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The Busy Girl’s Guide: The Best Online Workouts

  • March 12, 2014
  • By Brittany
The Busy Girl’s Guide: The Best Online Workouts

Hi friends!  I’m back with my second installment of The Busy Girl’s Guide!  I’m so excited about this installment.  It is something I have been working on for awhile and can’t wait to share with you!  In this installment we are going to be talking about The Best Online Workouts.

Just like every other normal human being on the planet, I struggle to schedule in my workouts with all the demands in my schedule: work, family & friend time, chores, sleep, etc.  As much as I would love to attend a fitness class every day of the week, my schedule and wallet won’t allow it.  So I supplement my workouts at home.  I love workout dvds but the problem with dvds is you become familiar with the choreography and it either becomes boring or less challenging over time.  Luckily online workouts are taking off with workouts from some of the hottest trainers in the industry streaming their workouts online.  So no need to get up super early to hit the gym, you can roll out of bed and throw on a pair of shorts and be working out in no time! 

1.    Physique 57–  I’ve talked about Physique about a hundred times before but their online workouts are really great!  Most are 30 minutes long although there are a couple of hour long workouts.  These online workouts really mimic their actual classes and I love being able to feel the burn when I am at home and can’t make it to a class!  Many of the videos require no equipment at all.  Some videos require handweights, a chair (to simulate a ballet barre) or a playground ball.  These workouts are very tough and great when you need something quick and challenging.  Or you can pair two classes together for an entire hour of torture, I mean fun.  The only drawback is the price—most classes are $5 for 30 minutes with a few classes priced higher.  A monthly subscription sets you back $57 but is a lot less expensive than the $300+ monthly fee for in-studio classes.

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2.      Booya Fitness–  Booya is relatively new to the game of online workouts but it has the potential to be a huge hit.  The founder, Prita Kumar, wanted to be able to take her favorite NYC classes now that she lives in Boston, Ma.  So she created a website where popular fitness studios from around NYC will instruct a 30 minute online class.  Brilliant.  What I love about this site is that you can actually experience some of the studios I have been raving about like a lunatic for years now.  A few of my favorites include Chaise Fitness and As One.  The site only recently launched so the inventory is still being built but new classes are added every month.  And the best part about Booya is that you can take free classes!  Each day there is a new free class for the day!  Or you can subscribe to a paid membership for $9.99 a month and get full access.  Classes are all 30 minutes each, which is perfect if you are short on time.


3.      Barre3–  I am excited to say that this Portland-based barre program is opening in NYC this spring.  But before there was even a whisper of a local studio, I loved their online classes.  This is by far the most extensive library of online barre workouts I have come across so far.  A great feature about barre3 is that you can choose your workout length (10 minutes, 30 minutes, 40 minutes or 60 minutes) so it is there for you when you have a lot of time or you don’t!  The classes are also broken down by target area so if you want to work your arms and abs today and your seat and thighs tomorrow, barre3 has you covered.  The longer classes are generally full-body classes to sculpt you from head to toe.  Prices are extremely reasonable with a monthly subscription costing $15 a month or you can choose a longer term subscription of $70 for 6 months or $120 for the year.  I highly recommend these classes if you are an avid runner or cyclist or other form of cardio queen (or king!) who needs to add in some strength and flexibility training.  A 10 minute class after some cardio is perfection.


4.      Buti Fitness–  Another online series I’ve talked about before and love.  This is yoga on steroids but in a good way.  Buti is a totally unique concept of pairing yoga with influences of dance (I would say African dance), cardio and strength.  Often set to hip hop music, the creator Bizzie Gold is so unique that these classes are both fun and energizing.  Plus, if you are one of those people that says yoga is not a good workout, then this is for you!  Online prices vary depending on your interest.  The Tone subscription is $39.99 and has classes like I have described here.  You get all the archived workouts plus one new one a week.  Sculpt is $59.99 a month and gets you all archived Tone classes plus the plyometric based Sculpt classes that are usually short and intense.  Or you can subscribe to Buti Lite for only $12.99 a month and get 4 tone videos per month plus one new video each week! 


5.      Yoga Today–  This is my go-to for at-home yoga videos.  I started with Yoga Today way back in 2007(!) when they had a free 50 minute podcast everyday (there are so many things about this sentence that make me say Wow!).  Yoga Today has evolved over time and now, unfortunately, they don’t have any more free classes nor can you download the classes (I have about 12 downloaded on my computer that I love!).  But, you can take a different class with them every day for only $9 a month.  The instructors are fabulous and each practices a different style of yoga so the classes don’t feel repetitive.  They also have some great focus classes (yoga for jet lag, yoga for runners, yoga for cyclists, restorative yoga, etc).  And the views are omg to die for! *UPDATE!: I just saw on FB they are doing a 30 day free promo.  Enter the code Freefor30!*


6.      Body By Simone– Body by Simone or BBS is another NYC favorite of mine (full review on in-studio classes coming soon!).  Simone is an ex-pat Aussie who set up shop in NYC and is offering amazing classes in her West Side studio.  The online classes give you a great taste of what it is like in her in-studio classes.  She offers everything from dance cardio to upper body to lower body, abs and even trampoline.  Her classes are tough but her attitude is fun.  She also has some video breakdowns of the moves, which is perfect if you are a newbie.  Plus, it is reasonably priced at $10 a month!


7.     Fusion Fitness– Another workout I’ve talked about before but if you think online workouts are easy, Fusion Fitness will prove you wrong.  These classes are tough and not for the faint-at-heart! I love being able to get an advanced workout at home and Fusion Fitness will give you just that.  The classes are full length ranging from 40-60 minutes.  Classes are $10 each of $49 for a month of unlimited classes.  There is a great range of classes from cardio kickboxing to barre to toning to just plain awesomeness (that’s a real class).  Plus you can get the Dream Body Cardio Series online, which I have and love!  

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8.    YouTube Workouts–  What’s better than free, right?!  YouTube is an awesome place to get a variety of workouts.  A few of my favorites:

Tara Stiles Yoga: Tara teamed up with Livestrong Women and filmed a bunch of short yoga workouts with a specific focus (stretch, sleep, core, etc).  I love these workouts when I need a quick stretch or want to wind down before bed.

Blogilates– I loved the Blogilates DVD, so obviously I would love Cassey Ho’s YouTube workouts!

VitaTrain4Life– Who doesn’t love Allie and her workouts?  You would have to be out of your mind to NOT take advice from someone who is training with a rocket scientist coach for a duathlon in Spain.

Tone It Up– With an extensive library of workouts filmed on the beach, you’ll almost feel like you are in paradise.

My Own Balance (shameless plug!)- I post barre videos, stretch videos and dance videos!

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If you want to catch up on other Busy Girl Guide’s, you can check out my Stitch Fix review here

Readers, have you ever done an online workout?  Which of these workouts would you most like to try?  How do you fit in workouts when you are really busy?

By Brittany, March 12, 2014
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  • GiGi Eats Celebrities
    March 12, 2014

    I’ve actually NEVER done an online work out because it’s hard for a computer to motivate me! I wake up every morning and head RIGHT to the gym – no ands, ifs or buts about it! I just go. Before my brain wakes up. It’s like brushing my teeth in the AM, it just happens! 🙂

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities
    March 12, 2014

    I’ve actually NEVER done an online work out because it’s hard for a computer to motivate me! I wake up every morning and head RIGHT to the gym – no ands, ifs or buts about it! I just go. Before my brain wakes up. It’s like brushing my teeth in the AM, it just happens! 🙂

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities
    March 12, 2014

    I’ve actually NEVER done an online work out because it’s hard for a computer to motivate me! I wake up every morning and head RIGHT to the gym – no ands, ifs or buts about it! I just go. Before my brain wakes up. It’s like brushing my teeth in the AM, it just happens! 🙂

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    March 12, 2014

    I have a really great one that I am talking about tomorrow so we are totally on the same wavelength!! Thanks for sharing all of these!! The Online fitness industry is really taking off! I love booya and I am reviewing them next week too. So many awesome options!!

  • Megan @ The Skinny-Life
    March 12, 2014

    I have not done the online classes and honestly did not know they existed. This is a great list! I love that you said 10 minute class of barre after some cardio is “perfection.” That is so true. I would love to try Fusion Fitness and Buti Fitness. Where do you find the time to create your own fitness videos is what I want to know?

  • Katie @ Live Half Full
    March 12, 2014

    I love Tone it Up and Sarah Fit’s workouts. They are usually quick, effective and easy to follow along!

  • Nicole
    March 13, 2014

    I do yoga YouTube videos somewhat often but now I kind of want to try Yoga Today, thanks for the recommendation! Also, I love just throwing on a sports bra and walking into my living room for a workout when I’m crunched for time or don’t feel like heading to the gym. Saves me primping & driving time haha!

  • Paige@FitNotFad
    March 13, 2014

    Love this! The Buti fitness looks extremely interesting….I’ve never heard of it before. Also the views on that Yoga channel holy crap amaaaazing!

  • Carla
    March 13, 2014

    Wow! I would try them all if I had the funds but my on-line workouts are one on one training with my personal trainer on Wello. I like it because I can see her and she can see me so she corrects my form and such. Since it’s one on one it’s a little more pricey so I only see her every other week. $49 for unlimited from Fusion is a steal.

  • Allie
    March 13, 2014

    You are the BEST! Thank you so much for the plug of my YouTube videos!! I’m excited to try some of the others you mentioned. I desperately need a yoga for runners workout this week as I’m tapering for NYC half and getting a little stir crazy. Thanks again!

  • Erin @ The Almond Eater
    March 13, 2014

    I think online classes can be good and bad for me personally. I tend to quit much sooner at home than I would in a gym. HOWEVER, they are tough and when I plan ahead to do one and I’m motivated then I really enjoy them. I actually did a 30 minute one yesterday!

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    March 13, 2014

    Wellll I’m way too cheap to pay for workouts so if I do them at home I use youtube videos. I’m actually halfway through a post on free workout videos from home part 2 since the old ones I used to do are a little too cray for me now. No more Shaun T for me!

  • Lisa @ Lulu's Big Adventure
    March 13, 2014

    I find it so hard to work out at home because I have no motivation, but I have managed to do some YogaGlo videos over the past several months when I’m stuck! I love their website and the variety of styles/instructors.

  • Kimberly {Manifest Yourself}
    March 13, 2014

    I just commented on Nellie’s blog about this. Online fitness is the new wave. I’ve never done an online video before… but I might as well since I am loving T25. Just a new way of accessing the information. I have Amazon Prime and can also stream videos… so I may have to look into it and see if anyone you mentioned is there.

  • Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit
    March 13, 2014

    These all look great and this might be the best way for me to try a Barre class without spending a fortune! Sweet!

  • Kim
    March 13, 2014

    What a great round-up of online sources. I haven’t done many online workouts but I might have to look into some of these!!

  • Holly
    March 14, 2014

    Hi Britt —
    Your blog on The Busy Girl’s guide to Online Workouts should win an award! Very comprehensive post and highly useful!! Good luck!

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