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Whip Yourself Into Shape at Home 8 low-cost (and no-cost!) online fitness sites

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Whip Yourself Into Shape at Home 8 low-cost (and no-cost!) online fitness sites

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If you want to get in shape but are too busy or too broke to go to the gym, no worries. There are plenty of fun and effective fitness classes that you can access online at either a low cost—or no cost.

Although this is in no way a complete list of the options, these are my personal picks. Some I have tried, and some I find intriguing. I’ve included suggestions for those of you who get bored with the same old routines as well as suggestions for those of you who are all about yoga or like to work out with your significant other. Keep in mind that you might need to invest in equipment to perform some of the routines. I’m talking simple and affordable items like yoga mats, free weights and fitness bands.

Do you want to work out with famous trainers like Jillian Michaels and Denise Austin?

Try: BeFIT

The cost: free

Lionsgate BeFIT offers hundreds of videos via YouTube, letting you strengthen and tone with all sorts of big-name fitness pros like Jillian Michaels, Scott Herman, Denise Austin and Jane Fonda. Power through everything from ab exercises and Zumba routines to fat-burning cardio workshops and flexibility classes. If you’re short on time, BeFIT’s catalog includes a number of workouts that can be done in 10 minutes or less.

 

Do repetitive workout routines bore you to tears?

Try: DailyBurn

The cost: You get 30 days free, and then you’ll pay $14.99 a month if you decide to stick with the program.

This fitness site absolutely rocks when it comes to variety, allowing members to mix it up with all kinds of video workouts ranging from kickboxing and dancing to yoga and kettlebell training. And if you’ve always wanted to work out with trainer Bob Harper but aren’t a candidate for The Biggest Loser, sign up for DailyBurn Black Fire, a high-intensity, 60-day program that promises to push your body to its peak.

DailyBurn.com

 

Regret quitting ballet class all those years ago?

Try: Ballet Beautiful

The cost: A monthly subscription to the “Custom Workout” costs $39.99. This grants you two new workouts a month, unlimited access to Ballet Beautiful’s prerecorded videos and personalized workouts designed with your fitness goals in mind. You can also take live classes ($35 per class or $280 for an unlimited monthly membership).

Mary Helen Bowers, a personal trainer who danced with the New York City Ballet and got actress Natalie Portman into shape for Black Swan, created this workout. According to the website, Ballet Beautiful “mixes the athleticism and grace of classical ballet with targeted exercises and stretches that sculpt a dancer’s toned, lean physique.”

Ballet BeautifulMary Helen Bowers of Ballet Beautiful

 

Do you mainly practice yoga but enjoy Pilates and other types of exercise, too?

Try: Gaiam TV’s My Yoga

The cost: You can try Gaiam TV’s My Yoga free for 10 days, then it’s 99 cents for the first month and $9.95 per month after that. However, if you sign up for a whole year up front, you’ll pay only $7.45 a month.

The Gaiam TV library has an extensive and impressive selection of yoga classes for beginners to advanced practitioners. There’s a great search function that allows you to filter videos based on level, style, teacher (including the likes of Rodney Yee and Desirée Rumbaugh), duration and focus. There are meditation videos, too, and you can supplement your yoga practice with Pilates and dance classes as well as weight training and stretching.

Video demonstrating Lotus Pose from Gaiam TV’s My YogaVideo demonstrating Lotus Pose

 

Is yoga the only type of exercise you do?

Try: DoYogaWithMe.com

The cost: free

If all you’re looking for is yoga videos, this is the place to be. There are hundreds of videos for all levels to choose from. Actually, DoYogaWithMe.com is great if you’re new to yoga because there’s a special “Beginner’s Studio” with classes aimed at newbies as well as tutorials that allow you to perfect specific poses. There’s also a strong community aspect to the site for those of you who like to bond with and learn from others.

Tracey Noseworthy In the Moment video from DoYogaWithMe.comVideo still from DoYogaWithMe.comInstructor Tracey Noseworthy from DoYogaWithMe.com

 

Do you want to work out with a trainer who isn’t going to yell at you?

Try: Jessica Smith

The cost: The workout videos are free, though Smith happily accepts donations.

Personal trainers can be intimidating, but Jessica Smith is more like a fun and encouraging friend. Smith shoots her workout videos at home and gets your heart pumping with kickboxing, barre, indoor jogging, “Latin spice” walking (Zumba mixed with walking) and other forms of exercise. Attention dog lovers: This trainer has an adorable French Bulldog named Peanut, who can sometimes be seen in her workout videos, usually lounging in the background.

Jessica Smith and her French Bulldog, PeanutJessica Smith and her French Bulldog, Peanut

 

Would you like to find a program you can do with your significant other?

Try: Fitness Blender

The cost: Fitness Blender is free but accepts donations.

The charming husband-and-wife team Daniel and Kelli run this fitness site and appear in the videos together. They seem like they’re having a lot of fun pairing up to do everything from cardio to yoga, which is inspiring. You and your partner might want to start by doing their “5 Day Workout Challenge for Busy People,” which they describe as intense and effective. It’s a good way to ease into exercising as a couple.

 

Are you looking to spice up your exercise program?

Try: Crunch Live

The cost: After signing up for a free three-day trial, you will pay $9.99 a month for a Crunch Live membership.

Crunch is famous for coming up with outrageously fun exercise classes taught by cool instructors. In fact, I have plenty of friends who belong to Crunch gyms in New York City solely for the classes. Like its gyms, Crunch Live offers all sorts of interesting options including “Ass & Abs,” “Stiletto Strength” and “Rear Attitude.” Class lengths range from 15 to 60 minutes, and you can organize your favorites into playlists.

 

Coupon tips from our editors banner

Gaiam: Shop yoga apparel, and get free shipping on $75 or more.

Dick’s Sporting Goods: Check out Dick’s Sporting Goods sales.

Yoga Direct: Knock 10% off orders.

Old Navy: Through March 1, take 30% off all styles.

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One response to “Whip Yourself Into Shape at Home”

  1. Chelsy says:

    Dailyhiit and toneitup are other great free sites

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