6 Ways to Work Out at Home When You Can’t Afford a Peloton

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With many gyms closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be a bit of a challenge to get fit before your wedding. And although it seems that Peloton is all the rage for at-home workouts, it’s not the only option. There are plenty of alternatives to get in shape that are not only more affordable, but also possibly more suitable for your preferences.

But even if spinning is your go-to, know that there are cheaper bikes and programs that are rated just as well (if not better) than Peloton. So, before you fork out nearly $2000+ on a piece of exercise equipment and the monthly $39 fee, consider these other options for your at-home gym.

1. Stuck on Spinning?

If cycling is your favorite type of workout, check out iFit instead. The platform has everything that Peloton’s classes have including live studio workouts, on-demand sessions, and even personal trainers. There are several sports equipment companies that sell bikes for a much smaller price tag alongside a subscription to iFit. And often, they offer access to the platform for free for a trial period. NordicTrack, Sole, and ProForm are some brands that collaborate with iFit, while others like Myx and Sole have their own platforms. The best value for your money? Pro-Form Studio Bike Pro, which runs for just $1000 and includes three whole years of access to iFit before you have to commit to a monthly subscription fee.

2. Blogilates

For those who don’t have the room or the budget for exercise equipment at home, there is no better at-home workout option than yoga or pilates. That is where Blogilates comes in. And, get this—it’s free to access! Blogilates features a series of videos that combine both yoga and pilates, lead by social media fitness entrepeneur Cassey Ho. Her website features everything from short low-impact sessions to a six-week boot camp, so you’re sure to find exactly what you need.

3. C25K

A woman running outside.

Runners (or aspiring ones) will love C25K as it promises to turn even the most stubborn couch potato into an athlete. Ok, maybe that’s overselling it, but this app is focused on getting you to the point where you can effortlessly run a 5K. It’s not fancy by any means, but it definitely does the job. The gist of it is that it slowly builds your running endurance via intervals. So, once it’s loaded into your phone, you’ll basically be instructed when to run and when to walk. And before you know it, you’ll be boasting about your racing medal!

4. FitOn

If you like mixing up your workouts, FitOn may be the platform for you. This website and app offers a wide range of exercise options including yoga, cardio, strength training, and more. You can also get personal wellness advice including nutritional guidance. Even better: it customizes your regime to you based on a survey you take in the beginning. While there is a ProPlan that costs just $20/month, there is also a free option if you want to test it out.

5. Obé Fitness

A young woman working out in her living room.

Not into traditional workouts and more into modern classes like Zumba? Check out Obé Fitness, which features a number of dance, barre, and other alternative classes. All are created with a living room setting in mind, meaning there’s no equipment needed. Both live classes and on-demand options are available and the instructors are said to be extremely motivating. The overall cost isn’t too bad, running at $27/month or $199/year. Oh, and you get a free 7-day trial to see if it’s really your thing before committing.

6. Alo Moves

And if you prefer something a bit more chill, take a look at Alo Moves, which boasts a more mellow vibe compared to most fitness apps. Unlike many platforms, their yoga studio offers plenty of mellow workouts including mindfulness training and less intensive classes. Having said that, they also feature plenty of intense options too including Pilates, strength training, and HIIT. So if you want to switch it up occasionally, this is the option for you. Alo is wallet-friendly, too! The $20/month subscription is definitely affordable and you’ll have a 14-day free trial to make up your mind.

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