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The 12 Best Online Workout Programs Of 2024 For Every Fitness Level

Carleigh Ferrante
Author: Expert reviewer:
February 05, 2024
Carleigh Ferrante
mbg Commerce Editor
By Carleigh Ferrante
mbg Commerce Editor
Carleigh Ferrante is the Commerce Editor at mindbodygreen.
BB Arrington, CPT
Expert review by
BB Arrington, CPT
Personal trainer & holistic nutritionist
BB Arrington is NASM-certified personal trainer, holistic nutritionist, and sustainability advocate.
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February 05, 2024
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If you're looking for new online fitness programs, chances are you're not all that excited about your current exercise routine. It may be too easy, too difficult, or simply too monotonous.

Luckily, the space is brimming with options designed to suit every fitness level and goal—ensuring you can find a program that you actually want to stick with.

Whatever your chosen method of movement, the benefits of regular sweat sessions are undeniable. Frequent exercise improves your cardiovascular health1, helps promote better sleep2, and can even relieve depressive symptoms3.

In fact, the most recent Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that the average adult engages in at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week.

Bottom line, as active fitness editors, we understand the benefits that come with staying active and pushing our limits.

So we've rounded up (and tested) the best online fitness programs for every exercise type and experience level, with expert advice on how to choose the right one for you (and how to stay motivated long enough to see results).

A quick look at the best online workout programs

Best Yoga

Alo Moves

Subscription Cost:
$20 monthly, $100 annually
Free Trial Period:
14-day free trial at sign up, 30-day free trial with Alo Yoga purchase
Workouts Offered:
HIIT, Stretching, Barre, Meditation, Sound bath, Yoga (various styles), Prenatal, Breathwork, Sculpt, Core, Pilates, Reiki

When it comes to the best yoga apps, it doesn’t get much better than Alo Moves. The platform is owned by apparel company, Alo Yoga, and offers individual classes, curated programs, and series’ to help you build (or begin) your yoga practice.

In addition to the many forms of yoga, Alo Moves also has pilates, barre, strength training, and other types of workouts—plus, there are meditation videos, sound baths, and reiki offerings as well.

Whether you’re here for yoga, pilates, or other fitness goals, you can search for classes based on style, difficulty level, duration, and more. The app will keep track of every class you take, making it easy to save favorite playlists or flows, while staying on top of your progress, too.

What our tester says:

"I received a free trial of Alo Yoga through work (along with a warrior mat) but continued to pay for it long after my trial ended. I found the sleek app offered a variety of series each highlighting different types of yoga, allowing my practice to continuously evolve. As someone that thrives in structure, I also loved that many teachers offered programs which outlined a class sequence for users to follow. Another huge perk is that you can actually mute the music, instead focusing on the teacher's words and your own breath during a session. My only complaint is that I've found instructors I love who left the company, so I had to start my instructor search over. Of course, this happens at studio classes, too." — Braelyn Wood, Deputy Commerce Editor.

A few instructors/classes we enjoyed:

Why we chose it

Alo Moves stood out to us as a top contender due to its diverse array of high-quality classes led by experienced fitness instructors. While the app does have a higher subscription cost compared to other apps, we love the app's user-friendly interface and flexibility in workout levels.

Pros & cons

Pros

  • Offers a vast array of fitness classes including yoga, fitness, and mindfulness practices
  • There are many classes and series for beginners, including break downs of individual poses.
  • Features a library of yoga pose tutorials and series for working on specific skills.

Cons

  • Some instructors offer detailed alignment instruction and well-paced flows, while others rushed through movements without explaining.
  • Subscription cost is high compared to other online workout programs
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Best For Personal Training

Future

Subscription Cost:
$149 monthly, $1,425 annually
Free trial period:
14-day free trial
Workouts offered:
Personal training

If one-on-one motivation is what you're after, Future will deliver. The monthly cost is higher than many of our other selections, but it’s the only online workout program that gives you access to your own personal trainer.

Many private personal trainers charge more than Future’s monthly cost with way less access to your coach. Through the Future app, you’ll be paired with a coach based on your preferences and goals.

As a first step, you’ll have a FaceTime call with your coach to discuss your plan. From there, you will be given customized workout plans each week and you’ll have access to your coach via messaging and phone calls. 

This level of daily interaction is huge for people who need a bit of a push to get their workout in. Your coach will hold you accountable and continue to adjust and adapt your fitness plan based on progress.

One callout here is that the app syncs with your Apple Watch, which is not required to enroll in the program, but is strongly recommended. If you don’t have a watch, there’s an option to rent it from Future. Your coach will use your Apple Watch metrics to help you stay on top of your goals.

What our tester says:

"My love of fitness started with group workout classes, but I struggled to find the motivation to take myself to the gym solo (and those class fees were adding up!). The Future app offered the perfect alternative; it connects you with a certified personal trainer who develops a custom workout plan based on your goals. Each custom workout walks you through exercises, which is either requires hitting a certain number of reps or a set time period of work. For example, you'll run through five rows on each side before completing a 30-second plank. If you want feedback on your form, you can record yourself completed different exercises. I'd recommend this app for newbies who want to start working out at home and advanced strength trainers who are ready to push themselves to the next level." —Braelyn Wood, Deputy Commerce Editor

Why we picked it

We chose Future because of its personalized approach to fitness. "We believe that partnership is the key to progress. We believe the best way to forge the world we envision is to pair each person with another person - a coach - who helps manage their day-to-day health," as stated on the company website. And it's true, Future pairs you with your own fitness coach who will work one-on-one with you daily to build a personalized training plan with your goals (and busy schedule) in mind.

Pros & cons

Pros

  • Users get one-on-one coaching from certified trainers, tailoring workouts to individual goals, fitness levels, and preferences
  • Schedule virtual training sessions at your convenience
  • Get real-time data from wearable devices for immediate feedback during workouts

Cons

  • High membership cost
  • No real-time feedback during workouts
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Best for Sculpting

Pvolve

Subscription cost:
$13 monthly, $150 annually
Free trial period:
7-day free trial
Workouts offered:
Meditation, Sculpt, Cardio, Recovery, Pre- & Post-natal

If you think low impact means low intensity, think again. Pvolve is energizing and engaging and will fire up muscles you didn’t even know you had. The workouts are great for toning, sculpting, lengthening, improving posture, and increasing mobility.

Every movement feels intentional, whether you’re taking a strength, sculpt, cardio burn, or recovery class. The platform also offers a variety of workouts for pre- and postnatal

While you can modify your workouts without equipment, Pvolve strongly recommends using a mat, gliders, hand weights, ankle weights, bands, and a pilates ball—all of which can be purchased on the Pvolve website.

If you’re opting for the one week free trial, we recommend trying out the workouts equipment-free to see if you like them. Once you decide to enroll in a membership, then you can go ahead and purchase the equipment.

As you accumulate equipment, you can search for classes based on the items currently in your home gym. Just be warned that a lot of equipment is pretty specific to these classes, so it will collect dust if you leave the program.

The Pvolve website houses a lot of success stories and progress photos. The online workout program has a huge following, with people raving about their results.

What our tester says:

"During the pandemic, Pvolve was one of my favorite ways to workout. After months spent in HIIT classes, I craved the low intensity of this at-home option. It targets small muscles that many other workouts forget about, so it still works up a sweat (and leaves muscles feeling sore). There's also a decent amount of variety with classes focused on strength and cardio. As you get further into the program, you'll be tempted to invest in more equipment, but I recommend staying smart about the items that you'll actually use on a regular basis." — Braelyn Wood, Deputy Commerce Editor

Why we picked it

We chose Pvolve simply because it follows a low-impact, big results method that targets those hard-to-reach muscles that traditional workouts often miss. Our favorite perk? Pvolve is backed by a team of medical doctors, healthcare experts, and highly credentialed trainers "who lead clinical studies and and create workouts based on the results," as stated on the company website.

Pros & cons

Pros

  • User-friendly platform
  • The Pvolve method is built on science
  • Super certified trainers and instructors

Cons

  • You have to buy equipment if you don't already own it
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Best Variety

Obe

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Subscription cost:
$25 monthly, $170 annually
Free trial period:
7-day free trial
Workouts offered:
Yoga, HIIT, Stretching, Barre, Dance, Meditation, Sculpt, Pilates, Bounce, Strength, Boxing, Dance HIIT, Endurance, Foam roll, Jump, Ride, Power, Step, Yoga sculpt, Restorative yoga, Kids, Seniors

Obé has the variety aspect down. Every membership includes access to classes ranging from 5 to 60 minutes with options for barre, bounce, boxing, dance, HIIT, sculpting, strength training, yoga, and more.

There are stretching and foam rolling videos for recovery, fitness content for kids, workouts designed specifically for seniors, and meditations to help you relax and unwind. The instructors are upbeat and encouraging, with plenty of beginner-friendly content offered as well.

While you can modify most workouts to be bodyweight only, many do have options to step things up a notch with equipment such as hand weights, ankle weights, resistance loops, and sliders.

Bounce classes require a trampoline, jump rope classes require a rope, and (of course) foam rolling sessions require a foam roller. If you want one membership with a whole lot of choices, Obé is an excellent option.

Why we picked it

Obé made our list because of its emphasis on creating a fitness program designed specifically for women. Once subscribed, you get instance access to over 10,000 on-demand classes and training programs inspired by the 80s at-home fitness uprising.

The instructors wear bright and colorful clothing in brightly lit spaces in each of the 22 live classes filmed every day. And if you need any more validation, the program has nearly 10,000 reviews and a 4.8 star rating on the App Store.

Pros & cons

Pros

  • Obé offers a wide range of workout classes from barre to dance to pilates to yoga to kid-focused classes
  • Offers 22 live classes a week

Cons

  • Many classes require equipment
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Editor's Pick

ORRO

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Subscription cost:
$19 monthly, $199 annually
Free trial period:
7-day free trial
Workouts offered:
Yoga, Strength training, Barre, Meditation, Sound bath, Sculpt, Pilates & more

Our shopping editor (me, the writer!) never gravitated toward low impact exercising until a few years ago—and ORRO is a big part of what changed that. ORRO is a boutique fitness program, with live and on-demand classes.

The platform features a huge variety of instructors, all of which are hand picked by co-founders Elizabeth Endres and Dale Stabler of Sweats & The City.

The selection is based on the premise that you don’t need to work out with high intensity for an hour every day to see results. Most classes are 30 minutes (but there are options ranging from 10 minutes to an hour), and the bulk of them are low-impact.

Choose from yoga, pilates, sculpt, barre, strength training, and more, with over 50 instructors featured. The bulk of the classes can be done with no equipment whatsoever—but if you do want to bring up the intensity, the most commonly used equipment is a set of light ankle or wrist weights.

While the weight training class selection is a bit thin, there are a few instructors that use heavier weights.

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What our tester says:

"I joined ORRO right when it launched in 2021, and have stuck with it ever since. Previously, I relied on running and high-intensity exercises, but ORRO’s class selection has gotten me fully hooked on lower impact workouts. Although there are not a ton of strength training classes offered, I did discover my favorite strength coach, Sonia Hare, on ORRO, and immediately signed up for her platform, The Sonia Series. I love that ORRO is introducing me to new instructors I probably wouldn't have otherwise known about.” — Carleigh Ferrante, Commerce Editor

A few instructors/classes we enjoyed:

Why we picked it

We included ORRO on our list for its unique approach to fitness, health, and wellness. Launched by two roommates turned best friends, the ORRO app offers boutique-inspired fitness and self-care classes all in one place that are designed to create connections through their community.

Pros & cons

Pros

  • Unique, boutique-style fitness experience
  • Can be done without equipment

Cons

  • Not a large variety of workout classes compared to other apps
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Best for Dance

The Sculpt Society

Subscription cost:
$20 monthly, $180 annually
Free trial period:
7-day free trial
Workouts offered:
Yoga, Stretching, Meditation, Sculpt, Dance cardio

While dance cardio may sound intimidating, The Sculpt Society makes it approachable and welcoming. Even the language used in each class is inviting and inclusive.

“I’m never saying triggering messaging in fitness because I think it’s so detrimental to women and men—because that seeps in subconsciously,” founder, Megan Roup explains. “My hope is that it really impacts how they’re starting to feel about themselves and their bodies.”

No matter what your dance experience level is, The Sculpt Society (TSS) has something for you. The best part? You don’t need to set aside a ton of time to get a workout in—and you don’t need any equipment, either.

Classes range from 10 to 60 minutes, with options to use light weights, a pilates ball, and sliders, or to modify without. Roup and her other instructors are big on modifications, with a ton of beginner-friendly classes available, too. “To me, 10 minutes can energetically shift how we feel physically in our body, but also mentally,” she says.

Each week, TSS releases a schedule with live classes and new on-demand offerings. If dance isn’t your thing, stick with the sculpt classes.

And, if you are here for the dancing, go with the dance cardio routines or the full-body classes which offer a mix of dance and sculpt. Roup pulls from her professional dance background, adding new choreography to every class, and keeping things fun and engaging.

What our tester says:

"I was a little (or maybe a lot) intimidated by dance cardio back in the studio fitness era. But, with home workouts came a new confidence—one that led me to try The Sculpt Society. I’m so glad I gave it a chance! I never thought dancing around my living room could be an effective workout, but the TSS workouts are fun, engaging, and bring major physical and mental benefits. I love the music, too.” — Carleigh Ferrante, Commerce Editor

A few instructors/classes we enjoyed:

Why we picked it

The Sculpt Society is the perfect online workout program for anyone looking for a no-equipment dance cardio option. They offer pre-recorded and live classes you can complete right at home that are designed to work out your entire body.

Pros & cons

Pros

  • Many reviewers admire the quick workout options that fit into their busy lifestyles
  • Energizing workouts

Cons

  • Not a wide variety of workouts
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Best For Pilates

B The Method

Subscription cost:
$18 monthly, $160 annually
Free trial period:
7-day free trial
Workouts offered:
Stretching, Pilates, Flexibility, Pre/Postnatal series, Myofascial release & more

From classically-trained pilates instructor, Lia Bartha, B The Method is a low-impact, full-body method. The workouts can be done with no equipment, or with a pilates ball and light weights.

Each class has a pilates-esque feel, but there are a ton of different series, including pre & postnatal, myofascial release, length & reach, cardio flows, weighted series, and deep, focused series pertaining to certain muscle groups.

Lia offers classes ranging from 15 to 60 minutes, so it’s easy to squeeze in a workout even if you’re short on time.

New classes are added every week with the option for members to join live workouts. And if you’re new to pilates, there are a ton of great tutorials and beginner-friendly workouts offered for you.

Those who are more advanced can dive into the deep-focused series to take their practice to the next level.

What our tester says:

"What I love about B The Method is how intentional each movement is. As an observer, you might think the classes look simple, but they give me a better workout than many other fast-paced classes I’ve taken in the past. Throughout each class, Lia talks about the mind-body connection and thoroughly explains each movement. Since incorporating these into my routine nearly 3 years ago, I’ve seen a huge improvement in my posture and flexibility and gained a better understanding of my body. Plus, my muscles are noticeably more toned.” — Carleigh Ferrante, Commerce Editor

A few instructors/classes we've enjoyed:

Why we picked it

We included B The Method on our list of the best online fitness programs because of its wellness-based approach rooted in a Pilates-based workout style. In an era where Pilates has gained immense popularity for its holistic approach to strength, flexibility, and mind-body connection, B The Method stands out for its effective, low-impact routines. 

Pros & cons

Pros

  • New workouts weekly
  • Meditation series
  • Includes tutorials and tips for improving form for all body types

Cons

  • Small library of workouts
  • Only one instructor
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Best for Group Fitness:

Peloton

Subscription cost:
$13 monthly
Free trial period:
30-day free trial
Workouts offered:
Yoga, Running, Stretching, Barre, Cycling, Meditation, Pilates, Strength, Boxing, Rowing, Bootcamp, Cardio, Walking, Hiking

Peloton might immediately bring to mind exercise bikes, treadmills, and a whole lot of equipment, but the online membership includes access to a huge variety of classes, both live and on-demand.

While, you will need a bike if you want to take part in cycling classes and a treadmill if you want to run indoors, many of the yoga, meditation, stretching, barre, and strength training workouts can be done with no equipment at all. 

For anyone craving the group fitness atmosphere without leaving your home, Peloton is a great choice.

This is a platform with a thorough vetting process for instructors, too. Everyone who teaches on the Peloton app is required to be a certified personal trainer.

We’ve found most instructors to be engaging and high-energy, bringing positivity to classes and creating a community feel. If you want to interact with the instructors during live classes, you’ll need the “all-access” membership.

With this, you’ll also be able to track your performance metrics within the Peloton app.

A few instructors/classes we enjoyed:

Hannah Corbin’s 5-minute Post-Ride Stretch

Olivia Amato’s 15-minute Core Strength

Bradley Rose’s 30-minute 2010s Pop Ride

Why we picked it

Peleton offers thousands of classes all led by certified personal trainers. From strength training to meditation to cycling to rowing, the app offers an interactive fitness experience that caters to a variety of fitness levels. We included Peleton on our list because of its community aspect, where members can virtually connect and compete with each other.

Pros & cons

Pros

  • User-friendly platform
  • Thousands of classes to choose from
  • Trainers are all certified personal trainers

Cons

  • Many of the classes require Peleton-branded equipment
Bes for pre-and-post-natal

The Bloom Method

Subscription cost:
$29 monthly, $74 quarterly, $240 annually
Free trial period:
7-day free trial
Workouts offered:
Barre, Cycling, Dance cardio, Boxing, Yoga sculpt, Prenatal strength, Core foundations, Prenatal sweat, Birthprep, Cardio, HIIT, 4th trimester rehab, Tempo, Express classes, Prenatal yoga, Prenatal core, Postnatal core, Pelvic floor education, Postnatal yoga

Designed for women who are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or recently gave birth, The Bloom Method’s online workout program houses cardio, sculpt, strength, yoga, barre, and HIIT classes for every stage of pregnancy and thereafter.

In addition to these workouts, there are educational videos such as “pelvic floor education” and breathing exercises.

You can filter the on-demand library based on class type, length, or which trimester you are in (including “fourth-trimester” options for postnatal exercises). 

The content is meant to meet moms and expecting moms where they are, with safe and effective workouts for every stage and fitness level.

The Bloom Method membership also includes recipes, Q&As, and access to a private Facebook community where you can interact with other moms or expecting parents.

Moms all over the world rave about The Bloom Method. The company’s website is full of success stories, testimonials, and reviews saying things like, “I am not kidding when I say it has been life-changing for me,” and “I have recommended the Bloom Method to every pregnant mama I know. It is truly the most effective way to stay connected to your core, prepare for birth, and work with a trainer that sincerely helps you become your best pregnant (and postpartum) self.”

A few instructors/classes we enjoyed:

Why we picked it

The Bloom Method's expertly curated routines cater to various fitness levels, with a focus on pre and postnatal fitness. They have over 1,000 classes taught by expert coaches to offer pelvic floor support and more.

Best for Strength Training

Les Mills+

Subscription cost:
$7 to $15 monthly, $60 to $90 annually
Free trial period:
7-day free trial
Workouts offered:
Yoga, HIIT, Strength training, Running, Barre, Core conditioning, Cycling, Dance, Aerobics, Martial arts, Meditation

Les Mills+ is the online workout program from Les Mills, an esteemed group fitness company. There are thousands of classes to choose from, with a variety of methods available: strength training, cycling, dance, aerobics, HIIT, yoga, and martial arts.

The massive on-demand library even includes workouts for kids. Each class is led by world-class instructors with options for beginner, intermediate, and advanced athletes.

The online community has more than 150,000 members, all of which are given access to a Facebook group to connect and share progress.

There are a ton of equipment-free workouts on Les Mills+, but when it comes to strength training in particular, the BODYPUMP classes exceed many others that we’ve tried.

Don’t think you have space in your home for all the gym equipment needed for strength training? Adjustable dumbbells will change your perspective.

What’s more, the app even has a ton of meditation content—so you can supplement your physical workouts with a mindset boost, too.

Why we picked it

According to hundreds of reviews, Les Mills+ is admired for its extensive library of content. The program is compatible with numerous devices including fire TV, Xbox, Roku, and Chromecast, and even has an option to purchase their innovative smart barbell.

Pros & cons

Pros

  • Diverse workout options
  • Users can access Les Mills+ from various devices
  • The app integrates music seamlessly into workouts

Cons

  • Certain Les Mills+ programs require specific fitness equipment
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Best Free

Nike Training Club

Subscription cost:
Free
Free trial period:
N/A
Workouts offered:
Yoga, HIIT, Strength training, Running, Stretching

Nike’s free fitness app is simple to navigate and offers more variety than many paid platforms. Choose from strength training, yoga, HIIT, running exercises, and more, with options to filter classes by duration, fitness level, and what equipment you have.

You can even create a personalized fitness plan, with recommendations from the app based on your preferences and goals. One standout feature: every glass has a warm-up and a cool-down.

While yes, Nike Training Club does offer beginner-focused workouts, those classes still do require some basic fitness knowledge. There were no modifications provided in any of the classes we tried, which could be a deterrent for people who are just starting out their fitness journey.

That said, the instructors are incredibly knowledgeable and describe each movement in detail, the customized training plans are motivating and intuitive to follow, and you can’t beat the variety and quality of workouts for this price (free).

The app regularly adds new content, with a ton of great programs and classes featuring celebrity instructors and trainers.

What's more, Netflix recently announced that it will begin streaming Nike Training Club classes at the end of December 2022. To access the exercise content on your television, simply search "Nike" in your Netflix app, and you'll be able to view classes and programs for all fitness levels, with 45 episodes and 30 hours of content.

Why we picked it

With over 252,000 reviews on the App Store, the positive feedback from users underscores the app's effectiveness in delivering a vast array of quality workouts. And the best part? It's completely free. Using its seamless and easy to navigate interface, users get access to dozens of wellness exercises, as well as nutrition guidance all in the app.

Pros & cons

Pros

  • Includes a library of nutrition tips and recipes in addition to hundreds of exercises
  • Users can customize their workout plans based on their fitness level
  • Seamless integration with other Nike products

Cons

  • Some users have reported occasional glitches, bugs, or connectivity issues
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A refresher: What is an online workout program?


An online workout program is a structured fitness regimen accessible through the internet and is designed to help individuals exercise from the convenience of their own home or any location with internet access.

How to choose

Consider the below factors when deciding which online workout program will bring you the most value:  

Cost: Determine how much money you have to spend on an online workout program and how often you will use it. Every program we've included has at least a one-week trial, so you can test the platform before committing. Most have annual plans with savings built in, which is great for those who know they want to commit long-term. 

Workout type: "Ask yourself what content do you enjoy the most and is it available on that platform,” Akande suggests. "Are new workouts and experiences regularly updated?"

If you crave variety in your routine, you likely want an online workout program that has different types of workouts with multiple instructors to choose from. Or you may want to subscribe to a few platforms and rotate through them—which will likely still end up being less expensive than a boutique gym membership. 

On the other hand, maybe you prefer sticking with one workout style, such as yoga or Pilates. In that case, choose a platform that specializes in your movement of choice.

Instructors: How an instructor runs a class can make or break the experience. Some people benefit from an intensely motivating class leader, while others will enjoy more of an upbeat style. Use the free trial period as a chance to try out different instructors and see who you connect with the most. "Do you gravitate to the instructor's energy, coaching style, and exercise selection/programming?" Akande asks. You'll be much more likely to hit the mat for a workout when it's with someone you feel connected to or motivated by.

Duration: One great aspect of online fitness is that many of these programs have classes ranging from 10 minutes to over an hour. That means, if you're short on time, you can still get an effective workout in. When considering your options, make sure to check and see what class lengths the platform offers, and be mindful of whether those durations fit your preferences and lifestyle.

Equipment: Pay attention to the equipment needed for each workout. If you're choosing Peloton because you love the variety of cycling classes, you'll want to consider whether you can fit a bike in your home. On the other hand, if you're thinking about something like P. Volve but have a home gym full of heavy weights, they may start to collect dust.

How we picked the best online workout programs

  • Variety: While most of these programs have one or two specific focuses, we prioritized platforms that provide variety, with different types of workouts to choose from.
  • Price: These online workout programs range from free to $149 for a monthly membership. Many have options for annual memberships with savings, and most have free trials. We included recommendations for all price points (with one free option, too).
  • Instructors: Instructors are a huge part of online fitness—and the tone and attitude of your instructor matters, too. We made sure each of the online workout programs we selected has vetted, trained instructors who are knowledgeable, motivational, and inclusive.
  • Reviews: We've tested a ton of online workout programs, and also read extensive reviews for each platform, to make sure our picks are reflective of a variety of opinions.

Who are online workout programs good for?

Online workout programs are a great option for anyone who is physically capable of exercising. Live online workout programs allow you to exercise with a group (virtually), while on-demand classes can be streamed from anywhere, anytime.

Plus, you'll even find programs that allow you to interact one-on-one with a personal trainer from your own home. Truly, there's an option for just about everyone.

Certified personal trainer Calyn Brooke says online workout programs are great for a variety of people, including those short on time from commuting, new moms needing flexibility in their schedule, or those who simply prefer working out at home—including people with "a little gym-timidation."

That said, if you thrive on the energy of physically being in a studio, an online workout program might not be the best option for you. Additionally, while many programs require minimal to no equipment, if cycling is what gets you out of bed in the morning, and you don't have an exercise bike at home, you might prefer going to a studio instead.

Most of these online workout programs have multiple types of workouts, a variety of instructors, and a mix of live and on-demand classes. Again, everyone can benefit from regular exercise, so the only question is: Which online workout program is best for you?

FAQ

What is the best free online workout program?

Every option we've included offers a free trial, but Nike Training Club is the only completely free online workout program on this list. It's a great choice for someone who wants a variety of workouts without a monthly cost or commitment.

Are online workout programs as effective as in real life?

"They absolutely can be," says Brooke. "If you are consistent and put in the effort, I don't see the difference between online or going to a physical gym."

Which online workout program has the best results?

The workout program with the best results is the program that you’ll stick with. Consistency is key when it comes to seeing progress, so choose a workout program that you enjoy enough to keep coming back to it. "We get so caught up in finding the perfect program—but it comes down to consistency," Brooke agrees.

The takeaway

The world of online fitness is vast, with new platforms popping up every day it seems. One thing is for sure: Online workout programs have made working out more approachable, affordable, and accessible.

Each of these programs can be done from the comfort of your own home—and many of them require no equipment at all.

Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned athlete, you'll find an online workout program to benefit your body and your mind.

If you do want to step things up, consider investing in at-home gym equipment such as a set of adjustable dumbbells.

Just make sure you're wearing the right gym shoes, too!

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