Grokker Review: Online Fitness and Nutrition Videos

Turning the Online Fitness Video World Upside Down

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The world of online fitness is booming, but with so many options - YouTube, apps, social media programs, streaming video services, and workouts from individual trainers, just to name a few - it can be incredibly hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Just because you can access thousands of workout programs with a simple click of a button doesn't mean they're guaranteed to be: a) led by a qualified instructor, b) taught well, or c) accompanied by high-definition video or quality sound.

What results is a "use at your own risk" scenario that leaves the average consumer adrift in a sea of confusing options.

Now, you can let a different service do the searching for you.

Grokker, an online platform offering high-quality food, fitness, and yoga videos, has emerged as the best possible contender to YouTube for providing high-quality fitness videos, all in one spot. Not only does Grokker source and promote their own HD videos put together by pre-approved and qualified instructors, but they curate the best mix of fitness videos from other sources, including Cassey Ho's Blogilates and FitnessBlender. The result is a one-stop-shop for the best fitness videos on the web.

Why Grokker Rocks

  • Excellent, affordable content. Grokker's service is currently available for a monthly subscription of $14.99, which includes access to almost 4,000 high-quality workout and cooking videos. Subscriptions also include access to the Grokker community forums, Q&A pages, a slew of helpful articles, and communication with Grokker instructors through the comments section on each videos.
  • Wide variety of genres. Within Grokker, you can search the video content through general categories, such as fitness, yoga, and cooking, or you can dial your search down to a more specific topic. For instance, within the fitness section, you can search for videos in the subcategories of cardio, strength, ballet/barre, Pilates, sports conditioning, and more.
  • Strong community focus. Grokker is set up to encourage interaction and community. You can post questions, interact through the forum, and follow other "enthusiasts" (community members).
  • Easy interface. The Grokker platform is easy to navigate and pleasant to interact with. The system serves up a "daily video" for you to check out, and also has a list of "new this week" videos that appear front-and-center on your homepage. It's easy to "favorite" videos and instructors and "tag" videos to watch later. These videos are saved to your profile, in addition to all the videos you've previously watched, regardless of whether you've tagged them to watch again. 
  • Helpful starting point. Grokker leadership understands that, while options are important, too many options can feel debilitating. Rather than leaving users to completely navigate the system on their own, they provide a tracking tool for you to track your workouts, as well as a helpful "start with a series" button that enables you to select between pre-curated yoga, fitness, or cooking video series. For instance, if you want to get started with yoga, you could select the "Beginner's Guide to Yoga" series that includes nine videos. Likewise, if you're looking for workouts you can fit into a busy schedule, you could choose the 12-video series, "Workouts Under 20." This feature makes it easier to find a good starting point. Once you start using the program regularly, you can even create your own video collections, saving them to your profile, so you can plan workouts based on your favorite instructors and genres. 
  • Scheduling feature. Each video has a handy alarm clock icon you can click to add the video to your workout calendar. This enables you to pre-plan your workouts for the week or month. You can even set up workout reminders so you get an email 10 minutes before your workout is set to start.
  • Keen focus on yoga and mind-body workouts. Because the company's founder, Lorna Borenstein, is a yoga instructor, there's a strong focus on high-quality yoga instruction, even instruction provided by Lorna herself.
  • The food. I love that Grokker isn't just fitness videos - there are also lots of easily-searchable cooking tutorials that consumers can access. Just keep in mind, not all of them are healthy recipes. If you're hoping to learn healthy recipes, be sure to search through the "Healthy Eating" category rather than the general cooking section. 
  • Flexible workout times. Videos range from less than five minutes to more than an hour, so there's quite literally something for everyone. I especially appreciate that there are options for longer videos. Many other streaming video services, such as Crunch Live, cap their video length at 30 minutes, which can feel limiting if you're craving a longer workout.

Site considerations

If you're a gym-going guy or gal, think carefully about ditching your gym membership in favor of an online service. While the workout alternatives provided by Grokker are certainly good enough to replace any physical gym, it's important to weigh your preferences carefully.

  • You may not like exercising at home. You may find you don't like working out at home. Online services are basically set up to work as home "gyms," but if you can't find the motivation to get off the couch when you're at home, it's probably not a good solution.
  • You may not like using an online interface. If you're accessing streaming videos from a small screen, like a laptop, tablet or phone, you may find it difficult to follow along with the videos. Even the best instruction can be confusing if the video is too small to see a move's intricacies.
  • Higher price than some other streaming sites. While $15 a month certainly isn't spendy, it is more expensive than some of the other streaming sites. For instance, Crunch Live is $9.99 per month, while AcaciaTV is $6.99 per month, FitnessGlo is $12 per month, and LiveStreaming Fitness is $9.90 per month. While certainly not priced astronomically higher than the competition, Grokker does cost more. 

Free Trial

If you're looking for a way to give up your gym membership, I'd definitely suggest testing the platform for a few weeks to see if it works for you before you cancel your membership. Grokker does provide a two-week free trial (as do most of the competing services), so if you're interested in testing it out, there's no reason not to give it a try.

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