pilates moves, and some yoga and cardio elements. Join for just one round or power through for the entire 45-minute workout.

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5 Best Add-Ons To Your Amazon Prime

  • Tracy Anderson: The Method For Beginners. Choose from a handful of workout DVDs from this celebrity trainer. She’ll have you working up a sweat doing cardio or more targeted moves for the arms, legs, and core. Anderson’s queue of videos range from about $2.99 to $9.99. Considering that Anderson has her own collection of studios across the globe that run about $45 per class, this is a steal!
  • Jillian Michaels: Ripped in 30. The former “The Biggest Loser” trainer has more than a dozen videos on Amazon Prime, including this 30-Day Shred. Jillian Michaels will walk you through your month-long fitness journey that will increase your fitness and teach fundamentals of a healthy diet. “Ripped in 30” is available for $9.99.
  • Denise Austin: Hot Body Yoga. Sculpt long and lean muscle with Denise Austin’s 60-minute yoga video. The workout starts with slimming vinyasa poses, then leads you through toning movements with light weight. Available for $13.99. Not into yoga? Sift through Austin’s catalogue of other cardio and strength videos.
  • Leslie Sansone: Walk Off Fat Fast. This is just one of Leslie Sansone’s walking videos available on Amazon Prime that will give you the skills, form, and tips to take your walking outside to the trail. Walking is a low-impact, but effective way to lose weight and stay active, and it’s great for all ages. The video literally walks you through a few fat-burning walking programs set to beats per minute in workout music. Available for $2.99 to rent; $9.99 to purchase.
  • Jane Fonda’s Original Workout. The original. The classic. The one and only. Jane Fonda! Throwback your fitness routine (and break out the leg warmers!) with a workout video from this ‘80s exercise genius. Fonda will take you through aerobics, strength, and flexibility movements with options for beginners and advanced. The video is available for $9.99.


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Finding the time (and the money) to get to the gym can feel like an impossible feat. But those barriers are slowly being broken down, thanks to the rise of on-demand workout programs, which bring celebrity-grade, instructor-led workouts to your phone, laptop or smart TV so you can exercise whenever you want, wherever you are.


Just be sure to pay extra-close attention to your form. “When streaming live, it’s really up to the individual to make sure their form is correct because if you’re not doing it correctly, you can actually do more harm to your body than good,” Laura Gail Diamond, an ACE-certified personal trainer, told Fox News.

Ready to try the trend? Start with one of these seven programs:

Daily Burn
Price: free for 30 days, then $14.95 a month
What you’ll get: Choose from over 20 programs (and over 700 workouts) to find the one that aligns with where you are in your fitness journey. Not sure where to start? Take the site’s two-minute assessment, which gathers stats like your age, gender, workout preferences and fitness level, and then recommends the right program for you.


Physique 57
Price: free for 30 days, then $30 a month
What you’ll get: a subscription delivers 24/7 access to workouts from the popular barre studio. Sort through the collection of videos based on time (from 10 to 57 minutes) and workout type (cardio, restorative and strength training are your options here). And don’t worry about not having a ballet barre in your living room — many of the workouts require zero equipment.

Price: free for 14 days, then $5.99 a week or $12.99 a month
What you’ll get: Like cycling? This one’s for you: The Peloton app stockpiles over 3,000 on-demand classes and streams live ones daily from its New York City studio, so you can tap into an in-class experience from whatever stationary bike you have access to. Big fans can spring for the $1,995 Peloton bike (plus $39 a month for access to classes), which allows you to compete against other virtual and in-class riders.


Beachbody On Demand
Price: free for 30 days, then $99.95 a year
What you’ll get: a Beachbody subscription sets you up with about 500 workouts — including some from well-known programs such as P90X® and INSANITY®. You’ll also score access to workout calendars, training guides and meal plans, making Beachbody a complete get-fit package.

Tracy Anderson
Price: $90 a month
What you’ll get: The celeb trainer has had a hand in shaping many Hollywood bodies, including Gwyneth Paltrow, and brings her signature method of promoting long, lean muscles to the rest of us at her five studios across the United States. Each week, one of these classes is recorded in real time, which you can stream and join in on from home with a mat, hand weights, ankle weights and an internet connection.


Booya Fitness
Price: free for one month, then $9.99 a month
What you’ll get: If the name itself doesn’t get you pumped up, the program’s wide range of workouts will. You can filter through the library of classes — featuring everything from prenatal to kickboxing — based on your energy level, goal, how much space you have, desired workout length and equipment (though 75 percent of the workouts require just a yoga mat).

FitFusion by Jillian Michaels
Price: free for seven days, then $9.99 a month
What you’ll get: FitFusion lets you work out with familiar faces, like Jillian Michaels, who has videos here. At first glance, you may be intimidated by the over 155 hours of workouts, but it’s easy to narrow down your options by exercise type, whether it’s dance, yoga or high-intensity interval training (HIIT).

13 Killer Workouts That Offer Online Streaming

When it comes to squeezing a workout into your crazy-busy schedule, it doesn’t get much more convenient than online streaming. We’ve put together a collection of our favorite fitness resources on the web, so whether you’re traveling for the holidays or just can’t make it to your favorite class, you can still get good and sweaty.

Ballet Beautiful

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Created by professional ballerina and celebrity trainer Mary Helen Bowers (she worked with Natalie Portman for her role in Black Swan), the Ballet Beautiful website offers live, interactive online classes and pre-recorded streaming videos. All ballet-inspired, both the videos and class options include targeted toning exercises, stretches, and high- and low-impact cardio workouts designed to build sleek, sexy muscles and beautiful ballerina posture.

The website offers monthly subscriptions to the continually expanding workout video library, or you can “attend” a live, interactive class with Bowers herself.

Cost: $35/class or $40/month


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A combo of barre, Pilates, and yoga, Barre3’s monthly streaming membership includes unlimited access to hundreds of their body-shaping workouts (ranging in length from 10 to 60 minutes), seasonal recipes and meal ideas, along with custom designed workout schedules and programs (such as “7-Day Body Blast” and “28 to Great”) created by barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln.

Cost: $15/month


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A high-intensity fusion of yoga, tribal dance, and plyometrics, BUTI classes don’t require any equipment but a yoga mat (making them perfect for a travel!). Choose from two subscription options (“Tone” or “Sculpt”) to access video archives of up to 50 hours of BUTI workouts. The Sculpt plan offers an additional 50 hours of HIIT-based fusion routines.

“Our online community, lovingly dubbed the BUTI Tribe, typically see results within two weeks and remark that BUTI has transformed their bodies faster than any other workout that they’ve tried,” says creator Bizzie Gold.

Cost: $40/month for Tone, $60/month for Sculpt

Crunch Live

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Crunch gym brings its popular line of group fitness classes to the web with its new streaming site Crunch Live. The first national gym chain to offer their group fitness program online, all classes are taught by real Crunch instructors and many feature actual Crunch members in the background.

The 30-minute classes are broken down into five categories: Chill Out (yoga, Pilates, stretch), Chisel It (sculpting, toning), Dance Rhythms (barre, aerobics, hip hop), Sexy Series (sweat in stilettos and chair dancing), and Throwback (featuring popular Crunch classes that are no longer available in clubs). The site currently offers 16 classes but will introduce 10 more in January 2014.

Cost: $10/month

EMG Live Fitness

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EMG Live Fitness

EMG Live Fitness is the only website that broadcasts live from gyms and studios across the nation. But that doesn’t mean you’re tied to a rigid schedule–the full library of classes is always available on-demand for one-time users or with a monthly subscription. From kickboxing to cycling to barre, you’ll find hundreds of classes now and even more will be added in the New Year.

Cost: $5/class, $40/month


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If you can’t make it to the gym or studio to attend your favorite group fitness class, FitnessGlo offers the next best thing: online streaming of high-quality classes that are accessible whenever, wherever you want. What makes this site different? Members can set weekly fitness goals and create a schedule to make them happen (complete with email reminders sent from the site).

Cost: $12/month


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The super popular barre and Pilates-inspired Physique57 program now offers their signature non-impact cardio and strength classes via streaming video. Subscribe monthly for unlimited access to their 12-workout video library or pay a 48-hour rental fee per class (Physique57 recently teamed up with Erin Andrews to create their “Get Fit featuring Erin Andrews” video, available for 48-hour rental for $10).

Cost: $57/month, or pay-per-video (rental fees range from $5 to 10 for 48-hour access)


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Lionsgate’s BeFit YouTube Channel offers a wide variety of quality workouts from fitness experts like Jillian Michaels, Denise Austin, and Mary Helen Bowers. You also have access to BeFit’s complete systems (i.e. “30-Day Butt Lift” and “BeFit in 90”), which outline a custom workout programs to help viewers reach their specific fitness goals.

To help take the guesswork out of your fitness routine, the channel organizes specific training styles into simple lists (like cardio fat-burning, yoga, dance workouts, Pilates, and more). And if you want to sweat on the go, check out BeFit’s “BeFit Go!” playlist, comprised of workouts that have been specifically created for smaller mobile screens.

Cost: Free


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Addicted to Pilates? Then you’ll definitely want to check out Pilatesology.com! Founded by Pilates expert Alisa Wyatt, the site offers more than 350 classes featuring celeb trainers like Mari Winsor (who trains Miley Cyrus), Alycea Ungaro (longtime trainer to Christy Turlington), and Chris Robinson (who has worked with Oprah).

Choose from a wide array of mat and apparatus classes (Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, or Guillotine) for all levels, including Pilates professionals. In addition to the authentic Pilates methodology featured in every workout, users can also access instructional classes that cover everything from correcting poor posture to fixing sciatica.

Cost: $19/month or $150/year

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SBF Streaming

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SBF Streaming

Created by barre and Pilates pro Suzanne Bowen, SBF Streaming offers more than 130 innovative and classic barre, mat, interval card, and stretching routines. Workouts require minimal space and equipment (mat and light hand weights), making them perfect for at-home or hotel rooms. Monthly membership also includes access to specific workout plans and a food guide created by a registered dietitian.

Cost: $10/month, $80/year


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Founded by fitness expert and personal trainer BJ Gaddour, StreamFIT offers 5 to 90-minute personal-training style workouts (like the “Get Jacked Dumbbell Workout,” “Bodyweight Boot Camp,” and “Metabolic Mayhem”) for all fitness levels and preferences. Choose from a variety of equipment options (many use no equipment at all) and use the search tool to find prenatal, bodyweight, kettlebell, sandbag , or any other training style to fit your needs.

Cost: $20/month or $120/year (free membership includes access to four pre-selected videos per month)

Daily Burn

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Daily Burn

DailyBurn.com’s streaming workout video library features a wide array of 15- to 60-minute routines for all fitness levels, including dance, high-intensity cardio, yoga, kettlebells, and more. Monthly membership includes access to their 12 specific workout programs (like Cardio Sculpt, Inferno, Recover and 15) that also offer custom meal plans, recipes, nutritional supplements, and weekly challenges.

Cost: $10/month for unlimited access


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Work out with certified fitness instructor and personal trainer Jessica Smith (and her puppy Peanut) in your living room with the more than 150 free, full-length workout videos offered on JessicaSmithTV.com.

Follow the custom weekly class schedule or choose workouts based on your specific schedule, fitness level, preferences, and equipment needs. Fresh content is added every week (new episodes air every Saturday at 12p.m. eastern) so you’ll never get sick of the same routine.

Cost: Free

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Tone your core, lose weight, and find balance with Pilates

One hundred years ago, Joseph Pilates set out to develop an exercise system that would strengthen both the body and the mind.

Today, his vision has turned into one of the most popular and effective fitness systems worldwide. With over 10 million practitioners in the US alone, including the likes of Beyoncé and Emma Stone, Pilates is widely recognized by both the public and medical researchers as a powerful way to tone your core, lose weight, improve your posture, and find balance — physically and mentally.

What is Pilates?

Pilates focuses on low-impact exercises that encourage good posture, improve balance, and strengthen the core muscles. The practice is often compared to yoga, as both emphasize proper postural positions, flexibility, breath control, and stability.

Pilates exercises can be done either on a mat or with the help of machines like the Reformer, a piece of equipment with a sliding carriage and resistance bands.

Mat workouts rely entirely on bodyweight exercises, while machine workouts typically use the added resistance of the Reformer to challenge practitioners with a more demanding routine. As such, beginners are advised to start on the mat.

Some Pilates exercises, like the Plank or the Hundred, are so mainstream that you may have already tried them without even knowing you were doing Pilates.

To get a better idea of what Pilates is all about, check out our selection of free Pilates workout videos from professional trainers, no signup required.

Who is Pilates for?

There’s a common misconception that Pilates is only for gym addicts and dancers, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

In reality, Pilates is an effective fitness system for exercisers of all levels who want to:

  • Tone and strengthen their abs and core muscles
  • Improve their posture
  • Increase their flexibility
  • Lose weight
  • Relieve stress

Because it focuses on low-impact movements, Pilates is an ideal exercise system for anyone suffering from joint pain, arthritis, or any other medical conditions that make high-impact workouts like running a no-go.

Some variations of Pilates, such as Clinical Pilates, are used in conjunction with physiotherapy to treat back and neck injuries as well as chronic pain in those areas. There is emerging evidence that Pilates may be helpful in the treatment of:

  • Back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Respiratory issues
  • Joint pain and injuries
  • Urinary incontinence

Yoga vs. Pilates

Exercisers are often unsure of the differences between yoga and Pilates as both fitness systems share some of the same core tenets. These include a focus on:

  • Low-impact exercises
  • Balance
  • Flexibility
  • Stress relief
  • Breathing techniques
  • Postural improvement

While there’s quite a bit of overlap between the two, Pilates puts a greater emphasis on strength building and muscle toning than yoga. Pilates is generally considered more secular, whereas yoga focuses more on meditation and spirituality.

Exercisers who are looking to tone their bodies and burn calories will tend to be better suited for Pilates.

Here’s a chart to help you make sense of the differences:

Low-impact weight loss

While Pilates won’t burn as many calories as a HIIT routine or a 10-mile run, its weight-loss potential is nothing to scoff at.

A typical 50-minute beginner’s Pilates workout will burn around 175 calories, which is comparable to a two-mile run, making Pilates a great low-impact alternative to other weight-loss exercises.

Plus, with the help of “the pilates effect,” a toning of your muscles and an improved posture, you’ll look like you’ve lost weight before you ever drop a pound.

How to start Pilates

If you want to start toning your core, losing weight, and improving your posture with Pilates, you don’t need to wait.

Tream offers free online fitness videos by top Pilates trainers, so you can start right now from the comfort of your home. Just plop down a mat and browse through our wide selection of free Pilates workout videos for men and women, no signup required.

With Tream, you’ll get all the benefits of an in-person pilates class without having to drive back and forth from a pilates studio. Our mobile-friendly platform makes it easy to squeeze in a quick workout whenever you have a few minutes of downtime, be it early in the morning, late at night, or even on the go — our classes run on your schedule.

There are new workouts added almost every day, so you’ll never find yourself short on motivation or inspiration. You can sort through videos by workout type, popularity, and upload date, so it’s easy to find the videos and exercises you want, make a playlist, and go through them at your own pace.

Want a more personal connection with your trainer? Tream lets you search for trainers based on tags and categories and then stay in contact with them via private messages. Just head over to our trainers page and click “Pilates” to view all our Pilates trainers. When you’ve found a trainer you like, you can follow them to get notified whenever their latest workouts are posted.

Have a question about an exercise? No problem. Just send a private message to your trainer or leave a comment on the workout video. You’ll get an answer and advice from your trainer — and perhaps even some motivation from your fellow Tream members as well!

Ready to tone your core, lose weight, and balance your body and mind? Start browsing through our selection of free Pilates videos right now, no signup required.

Disclaimer: The content on this website is never intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider for any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Peloton, Daily Burn and more: Best workout subscription apps

Workout videos are nothing new — who can forget Jane Fonda’s Workout from the ’80s? But in this age of Netflix and Hulu, you can now stream exercise videos anywhere you have Wi-Fi.

Streaming workout subscriptions, and the apps you use to access them, do the same thing those old exercise DVDs and VHSes did — bring the gym to you and allow you to do cardio workouts, HIIT or strength training on your schedule. But they go a step beyond by offering large libraries of fitness classes that you can stream unlimitedly.

With so many options out there, it can be hard to figure out which workout plans are worth your money. In this guide, I cover the best streaming workouts you can buy and what to consider before signing up.

What is a workout streaming subscription?

Streaming fitness subscriptions are basically Netflix for workout videos. You pay a flat monthly fee to stream unlimited workout classes on your TV, computer, tablet or phone. Usually these classes are prerecorded and available on demand, but some services — such as Daily Burn — also offer live classes that you can tune into.

Most fitness streaming subscriptions are standalone products, but you can also find exercise videos on Amazon Prime Video.

Though streaming fitness subscriptions are no replacement for a personal trainer, they are an easy way to fit in a workout when you can’t or don’t want to head to the gym.

The best workout subscription apps

Just a note that I am purposely not covering any services for fitness programs that are exclusive to a specific product, such as Mirror or Fightcamp. This list includes services anyone can sign up for, without purchasing anything else to get started.

Best workout subscription apps

Cost per month Free Trial Availability
Daily Burn $15 30 days iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, web browser
Peloton Digital $13 14 days iOS, Android, web browser
CorePower On Demand $19 7 days iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, web browser
Glo $18 15 days iOS, Apple TV, web browser, Chromecast (coming soon)
Aaptiv $15 7 days with an annual $99 membership iOS and Android
Barre3 $29 15 days iOS, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, web browser
Crunch Live $10 10 days iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, web browser
TA Online Studio $90 Two weeks Web browser

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True to its name, Daily Burn offers new daily classes at 9 a.m. ET. If that time doesn’t work for you, you can always watch the recorded version later in the day, plus so many more.

Daily Burn aims to help everyone get fit, regardless of fitness level. By answering a few questions about your goals — weight loss, improved fitness — the service can create workout and nutrition plans for you.

Because the company has been around since 2007, there’s a lot of variety of video classes with Daily Burn. You’ll get everything from pilates and exercise basics to high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and kickboxing. There are even pregnancy and postpartum workouts.

Daily Burn has one of the more generous free trials — 30 days. After that, it’s $19.99 per month.

Daily Burn also has standalone Yoga membership for $9.99 a month and a HIIT membership for $12.99 a month.

Yes, Peloton sells a Peloton bike and treadmill that include a subscription to their streaming workout content. But, you don’t have to buy either machine to access those videos.

For $13 per month, you can stream unlimited bootcamp, strength, yoga, running and cycling classes, with and without equipment. There are also audio-only classes for outdoor runs.

Peloton Digital has live-streamed classes available every day, and you can pick from the on-demand options whenever you want. Each class provides a training plan so you know what to expect before you start.

Peloton offers a 14-day free trial to get started.


Do you already like yoga, but wish it was more… intense? CorePower is for you. The company has yoga studios all over the US, but you can also take classes virtually with CorePower on Demand.

Classes range from CorePower’s full-body yoga flows and sculpting to meditation and technique lessons. There are new classes released every month to give you variety.

If you, like me, prefer a more traditional yoga approach, Glo (which used to be YogaGlo) is one of the most popular subscriptions out there. It has a vast network of teachers who have produced hundreds of yoga, pilates and meditation classes. If you are just starting out with yoga, or are looking to improve your poses, there are more than 80 programs to guide your practice.

There are classes from many different styles including hatha, yin, vinyasa and iyengar, and there are classes for every level of experience within those styles. Like CorePower, Glo also has high-intensity conditioning classes for building core strength, toning and getting your heart rate up.

Glo gives you a 15-day trial and it’s $18 per month after that.


Aaptiv is unlike the rest of the services on this list in that it is audio-only. What makes it so great is that you can use Aaptiv to coach outdoor workouts, including running and cycling, and workouts on a treadmill, exercise bike or elliptical. Aaptiv also has classes for yoga, strength training and other indoor workouts.

All told, there are about 2,500-plus workout classes, with around 30 more added weekly. You can pick workouts based on time, difficulty level, trainer and even choose the music you want to hear. If you ever need cues on how to perform an exercise more, you can use Aaptiv’s visual workout guides which show you how to perform 250 movements, such as deadlifts or dumbbell rows.

$99 per year with a free seven-day trial or $14.99 per month (without a trial)


Ballet-inspired barre classes are a wildly popular way to tone your body. There are plenty of nationwide studios teaching barre, but you can also take them online. Barre3, which has studios in 33 states plus the Philippines and Canada, has a streaming subscription with more than 500 classes.

Videos range from calming yoga-like flows to challenging balance and flexibility workouts. There’s a new 30-minute class added every week. While you don’t need any equipment to get started, Barre3 recommends getting a few props: a core ball, a resistance band and lightweight dumbbells.

There’s a free 15-day trial, and after that it’s $30 per month.

Rather than heading to a Crunch gym in person (or if you don’t live anywhere near one), you can get some of its popular classes at home.

There are more than 85 streaming workout videos available, all inspired by real classes taught at Crunch and hosted by Crunch instructors. There are also often real Crunch members in the videos.

Classes include total body bootcamp, kickboxing, yoga and barre, and they are organized into playlists like “No Equipment Needed” and “Quickies,” which are just 15 minutes.

It’s free for current Crunch members, or $9.99 per month with a 10-day free trial for everyone else. You can also pay $90 for a year-long subscription.

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Do you really want to workout with celebrity trainer? Then go straight for Tracy Anderson’s TA Online Studio.

Tracy Anderson has become a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Kim Kardashian and Madonna for her research-backed “Method” that asserts that anyone can get lean and muscular.

Since most of us can’t flock to her studios in Manhattan, LA, Madrid or the Hamptons, she offers online classes you can take anywhere. There are workouts for every fitness level, from beginner to advanced, and they are a mix of dance cardio and muscular structure classes, designed to work your accessory muscles to ultimately tone your entire body.

The TA Online Studio does not come cheap. It’s $90 per month, or $809 annually (Which is $270 cheaper than one year of classes paid monthly). There’s also a free two-week trial to get started.

What are the benefits of workout streaming subscription?

First, almost all of the fitness streaming services are cheaper going to a gym or fitness studio for your workout routine. Most cost around $10 to $30 per month — which is often as much as you’ll pay for a single class at a studio.

Second, just like the fitness DVDs and VHS tapes of yore, you can workout wherever and whenever you want. In fact, it’s easier with a streaming subscription because you no longer need a DVD player and a TV. You can access videos from your phone or tablet or computer.

So when you’re traveling, or if you’d rather not go to the gym, fitness streaming services make it easier to workout at home.

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The downsides

The biggest downside of a streaming fitness service is that you’re working out on your own, without a trainer to correct your form. That’s generally fine if you are already an experienced exerciser who has taken IRL classes, but if you’re a beginner, it might be hard to master moves on your own.

The flip side of that is that if you feel embarrassed or nervous about going to a real class, working out on your own can be a good way to build confidence.

You also need to carve out space in your home to exercise, and it can be hard to put aside household chores or get time away from your kids when your home is your gym.

As always, proceed with these programs at your own risk and start slow if you’re new to exercise.

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How to choose a workout subscription

When deciding what fitness streaming subscription to get, here are some of the most important factors to consider.

What’s the cost?

Some streaming fitness services can get pricey, but most are usually less than the cost of a single class at a fitness studio.

Do you need equipment?

Most streaming fitness programs offer a mix of videos with and without equipment, such as dumbbells, resistance bands or a heart rate monitor. If you’d rather exercise without buying any equipment, pick a service that has enough variety of classes that don’t require it.

Read more: Should you stretch before or after your workout?

How will you stream?

Are you planning to work out in front of your TV, or using a workout app on your phone? Most services offer iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Apple TV or Roku apps, but always check to make sure you can stream your workouts where you want.

Read more: How to recover from a tough workout

Does it align with your fitness goals?

Obviously, if you’re into a cardio workout, you’re not going to pick a service that only does yoga. Take a look at the classes each streaming service offers before you sign up.

Options like Peloton Digital, Daily Burn, Crunch Live and Aaptiv offer the greatest variety of classes.

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published in May 2019 and has been updated to reflect new prices for Peloton Digital.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

5 Streaming Workout Programs You Can Add to Your Amazon Prime Membership

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Getting in shape from home is easier than ever with subscription services that let you stream workouts from your TV, smartphone, or tablet—and five of these services are available as affordable add-ons to an Amazon Prime membership. (And you thought free two-day shipping and Transparent were the only reasons to subscribe to Prime!)

Each of the five channels has a unique mission, and targets different types of exercisers. You can try before you buy with a seven-day free trial—or you can read about my experience testing out one class from each channel.

Acacia TV

The first add-on subscription I tried was AcaciaTV ($6.99 per month), which offers a massive number of videos broken down into a diverse set of categories: Interval Training, Pilates, Cardio, Core, and Dance, to name a few. The videos can also be broken down by ability level. Within each category there are a number of different classes that vary by instructor and type.

For my first class, I chose Body Weight Strength Training for Beginners. The class wasn’t nearly as easy as the “beginner” rating would lead you to believe— I was sweating in the first five minutes. But the trainer was precise, clear, and encouraging, making the experience feel as engaging as a fitness class you’d take in person at a studio or gym. But unlike a typical class, we didn’t use any weights or gym equipment. Instead, the instructor took advantage of things everyone has at home, like a chair, to assist with exercises. By the end of the half-hour session, I felt the burn in every part of my body, and realized it’s definitely possible to get an equally tough workout from a video as an in-person group class.

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BeFit TV

After a great experience with my first video workout class, I was pumped to try the next subscription option: BeFit TV, which costs $6.99 per month. I’ll be honest, though—I wasn’t so crazy about the one class I tried: Brazilian Booty Burn. It had a Zumba feel to it, with an extremely energetic instructor. The class got my blood flowing, sure, but when I take a dance cardio class, I want to feel like I’m getting a challenging cardio workout. This class mostly consisted of hip and butt movement (and, to be honest, I was nervous my roommate would walk in and wonder why I was swinging my hips around in front of the TV), and it never really got my heart pumping fast.

All that said, there are plenty of other exercise categories available on BeFit TV. In fact, it has a much more robust selection of categories than Acacia TV, including Cardio, Abs & Core, Dance Fitness, Body Sculpting & Strength, HIIT, Pilates & Barre, 10 Minutes or Less, and Beginner Workouts. Basically, there’s something for everyone—and there’s a good chance that I just hit a stroke of bad luck with the one class I tested.


The next subscription I downloaded, Gaia ($9.95 per month), was very different from the first two I tried. The only exercise videos offered are yoga and Pilates, but it also has guided meditations and documentaries. Categories include Inspirational Movies, Health & Longevity, seeking truth, 5-20 Minute Workouts, and 30-60 Minute Workouts.

I tried Gaia’s Yoga Everyday class, which placed more emphasis on spirituality than fitness. I finished my class feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

iIf you’re looking for a variety of fitness content and at-home workouts, I’d definitely skip Gaia. But if you want to participate in meditative practices and learn more about health and wellness, it’s the perfect program.

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Grokker Yoga + Fitness

The following week I downloaded Grokker Yoga + Fitness ($6.99 per month), which focuses on both fitness and nutrition, with simple categories like Yoga, HIIT, and Healthy Eating. I loved that unlike the other subscriptions, Grokker offers more than just workouts—it also has healthy food and cooking videos.

I was immediately drawn to the food videos because of the many interesting recipes they featured, such as almond acai balls, Korean soft tacos, quinoa muffins, and gluten-free crepes. I decided to try out a recipe for zucchini pasta with basil sauce. After gathering all the ingredients, I flew through the video with ease, since the instructor was so clear with directions. I actually enjoyed the cooking process and the zoodles turned out delicious!

As a twenty-something trying to learn how to cook more nutritious and fun dinners, I was a big fan of this subscription. That said, I think Grokker is also a great option for people of any age looking to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle. It’s not a personalized plan by any means, but the combo of healthy eats and consistent workouts is a recipe for success.

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FitFusion TV

The last add-on subscription I tried was FitFusion TV ($4.99 per month), which offers hundreds of exercise videos from fitness superstars like Jillian Michaels. The videos are grouped by the celeb instructors, as well as categories like 10 Minutes or Less, 15-30 Minute Workouts, and 30-60 Minute Workouts.

Although this subscription doesn’t offer as much video variety as BeFit, Acacia TV, and Grokker, the fact that Michaels is featured makes up for it, in my opinion. I tried her “One Week Shred” class, which proved to be the classic high-intensity Michaels workout I was craving. It was only 20 minutes long, but the heart-pumping cardio and Michaels’ patented tough-but-encouraging demeanor left me sweating through my shirt and feeling the burn in all of my leg muscles (even ones I didn’t realize I had!).

The subscription also features a section of Tae Bo workouts—a unique combination of boxing and tae kwon do, created and taught by fitness guru Billy Blanks. Tae Bo was a huge fitness fad in the ’90s, but these workouts really do work up a sweat. So if you want to try a throwback workout, there are plenty of classes available, taught by Blanks himself.

Once the ball drops and 2019 begins, hoards of people start heading to the gym in order to commit to their New Year’s resolutions. While that’s great for everyone’s health, it’s not exactly the best news for people who hate waiting for the treadmill or exercise machines. Luckily, there’s a smart fix that has benefits far beyond avoiding the gym.

Workout streaming subscriptions are only increasing in popularity. Not only have the online-only platforms expanded, but the most exclusive boutique studios have also started up virtual training programs that let you take the classes from anywhere. The ease of being able to check off your workout in the comfort of your own living room not only helps you stick to a healthy routine, but there’s another perk, too. Subscribing to a digital service tends to cost way less than those often overpriced gym memberships, letting you get fit and save money.

If you’re looking for the perfect service to start with, here are the best — and most affordable! — options to try out in the new year. You’re only a few clicks away from a healthier version of yourself.

1. Obé Fitness: $27/month (Seven-day trial)

Obé Fitness — which stands for “our body electric” — knows a thing or two about making workouts fun. With a membership, you get unlimited access to a schedule of live classes that take place every day of the week, as well as more than 500 on-demand options you can do anytime. Each top trainer leads their class in a bright, colorful room that can’t help but bring on those feel-good vibes, and the equipment-free classes — which include high-energy sweat (cardio), define (strength and speed), and flow (flexibility) — can all be made even more challenging with hand weights, resistance loops, and ankle weights as you continue to build up your strength.

2. modelFIT: $20/month (Seven-day trial)

If you’re not a fan of heavy cardio, you’ll love modelFIT. The studio has an online streaming service that lets you work out to full classes, as well as shorter workouts focused on different areas of the body that can be combined. And nope — you don’t have to be a model, either. No matter your body type, each workout uses simple sequences that target small muscle groups, giving you a lean and sculpted look all over. Don’t be fooled: while the movements may be tiny, you’ll certainly feel the burn whether you’re using the optional hand and ankle weights or not.

3. Crunch Live, $10/month (10-day trial)

Want a gym membership minus the gym? Try Crunch Live. Instead of going to group fitness classes in person, you can stream Crunch’s most popular picks online, whether you’re into bootcamp, dance, kickboxing, or yoga — all of which are led by the gym’s top trainers. One of the most popular features is perfect for when you’re short on time: 15-minute “quickie” workouts that let you get your sweat on and make it to your next meeting.

4. Body By Simone: $15/month

If you follow Jennifer Garner on Instagram, you probably see a lot of shout-outs to her trainer Simone De La Rue. But you don’t have to be a celeb to get the star treatment — you can simply subscribe to Body By Simone. The streaming platform gives you access to all the trainer’s 20-minute-long videos that focus on either the upper body, lower body, or core, as well as her beloved dance cardio sessions. When you combine the workouts together, you’ll have a full-body workout that will leave you breathless in the best way.

5. Daily Burn, $15/month (30-day trial)

If you need to switch up your workouts on the regular to stay motivated and beat fitness-related boredom, Daily Burn is a steal. For $15 a month, you have access to thousands of workout videos, from yoga, Pilates, and barre to kickboxing and HIIT. On top of the extensive list of workout options, there’s also another perk to the platform: it allows you to track your progress, counting every completed workout, calorie burned, and minute exercised, giving you plenty of milestones to celebrate throughout your fitness journey.

6. Physique 57: $20/month (14-day trial)

While in-person classes at Physique 57 cost $37 a pop, you have access to unlimited online barre workouts online for only $20 a month. Using nothing but your own bodyweight as resistance, the classes target muscles throughout your entire body with the goal of working them until they’re fatigued, then stretching everything out. And the process definitely works — so much so that you’re promised to see results after only eight workouts. In other words, this is a class even ballerinas would work up a sweat doing.

7. ClassPass Live, $15/month (30-day trial)

If you love incorporating tech into your workouts, you’ll thrive on ClassPass Live. The company is known for its memberships that give you access to studios all over your city, but now there’s an online component, too, allowing you to get in on high-intensity workout classes from anywhere. While you can do them on-demand, you can also unleash your competitive side with the interactive live classes that showcase a leaderboard of those streaming the class from home. When you stay in the target heart rate zone — something that’s automatically calculated through wearing a branded heart rate monitor — you’ll get points, giving you that extra push to see your name at the top of the list.

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