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You know how it goes: The days get shorter, the temperature drops and any and all exercise motivation goes down the drain. Unless we want to drop almost $40 for a workout class after work, getting our butts to the gym requires a lot more than the promise of six-pack abs and a rush of endorphins.
But as the holidays ramp up, and so do the holiday meals, how else are we going to stay true to a fitness routine?
Luckily, there are a ton of top-rated apps for every kind of workout, whether it's barre or kickboxing, for a fraction of what a boutique class costs. Best of all, we can do it straight from our living room. Check out some of our favorites below!
DANCE CARDIO: Megan Roup's The Sculpt Society
Celebrity trainer Megan Roup has made a name for herself training stars like Shay Mitchell and Shanina Shaik, as well Victoria's Secret Angels like Elsa Hosk and Jasmine Tookes, but the NYU Tisch alum's biggest accomplishment is the launch of her new workout app, The Sculpt Society, last month.
Roup, whose class is one of the most in-demand in New York City, sought to recreate dance cardio into a more attainable and less intimidating class for non-dancers. Members become part of a 4-week workout program each month and can take part in a huge library of classes, which range from 5 to 50 minutes on dance, sculpt, abs and more. New videos are released weekly and the app has plans for a live in-studio workout soon. And the best part is, while Megan does the workouts with equipment, all exercise can be modified without gear.
YOGA AND PILATES: Melissa Wood Health
As a mother-of-two, Melissa Wood Tepperberg knows how hard it is for parents and caregivers to take time out of their daily schedules for just themselves, whether it's meditation or merely 20 minutes of yoga. Tepperberg, who is a certified health coach as well as a yoga and pilates teacher, bases the MWH Method on community building, meditation and self love. For her, it's not about hours on the treadmill or the calories burned, but about slow and controlled Pilates-inspired movements.
"The MWH Method, which is a series of precise low impact movements that I started seeing beautiful long, lean lines throughout my entire body. I believe the beauty of my method is that it’s not just about building a body you desire…it’s about building a better, stronger relationship with yourself," she says.
HIGH INTENSITY TRAINING (HIIT): Kayla Itsines' Sweat with Kayla
Australian personal trainer Kayla Itsines has become a mega-influencer over the past eight years for her hugely successful Bikini Body Guides, helping 30 million women jumpstart their fitness journey with 28-minute workouts. Whether training in your living room or at the gym, Kayla offers a weekly schedule for three different types of BBG-goers, no matter a beginner, a BBG veteran or new mom. The app also features a nutrition plan, meal guides and a place to log all of your progress.
If that's not enough to sway you, Kayla's program is the number one rated workout app for women and features nearly 20,000 ratings in Apple's app store.
KICK BOXING: Jillian Michaels
The fitness trainer's top-rated app features a lot of different workouts, from HITT to yoga, but ultimately we think Michaels' app is one of the best for kickboxing. In addition to the expansive selection of classes (over 800 of them!), the program offers customized workout and diet plans and calorie counts. You can also select specific programs, like exercises to target your booty, arms and abs, and subscribers receive access to select titles from the trainers' popular workout DVD library.
Whether you're already far along in your workout journey or just need a little motivation, Michaels' program caters to all levels. Equipment varies depending on each exercise.
BARRE: TONE IT UP
Like Michael's app, Tone It Up features a variety of different workouts, including HITT, strength, cardio and kickboxing, but the barre program is of the most popular. Started by trainers Karena and Katrina, the program features on-demand workouts with professional trainers and offers weekly workout schedules, recipes and meal plans. It's also a good option for those who are pregnant or have recently given birth, as the app offers a comprehensive fitness plan for new moms!
Equipment also varies depending on each exercise.