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Online Exercise Classes that Bring the Gym to You

Feb 06, 2014

Online Exercise Classes that Bring the Gym to You

Do you know what we like about the gym? The idea of it. It has all these great classes on offer, and it is chock full of expensive machinery and sports equipment. Pretty cool. 

Unfortunately, for some of us, getting to the gym is more of a remote possibility than anything else. A luxury, if you will.

Lucky for us homebody would-be gym-goers, better fitness has arrived via our Wi-Fi connections. Big name gyms like Crunch and reputable companies such as Gaiam offer online versions of their incredible workouts.

Most memberships cost something, but whatever the price, it's a decided bargain compared to a monthly gym membership. Plus, with online exercise classes, you can workout whenever you want. Got twenty minutes while your kid practices piano? Great! Break out the yoga mat and follow along as Jillian Michaels leads you through an intense series of ab-burning exercises over Lionsgate BeFit series shown via YouTube.

The beauty of the streaming video workout is that you can test something out for a few minutes and move on to another class if you're not feeling it. Probably sounds a heck of a lot more enticing than cautiously stepping into a new class at the club and leaving halfway through because it wasn't what you expected--or wanted. Another bonus is that, unlike the standard exercise DVD, many of the streaming videos are happening in real time. Ostensibly, you're working out alone at home, but you're really a part of a bigger class that's following an instructor's encouraging lead and directions. In many ways, that beats the monotony of watching a structured video and practicing a routine based on a recorded session. 

One of the ten online options shown in the slideshow above ought to strike your fancy. Choose one (or several, as most offer free trial memberships) and discover the benefits of working out at home on your time.

By Stacey Gawronski

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