From Live Classes to Aaptiv
If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that my initial fitness journey started with a new job. After almost two years of four-hour round trips to and from work, I was thrilled to start working in an office only a few subway stops from my apartment. Losing the long commute gave me new flexibility and allowed me to build a fitness routine that was largely based on attending classes, first at Evolve Fitness and subsequently at Equinox. And, for a while, this worked for me! I lost over 30 pounds and gained a love for working out. So why did I move over to Aaptiv?
With another new job, beginning this past February, began another adjustment period. With two Equinox locations within five blocks of my office, I started working out during lunchtime. Once I became more mindful of the time I was spending on my workouts, I realized that many group fitness classes only involve 25 minutes of work, even though 45 minutes are allotted. With only a strict 60 minutes to exercise, and armed with a fitness tracker for the first time, I realized that I would get more bang for my buck if I worked out on my own than if I attended classes.
When I decided to transition from attending classes to creating my own workouts, Nike Training proved to be a key resource. Users can choose workouts or have a plan developed specifically for them, based on their fitness level, goals, and available equipment. I went the plan route. Immediately, I noticed that I was burning up to 150 more calories in the same period of time that I had previously allotted for classes. And I started to see strength gains as well, with the ability to deadlift over 100 pounds for 10 reps (from 70 pounds) after three months of using the app.
So why leave Nike Training? If you’re familiar with the app, you know that it’s basically a promotional tool for Nike. It provides helpful guidance, but isn’t intended to be used long term. Nike makes no money from it; and while it can obtain useful consumer data, it doesn’t translate directly to revenue for the company. Enter Aaptiv here. Aaptiv charges a monthly subscription fee and offers well over 1,000 workouts to its users. And they release new workouts every week — meaning that you’ll basically never get bored.
What Aaptiv Offers
No matter what you enjoy doing at the gym (and even outside), Aaptiv probably has a class for you. The categories they offer are:
- Outdoor Running
- Indoor Cycling
- Stair Climber
- Strength Training
Within those categories, you can filter by level, length of time, instructor, and even genre of music! Each class comes with its own playlist and motivation and guidance from a master instructor. And I can confirm that these instructors are experts — I’ve had the privilege of taking several of their classes live.
If you don’t know where to start, Aaptiv offers a variety of training programs. These range from Walk to Run guides, to Half Marathon Training, to various levels of strength training. And I can confirm from experience that the Advanced workouts are truly Advanced — I can’t complete most of them at the intended level and pace. Intermediate typically hits the sweet spot for me.
Aaptiv also benefits from having an active Facebook community of over 30,000 members strong. Their social media team is active within the group and responds to all relevant queries. Members ask each other for advice about specific workouts but also beyond, sometimes seeking motivation or guidance about apparel and other fitness-related things. The instructors participate in group discussions as well. In my month on Aaptiv, I’ve felt more of a sense of community than I’ve ever felt at Equinox.
So What’s Next FOr Corporate Cavewoman?
If you couldn’t tell from this post, I’m extremely bullish on Aaptiv. The app is extremely user-friendly, the workouts are dynamic and updated frequently, and their customer service is on point. Over the next few months, I’m planning to document my progress with the app and the workouts that I do. I will also provide a more robust description of each workout that I perform and my stats. If you have any questions, never hesitate to reach out to [email protected]!