What It Is: Online video workouts taught by experienced, certified instructors. Classes range from beginner to advanced and include basic cardio or strength in addition to all the latest fitness trends: BOSU, kettlebell, dance, HIIT, Tabata, Yoga Fusion and more.
Once you’re a member, you can hand-pick any workout in the FitnessGlo library and then schedule classes according to your goals. Or, follow along to one of FitnessGlo’s 8-week programs, where your daily exercise recommendations are conveniently laid out for you.
What You Might Not Know: You’ll need an internet connection to access the site and stream workouts through your computer. But you can also store up to 10 workouts at a time in the free FitnessGlo mobile app (Apple, Android). From there, classes will play offline. I appreciated this feature during my summer travel when I wanted to exercise in a hotel room without the hassle of sluggish and spendy hotel wifi.
Feelin’ the Love: As a fitness instructor, I’ve always been a reluctant home exerciser. I feed off the social energy of working out in a gym. (Yet, I’m an introvert. Go figure.)
I also get easily bored with most exercise DVDs. After the first viewing, it’s like watching a TV re-run—you already know how it ends. Plus the instructor’s cues, and, ugh, every blooper, are on repeat.
There is no boredom factor with FitnessGlo. It feels very fresh. The attractively designed, user-friendly site offers up a new class about every second day. Videos range from 5 minutes (mostly stretch and core) to 60 minutes.
I loved being able to slip on fitness shoes, set up my iPad Mini on the bedroom dresser, close the door (no dogs, no kids), and bust out a 20- or 30-minute workout in the early evening before dinner rush-hour.
The quickie classes are a selling point, but that alone wouldn’t hold my interest if the trainers and class programming were just OK. I’m pretty picky.
Looking at the line-up of FitnessGlo instructors, I can vouch for them as professionals who know what’s what. All are top teachers in the fitness industry; they’re the ones training other trainers.
The instruction is clear and polished, but the workouts feel natural, like a live fitness class. The classes are shot in one continuous take, so if you’re pushing through a tough exercise, chances are so is the instructor. In fact, I was reassured to notice FitnessGlo trainers looking just as out of breath as I was at times!
I felt good (a relative term) doing the exercises—they’re creative but still safe and effective—and have ended up teaching half a dozen FitnessGlo moves in my fitness classes.
For my own workouts, I’m partial to strength, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and the BOSU Balance Trainer, so I stuck mostly with those formats led by this trifecta of instructor-awesomeness: Amy Dixon, Alex McLean and Jeffrey Scott. Sweaty hat tip to all three for the exercise ideas and inspiration.
If I Could Change One Thing: You can search workouts by level, teacher, duration and style (step, cardio, lower body strength, etc.),
but not equipment. Scratch that. Turns out once you select any of the variables listed above from the main navigation bar, you can filter by equipment. I think it would be handy, though, if equipment was also searchable from the main navigation.
My average visit to FitnessGlo was 1-2 times per week, so it crossed my mind that per-class payment might be nice (like how you can buy a $1.99 song on iTunes). Still. It’s hard to justify such a request. FitnessGlo’s $12/month membership for unlimited classes costs basically the same as or less than dropping in to a gym just one time. And the membership is good motivation to exercise regularly.
Should You Try It? Yes. Start with their 15-day free trial; FitnessGlo.com