How Digital Fitness Is Changing The At-Home Workout Game In 2018

Ditch the drive to the gym in favor of killer workouts at home.

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It’s 2018, and you can have pretty much anything delivered right to your home and find any movie or TV show streaming in an instant. We’ve come to expect our services to come to us—no need to get in the car and drive somewhere (or even put on pants and a bra for that matter). So when can we expect the fitness world to grab hold of the instant-gratification trend? That time is now. You may not be able to afford (or even want) your own personal trainer to come to your house every day to design a workout for whatever your mood or goals might be. But now, with advances in the digital fitness market, you can have the next best thing: unlimited variations of studio fitness classes streaming directly to your home—many with no special equipment required.

Go somewhere with Peloton.

Even though you may not cover a single mile riding a Peloton exercise bike, that doesn’t mean you’re not getting anywhere. From a new kind of high-tech spin bike that was originally funded on Kickstarter to an international tool of choice for at-home workout devotees, Peloton has made its mark on the digital fitness industry. Using the bike’s large, wifi-enabled screen, subscribers can tune in to the hit of energy that comes from taking part in a live spin class coming to you via streaming video from New York City. Users can also choose from a catalog of pre-recorded classes. Peloton has tapped in to the market for high-quality studio fitness on your schedule, in your own home. And they’re not the only ones. Now other companies, such as Flywheel and Equinox Tier X, are following suit.

The future is digital.

Fitness buffs and beginners alike are going digital. In fact, a recent market research report on opportunities in the global digital fitness market states that “the global digital fitness market is expected to reach an estimated $27.4 billion by 2022.” These figures include wearable tech like Fitbits (I’m got mine on!) and Motiv Rings, as well as “smart clothing,” digital equipment like Peloton Bikes, fitness apps, and streaming fitness subscriptions.

HIIT your workout goals at home with ClassPass.

There are many websites offering on-demand fitness classes, but a forthcoming service from ClassPass (the subscription service to basically every fitness studio in your city) now aims to provide that specialized boutique fitness studio energy and attention in real time from the company’s studio in Brooklyn, New York, to in-home viewers.   The new service, called ClassPass Live, will be released in “early 2018,” according to Business Insider. It will focus on high-intensity interval training (HIIT) content at first and is expected to cost $15 per month for new members. At-home HIIT warriors will consistently be able to access new live content coming to wherever their corner of the earth is. The company hasn’t yet shared any plans to make the platform open to uploads from fitness influencers outside of their in-house team, but the possibilities do seem boundless. And if you’re looking to get in some HIIT time before that service launches, be sure to visit our HIIT video series. We’ve got you covered!

Cammy Pedroja
Cammy is a freelance writer and journalist living in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter. Cammy specializes in lifestyle, women’s issues, wellness, and pop culture topics. A background in academia in publishing has made her a skilled researcher, with experience working in the editorial departments of such places as The New Yorker and Narrative Magazine. With an MFA from Columbia University and a nearly finished PhD, her work has appeared widely across publications like HuffPost, USA Today, Parent, The List, FIELD, and New England Review.