What Happened To Exercise TV?
That’s a question a lot of people have been asking. December 7, 2011 was the day I realized that Exercise TV was gone. I wrote a short blog post mentioning how much I had relied on it and that I would miss it. I still get tons of hits on my blog every day from people that want to know what happened to Exercise TV.
I don’t think it’s coming back, so I’ve been working on putting together a list of some really good alternatives. I’ve received some great feedback and suggestions in the comments section of my blog and have compiled the following list of Exercise TV alternatives. I’d like to know if any of these will work for you.
Workouts on Demand – This site offers fitness classes that you have the option to stream or download. Classes include cardio kickboxing, step, low impact, dance, total body toning, killer abs, stability ball, Pilates, yoga and medicine ball. Workouts on Demand adds one or two new exercises a week.
The classes are taught by certified fitness instructors. You can watch short video clips of the various classes that are offered to get an idea of what you’re signing up for ahead of time.
Workout on Demand has three membership levels: Premier – $12.99/month, Value Plus – $11.99/month and Basic – $8.99/month. The Premier and Value Plus allow you to download an unlimited number of videos each month. I wasn’t able to determine how many downloads you have access to with the basic membership.
Fabs Cyber Fitness – Similar to Workouts on Demand, Fabs Cyber Fitness provides streaming videos of a variety of quality workouts including bootcamp, BOSU, cardio, core, dance, Pilates, step, studio cycling and personal training.
They also supply video previews of the classes. If you’re on a Mac (like me) you will have to download Windows Media Player to view them which was a little surprising.
Fabs is for the beginner as well as more advanced exerciser and supplies a custom 12 week program as well as nutrition programs. One month is $29.99/month. If you commit to a twelve month membership it is $19.99/month.
Slimtree – Includes over 100 videos and 1-minute and 5-minute streaming exercises. Workouts include the same variety as Fabs and Demand. Again, it appears as though a Windows operating system is required (or a download of Windows Media Player).
Slimtree is free unless you upgrade to full access which includes 12 months broadband gym membership, personal journals, calculators, articles, fast food calorie counter and tracker. I have no clue what that would cost. I didn’t sign up for the free membership because I’m on a Mac and think that in today’s world any on-line streaming video service should be compatible with the Apple product’s operating system.
Fitness Builder Powered by Pump One – Fitness Builder has over 750 workouts that are geared for the gym, home, hotel room and even outside. Each workout includes images, videos, audio coaching and text tips to explain how to perform exercises correctly. First you choose a goal and narrow down your options from there.
Fitness Building uses technology to make these applications available to phones, iPads, or web and allows you to build your own workouts by dragging and dropping images from the exercise library.
For no cost Fitness Builder will provide you 10 challenging workouts and 300 exercise images, and videos. You can create up to 20 of your own custom programs or unlimited workouts using the drag and drop builder.
Sign up for FB Plus – $29.99/month – for 750+ workouts, 5,600 images and videos, tracking and sharing. There are upgrades including Pro and PT that provide more perks at a higher cost if you’re interested.
You can download the Pump One app to your iPhone, Smartphone or iPad for free and access the videos for $4 each.
Flirty Girls Fitness Live – What you get here are Flirty Girl classes in real time. The live classes are left on the site for up to 24 hours for access. Flirty Girls stream their trademark classes like Bikini Boot Camp, Fabulously Firm, Sexy Scuplt and Pole Dance for viewers to participate in live or later on.
The best deal here is you can try it out for 24 hours only $5. A seven day pass is only $10 and the monthly passes are $15 with access to unlimited live and on demand classes.
BodyRock TV – Body Rock TV is a cutting edge fitness blog that posts a new workout routine or fitness challenge weekly, Monday through Friday. This is a site where the workouts and challenges are completely free, however donations are appreciated.
This site, unlike the others, is not a series of streaming workouts or video library with downloads. This is some hard core stuff and since they post the workouts on You Tube which allows sharing, I’ve embedded one of the workouts here. It’s pretty fascinating. I hope you’ll check it out.
iBodyfit – Free online workouts and exercise videos plus fitness tips. iBody Fit has at-home cardio, Pilates, yoga, abs, core and strength workouts plus plenty of fitness tips. You can watch all of the video clips for free.
A year’s subscription is $12.95 which includes workouts from beginner to advanced. The Premium Plus + has on-line personal training that includes custom workouts, nutrition planning and additional DVDs for $99 a month.
Some of the workouts are on You Tube and can be viewed here:
There are a variety of workout videos to choose from: beginner, body building, cardio, sports performance, weight loss, etc. and you can search the site for exercises specific to a body part – biceps for example.
If you like Has Fit on Facebook you can get updates of new workouts as they are posted.
What Are You Doing Now That Ex TV Is Gone?
I’ve mentioned Gaiam TV before. I’m a subscriber and so far have enjoyed having access to Gaiam’s video library and broadcasts. Also worth mentioning again are Stream Fit, and Live Exercise TV. Live Exercise TV has some awesome workouts that are free but require the purchase of a Bodylastics system (or compatible equipment) to effectively do the workouts.
What are you doing now that Exercise TV is gone? I would love to know your opinion on any of the above, or other streamlining/download services you’re accessing in place of Exercise TV.