Even with sales slowing in the wake of the pandemic, the home fitness equipment industry is expected to experience significant growth over the coming years — from $14 billion in 2021 to nearly $22 billion by 2028 — according to data he published. Research and Markets.
But not everyone can afford to buy expensive equipment, and many also do not have space for a treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical device.
As a result, streaming video fitness classes are a popular alternative, usually in the form of an app that you can access on multiple devices, often with no equipment required. This is ideal for business travelers as well, who may want to work out in their hotel room before heading out for the day.
“The portability of fitness apps that can be used on the go, anytime and anywhere, adds even more appeal,” says Tim Bajarin, a veteran technology analyst and chairman of the market research firm San Jose, California. creative strategiesin an interview with USA TODAY.
“For the majority of people who don’t want to spend their hard-earned money on expensive exercise equipment, these fitness software apps can help them keep fit at a much lower cost,” Bajarin adds, which he says has added virtual reality (VR). The fitness app, Liteboxer, for his routine. “Exercising in virtual reality could be the next big frontier in fitness programs.”
Peloton is not just equipment
While at-home fitness giants like Peloton are integrating video trainers with exercise equipment, it’s also very popular. Peloton app ($12.99 per month after 30-day free trial) Can be used with or without home devices, and can be accessed on multiple devices: iPhone, iPad, Android phones, Android tablets, Fire tablets, Android TV, Fire TV, Apple TV or Roku or the web.
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“Connected fitness has changed the way people approach and prioritize their physical and mental health,” says Tom Cortez, Peloton co-founder and chief product officer, in a statement provided to USA TODAY. “Consumers now have the opportunity to seek out services that accommodate and support their lifestyle, and provide convenience, accessibility and flexibility, while also providing personalized and engaging experiences.”
A Peloton App membership gives access to thousands of live and on-demand classes, covering many types of exercise, including indoor cycling, running, walking, boot camps, strength, yoga, outdoor audio-only classes, and curated music.
“Our app gives you the power and motivation to experience Peloton, really, anywhere,” adds Cortez. “It’s a key product in our portfolio that allows new and existing members to benefit from thousands of high-energy classes from expert coaches.”
Similar to an All-Access membership for $44 per month (required with Peloton equipment), you can see metrics and track performance to motivate you, plus you can see other members taking the same class as you.
Note: All-Access membership in Peloton gives you access to the Peloton App, at no additional charge, but not the other way around.
+ Apple Fitness on the right track to success
Launched in late 2020 during the pandemic, Apple Fitness + ($9.99 per month or $79.99 per year) is an Apple-exclusive service that provides access to thousands of 4K video and audio exercises, led by expert trainers, from five to 45 minutes per piece.
Workouts include walking, running, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), strength training, yoga, Pilates, cycling, dancing, rowing, and more — even guided meditation — and each has music playlists. Apple says new workouts and meditations are being added every week.
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Apple Fitness+ supports up to five family members per subscription, and works on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch (with custom metrics captured on your wrist). If you buy an Apple Watch, Apple Fitness+ is free for three months.
While most classes don’t require any equipment, for some you may need things like a yoga mat, dumbbells, indoor cycling bike, rowing machine, or treadmill. You can use any type of equipment.
Apple Fitness + can be found in the center tab of the Fitness app on the iPhone, while the wearer will find Apple Watch Fitness + Audio Workouts in the Workout app and Fitness + Audio Meditation in the Mindfulness app. iPad users will need to download the Fitness app from the App Store, which is available on Apple TV.
Fun Fact: Peloton chirp On the day Apple announced Fitness+, “Friendly competition is at our core. Welcome to the world of digital fitness, Apple.”
Other video streaming options for fitness enthusiasts
From countless (and free) YouTube videos by personal trainers and fitness trainers to national fitness clubs offering virtual workouts (including Planet Fitness And the good life Fitness), there’s no shortage of online video streaming lessons – and any device to rely on.
Even Roku, the popular video streaming platform, offers Several hundred fitness (and mindfulness) channels To watch, including free and paid services.
Other popular choices for live and/or on-demand fitness classes include the Daily Burn (Android And the iOS), Nike training clubObé Fitness (Android And the iOS), Fitness PopsugarAnd the Beach body on request And the fitness mixerFor example, but not limited.
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