I'm not ashamed to admit that when my work-life balance gets a little off-kilter, the first thing to go is my fitness routine. An early morning meeting means cutting a class short, whereas a midweek function sees me skipping Pilates altogether. Lazy, yes—but that's all about to change.
The latest workout trend isn't restricted by timetables, work schedules or gym opening hours—nay, you can sweat at 3 a.m. if you like. Much like we have online streaming services to satisfy our every SATC binge, we now have access to on-demand workouts. These subscription-based services allow busy women to exercise in their homes, offices or parks, without the need for a gym membership.
Australian ex-dancer Simone de la Rue has quite the celebrity fan club—her signature brand of dance cardio is loved by Bridget Malcolm, Taylor Swift and Chrissy Teigen, to name a few. The Body by Simone program involves fun, high-energy cardio classes with dedicated Pilates-style ab and arm work, and can be done anywhere via Simone TV. Expect lean limbs and insane core strength—all without injury, or ever getting bored.
Cost: From $15 per month
Best known as Gwyneth Paltrow's fitness guru, Tracy Anderson takes no prisoners. Focusing on creating lean, strong bodies, the Tracy Anderson Method online program includes a new video release every Workout Wednesday, as Tracy shares a real in-class experience complete with trainer tutorial.
Cost: From $90 per month
I mean, if it's good enough for Lara Worthington...Mary Helen Bowers' Ballet Beautiful includes a range of videos designed to target specific areas, including Swan Arms, Ballet Baby, cardio and toning, post-natal and Supermodel. Or, you can attend a "live" class with Bowers herself. With the ethos "artistic, athletic, attainable", you'll be prancing your way to long, lithe limbs in no time.
Cost: From $10 per video
You'll be hard-pressed to find a girl who hasn't tried, or at least heard of, Kayla Itsines' Bikini Body Guide. The 5.7 million-strong community shares its #BBGprogress online, and as the women in our office can testify, it's no walk in the park. Expect high-intensity, dynamic moves that will have you feeling the burn for days to come.
Cost: From $5 per week
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