Best training apps to download: Ritual Anywhere, Les Mills On Demand, No Sweat, and more
Home sweat home
Gyms and fitness studios are partially closed again — a real bummer. So we're back to circuit breaker-era home workouts (it's been a whole year!), but as we experienced before, you can still burn those calories even while being stuck indoors. Exercise isn't limited to the gym; we can do it pretty much anytime, anywhere. This time, we're fully prepared with the right resources to keep our bodies in tip-top shape.
Over the past year, new training apps have been birthed by existing gyms and fitness brands, a snappy solution in response to the pandemic. For starters, they have turned working out at home into an organised endeavour. They also hold us accountable and meticulously track our progress as we go along. And now that we're bracing ourselves to get back into our sweat sessions at home, we have a plethora of options to choose from.
From strength exercises to boxing, there's something for everyone. These are the apps that we are keeping stored on our devices.
With Alo Moves, you won't be missing out on yoga practices in studio. This app features thousands of video classes taught by world-class instructors, allowing you to stretch in the comfort of your home. From Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha and Yin to Pre-Natal, Restorative, Meditation and Barre, new sessions are included in your account weekly for you to explore different skills.
You can also choose classes according to difficulty levels or intensity to find the right fit. Make slow and steady progress — you'll eventually master all the techniques that will help you find your flow and rejuvenate your mind.
If paying for workouts turns you off, try FitOn. Not only are their home exercise videos free, you'll also get work out with celebrity trainers such as Jeanette Jenkins, Katie Dunlop, Christine Bullock and many more. Set up personalised fitness goals to lose weight or gain muscle. To get a motivation boost, share your fitness results on FitOn's leaderboard and compete with other users to rise up to the top.
Their extensive collection of workouts will add some diversity to your routine, keeping exercises fresh. Tired of cardio? Switch it up and work on abs the next day. Or take a break by clicking on their meditation videos. The choice is in your hands, so let's sweat it out!
Workout for Women
Ladies, this is for you. Workout for Women has exercises specifically tailored for females to help those looking to tone up. Squeeze in as little time as 7 minutes into your busy schedule for a heart-pumping routine that achieves maximum results! Three words: Quick, easy and effective. In just 30 days, you'll be able to get rid of body fat and lose weight. Select beginner-friendly workouts, or if you’re feeling ambitious, head straight to the advanced classes. Their exercises target all the important body parts: butt, glutes, core, legs, arms, back, thigh gap. The app also links to Apple Health to track your progress in terms of reaching your goals, as well as the number of calories burned.
Ritual stands as one of the first and fastest gyms to roll out an interactive app since stay-home notices were sanctioned last year. And boy does this app stays true to its name. Their HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts deliver the same amount of power and endurance in their signature 30-minute sessions. Ritual Anywhere allows you to experience your personalised HIIT session from home, with their workouts adapted for any place, with any type of equipment (or even none at all).
The plaform weaves in an integrated timer, customised user settings to fit your individual fitness goals (e.g to get stronger or burn fat), as well as checkpoints to assess your fitness level and work up a tailor-made fitness regimen just for you. There's no excuse to not break a sweat with this nifty download.
Tyen Rasif, personal trainer and host of Clicknetwork's fitness show "No Sweat", launched a training app that lets you in on customised fitness programmes. What sets this one apart from the rest, you ask? Well, Tyen's app allows you to sign up for four- week, twelve-week and one year plans respectively, to better cater to your short and long-term fitness goals. You decide your level of commitment and stick to it, giving you a sense of accomplishment when she fills in your individual assessments for you at the end of each journey.
Train: At Home
Trying out boxing may be intimidating for first-timers, but UBX Training brings its signature training methodology to your home. The strength and boxing franchise from Australia (known as 12RNDS) has recently opened up a branch on our shores at Holland Village, and now an app has been launched in the same vein. Going through their 12-round structure of training, each lasting 3 minutes with 30 seconds of rest in between, you'll find that getting your body in peak fighting shape is a lot more manageable than you thought.
With emphasis on form and movement, the UBX Train: At Home app guides you through every single round, making sure that you're able to clock in those minutes of HIIT boxing from home. Experience their in-club routines at home while playing upbeat boxing tracks of your choice, no fancy equipment needed.
Les Mills On Demand
For the uninitiated, Les Mills is a New Zealand company striving to see a fitter planet, providing licensed workout routines to fitness clubs and gyms. With their app, Les Mills On Demand, you can now get access to all of their online workouts — including yoga, strength, cardio, HIIT, dance and more. All workout routines were scientifically developed to promise you results that you can achieve from home. Whether you're a beginner or a certified fitness junkie, Les Mills has 3-12 week workout plans for you to choose from.
Imagine having world-class instructors push and motivate you through each and every workout, while being able to choose the kind of equipment to use during these workouts. Live fitness classes are also offered for those wanting to engage in virtual interactions in real time.