How to stay in shape – whenever, wherever...
If you’re anything like us, your fitness regimen can often be cyclical. You have a holiday, special event, or wedding providing you with the necessary motivation to get in shape. Then no sooner has it passed and work, family or general life gets in the way and that regular workout class or gym session – along with your body and fitness level – starts to slide.
So with the summer holiday season in sight, summon your motivation and commit to staying in shape – wherever your final destination. We’ve rounded up the best online workouts that the web has to offer – so you can get your fitness fix at a simple click of a button.
Best for barre addicts: If you love to feel the burn, Barre3’s endless pulsing movements will work muscles you never even realised you had. Founded by trainer, Sadie Lincoln, online workouts (available on subscription) come in timeslots from 10 minutes to an hour – and feature a blend of ballet, yoga and Pilates-inspired moves. Ideal for those that want to merge cardio with toning, flexibility and fun, it’s a great all-round, feel-good workout. www.barre3.com
Best for A-list inspiration: When your motivation wanes and the cocktail bar calls, sometimes a bit of celebrity inspiration can help spur you into action. So logon for the Tracy Anderson Method: The go-to workout for Gwyneth Paltrow, Christy Turlington, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston. It will cost you (monthly subscription is $90), but Tracy lends videos a personal touch with easy-to-follow workouts that are nevertheless sweat-inducing and effective. www.tracyanderson.com
Best for yogis: For dedicated sun saluters, Do Yoga With Me is a hugely successful American site featuring multiple versions of the practice – including Hatha, Kundalini, Ashtanga and routines for those who are pregnant. Choose by style, body part, goal or ability level – the choice is endless, so you won’t ever get bored. There’s no subscription fee, but the site relies upon donations. www.doyogawithme.com
Best for beginners: If you’re still new to regular exercise and are looking to find your niche, cult fitness brand, Sweaty Betty’s website features a variety of free online workouts from some of the UK’s most popular trainers. Select bootcamps, ballet workouts or yoga – all are easy to follow and effective. www.sweatybetty.com
Best for dedicated gym bunnies: You’ve been exercising for a while and are willing to push your boundaries – so sign up to Booya Fitness. With a tool to help you tailor your workouts according to exercise type, desired calorie burn, body goals and the amount of space you have, you can breach that fitness plateau via everything from HIIT classes (high intensity interval training) to extreme bootcamps, kickboxing, dance and circuit training. From $9.99 per month. www.booyafitness.com