The best digital fitness services for remote work-outs
by Alessandro Ferrara
Stay fit in between videoconferences and takeaway lunches with our selection of 5G-ready fitness services
While we’re finally in what we hope is the final stretch of the pandemic, it’s undeniable that our habits and lifestyles have changed immensely during the past year. Working from home is here to stay for many, and some will even be living across different countries for short periods of time according to research by ExO Works, setting the way for a ‘digital nomads’ boom in the decade ahead. Always ahead of the curve, it's no surprise that the fitness industry has adapted well to this brand-new way of living. From Apple’s latest service to an independent app that allows you to workout at your desk, we have selected the best digital fitness services to stay active at home – wherever that may be.
APPLE FITNESS +
Launched as “the first fitness experience built around Apple Watch”, Apple Fitness+ promises studio-style workouts easily accessible through iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, wherever you are. Professional trainers lead some of the most popular workout styles, including HIIT, strength, yoga, dance, core, cycling, treadmill (for both running and walking), rowing, and even a mindful cool-down. Its native integration with Apple Watch – which boasts the title of best-selling smartwatch, infamously outselling the entire Swiss Watch industry in 2019 – along with an intelligent recommendation engine that considers workouts previously completed and an Activity Sharing feature to challenge family and friends, makes Apple Fitness+ the perfect ally to keep fit, no matter where.
Apple Fitness+ is free for one month for Apple Watch owners, then £9.99 per month or £79.99 per year. You can also get three months free when you buy an Apple Watch. Subscription shareable with up to five family members. Apple Fitness+.
VIRGIN ACTIVE ONLINE
While its famous clubs were temporarily closed, Virgin Active UK launched Online+, a digital membership granting access to hundreds of remote workouts led by expert trainers. From yoga to heart-pumping cycle classes, the subscription is guaranteed to help you lose those extra lockdown pounds. New classes are added every week, available on demand, and with ‘My Plan’ you can set your personal goals and schedule your routine as you prefer. To help you keep motivated, there’s also a new ‘Happily Ever Active’ podcast for subscribers, a weekly appointment for everything wellness.
Virgin Active Online+ is free for one month, then £9.99 per month. Virgin Active UK.
Renowned for its high-end smart bikes and tread, Peloton App offers over 10 workout types to stream on demand, including yoga, stretching, bootcamp and even meditation. The app is accessible from your smartphone as well as other devices including Fire TV and Apple TV. If you love running, you can hit the trail with guided runs from Peloton instructor teams, keeping track with GPS support for pace, splits and elevation metrics on iOS devices. There is also a dedicated Apple Watch app to track your heart rate while on the move, along with other personal metrics.
Peloton App is free for two months, then £12.99 per month. Peloton.
Home workouts, bodybuilding, HIIT, booty training, weightlifting – these are just some of the many options you can find on Fitplan, available on the App Store and Google Play. Over 1,400,000 subscribers can count on a large roster of personal fitness trainers to stay active wherever they are. The app offers step-by-step instructional videos, plus tools to track your weights, reps and time. It is also filled with exclusive motivational content and hot tips to enhance your exercises and nutrition. If it wasn’t enough, there's also a dedicated Apple Watch app that allows you to workout outdoors without having to carry your iPhone.
Fitplan is free for seven days, then £15.99 per month or £69.99 per year. Fitplan.
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Selected by Apple as the 2020 iPhone App of the Year for bringing the gym to the sofa, Wakeout offers more than 1,000 exercises and hundreds of routines designed to break the sedentary pattern. Whether you’re on the sofa, at your home office desk, or even in bed, you can keep moving by following quick routines with short breaks, such as ‘pillow crunches’. Calories burnt are calories burnt – however you do it! These routines are part of an impressive library of location-specific movements that can be filtered by mood (energising, intense, fun – to name a few). ‘Wind Down routines’ are also available to use before bedtime, for a better night’s sleep.
Wakeout is free for seven days, then £4.99 per month or £33.99 per year. Wakeout.