If you want to get your body into beach-ready shape without forking out wads of cash for a gym membership, the internet offers a slew of at-home fitness programs, from yoga to high-intensity interval training, that should do the job.
Most programs keep required gear to a minimum and offer sessions to fit with any schedule, and save you the hassle of traveling to a gym or fitness studio. While you'll need plenty of commitment to see results, here are a few sites that offer a variety of programs to keep your workouts fresh and motivating.
1. Daily BurnFor $10, DailyBurn subscribers can access multiple class schedules on varying platforms, including iPad and Roku. The site offers seemingly infinite variety, from kettle bell workouts to dancing, with programs ranging from 15 to 60 minutes. Free trial is offered for 30 days.http://dailyburn.com
2. WelloIf you find exercising at home a little lonely, Wello lets you sign up for online group or private workouts via a live webcam with a certified instructor. Classes range from general fitness to power yoga to rehab courses, and users can select from an array of vetted instructors. Prices start at $10 a class. https://www.wello.co
3. Ballet Beautiful Ballerina-infused fitness is having its moment -- and one woman at the forefront is former American prima ballerina Mary Helen Bowers, who famously resculpted actress Natalie Portman's physique for her role in the film "Black Swan." Take a private or group class with Bowers via her website, with classes starting at $35 or $280 for a month of unlimited classes. http://www.balletbeautiful.com
4. YogaGlo If you are short on time or cash to attend a yoga class at your local studio, YogaGlo offers a host of top-notch courses in a variety of styles, from Ashtanga to Vinyasa, from first-rate instructors, and even guest instructors such as celebrity yogi Seane Corn. Price is $18 a month, with a 15-day trial period. http://www.yogaglo.com
5. Flirty Girl Fitness For a $15 monthly pass, you can take women's-only training classes, including bootcamp, boxing, sculpting, and Pilates. A seven-day pass is $10. http://www.flirtygirlfitnesslive.com
6. DailyHIIT This free site posts a new high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout every day. Each workout lasts about eight minutes and relies on maximum effort for efficiency. Expect some pain, and most likely fast results. http://www.dailyhiit.comWatch a sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0K_pzbaxKswjw/cm