Finding and Using Online Fitness Solutions

Make Your Workout a Virtual Workout

The world of online fitness is booming, and its options are as broad and seemingly limitless as those found in gyms and at home. The trick is uncovering what's available, finding the solution that's right for you, and figuring out how to use the system well. Check out a few of the options we've tried, and bookmark this page to access future additions.

BUTI Yoga: A Primal Way to Get Fit

Image from a BUTI Yoga class sponsored by Good Earth on YouTube.. Good Earth & Bizzie Gold

BUTI Yoga is a boutique-style workout routine that's available in three different formats: in-person classes, at-home DVDs, and online workouts. The great thing about the BUTI workout system is that the classes are challenging and fun, and they really push you to build strength and flexibility. The downside to this online program is that only one form of exercise is available - the BUTI system. If you're easily bored of one style of workout, BUTI Yoga might not be right for you. Luckily you can check out a few of their full-length classes for free by viewing our full review.

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Crunch Live Review

Crunch Live.

CRUNCH is the first national gym to release a special, $10 per month online workout membership that features its signature workout classes. You have access to everything from strength training classes to dance classes at the click of a button, but the longest workouts are only 30 minutes. If you like to workout for longer than 30 minutes at a time, you have to stack the CRUNCH routines back-to-back, or you have to find a different online system.

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Grokker Review: Online Fitness and Nutrition Videos

Grokker instructor. Grokker

To date, Grokker is my absolute favorite online fitness solution. The workouts are high-quality, varied, and range in length from five minutes all the way up to more than an hour. Grokker publishes its own premium videos with great instructors, but also curates additional videos from around the web, so you can check out and access high-quality YouTube workouts without trying to sift through the millions of options on YouTube. The one downside is that they don't yet have an app, so you can't stream their programs through your Smart TV.

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Helpouts by Google: Get Your Fitness Questions Answered Now

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Helpouts by Google is an entirely different way to workout. Essentially, it's your opportunity to sign up for live video chats with trainers to gain personalized fitness feedback from the comfort of your home. The trick is to set up your computer, tablet, or phone in a way that enables the trainer to see you through your forward-facing camera, while you can still see the trainer on your screen. It may not be a perfect solution, but if you're at home and have a fitness question you need answered, you now have experts at your fingertips.

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How to Use Pinterest to Maximize Your Workouts

Pinterest pin for workouts. Laura Williams

Skip the fancy fitness apps and learn how to use Pinterest for all your workout needs. This article gives you tips and tricks for maximizing your Pinterest workout boards so you can effectively use your boards during your workouts.

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Peloton Cycling: Group Cycling You Can Take at Home

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If you're a group cycling fanatic, but you hate being held to the schedule of a studio, Peloton Cycling might just be right for you. In addition to live, in-studio classes, individuals can purchase a Peloton bike for home use where they can easily stream live classes and access on-demand classes on their own time. The only catch is the cost - you have to buy the bike and the monthly membership to access the available classes.

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CosmoBody Online Fitness Program Review


CosmoBody, a division of Cosmopolitan, offers a full spectrum of online fitness classes for the low cost of $10 per month. The classes are led by celebrity fitness trainers, and range from short, four-minute videos to full-length workouts more than 30 minutes long. While the routines are high-quality, the chatter sometimes isn't. The videos are definitely geared to a younger audience, and won't be appealing to everyone.

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Making the Most of Online Fitness

My biggest suggestion for online fitness solutions is to find a system that offers variety. This is why I love Grokker so much - the options really are almost limitless. When you have access to multiple trainers, multiple programs, and workouts of varying lengths, you're unlikely to get bored and you're likely to find a few trainers who best meet your needs. Also, be on the lookout for more live, streaming online workouts to be released at the end of 2014 and into 2015. Grokker now offers several live streaming yoga routines each week, and Girls Gone Sporty is set to release a series of live streaming workouts starting in December 2014. Live workouts, when done right, enable you to perform the workout at home while asking questions of the instructor through a chat function. It also enables you to see the instructor in his or her element - if he or she is really doing the workout live, you know there's no stopping for editing or water breaks unless it's happening live on screen.

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