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Pioneering online workouts to kickstart your 2021 health regime

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Online fitness has exploded over the past year, with countless gyms adapting their offerings to cater for the new climate. Yet we’re also seeing an increasing number of platforms being built solely for the web, from digital-only yoga studios to Apple’s shiny new creation, Apple Fitness Plus. Keen to up your at home workout game? Read on for the online fitness platforms leading the way in new age exercise.

Best Digital-First Online Fitness Platforms

Fitness First Red Monday

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Fitness First has launched a new free workout hub to celebrate the announcement of FitX Player. Whether you’re an avid gym lover or looking to start a new fitness journey in 2021, there are plenty of virtual classes to suit all fitness types. From HITT and SHRED to Yoga and Pilates, the online programme will be transforming ‘Blue Monday’ to RED in an attempt to life the nations mood by pumping some endorphins. All classes are free from January 18, fitnessfirst.co.uk

The Yoga Class

The Yoga Class

Model and yoga teacher Laura Dodd is behind new digital-only studio The Yoga Class, launched in November 2020. The platform offers a ‘kind approach’ to the ancient practice of yoga, with classes ranging from vinyasa to power yoga, alongside special skills tutorials. Membership is available on a monthly (£23.98) or yearly (£178.97) basis. theyogaclass.co

GRNDHOUSE

GRNDHOUSE

Launched just last week, GRNDHOUSE is the brainchild of five trainers previously at Barry’s Bootcamp, the fitness studio renowned for its hard-hitting workouts. Billing itself as the ‘Netflix of fitness’, the digital-only platform focuses on strength training, with a weekly programme of eight classes targeting different muscle groups. Each week culminates with the ‘GRNDHOUSE HUSTLE’, a tough live class led by all the instructors. From £20 a month. grndhouse.com

LIVENow Fitness

LIVENOW

From HIIT to barre to Muay Thai, LIVENow Fitness covers all fitness preferences with a programme of 60 live-streamed exercise classes each week. These are taught by a roster of top class PTs, including Pilates pro Aimee Victoria Long, health and lifestyle coach James Middleton and Lucy Gornall, who specialises in post-natal exercise. Classes are free until 31 January. live-now.com

Apple Fitness+

Apple’s hot new workout platform features hundreds of workouts led by world experts, accessed via your Apple Watch. Having been created by Apple, it’s no surprise the platform is glossily produced, highly effective and easy to navigate – and while you’re working out the watch tracks your metrics, such as heart rate and calorie burn. apple.com

Hello Yoga

Launched just before the first lockdown last year, Hello Yoga was perfectly timed for the surge in searches for online yoga. The platform offers live virtual one-on-one sessions with instructors from all over the world, most of whom have more than 10,000 hours of yoga teaching under their belt. From £39 for two classes in one month under subscription. helloyoga.com

Fiit

Fiit

A pioneer in digital fitness, Fiit offers a range of exercise classes through an app, streamed through a device onto your TV. A chest strap is used to track heart rate, calories and reps, while real-time performance feedback keeps users motivated. Trainers on its books include Adrienne Herbert, Steph Elswood and Richie Norton, with classes ranging from HIIT to strength training to breathwork. From £10 a month. fiit.tv

GymCube

GymCube is an online database of over 700 on demand workout videos, alongside meal plans and healthy recipes. You can filter workouts by length, target area, difficulty, equipment available or preferred trainer, or sign up to one of the fitness challenges, such as the seven-day Kick Start programme. gymcube.com

The Body Coach TV

Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks’ incredibly successful YouTube channel features hundreds of high intensity workouts, the majority of which require no equipment at all. Newbie to HIIT? Start with the seven-day beginner series, which introduces you to the training type through a mix of 15 and 20 minute sessions. youtube.com

RWL

Results with Lucy

Fitness guru Lucy Mecklenburgh founded online platform RWL, which offers over 1000 online workout videos alongside access to a community of like-minded women. Choose from a number of programmes, such as Tighten and Tone, HIIT Harder and New Beginnings, as well as a pre-natal course. £19.99 a month. resultswellnesslifestyle.com

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