First published on Cosmopolitan UK on June 30 2016
Should you be sweating with Kayla or bending it like Barrecore? Find your online workout tribe with our rundown of the best
1. Sweat with Kayla
What is it? Aussie personal trainer Kayla Itsines is HUGE at the mo, and we don’t mean physically (she’ll give you serious #bodygoals). Her Bikini Body Guide (BBG) e-book did crazily well, and now her app Sweat With Kayla is here. Prepare to squat like you’ve never squatted before.
Where is it? On an app.
How much does it cost? After a free seven-day trial you’ll need to spend £3.45 a week or £14.99 per month.
What does it do? A mixture of simple cardio and resistance repetitions that get progressively more tricky as the weeks go on. You’ll be walking like a crab the next day. But a sexy, toned crab.
Body benefits? Targets tricky areas (hello, thighs) to help you rock your swimwear.
Best bit? There’s a huge dedicated fan base of Kayla fanatics to keep you motivated – look out for a local group on Facebook.
Any downsides? After the free trial you will automatically be charged unless you remember to cancel. Plus it’s a bit boring visually – we’d rather see videos of Kayla in action than static pictures of the moves.
What is it? Actor and yoga instructor Adriene Mishler posts weekly yoga videos tackling everything from beginner classes to bedtime routines; sessions for stiff hips and sore backs, and more. And her easy-breezy style of yoga teaching has taken off more than her acting – for a fun spot of procrastination, check out her IMDB page.
Where is it? Youtube.
How much does it cost? The Youtube videos are free, but there’s also a subscription-based video app of the same name, which will set you back £7.99 a month after a free 7-day trial.
What does it do? Whatever you need – she can calm you down, energise you or soothe aching muscles, depending on which video you choose. Plus there are loads to choose from, so you can pick and mix.
Body benefit? Yoga is known for creating strong muscles, as well as improving your balance and mood.
Best bit? A free 30-day yoga camp, where you’ll receive a new video via email each day – it’s a great way to make yoga a daily habit. Plus Adriene herself is very sweet and watchable.
Any downsides? She does tend to say the word ‘yummy’ a lot, which is irritating. But we’re splitting hairs – we’d still like to be BFFs with her.
What is it? If you’ve ever felt intimidated by the burly blokes flexing their biceps in the free weights section of your gym, this is the app for you. Daughter of Richard and Judy, and professional ab-machine, Chloe takes you through exactly what to do to become a girl who lifts.
Where is it? On an app. For further #fitspo see Chloe’s blog at fitnessfondue.com and prepare to gape.
How much does it cost? £2.99
What does it do? Simple video guides show you the proper techniques for using weights, while there’s also an audio option so you can listen while you lift (like whistling while you work, but with barbells).
Body benefits? Don’t worry, you won’t end up bulky. Building muscle will give you great definition plus you’ll be torching calories all day long, even at your desk. Smug, much?
Best bit? It’s so simple to use, and Chloe clearly knows her stuff – her rippling muscles are the proof of the (high-protein) pudding.
Any downsides? Once you’ve completed all the exercises there’s not much to add, but for £2.99 it’s well worth it if you’re looking to give the boys a run (or deadlift) for their money.
What is it? Cassey Ho is a fitness instructor and author, best known for creating POP Pilates – an equipment-free mat workout designed to lengthen and slim your body. Now you can try these workouts at home using her channel – after all, 3.1 million subscribers can’t be wrong.
Where is it? Youtube and on her blog.
How much does it cost? Nada.
What does it do? It’s basically fast Pilates to chart music, so it’s amazing for your core muscles while getting your heart pumping too.
Body benefits? A leaner, stronger physique with abs of steel.
Best bit? She also does interesting challenges via her blog and Instagram, such as 30 days to master the splits, which will really keep your workouts fresh.
Any downsides? She’s very perky. Definitely not one to try before your first coffee of the day.
What is it? Fancy the long, lithe body of a dancer? We thought as much… Focusing on movements such as pulsing squats (ouch) and resistance work on the arms (double ouch) it will make you feel graceful, if sweaty, as you work.
Where is it? Online classes to rent.
How much does it cost? £4 per video for a 48-hour rental, or unlimited workouts for £24.79 per month.
What does it do? A mixture of toning and cardio with a focus on good posture that’s a good fitness all-rounder.
Body benefits? You should tone up all over and it’s especially good for wobbly arms. Plus, you’ll be standing taller afterwards which will make you seem slimmer.
Best bit? There’s a wide range of videos and they’re different lengths so you can choose one to fit your timeframe and needs.
Any downsides? While they’re less expensive than a fitness class, they are still pricey when you consider how much content is on Youtube for free. It may be dance-inspired, but these moves will look pretty ridiculous on the dance floor. Single Ladies, it ain’t.