I prefer to work out in the morning, but in the winter, there is no way in hell I'm dragging my butt out of bed at 6:45 a.m. when it's 20 degrees outside to walk to the gym. The Studio Tone It Up app, which gives me access to virtual workout classes that I can do in my living room, has been my savior this winter for keeping my fitness goals. Every day, you can take a different, brand-new virtual workout class through the app, and they do a good job of making sure you're not doing the same kind of workouts over and over again. One day you'll be doing a cardio-based HIIT class, the next you'll be focused on arms, and the next you could be doing a yoga class. Don't like the scheduled workout for the day? You can pick from dozens of on-demand videos in 10 different fitness categories (that are constantly updated) to take at any time.
The videos are usually only about 25 minutes long, but you get a GREAT workout every time. (Trust me, I'm usually dripping sweat by the end.) You will sometimes need dumbbells, kettlebells, an exercise ball, or booty bands for your workout, but many workouts require just your body or can be modified to be done without equipment. My roommate and I usually do these workouts at 7 a.m. in our tiny NYC apartment's living room while casting the videos to our TV, so trust us: They can be done anywhere, any time! The app also tracks how many days a week you work out, and you can use the app's messaging feature to connect with other members of the Tone It Up community.
For $12.99 a month, the Studio Tone It Up app is essentially a gym membership, personal trainer, and a catalog of boutique fitness classes all in your pocket. It's helped me feel stronger, more confident, and more energized, and having a community encouraging you during your fitness journey is honestly invaluable. If you're struggling to find a workout plan that is fun, challenging, and easy to use, the Studio Tone It Up app will become your best fitness friend. —Ciera Velarde
Get it for iOS from the iTunes store. The app is free to download and includes a seven-day trial of the premium app. After that, you can get unlimited access for $12.99/month or $83.99/year.