Best Online Fitness Classes to Try from the Comfort of Your Home

If you're looking for an all-around great online fitness workout to do from your living room, these classes have you covered.

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A busy schedule can wreak havoc on your fitness routine. With everything you have going on in your life, it's not always easy to get to the gym. Still, being pulled in ten different directions isn't anything new, which is why workout videos that let you break a sweat in the comfort of your home have been around for decades.

The fitness industry has come a long way since the days of Richard Simmons and Billie Blanks' library of workout DVDs, though. Now, there are truckloads of online fitness classes available, which make it even easier to get in a sweat session from anywhere, anytime (as long as there's solid wifi).

The seemingly endless options can be overwhelming. How do you know which fitness class will help you meet your goals for both your health and your budget? And which classes have the coaches and community that can inspire you to keep pressing play?

Shape rounded up a list of the best online fitness classes that suit a wide variety of workout styles, goals, budgets, and experience levels. Some are so good they might just have you reconsidering that gym membership.

Best Online Fitness Classes of 2022

01 of 09

Best Overall: Alo Moves

Alo Moves
Alo Moves

Key Specs

  • Pricing: $20 per month or $199 per year
  • Platform: Android, iOS, desktop, TV via airplay, Chromecast, or HDMI cable
  • Kinds of workouts offered: HIIT, Pilates, stretching, strength, yoga, barre, breathwork, meditation, sound baths

Why We Chose It

It's hard not to love Alo Moves with its wide variety of workout styles that cater to all levels of experience. Top fitness favorites like Pilates, yoga, HIIT, and meditative mindfulness all come together on one intuitive app.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Workouts from 10 to 90 minutes
  • Easy to use filters to narrow search
  • Meditative practices included
  • No locked content or special fees

Cons

  • The 90-minute sessions are excessive for most
  • Classes that require equipment can be limiting for those without the gear needed
  • Cannot "favorite" or subscribe to preferred instructors

Overview

You might be familiar with Alo Yoga, whose fitness apparel is beloved by celebrities. Alo Moves is their sister company and offers a massive catalog of fitness classes online. While it's known for yoga, barre, and Pilates-type workouts, you can also find HIIT, strength, and mindfulness practices. Using Alo Moves' intuitive app, you can further narrow down the classes to target a specific fitness goal or area of concentration such as legs, core, or upper body.

You'll find workouts as short as ten minutes and as long as ninety minutes, which means it may be hard to find an excuse not to make time for some sweat-inducing self-care. Not every class requires equipment; sometimes, the necessary prop is a household item like a towel. Alo's free thirty-day trial gives you full access. If you fall in love and decide to subscribe, there are no special fees to unlock additional classes. In fact, the app will recommend classes daily to help you meet your wellness goals.

02 of 09

Best for Beginners: Studio SWEAT OnDemand

Studio Sweat
Studio Sweat

Key Specs

  • Pricing: $19.88 per month, $188.56 per year, or $49.65 per three months
  • Platform: Android or iOS app, desktop, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, PS4, Apple TV, Xbox One, iPad, iPhone, Android
  • Kinds of workouts offered: RPM, HIIT on a Bike, beginner rides, and standard climbs, strength training, yoga fusion, high-intensity interval training, core conditioning, step aerobic, indoor cycling, martial arts, dance fitness, kids and teen classes

Why We Chose It

Studio SWEAT OnDemand is much more than just their popular spin workouts—there is something for all levels and preferences. Plus, a community of live instructors and real participants helps fuel your motivation.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Huge selection of workouts
  • Geared towards creating a welcoming environment for all
  • New classes added weekly

Cons

  • Fitness tracker only syncs with Apple iOS, Chromecast, or Apple TV.
  • Customized plans, nutrition, and weekly tips cost extra
  • Less polished settings and videos than other popular spin classes

Overview

There are many reasons to try Studio SWEAT OnDemand, but perhaps the most convincing is their relatable atmosphere and programming. Much like the community at their actual San Diego gym, the online version is built to offer a variety of welcoming classes for people of all fitness levels. You can try cycling, barre, boot camp, yoga, and more in an unassuming environment (filmed in their gym) with fellow fitness enthusiasts (it features live participants). You can also choose classes that are pre-recorded.

Studio SWEAT's expansive library provides access to hundreds of classes on demand as well. Sign up via the app or online, and opt for workouts with equipment or no equipment. If you decide to subscribe after the seven-day free trial, you have three options: monthly for $19.88 per month, pay as you go, a 3-month intro plan for $49.64 or yearly for $188.56.

There are also two memberships that come with a spin bike and more. First, the pro bike bundle ($1,999) includes a spin bike, one-year membership to classes, weekly workout plans, nutrition tips, and accessories. Second is the value bike bundle ($899) with a spin bike, one-year class subscription, workout plans, nutrition tips, and one accessory.

03 of 09

Best Budget: FitOn

FitOn
FitOn

Key Specs

  • Pricing: Free or $29.99 per year for pro version
  • Platform: Android or iOS app, desktop, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV
  • Kinds of workouts offered: Barre, meditation, yoga, strength, stretch, Pilates, kickboxing, cardio, HIIT, dance, circuits, beginner, prenatal, postnatal, with kids

Why We Chose It

FitOn is a free option that provides access to a wide assortment of classes including those perfectly suited for parents, people trying to get a workout in at the office, and those who want to try a celebrity routine. Whether you are just beginning to exercise or are a seasoned fitness enthusiast bored with traditional offerings, you can't beat this personalized free app.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Workouts from five minutes to 30+ minutes
  • User-friendly search features to personalize workouts
  • Hosted by celebrity trainers and celebrities

Cons

  • A higher-priced membership needed to get extra features
  • Abundance of choices can be overwhelming
  • Workouts trend towards simplistic toning instead of building muscle mass

Overview

FitOn was created by a former Fitbit executive with one main goal in mind; breathe new life into the world of online fitness classes. Over ten classes are live streamed daily and are usually hosted by celebrity trainers, including Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, Jonathan Van Ness, and Cassey Ho, to name a few. It also boasts a massive library of on-demand classes. You'll never get bored with FitOn's array of available workouts. Finding your ideal session is easy thanks to a variety of search filters, including parameters such as prenatal, at-work, and no-equipment.

Shape spoke to a few FitOn devotees about their experience and this is what they said:

"FitOn was and remains to be the only app that has everything I could ever dream to ask for from a health and wellness app," says Michy Ferris, who has been using FitOn since 2020. "To this day, it still blows me away the amount of content and features that are available for free."

She's even made good friends through the app. "I've met some of my best friends through FitOn which allowed us to share our fitness journeys and support each other."

Heather M. is another happy FitOn member, and she has lost 65 pounds and hit her goal weight in seven months. "FitOn helped me learn that movement is medicine and develop an absolute love of fitness, to say it changed my life is an understatement," she says. "I was incredibly timid when I started, now I feel like an absolute warrior."

The FitOn Pro subscription comes with exclusive fitness programs, groups, and recipes. You'll also get personalized meal plans, fitness tracker syncing with the FitOn mobile app, and premium music.

04 of 09

Best for Quick Workouts: Obé Fitness

Obe Fitness
Obe Fitness

Key Specs

  • Pricing: $24.99 per month $169.99 per year
  • Platform: Android or iOS app, desktop, Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, Apple TV
  • Kinds of workouts offered: Strength, sculpt, meditation, dance, barre, kids, cycling, yoga, prenatal/postnatal, Pilates, bounce (i.e., trampoline classes), cardio boxing, HIIT

Why We Chose It

Inspiring instructors encourage you to sweat on Obé Fitness, even if it's only for five minutes, making it one of the most motivating apps. For less than a standard monthly gym membership, you can try out fifteen different workout categories each filmed with Instagrammable neon outfits and a soundtrack to match.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Over twenty live classes each week
  • Modern, polished look is energizing and motivational
  • Innovative and unique workouts

Cons

  • 80s-esque neon atmosphere isn't for everyone
  • Lack of advanced classes
  • Less variety than other platforms

Overview

Touted as a fitness "school" with an innovative way of working out, Obé Fitness has exploded in popularity on Instagram. Peppy instructors dressed in neon suits against sleek backgrounds can give you a motivational boost during those early morning workouts. New content is available daily, as well as the opportunity for instructors to see you and cheer you on during the live streamed sessions.

There is a little something for everyone – and every schedule, whether you want to build strength or bounce in a trampoline class. Most classes come in under 28 minutes and require little to no equipment, making them perfect for busy individuals or those traveling. A seven-day free trial offers an energetic taste of Obé's 6,000+ workouts, all available with every tier of their subscription options, including the monthly ($24.99) or yearly plan ($169.99).

05 of 09

Best for Athletes: Les Mills

Les Mills
Les Mills

Key Specs

  • Pricing: $14.99 per month, $35.97 per three months, or $89.88 per year
  • Platform: Android or iOS app, desktop, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, PS4, Apple TV, Xbox One, iPad
  • Kinds of workouts offered: Types of cycling classes include RPM, HIIT on a bike, beginner rides, and standard climbs. Other classes include strength training, yoga fusion, high-intensity interval training, core conditioning, step aerobic, indoor cycling, martial arts, dance fitness, and kids and teen classes

Why We Chose It

Les Mills has over 1,000 workouts in 21 fitness categories thoughtfully designed by specialized and certified trainers. There are non-equipment options, but they don't shy away from using common gym props to get advanced athletes the most challenging workout possible.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Available workout dashboards with tracking features
  • Tailored workout guides, programs, and challenges
  • A wide variety of instructors (each certified)

Cons

  • Caters predominantly to intermediate to advanced athletes
  • No live classes
  • Not all classes have real participants or live audience during filming

Overview

Les Mills fitness classes began with four-time Olympian Les Mills in 1968 and quickly grew from a family gym to an expansive offering of curated workouts. Then, Mills took the iconic in-person classes and tweaked them slightly for on-demand, if you like workouts like BODYPUMP, you'll probably enjoy this platform.

There are no live stream classes, but you can join Les Mills' global community if you want to connect with other users. If you don't want to explore the 1,000+ workout videos on your own, professional trainers can provide customized workout plans with Les Mills+ Coach. You get a Les Mills personal trainer from $129 monthly, $297 for a 3-month plan, or $450 for 6 months.

The platform's inclusion of regular goal setting and testing can be a great way for advanced athletes to track their progress and stay motivated. The 30-day free trial lets you see if the Les Mills workout style is for you before signing up for one of the three subscription plans: $11.99 monthly, $35.97 for the 3-month plan or $119.88 annually.

06 of 09

Best for Stress: Gaia

Gaia
Gaia

Key Specs

  • Pricing: $11.99 per month, $99 per year or $299 for live events
  • Platform: Android or iOS app, desktop, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire
  • Kinds of workouts offered: Yoga, meditation, fitness, and pilates << PIlates always capitalized

Why We Chose It

Gaia is a must try for any yoga enthusiast, regardless of skill level. You can choose from a plethora of workouts within the yoga, meditation, and Pilates milieu to strengthen your body while also nourishing your mind.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Includes workouts, workshops, documentaries, and more
  • Levels range from beginner to advanced
  • Multi-part sessions and series for in-depth training

Cons

  • Instructors don't always explain poses or sequences
  • Some programming can be quite eccentric
  • Fewer standard fitness offerings like strength or dance

Overview

Gaia is considered the pinnacle of online yoga workouts for many who practice the art. While perusing the 8,000 yoga classes, it's clear that Gaia instructors know how to flow and are eager to share their knowledge with you. The online platform offers much more than yoga — you can also pick from a number of meditation, fitness, and Pilates videos. Gaia's documentaries, mindfulness content, and original series are great for anyone looking to improve their mental well-being. A library of yoga pose references helps beginners prepare for their next session so they can relax instead of stressing about positions.

Gaia makes it easy to pick workouts based on its difficulty rating and category label. It also helps individuals work towards their spirituality, mindfulness, and healthy eating goals. A free seven-day trial helps you get a feel for Gaia, though there's a lot to explore in just a week. You can become a subscriber via monthly or yearly plans ($9.99 monthly or $99.99 yearly) or get access to live streaming events with a membership upgrade at $299 per year.

07 of 09

Best for HIIT: Booya Fitness

Booya Fitness
Booya Fitness

Key Specs

  • Pricing: $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year
  • Platform: Android or iOS app, desktop, smart TVs
  • Kinds of workouts offered: Barre, dance, HIIT, cardio, yoga, ballet, Pilates, bodyweight, Bootcamp, cardio barre, cardio kickbox, cardio yoga, core, posture, prenatal, sports conditioning, strength-based yoga, strength conditioning, stretch & restore, trampoline cardio, yoga boxing

Why We Chose It

If you love getting a lot of impact in a short amount of time, Booya fitness is for you. Booya Fitness has fast-paced music, upbeat instructors, and the feel of popular boutique classes without the crowds.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Express workouts
  • Little to no equipment required

Cons

  • Doesn't update as regularly as other platforms
  • Selective with music; only popular songs
  • No live streaming

Overview

Booya Fitness offers an easy way to partake in a large variety of workouts without having to pack your gym bag or workout in cramped classrooms. Its platform streams every type of fitness workout you can think of, and with thousands of options, there's little opportunity to get bored. It excels in quick and sweaty HIIT classes, but you can also find cultural dance, kickboxing, strength training, and more. All of their workouts are set to popular music, so if you love what's playing on the radio and hate boring background tempos, then their videos are sure to motivate.

Even though 75 percent of Booya's videos only require a yoga mat, the platform gets that you're likely participating from your home, and that might mean you have limited props on hand so extra gear is not required. Choose a sample workout plan based on your fitness preferences, or use the intuitive app to find exactly what you're looking for. A 30-day free trial gives you ample time to dive into the diverse fitness categories, and if you decide you want to commit, the affordable monthly rate ($9.99) will keep the cardio party going.

08 of 09

Best for Dance: STEEZY

Steezy
Steezy

Key Specs

  • Pricing: $20 per month or $100 per year
  • Platform: Android or iOS app, desktop, Chromecast
  • Kinds of workouts offered: Dance

Why We Chose It

Whether you have two left feet or could be a backup dancer for JLO, STEEZY has a perfect dance workout for you with easy to master choreography.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Excellent for beginners and pros alike
  • Extensive library offers dances of all modalities
  • Sleek videos filmed in a professional studio

Cons

  • A large open area is recommended for workouts
  • Getting a workout requires learning the individual dance moves
  • Smaller offering of new weekly additions

Overview

STEEZY is a fun and engaging alternative to your typical online fitness class. With over 1,500 videos in categories from hip-hop to break dancing, there's no reason you can't learn to master nearly every style of dance. You can get fit and have fun, and do it for less than the cost of an average monthly gym membership. Plus, the legit studio, sleek lighting, and impeccable instructors make the workouts a joy to watch.

You can slow down the choreography with STEEZY's video controls to learn the steps and watch the instructor from various angles, which is helpful for beginners and professional dancers alike. Beginners will also appreciate that you can loop sequences, break down the steps, and enable mirror instructor mode. STEEZY creators claim that with five lessons a week, you'll be an advanced-level dancer in only six months. Their seven-day free trial is plenty of time to decide if urban dance is your preferred mode of working out.

09 of 09

Best for Yoga: Yoga International

Yoga International
Yoga International

Key Specs

  • Pricing: $19.99 per month, $199 per year for basic, or $499 per year for premium
  • Platform: Android or iOS app, desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire
  • Kinds of workouts offered: Yoga, meditation

Why We Chose It

Expand your knowledge and increase your flexibility with "the world's most diverse yoga site," Yoga International. It's tailored to those who want to master yoga and meditation from the comfort of their home.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Advanced classes for seasoned yogis
  • Includes classes, multi-step courses, and progressive programs
  • Yoga plus meditation and mindfulness

Cons

  • Most classes are tailored to advanced yogis
  • Mobile app is not as sleek as others
  • Poor video search functionality

Overview

Yoga International is the perfect combination of yoga workout classes and education which can help you grow stronger and more knowledgeable about your yoga practice at the same time. Nearly 2,000 videos provide ample opportunities to get in shape, improve flexibility, enhance mindfulness, or simply de-stress.

Choose from 10- to 90-minute courses. Alternatively, you can opt for courses and programs in which classes build off one another, making it a fantastic tool for yoga teachers looking for flow inspiration. The drawback here is that Yoga International is mainly for yogis. There isn't a variety of workouts.

These multi-day training sessions, as well as a handful of courses and single classes, are available for individual purchase should you not want to commit to the membership right away. However, they also offer 14-day and 30-day free trials so you will have ample time to get a feel for the flows.

Final Verdict

Alo Moves' sophisticated and user-friendly platform truly sets it apart from the other companies on this list. With class searches and intuitive features, you can search thousands of videos effortlessly, including HIIT, strength training, yoga, meditation, and sound baths. And classes are available in sessions of varying lengths to suit your schedule, whether you have ten minutes or sixty.

If you're looking for a fun and new exercise experience, Steezy is perfect for anyone who loves to dance. If you want to practice and focus on yoga, try Yoga International.

Compare the Best Online Fitness Classes

Company Pricing Platform Workouts Offered
Alo Moves
Best Overall
$20 per month 
$199 per year
Android or iOS app, desktop, TV via airplay, Chromecast, or HDMI cable HIIT, Pilates, stretching, strength, yoga, barre, breathwork, meditation, sound baths
Studio SWEAT OnDemand
Best for Beginners
$19.88 per month,
$188.56 per year,
$49.65 for three months
Android or iOS app, desktop, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, PS4, Apple TV, Xbox One, iPad, iPhone, Android RPM, HIIT on a Bike, beginner rides, and standard climbs, strength training, yoga fusion, high-intensity interval training, core conditioning, step aerobic, indoor cycling, martial arts, dance fitness, kids and teen classes
FitOn
Best for Value
Free or $29.99 per year for pro version Android or iOS app, desktop, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV Barre, meditation, yoga, strength, stretch, Pilates, kickboxing, cardio, HIIT, dance, circuits, beginner, prenatal, postnatal, with kids
Obé Fitness
Best for Quick Workouts
$24.99 per month, $169.99 per year Android or iOS app, desktop, Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, Apple TV Strength, sculpt, meditation, dance, barre, kids, cycling, yoga, prenatal/postnatal, pilates, bounce (i.e. trampoline classes), cardio boxing, HIIT
Les Mills
Best for Athletes
$14.99 per month, $35.97 per three months, or $89.88 a year Android or iOS app, desktop, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, PS4, Apple TV, Xbox One, iPad Types of cycling classes include RPM, HIIT on a bike, beginner rides, and standard climbs. Other classes include strength training, yoga fusion, high-intensity interval training, core conditioning, step aerobic, indoor cycling, martial arts, dance fitness, kids and teen classes
Gaia
Best for Stress
$11.99 per month, $99 per year, or
$299 for Events+
Android or iOS app, desktop, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire Yoga, meditation, fitness, and Pilates
Booya Fitness
Best for HIIT
$9.99 per month, 
$99.99 per year
Android or iOS app, desktop, smart TVs Barre, dance, HIIT, cardio, yoga, ballet, Pilates, bodyweight, boot camp, cardio barre, cardio kickbox, cardio yoga, core, posture, prenatal, sports conditioning, strength-based yoga, strength conditioning, stretch & restore, trampoline cardio, yoga boxing
STEEZY
Best for Dance
$20 per month,
$100 per year
Android or iOS app, desktop, Chromecast Dance
Yoga International
Best for Yoga
$19.99 per month,
$199 per year for basic,  $499 per year for premium
Android or iOS app, desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Yoga, meditation

Guide for Choosing the Best Online Fitness Classes

How to Choose an Online Fitness Class

In order to choose the best online fitness class to meet your needs, first, consider what you value most in a workout program. Are you committed to achieving a certain goal, or are you simply trying to stay fit on a budget? Do you want to avoid purchasing equipment? Do you want to improve your dance skills? Your priorities should help guide you to the perfect online fitness class for you. Once you narrow down your list, look for the online fitness class providers that tick the most boxes on your list

Compare Online Workout Subscriptions

Wondering how to choose the best online fitness class? When comparing online workout subscriptions, the trick is to keep these factors in mind.

  • Cost: Much like purchasing a gym membership, make sure you stay within your budget and choose an option that provides the most bang for your buck.
  • Live or On-Demand: If you prefer working out with a live instructor and other community members, you'll likely enjoy a service that offers live-streamed classes. On-demand classes should work fine for those who prefer to go solo.
  • Program reputation: As with all things, it never hurts to read reviews. Look for things like how user-friendly the platform and app are, what levels the videos cater to, and how easy it is to cancel your subscription.
  • Type of courses offered: Some online classes cater to a single type of exercise, such as yoga, while others offer an assortment. Check that the program you're interested in matches your fitness goals and workout preferences.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Online Fitness Classes Effective?

We asked an expert if online fitness classes are effective. "Yes, in my opinion, the most effective aspect of online fitness classes is that it allows you to track your progress," says performance and functional movement coach Keith Hodges, founder of Mind In Muscle Coaching in Los Angeles (CPT, FRCms CES).

Hodges points out you can sync your classes with your Fitbit, Apple Watch, whoop strap, or another fitness tracker. You can also meet other folks who have the same goals to keep each other accountable. That can lead to some amazing results and friendships.

Most of all, online fitness classes are only effective as long as you have the motivation to show up and press play.

Do I Need Equipment for Online Fitness Classes?

Not all classes require equipment. Most try to use as few props as possible with the idea that many individuals will be working out from a space where equipment is lacking. However, having some equipment (yoga mat, free weights, foam roller) can help you be more successful in your at-home workouts.

"It's always great to have a mat, water bottle, towel, and yoga blocks. Some classes will incorporate resistance training and will require dumbbells/kettlebells, mini bands, and resistance bands (with a handle attachment)," Hodges recommends.

How Much Do Online Fitness Classes Cost?

Online fitness classes have a wide range of prices, from $9.99 a month to $499 for a year. There are often different subscription types, such as monthly or annually. Additionally, many online workout programs have tiered levels of subscriptions, offering additional features to the higher tiers.

What's the Benefit of Online Fitness Classes vs. In-Person?

Online fitness classes are an excellent way to get in a great workout from the comfort of your home. Whether you're worried about rubbing sweaty elbows in a packed class or don't have the time to drive to the gym every day, in-home options are convenient for staying on top of your physical health and mental well-being.

"Online fitness classes are less expensive than most gym memberships, give you one-on-one training, and are more accessible to you, allowing you to complete a workout when your schedule permits it," explains Hodges. Online classes don't offer the personal attention you'd get from in-person classes.

Methodology

Shape looked at over 20 different online fitness classes. We disqualified some for not having clear billing information, not including certified personal trainers, and some were too niche (like a barre-only class).

We considered numerous factors when choosing the best online fitness classes. For example, we checked classes for certified personal trainers who are experts at instructing classes, whether the apps offered live classes and a variety of workouts, if it is easy to find the membership and class costs, and last if there was a customer service contact.

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