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Feel more like hibernating than going to a spinning class? These home workouts make it much easier to squeeze in the exercise.

It’s January – the prime time to turn over a new leaf and kick-start a new exercise regime. But it’s also cold and dark outside, making staying at home much more appealing than heading out to the gym. This is where the amazing new variety of home workouts come in.

Almost every forecast we’ve seen this year says 2019 is the year of the remote training workout. Ebay has also reported a surge in sales of home equipment such as dumbbells, increasing by 50% in early January.

“It’s a misconception that you won’t work as hard at home as you do in the gym – but if you’re mentally prepared to get a good workout, then you will,” says Steve Tansey, Head of Research and Development at fitness brand Les Mills UK. “As long as you have no distractions, enough floor space and determination to put in your best, the workout and instructor will push you the rest of the way.”

Here are six of the best home workouts to get you started…


What is it? A fitness app that live streams workouts to your phone, tablet or TV. If you join the Premier programme you get a wearable Fiit tracker that allows you to track heart rate, calories and reps – so you can’t cheat.

Workout type: Cardio, strength training and balancing workouts like yoga.

Cost: It’s free to join the workouts but if you want the tracker device and personalised training plans, memberships start at £10 a month.

How to get started: Download the Fiit interactive app. Android support is coming – sign up online to be notified when it arrives.


2. 4-minute HIIT home workouts

What is it? Vitality’s own HIIT workout – led by Virgin Active trainer Hannah Davies. They last just 4 minutes but you’ll feel it.

Workout type: HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and it combines short bursts of fast exercise with short bursts of recovery.

Cost: Free.

How to get started: Simply click here and you’ll go straight to it.


3. Workout with Julia

What is it? An online gym with 30-40 minute workouts led by fitness trainer Julia Buckley. They’re tough but easily adapted to your fitness level.

Workout type: Strength training and toning.

Cost: Normally £10 a month but this year it’s free.

How to get started: Click here to sign up. You can play the workouts on computer, phone or tablet.


4. Aaptiv

What is it? An audio workout app – perfect if you hate trying to look at a screen while you work out.

Workout type: More than 2,500 classes available – alongside guided workouts for outside runs, home exercise bikes and treadmills.

Cost: From £7.99.

How to get started: Download the app or sign up at aaptiv.com.


5. Les Mills On Demand

What is it? All the classes from Les Mills-affiliated gyms – available to do as home workouts. As it’s an on-demand service (rather than a live stream), you can also work out in your own time.

Workout type: Everything from cardio, HIIT training and even The Trip – Les Mills’s virtual reality spinning classes. There are also classes you can do with your kids.

Cost: £9.95 a month but there’s a 30-day free trial.

How to get started: Sign up here.



What is it? An app focusing solely on boxing workouts.

Workout type: Choose from 15-30 minute boxing home workouts focusing on upper body, lower body or go all out with its full-body session.

Cost: £9.99 a month or £35.99 for the year – but there’s a two-week free trial to see if you like it.

How to get started: Download the BOXX app. You’ll also need a set of 1kg dumbbells to give the moves some added punch (sorry!)


Vitality members can take advantage of discount memberships at Virgin Active, David Lloyd and Nuffield Health. Visit the Member Zone for more information on discounts and Vitality points.

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