Are Online Workouts for You?

The latest fitness craze these days isn’t HIIT workouts or before-work dance parties, it is something much closer to home.  Online workouts have been steadily increasing with more and more people opting for streaming services rather than spending on gyms or studios.  Last year, payments to online workouts jumped to 7.7% up from 4.8% two years earlier.  Meanwhile, full-service gyms, which hold the largest stake, have declined their share from 78% in 2014 to 73% in 2016.

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Les Mills OnDemand

Hiya!  We’ve had a couple of days of some gorgeous hot weather and I’m really digging it!  I’ve been spending a ton of time outside from an outside mommy playgroup to an hour of awesome tennis to just a few walks in the park.  Being outside just makes me happy!

Even though I love getting out and about, I have to admit that I do a lot of my workouts inside.  From teaching my online classes to my own personal workouts, I’m almost always in need on an Internet connection or a DVD player.  I was really excited lately when I discovered that Les Mills has started offering classes online: Les Mills OnDemand.

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New and Notable

Hey all!  Hope you are enjoying your weekend!  The hubs and I hosted a brunch this weekend and I totally meant to take some photos to show you all and then I completely didn’t.  Wah wah.  Oh well, suffice to say the mimosa bar was a hit!  Pick your juice, pick your garnish, add champagne and sip!

Anyway, I thought I would give you a round up of some new and notable things happening in the fitness world!  Enjoy!

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Best Online Workouts: Physique 57

Hi there!  In my third installment of the Best Online Workouts, I’m highlighting a well-known favorite, Physique 57.  I’ve discussed their online classes before but since this series is focusing only on the Best Online Workouts, I had to include them again!

Physique launched their online workouts at the end of 2012 and they offer the best of my favorite classes!  Right now on Physique 57’s website you can select from 5 options: Physique F.I.T. (Focused Interval Training), Physique Cardio (which I tried in studio and reviewed here), Physique Prenatal, Physique Classic 57 minute workout (also on DVD), and Physique Thigh and Seat Booster (also on DVD).  My favorite are the Physique Cardio and Physique F.I.T., which offer fantastic new and challenging workouts.  I already own the DVDs featured in the Classic class and the Thigh and Seat Booster, but if you are looking to try out the DVDs without the commitment, go ahead and give them a try online!

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Physique Cardio is 26 minutes long and offers non-stop Physique moves meant to raise your heart rate and tone your body.  The only equipment you need in this workout is a heavy piece of furniture to simulate a ballet barre and a mat.  My heart rate range from 135-170 in this class and I burned about 226 calories.  It’s challenging but not impossible!

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Physique F.I.T. is 33 minutes and utilizes light weights (3lbs is plenty heavy!), a playground ball and a mat.  Expect work your thighs, arms, seat and abs often simultaneously!  This is a tough workout but very effective!  I burned over 250 calories in this class.

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What I loved about both these classes is that they utilize the principles that make Physique 57 so popular but they stray away from the Physique formula, which is a nice change if you are comfortable with the formula because it keeps both your mind and your body guessing.  Personally, I pair these two classes together to make a one hour class for a max calorie burn of 500 calories!!

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The only drawback to the Physique online classes is that there are not more of them!  They have not been updated since they launched in 2012 so fingers crossed Physique will add some more some time soon!

Classes are $5 for 48 hours or $57 a month for unlimited classes.

Best Online Workouts: Fusion Fitness

TGI almost F!  Thank goodness it is almost Friday!  I’m so excited for this weekend.  I’ll be heading up to Boston to visit some of my lovely high school friends for lunch on Saturday.  A little bit of food and lots of catching up!  Now we just need the weather to cooperate!

Even if the weather is not nice enough to venture outdoors, my workouts will not be suffering because I’ve got my second installment of the Best Online Workouts for you.  In Part 1, I told you all about YogaToday’s awesome online yoga classes.  For Part 2, I’ve got something brand new and very exciting!  Fusion Fitness, a Kansas City based studio, has absolutely awesome online classes.  These classes are seriously some of the best online (and offline!) classes I’ve ever done.  I’m obsessed!

Fusion Fitness designs its workouts to combine various popular strength and cardiovascular conditioning techniques.  They have 5 classes available online: Fusion, Bikini Bootcamp, Barre Intensity, Fusion Mix and Tabata & Toning.  All five are super challenging and really fun.  Here’s the breakdown:

Fusion– This fun 45 minute barefoot class mixes yoga, pilates, calisthenics and barre.  It literally had me sweating almost immediately!  You need a mat and light weights (they recommend 2 lbs but I only had 3lbs and I have to say the 3lbs are really heavy!).  Expect to do things like mountain climbers, plank jacks, lunge jumps, and lunging repeaters to get your heart rate up.  You’ll also do some pilates-based abdominal exercises and squats to work the thighs.  The moves all have a balletic type feel, even the more cardio-based moves.  The class is non-stop, meaning you don’t have time to realize how tired you are!  Expect to use the weights most of the time and work the muscles to fatigue!  I burned just over 400 calories in this class.

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Bikini Bootcamp– This hour long class is based on traditional kickboxing moves but Fusion adds in some interesting combinations.  They recommend advanced participants use light weights but since I only have 3lbs, I used my weighted gloves from Turbo Jam.  If you are a beginner or just don’t want to add resistance, you can forgo the weights.  The first 40 minutes of this workout is non-stop cardio with kicking, punching, plyometrics and more.  The last 20 minutes is toning focusing on legs, bottom and abs.  I burned just under 600 calories in this class.  It’s definitely a great calories burner and will totally get you bikini ready!

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Fusion Mix– This 60 minute barefoot class really focuses on strength more than cardio, although you will get a cardio benefit and burn lots of calories!  I burned about 489 calories in this class!  You need a large balance ball and weights for this class.  Expect to perform moves like ball squeezes, crunches, planks, pushups, and various arm toning moves with weights.

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Tabata & Toning– This 45 minute class is based on tabata principes, a form of high intensity interval training.  In a tabata workout, you perform 20 seconds of very high intensity exercises followed by 10 seconds of rest.  This is repeated for 7-8 sets.  In this workout, the 20 second cardio tabata intervals are interspersed with strength and toning moves to keep your heart rate steady.  The tabata sections are very difficult (think jumping lunges with weights).  For this class you need light weights, a mat and a resistance band.  I was literally dripping sweat in this class and burned about 416 calories.  I recommend taking a rest day right before trying this class as it can be quite tiring and I was a little fatigued when I first did this class so I wasn’t able to exert as much energy as I would have liked.  This is a really great way to burn a lot of calories in a short period of time while also toning up!

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I think my favorites out of all the classes are Fusion and Barre Intensity but they are all seriously great and if you do each once a week, you have a great workout schedule full of variety!

Each class costs $10 for a 24 hour rental OR you can spend $49 and get unlimited access to all five classes for one month.  I did the unlimited access and plan on doing each class at least twice.*  I’m so stoked I found this site, the classes are really great and I would totally purchase another unlimited pass at some point!

* NOTE- The monthly subscription is ongoing so you must remember to cancel it if you don’t want your credit card to be charged for a second month.