6 Best on-demand workout classes
Tear your eyes away from Netflix and get moving with these streaming fitness classes. No excuses now! Here are the best on-demand workouts to do, including one from trainer to the stars Jenni Rivett based in Cheltenham.
Summer’s (almost) over, the nights are drawing in, and the kids are going back to school. That means time to think about you again. Hallelujah. Work up a puff from the blissful confines of your own living room (no sweaty gyms) with these on-demand exercise classes that are more purse-friendly than a Peleton or yearly gym sub.
And if you’ve not exercised in front of a TV since panting along to Mr Motivator in the ’90s, rest assured things have come a long way. You can still wear your leg-warmers if you like though.
JENNI RIVETT, TRAIN LIKE A WOMAN
The lowdown: She’s the workout queen behind the vice-like thighs of many a celeb and was personal trainer to Princess Diana for seven years. Now an international fitness and nutrition consultant, Jenni Rivett offers unique Zoom classes from her Cheltenham studio to get you fit and toned in a jiffy.
Her aptly-named Train Like a Woman and SprinTone8 HIIT programme is a brilliantly-accessible, and time-efficient workout that covers, cardio, strength, flexibility and mobility training. The workouts all take place over Zoom and can be sent recorded if you miss a sesh. Her method teaches women how to execute perfect form with each which is key to muscle adaptations. The exercises are multi-dimensional, working the larger muscle groups as well as the deep stabilizing muscles, getting to the core of the abs and every other muscle, especially those “mummy bits” we all dread. After just a few short sessions you will honestly feel tight, toned, smaller and firmer.
How much: You can book in for one to one sessions (price on request) or join one of the motivating Zoom and Skype sessions for around £20 for an hour.
Best for: Everyone but especially women fighting that post-baby, mid-life, general flabby bit ‘drift!’ Joining Jenni for a workout feels more like hooking up with a highly motivating friend each week, taking the mental slog out of getting fit.
The lowdown: Less pirouettes and more Pilates, Barrecore combines work with a ballet barre with dance-inspired movements, lightweight props and high reps – ideal if you’ve always dreamed of having a dancer’s body. Jourdan Dunn, Poppy Delevingne and ballet queen Darcey Bussell herself are all said to be big fans, so who are we to argue? Instead of travelling to their studios in London, Bristol and Manchester, you can get the Barrecore workout at home with their online videos, which cover their signature class as well as shorter workouts for those pressed for time.
How much? You can get a two week trial for free, and then the online service costs £25 a month.
Best for… Anyone who’d rather eat their sports socks than go spinning – Barrecore is low-impact and works up a sweat through holds (like yoga), rather than cardio. Devotees report that an excellent bum is one of the most noticeable results, so if you’re sick of squats, Barrecore could be your ticket to a perkier derrière.
SCOTT LAIDLER ONLINE PERSONAL TRAINING
The lowdown: Online fitness courses can sometimes be a bit cookie cutter – plug your weight and height in, and it’ll spit out a set of exercises that may have nothing to do with your lifestyle or goals. Personal trainer Scott Laidler’s online course is designed to be different (and this chap certainly knows his onions, as he’s trained everyone from Oscar-winning actors to Paralympic athletes). Fill in a questionnaire and you’ll receive a custom fitness plan designed by Scott and his team, a nutrition plan and access to a video exercise library – all with the aim of whipping you into shape in six to twelve weeks.
How much? Prices start at £195 for six weeks.
Best for? Fitness fans committed enough for a personal trainer, but too far from a good local one, or those with an upcoming event that they want to look fabulous for.
The lowdown: InstructorLive calls itself ‘the Netflix of fitness’ – but rather than falling asleep in front of it with a glass of wine, you’ll be choosing from 160 programmes with more than 1500 different workout videos, which you can stream on-demand on your TV, tablet or phone. There’s a huge amount to choose from here, from fitness classics like high intensity interval training, Pilates and aerobics to more specific workouts, such as Wedding Ready in 60 Days, Little Black Dress Workout, pre- and post-natal yoga and the intriguingly-named Romancercise (which is apparently a pre-date HIIT workout – who knew?).
How much? Prices start at £4 a month for a single programme – ideal if you’re just dipping in a toe.
Best for: Those who get bored easily and want to try a bit of everything, or beginners who’d rather start slow in their PJs than face a group class at the gym.
MOVEMENT FOR MODERN LIFE
The lowdown: Yoga bunnies looking for a little motivation will love this on-demand library of routines, which range from under 10 minutes to over an hour. You can filter by type of yoga (which covers styles we didn’t even know existed – Jivamukti, anyone?), difficulty level and even what kind of mood you’re in. We recommend you attend at least a couple of live classes to nail the form and alignment (sadly, the videos can’t do it all for you), but once you have the basics this service is mega convenient. There are at least three new videos a week, and you can sign up for daily challenges that’ll be emailed to you at 6am sharp to kick you into action – even if you’re working out in your jim-jams.
How much? There’s a two-week free trial when you sign up, and then prices start at £10.99 a month.
Best for? Anyone who’s always wanted to give yoga a try, or who wants to get back into it after a long absence. It’s not just for beginners, though – experienced yogis will love the daily challenges.
The lowdown: If you’re worried that a streaming on-demand service isn’t enough of a kick up the bum to actually get you working out, then these online classes from Stemz Fitness are live and interactive (which means, *gulp*, accountability). Bookable online and conducted by Zoom, there are five different options here, including P90X and Insanity for serious fitness buffs (or, you know, masochists). The two-way system means that instructor Ems can give you feedback on your form, and classes are capped at 10 people for that one-on-one feel.
How much? At just £3.50 a class, this service costs less than your morning coffee. No excuses here.
Best for: Cardio queens who are concerned that their form may suffer if they exercise solo.