BEST FOR BOUTIQUE FITNESS FANS: 1Rebel
If strength, endurance and endorphins are your current fitness priorities, 1Rebel’s latest online offering, Rebel TV, is the one for you. Expect a whole host of strength and conditioning classes, all designed to raise the heart rate and provide a killer workout. If you can’t live without 1Rebel’s cult Reshape class, try doing one of the 20-minute weights workouts after a run – for extra burn, repeat the strength circuit twice. With sessions focusing on the lower body, core, chest and back, expect a full-body approach and real results. If you’re looking to mix it up, Rumble, 1Rebel’s boxing-inspired workout, is the perfect combination of cardio and strength.
THE DETAILS: Get a free five-day trial; from £15.99 per month thereafter.
BEST FOR SERIOUS STRENGTH: Centr
For those who take their health and fitness seriously, Centr, developed in collaboration with Chris Hemsworth’s trainers, health experts and nutritionists, is one to try. With a focus on weights and strength, it’s our top pick for those looking to burn fat and build lean muscle. The app boasts thousands of workouts, with options to follow a coach or images and clips to work at your own pace – plus, all workouts are available at beginner, intermediate and advanced level and last no longer than 30 minutes. There’s also no-nonsense nutritional advice and easy-to-follow meal plans that accommodate everything from veganism to gluten and dairy-free as well as meditation workshops.
THE DETAILS: Sign up for a free seven-day trial; then £15.49 a month. It’s also worth buying a skipping rope and some dumbbells, as you’ll need these for several of the workouts.
BEST FOR A 360 APPROACH: SWEAT With Kayla
When SWEAT upgraded from just BBG to BBG plus yoga and strength training, it became one of the world’s most popular fitness apps, renowned for its unique formula proven to torch fat, build muscle and calm the mind. Unlike the original BBG, SWEAT offers workouts from some of the world’s most in-demand trainers – think Kelsey Wells, Chontel Duncan and Stephanie Sanzo. If you’re a total beginner, try Kayla’s legendary BBG programme, which starts with an eight-week schedule to build a baseline fitness, while Stephanie’s Lifting At Home challenge is ideal for those looking to get strong without a gym. There’s even a post-natal programme aimed at re-building core strength and posture. The app also comes with a hydration tracker, healthy recipes, nutrition advice and more.
THE DETAILS: New customers who choose a monthly subscription are eligible for a free trial period; from £16.24 per month thereafter.
BEST FOR COMPETITIVE TYPES: Fiit
The Rolls Royce of at-home fitness, Fiit has taken the gym world by storm in recent years. Its online studio gets the gold star when it comes to instructors, class quality and variety of content. Membership comes with a heart-rate monitor strap, which displays your efforts on-screen and ranks you against fellow participants, ideal for both competitive types and those who need a dose of motivation. If it’s strength training you’re after, try Laura’s classes, which come packed with plenty of tips and tricks to help you perfect your technique. Feeling the DOMS by the end of the week? Sign up for a 40-minute mobility flow with Richie Norton, the perfect way to aid recovery.
THE DETAILS: If you’re looking to build strength, it’s worth investing in some basic kit to get going – think a medium to heavy kettlebell and a pair of dumbbells. Your first 14 days are free, from £10/month thereafter.
BEST FOR THE PT VIBES: AMP
If you’re struggling with motivation without access to the gym, AMP will help you fall in love with fitness all over again. Membership will grant you access to small group personal training sessions, held live throughout the week, as well as unlimited access to HIIT, strength and cardio sessions to do in your own time. When you sign up, you’ll also get a one-to-one assessment, which will help you make the most out of your workouts, especially if you have a history of injury or are prone to niggles. AMP is our top choice if you’re looking to feel stronger and more confident with your fitness – with or without a gym.
THE DETAILS: Get 30 days of access to AMPT TV – including unlimited live PT sessions plus unlimited access to on-demand workouts – for £149.
BEST FOR VARIETY: Psycle Strength
Luxe studio Psycle may be known for its high-energy spin classes, but it recently branched out into HIIT and strength offerings too, all of which come with the same mood-boosting playlists, top instructors and results. Psycle’s studios are shut for the foreseeable future, but it’s a different story over on their Instagram, where live classes take place daily and are then saved to their IGTV. The ‘Fit in 30’ series, which spans lower body, upper body, abs and HIIT, provides an intense, results-driven workout in just half an hour, while dedicated Strength classes are ideal for those with a set of dumbbells.
THE DETAILS: All workouts are free; minimal equipment is needed for the strength classes.
BEST FOR BEGINNERS: Zanna Van Dijk The Sculpt Guide
A comprehensive 12-week training programme including bodyweight and weighted options, PT and Adidas Global Ambassador Zanna Van Dijk’s Sculpt Guide is guaranteed to kickstart your fitness journey. More than a run-of-the-mill fat loss plan, it’ll teach you the basics of strength training as well as the importance of recovery, stress management and nutrition for optimal results. There are seven different workouts provided each week (you’re expected to do four or five) with moves laid out clearly using pictures and links to demonstration videos. Comprehensive, approachable and affordable, this programme is ideal for beginners.
THE DETAILS: The Sculpt Guide, available to download as a PDF, will set you back £35.
BEST FOR RESULTS: Gymshark
Gymshark may be known for its affordable, fashion-forward athleisure gear, but the brand’s app is also worth checking out. Unlike other online workouts, Gymshark puts your session in your hands – whether it’s a strength training programme, cardio plan or single-leg workout, you’re in charge of your sets and reps. Plus, with your workout history all in one place, it’s easy to track progress, making Gymshark ideal for those looking to set a PB. If you’re a total beginner and unsure where to start, there are plenty of ready-to-go programmes too, with comprehensive video and audio demonstrations to help you nail technique and form.
THE DETAILS: There’s plenty of content available for free, but the £4.99/month premium version will give you exclusive access to three and five-day plans from Gymshark athletes.
BEST FOR EQUIPMENT-FREE WORKOUTS: Freeletics
Developed by a former athlete and sports scientist, Freeletics champions equipment-free fitness – think burpees, lunges and squats – with a strong focus on building strength. With over 900 workout variations and sessions lasting between 10-30 minutes, there’s something for everyone and we guarantee you won’t get bored. The best bit? Freeletics’ intelligent algorithm means workouts will get progressively harder as your fitness and strength increase, making it a foolproof way to get fit without a PT or gym.
THE DETAILS: Free, or from £2.16 per week for the premium Coach version, which allows you to build a bespoke training schedule depending on your fitness and goals.
*Features published by SheerLuxe are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. Always seek the advice of your GP or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health-related programmes.