If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need a gym to get in a good workout. You can enjoy quick, effective workouts of all sorts in the comfort of your own home—and there’s certainly no shortage of online workout plans and videos.
To encourage you to continue your at-home workout routine in 2021, we rounded up 21 of the best ways to work out at home in the year ahead.
Consider Playbook the “Netflix of fitness.” This innovative fitness app allows members to pay one subscription fee but access more than 150 professional fitness trainers. Playbook coaches must apply to coach on the platform, so you know you’re getting the best of the best.
Plus, there’s something for everyone: Playbook features several categories, from CrossFit to Pilates and everything in between.
Do you ever just want to scream as loud as you can and shake your fists? That’s exactly what you’ll get to do in The Class by Taryn Toomey, which now offers a digital studio with live-streamed classes seven days a week.
Less a workout and more an hour of self-discovery through sound and movement, The Class allows you to work up a good sweat and express and process your emotions.
No one can say Peloton didn’t have an exceptional 2020. While the luxury smart bike was always popular with people who could afford it, Peloton made itself available to the masses with its moderately priced subscription-based workout app.
The app includes cycling workouts, of course, but it also has a rather impressive collection of at-home workouts. Choose from treadmill running, outdoor running, bootcamp, yoga, strength, stretching, and meditation. In 2020, Peloton also launched barre, Pilates, and prenatal classes.
Flex & Flow, a Portland, Oregon-based yoga studio and online fitness community, has blossomed into a national wonder over the course of 2020. Flex & Flow instructors film yoga flows and signature HIIT & Flow workouts in the PDX studio, and then offer that content through on-demand videos and livestreams. Flex & Flow is for anyone in search of a tight-knit community powered by a love of movement.
The largely anticipated Apple Fitness+ app launched in December 2020, and reviewers are already raving about the experience. If you’re an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Apple TV user, Apple Fitness+ will nestle perfectly into your existing tech setup and make it super easy to access and track your workouts.
The new Apple offering features a range of categories, including dance cardio, strength, HIIT, yoga, running, cycling, and rowing. The app also has mindful cooldowns to use after you exercise. While some Fitness+ workouts require equipment, most are designed to be completed anywhere.
In other fitness tech news, Amazon launched its own wearable in 2020, complete with body fat tracking and other interesting features. Early reviews of the wearable weren’t so great, but that didn’t stop Amazon from pushing its new device to widespread availability.
The Halo is now available to everyone, and the Halo app includes at-home workouts, health guides and fitness challenges, among other features.
2020 showed us that we could all benefit from slowing down. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, the election season, a multitude of national disasters, and social justice movements, emotions have been running at an all-time high for many people. One thing you can do to manage difficult emotions?
Practice mindfulness. Movement for Modern Life combines mindfulness and physical exertion into one beautiful yoga program that you can access anywhere, anytime. Designed with busy people in mind, Movement for Modern Life workouts are quick and simple yet challenging and effective.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Nike Training Club made all of its premium content completely free for all members. As long as you have an account, you can access comprehensive programs led by Nike Master Trainers, all of which include nutrition support, lifestyle guidance and healthy living tips in addition to workouts.
If you don’t want to follow a structured program, take advantage of more than 115 on-demand HIIT, stretching, strength training, bodyweight, and yoga classes.
If you’re after outdoor workouts, specifically running and walking workouts, download Nike Running Club. Another feature-packed app from the sportswear brand, Nike Running Club offers motivational guided runs led by some of the best running coaches in the world.
One particularly special feature is the collection of meditation runs with Headspace founder Andy Puddicombe. Choose from hundreds of running workouts, ranging from just 15 minutes to over an hour.
This at-home workout program is fine-tuned to prenatal and postnatal moms. From conception to delivery, The Bloom Method provides safe, doctor-approved workouts that will help you maintain your fitness throughout pregnancy and heal after giving birth.
The method accounts for common pregnancy and post-pregnancy complications, including diastasis recti and pelvic organ prolapse. You should still talk to your doctor before starting a workout program if you’re pregnant or just had a baby.
It’s never, ever too late to start exercising (or to rekindle an old fitness habit you had during younger days). Eldergym, created by physical therapist Doug Schrift, tailors workouts for seniors of all fitness levels.
The focus is improving strength, balance and coordination through do-anywhere exercises. Schrift provides oodles of free, helpful content on the Eldergym website and even offers a free four-week fitness program for seniors. If you want more, you can sign up for the paid programming and online community.
If one app has it all, it’s Obe Fitness. Obe Fitness emerged as a leader in the digital fitness space in 2020, when gyms shut down and gym-goers were forced to find new ways to work out.
With nearly 6,000 on-demand classes and daily live classes, Obe’s sheer variety of classes firmly establishes this app as one of the best online workout programs of them all. Obe Fitness specializes in short workouts of all disciplines, from strength to endurance to flexibility.
For the functional fitness fanatics out there, Revival Strength offers several different online workout programs for different goals and fitness levels. You can choose from group programs, one-on-one coaching, or self-guided programs.
Created by Marcus Filly, who coined the term “functional bodybuilding,” Revival Strength programs will help you meet both aesthetic and functional fitness goals.
If you’re looking for straightforward, no-nonsense fitness, you need MAPS Fitness Products. These directive fitness programs were created by the founders of Mind Pump, a fitness podcast with the same matter-of-fact attitude.
MAPS stands for Muscle Adaptation Programming System, which refers to the scientific basis behind the products. The creators used the science of human physiology to inform these programs, which means they’re truly results-driven.
These programs were initially crafted with equipment in mind, but the Mind Pump team created at-home modifications for all of their programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wind down with gentle yoga flows from Yoga With Adriene. Adriene Mishler has been sharing yoga videos online since 2012. She has built a robust online community of more than 9 million YouTube subscribers by sharing so much valuable content for free and actively nurturing connections with her community members. If you want to feel like you’re doing yoga with a good friend right next to you, Yoga With Adriene is the program for you.
If you’re more of an audio person than a visual person, check out Aaptiv, which provides members with unlimited access to thousands of workouts led by pro trainers.
Much of Aaptiv’s database is audio-only, since that’s how the app got its start, but the company has been steadily introducing workout videos to the platform, too. Whichever type of media you prefer, you’ll never get bored knowing that Aaptiv uploads about 30 new classes each week.
Seven minutes—that’s it. That’s all you need to get an effective workout, and the Seven app proves it. Not only are the workouts deeply rooted in science, but they’re just plain tough. Try one Seven workout and you’ll notice that seven minutes feels like 70 minutes (in the best way!).
Seven also gamifies fitness in a way that’s fun for people who need a competitive edge. You can invite friends to join and hold challenges to keep each other accountable.
Want to work out like Thor? Now you can with Chris Hemsworth’s app, Centr Fitness. Choose from HIIT, strength training, boxing, yoga, and more—all delivered in 20- to 40-minute classes. Centr also provides meal plans based on specific goals, as well as mindfulness classes to promote relaxation.
Féroce Fitness by Camille Leblanc-Bazinet (a seven-time CrossFit Games Athlete) features daily workouts with targeted stimuli, so you always know exactly what each workout is doing for your mind and body.
The workouts are a hybrid style combining CrossFit-like sets with bodybuilding and optional cardio. Féroce means fierce in French, but don’t worry that these workouts will be too intense—Leblanc-Bazinet’s philosophy is all about sustainable fitness, so you won’t burn out or get overly sore.
Another functional fitness program designed by another fierce female, Grown Strong comes to you from Lauren Fisher, a successful CrossFit athlete. Fisher’s workouts include aerobic cardio, weightlifting, HIIT and mobility, and you can choose from 20-minute, 30-minute or 60-minute workouts.
Some workouts require minimal equipment while others are bodyweight only. Your membership comes with access to a private Facebook group where you can ask coaches for help. Fisher also provides tons of free content on her YouTube channel, Instagram page and blog.
Fitness coach Laurie Christine King founded Paragon Training Methods after ending her career as a competitive athlete and realizing she felt completely burnt out from overly intense fitness programming.
Now, King follows her own programming, which is designed to maximize strength, fitness and body composition while minimizing fatigue. You can choose from several Paragon plans based on what suits your schedule and your current equipment setup at home, from a full home gym setup to minimal equipment to bodyweight only.