AcaciaTV Online Workouts Review

High-Quality Workouts You Can Access Anywhere

AcaciaTV
AcaciaTV

If you're looking for high-quality, on-demand workout videos that you can access from any device, anywhere, any time, a new contender has entered the market: AcaciaTV.

For just $6.99 per month, subscribers can access more than 450 professionally filmed workouts with a wide range of formats, including everything from yoga and barre to dance and strength training. But, as with every such service, there are pros and cons.

Know what you're committing to before you get started.

AcaciaTV: The Overview

Think of AcaciaTV like your own private boutique fitness studio with workouts from some of the best-known names in the business. Names like Kristin McGee, Shiva Rea, Andrea Rogers, Andrea Metcalf and Ben Allen. These instructors don't just know their stuff, they also know how to teach well in front of a camera, which is an entirely different skill. This means that the workouts on AcaciaTV don't just provide high-quality fitness content, they also provide high-quality instruction that makes you want to keep tuning in.

What AcaciaTV Does Well

Having tested out a number of online fitness services, these are the things that really set AcaciaTV out from the crowd:

  • Great Videography. Each workout is professionally shot and edited, often in exotic locations with backup instructors who offer modifications and exercise variations. In other words, they're enjoyable to watch and do. While not all videos are AcaciaTV originals (they've gained permission from other vendors to provide the content through their site), they're all held to a high standard of quality.
  • Interesting Class Formats. Other services, including FitnessGlo, Grokker and Live Streaming Fitness, all offer a wide range of workout classes. AcaciaTV is no different, also offering everything from hip hop dance to high intensity interval training. That said, some of the classes offered, such as Kung Fu Kickboxing, Bollywood Burn and Yoga Trance Dance were new and different. Just knowing there were more interesting classes to try made me want to keep using the service.
  • Functional Fitness Planner. The integrated fitness planner makes it easy to pre-plan your weekly or monthly workout schedule by adding AcaciaTV workouts to its integrated calendar. Unfortunately I didn't see a way to share this calendar with an external calendar, such as Google or Outlook, but it does give you the option to perform selected workouts on an individual or recurring basis.
  • Searchability. I found AcaciaTV's search function to be more helpful than some other online fitness service searches, making it easy to sort videos by exercise type, trainer, fitness level, equipment, time available, themes (for instance, a five-day booty program) and goal.

What Could Be Improved

There were only two things that stood out to me as areas for improvement:

  • Larger or Better Servers. I have extremely fast Internet service where I live (up to 350Mb download), and I rarely have problems streaming high definition video to my computer or mobile device. AcaciaTV is the only service I've used that has problems with their videos buffering or appearing "sticky" rather than smooth. It's not the video quality that's the problem, and it's not Internet speed, so my best guess is that AcaciaTV's servers aren't quite up to delivering the content smoothly. An upgrade to their servers would help this problem immensely.
  • Longer Programs. While AcaciaTV has great individual workouts and a few short-term programs, it would be wonderful if they would organize their videos into longer-term programs or use their trainers to create new, longer series for participants to follow. I know Grokker and FitnessBlender offer longer programs, which is very appealing to individuals who want to see specific changes over time.

The Takeaway

At just under $7 per month, there's certainly no harm in testing out AcaciaTV to see if you like what they have to offer. With high-quality instruction and a wide range of workout formats, it's a good solution for those who want to skip the expense of a gym membership.

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