Social distancing and sweating it out in a packed yoga class don’t really go hand in hand, so we’re recommending our five favourite apps for keeping fit at home.
How Much: Free or monthly subscription (roughly US$5.83, based on country) to unlock all workouts and features.
Why We Like It: We first discovered Lauren Roxburgh, aka the Body Whisperer, through her popular book Taller, Slimmer, Younger. The champion for foam rolling has developed several techniques and workouts to help the body flush toxins, increase flexibility, hydrate connective tissue, reduce cellulite and more. The app puts her online studio in your pocket, allowing you to stream and download a wide variety of videos and workout programmes using the foam roller, rebounder and other massage tools. We particularly like the Jet Lag Sequence, Fat Flushing Rebounder Sequence and Debloating Self Massage Sequence.
How Much: US$29.99 monthly subscription. Expensive, but worth it if you use it every day.
Why We Like It: Nike Training Club has a great variety of workouts for all abilities and interests, including strength, endurance, yoga and mobility. You can choose to focus on a particular body part, the duration and level of intensity, and with or without equipment. Each workout is led by a Nike Master Trainer, with easy-to-follow instructions and motivational tips. Nike Training Club is also compatible with the Nike Run Club app and Apple Watch.
How Much: Free or US$14.99 per month for an NTC Premium Subscription with four- to six-week programmes led by Nike Master Trainers as well as expert nutrition and wellness guidance.
Why We Like It: Remember when the 7-Minute Workout swept the medical and mainstream media back in 2013? “High-intensity circuit training (HICT) is not a new concept, but it is growing in popularity because of its efficiency and practicality for a time-constrained society. The combination of aerobic and resistance training in a high-intensity, limited-rest design can deliver numerous health benefits in much less time than traditional programs,” researchers reported. Seven takes this concept and puts it into easy practice, offering simple bodyweight workouts based on your personal goals and fitness level. The Apple Watch app also makes it easy to do your seven-minute workout anytime, anywhere.
How Much: Free or US$9.99/month to join the 7 Club with access to all workouts and exercises, plus support from a certified personal trainer.
Why We Like It: No one knows how to motivate and create a sense of community like Kayla Itsines. The Sweat app grew out of her wildly popular Bikini Body Guide (BBG), a 12-week workout programme with 28-minute workouts designed to be done at home two or three times a week along with regular cardio sessions. The app brings it all together and then some, with an easy-to-follow workout plan as well as recipes and nutrition advice, tracking and fitness motivation, and community challenges. Also available are more intense strength-training programmes and Vinyasa-style yoga workouts.
How Much: From AUD$0.57/day depending on monthly or yearly plan.