By David Jenkins
Whether you enjoy high intensity workouts, group fitness or need variety to keep your progress going, there are at-home fitness program options for you. Here are my top fitness apps and platforms to help you choose your program.
Freeletics is a bodyweight fitness app that has tons of free features as well as paid options. It is available on iOS and Android devices.
Here is what you can expect with Freeletics: a weekly workout with a comment and like section similar to social media, dozens of free workout plans with filters to help you narrow results, as well as the option for personal training and coaching.
Freeletics also has two additional features that make it a great app under our current circumstances. Each workout earns you points, which increases your profile level; it’s a great way to track progress and aid in goal setting as it gives you something to look forward to and a challenge.
The app also features informational videos coined “Mindset Coaching,” where you can listen to guidance videos on training, mind, health and nutrition.
FIU WRC - The FIU Wellness and Recreation Center (WRC) has dedicated much of its recent content toward group fitness and at-home techniques to exercise, some of which is hosted on its YouTube channel. Look for a growing collection of informative fitness videos that can be recreated from the comfort of your home.
24 Hour Fitness - This channel has “24GO LIVE,” which gives you 24/7 access to live at-home workouts and a community to help stay fit during these unique times. The live feed provides zumba, spartan, full body, pop pilates, senior workouts and more every day.
@fiuhlp (FIU's Healthy Living Program); Diet is a part of your fitness program as is your overall wellbeing. The Healthy Living Program (HLP) presents information that can aid in your search particularly if you are interested in the yoga and meditation realm of fitness. You likely will not derive your program from the HLP Instagram but the information can be best used to supplement the program you decide on.
@Ncsf_certified has very diverse options as far as what aspect of fitness you would like to train or learn about. The page represents the National Council on Strength and Fitness, a nationally accredited fitness certification agency. This page is best for advanced gym goers, powerlifters, athletes and fitness professionals.
FIU’s knowledgeable and certified fitness professionals are providing options for online personal training for new and existing patrons. Sessions are held via Zoom and are available to non-members as well. Check the Wellness and Recreation Center website for upcoming events.
Giah Fitness is a gym that offers virtual community workouts via Zoom. Their paid guided workouts and group classes are offered daily. The gym also offers two free Zoom sessions per week, Sundays at 2 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m., allowing gym goers to maintain interpersonal connections while they exercise. Additionally, Giah Fitness hosts Facebook live group training sessions as well. Details about dates can be found on their social media pages, @Giahfitness.
David Jenkins is a certified personal trainer with a bachelor’s degree in sports and fitness. He specializes in weight management and sports skills and has experience in exercise for musculoskeletal injury prevention and rehabilitation. His fitness philosophy is "change your body, change your mind."