Gone are the days of drawing little red smiley faces in your planner on the dates your friend Flo was in town. Tech has given tracking your menstrual cycle and many other aspects of women’s health an upgrade.
The world of online fitness is wild, tough to navigate, and constantly changing.
Sure, there are millions of free workout videos on YouTube, but how do you even possibly begin to choose one that’s actually high-quality, delivers the kind of workout you want, and is the right length? And many big deal platforms—like CosmoBody and NBC’s Radius—have come and gone faster than rest periods during HIIT. And who’s really motivated to squat and burpee next to their couch, anyway?
A new site, Forte Fitness, aims to solve for these issues, by making at-home workouts as curated and compelling as visiting a boutique fitness studio—because you basically are doing just that.
Forte sets up discreet camera systems inside popular workout studios in cities like New York and Miami and then livestreams classes to viewers all over the world, so you can attend in real time (or pull from a library of recorded classes whenever you want). The concept delivers the fun factor and group energy of boutique fitness without the high prices or time needed to get to and from your workout studio.
I gave Forte a try to see if it would make me want to lunge around my living room on a more consistent basis. Here are three things you need to know.
There’s a LOT of Variety
Many popular studios like Tracy Anderson, DanceBody, and Peloton (if you’ve got the bike!), already do the livestream thing on their own, so if you’re devoted to one sweat style, those may be a better option. But if you like to mix things up, Forte’s got nearly every option covered, with around 1500 classes from nine studios at the moment, which cover boxing, strength-training, dance, cycling, yoga, and more. There aren’t a ton of big-name brands aside from a few like Aerospace and Exhale, but they’re adding new studios and classes every day. Workouts are also organized in a way that’s really user-friendly. You can search by style, length, equipment needed, or a specific coach or studio.
Streaming Has Both Pros and Cons
The quality of the videos is very good, but you’re dropping into a studio class (even if you choose a pre-recorded version) so remember that you’ll also be looking at others exercising in the class, not just the instructor, which can be a little strange at first if you’re used to more traditional at-home workouts. I did a yoga class and felt a little distracted by some people in front of the camera who were struggling with poses and would have preferred to just see the instructor demo-ing in that scenario. However, you get the energy of the class via this style, which is often the more important factor when it comes to actually showing up to sweat.
It’s a Great Value
At $39 for the month or $188 for the year, a monthly membership is just slightly more than what a single class would cost you in person at many studios in New York and Los Angeles. Not to mention the cost of your Metrocard/Uber/Gas to get you to class and back. Overall, that seems like a really good deal to me.
Have you tried Forte or other streaming workout platforms? Which do you use and why do you like them? Share, in the comments below!
The idea of using an app for meditation seems pretty counterintuitive.
After all, many of the reasons we’re distracted and disconnected have to do with technology. We’re bombarded with screens and texts and emails and notifications (ding! buzz!)… finding mental space in the midst of it all can be pretty freakin’ challenging.
Meditation, of course, can help with all of that, but because of all of that, it can be hard to find time to actually fit it into your day to, you know, sit still.
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You GUYZZZ it’s finally here: The feature on my home in Good Freakin’ Housekeeping! This feature is so meaningful to me in so many ways: Not only does my house look SO pretty (thank you, GH styling department!), but the whole story really encapsulates my philosophy about technology: That it should be chosen selectively, used to simplify life, and it shouldn’t involve sacrificing style. And it’s called, “A Pretty Smart Home”… see what they did there?! Love a good double-entendre.
I will never forget where I was when the towers fell on September 11th: I was on my living room sofa, glued to every second of the coverage. I remember the feeling of wanting to rub my eyes to ensure what I was seeing was real. My heart pounded out of my chest: I was safe in my home on the other side of the country, yet felt so panicked, vulnerable, assaulted.
I was holding Spencer, who was just 4 months old, wondering if he could feel the tension, the emotion, the air that felt like it had been sucked out of the room. We were a new family, still in the throes of how to be parents, still trying to orient ourselves around this new person that had come to into our lives. Our little world had just forever changed, and on September it was clear that the world outside our little home would also never be the same.
In the late 90s, when online and mobile shopping first started to build steam, consumers were skeptical, including me. Why would I shell out cash for duds that I couldn’t try on in person? If it was pricey, even worse— I needed to feel the material, and evaluate the fit before I could pull the trigger. And shoes? Crazy! You need to try those puppies on! All things I might have said while holding a Auntie Annie’s pretzel, then disappearing into a J. Crew.