Even with a slowdown in sales following the pandemic, the home fitness equipment industry is expected to experience significant growth over the next few years – from $14 billion in 2021 to nearly $22 billion by 2028 – according to data published by Research and Markets.
But not everyone can afford expensive equipment, and many don’t have room for a treadmill, stationary bike, or elliptical.
Therefore, streaming video fitness classes are a popular alternative, usually in the form of an app that you can access on multiple devices and often don’t require equipment. It’s also ideal for business travelers who want to exercise in their hotel room before heading out for the day.
“The portability of fitness apps that can be used on the go, anytime, anywhere adds to the appeal,” says Tim Bajarin, veteran technology analyst and president of the San-based market research firm Joseph, California. Creative Strategiesin an interview with USA TODAY.
“For the majority of people who don’t want to spend hard-earned money on expensive exercise equipment, these fitness software apps can help them stay in shape at a much lower cost,” adds Bajarin, who says he has added a virtual reality fitness app. , Liteboxer, to his routine. “Exercise in virtual reality could be the next big frontier in fitness programs.”
Peloton is not just hardware
As home fitness giants like Peloton merge video instructors with its exercise equipment, its popular Platoon app ($12.99/month after 30-day free trial) can be used with or without home hardware and is accessible on multiple devices: iPhone, iPad, Android Phones, Android Tablets, Fire Tablets, Android TV, Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku or the web.
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“Connected fitness has changed the way people approach and prioritize their physical and mental health,” Peloton co-founder and chief product officer Tom Cortese said in a statement provided to USA TODAY. “Consumers now have the ability to seek out services that fit and support their lifestyles, providing convenience, accessibility and flexibility, while delivering personalized and engaging experiences.”
Membership in the Peloton app provides access to thousands of live and on-demand classes, covering multiple types of training, including indoor cycling, running, walking, boot camp, strength, yoga and outdoor audio-only classes, and organized music.
“Our app gives you the power and motivation of the Peloton experience, really, anywhere,” adds Cortese. “It’s a key product in our portfolio allowing new and existing members to benefit from thousands of high-energy classes taught by expert instructors.”
Similar to the All-Access membership for $44/month (required with Peloton gear), you can see metrics and performance tracking to keep you motivated, and you can see other members taking the same course as you.
Note: Peloton’s All-Access membership gives you access to the Peloton app at no additional cost, but not the other way around.
Apple Fitness+ on track
Launched at the end of 2020 during the pandemic, AppleFitness+ ($9.99/month or $79.99/year) is an exclusive service for Apple devices that provides access to thousands of 4K video and audio workouts, led by expert trainers, from five to 45 minutes each.
Exercises include walking, running, high-intensity interval training, strength training, yoga, Pilates, cycling, dancing, rowing and more – even guided meditation – and each with lists of musical reading. New workouts and meditations are added weekly, Apple says.
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Supporting up to five family members per subscription, Apple Fitness+ works on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch (with custom metrics captured on your wrist). If you buy an Apple Watch, Apple Fitness+ is free for three months.
Although most classes don’t require any equipment, for some you may need items like a yoga mat, dumbbells, indoor bike, rowing machine, or treadmill. You can use any brand of equipment.
Apple Fitness+ can be found in the middle tab of the Fitness app on iPhone, while Apple Watch wearers will find Fitness+ Audio Workouts in the Workout app and Fitness+ Audio Meditations in the Mindfulness app. iPad users will need to download the Fitness app from the App Store, and it’s available on Apple TV.
Fun Fact: Peloton tweeted the day Apple announced Fitness+, “Friendly competition is in our DNA. Welcome to the world of digital fitness, Apple.
Other Video Streaming Options for Fitness Fans
From countless YouTube (and free) videos from personal trainers and fitness instructors to national fitness clubs offering virtual workouts (including Planet Fitness and Good life Fitness), there’s no shortage of streaming video lessons to be found online – and no matter what device you’re relying on.
Even Roku, the popular video streaming platform, offers several hundred fitness (and mindfulness) channels to watch, including free and paid services.
Other popular choices for live and/or on-demand fitness classes include Daily Burn (android and iOS), Nike Training ClubObe Fitness (android and iOS), PopSugar Fitness, Beachbody On Demand and fitness blenderto name a few.
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