5 Budget Friendly Ways to Workout Without a Trainer

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There is no question that everyone wishes they could workout with a celebrity personal trainer each week.  But let's be real, most of us have this little thing called a budget.  Budgets suck, no one likes to be on a budget, but that is no excuse to neglect your fitness.  There are plenty of free and cheap resources on the Internet and in the iTunes/Android app store to keep you motivated!  A few of us at ZELO HQ have done all the vetting and sweating to help you choose the right resource for your life and schedule, check out the list below: 

1.  Alexia Clark

Oh Alexia, how we love you (heart emoji).  This girl is not only inspiring, but she is one of the most creative fitness professionals in the industry right now (IMO).  We have  been using Alexia's workouts for about 3 months, and have seen the biggest improvements in overall fitness.  We will warn you that these programs are not for the faint of heart (or newbie).  Her workouts tend to be 1.5-2 hours long, and require access to a full gym.  Her workouts tend to be a hybrid of Crossfit, traditional strength training, and agility training.  If your goal is to add muscle and improve your athletic ability, this is the program for you.  The price tag is going to run you $29.99/month for daily workouts sent to your email.  Her emails also include full videos to all the workouts AND recipes (BONUS!).  

We give this program 4/5 stars, deducting one point for some of the workouts that require equipment not found in the majority of gyms. 

2.  Jaimie Eason

The second on our list is an oldie, but a goodie for someone who wants a free and straightforward workout.  Jaimie Eason's LiveFit Trainer is a free online tool that provides you with weekly programming and meal plans.  The best thing about this trainer is that its great for all levels of fitness.  Jaimie provides direct instructions with links to videos, and most movements have modifications.  The LiveFit Trainer has been around for years and is a great way to get back into your routine.  The only downside to this program is that it can become repetitive for more advanced lifters.  But when it comes to free resources, this is one of the best.  

We give this program 3/5 stars, deducting points for lack of variety and updates to the program.

3.  Nike+ Training Club App

We're always surprised at how many people don't know about/ use the app.  I mean come on people, it is FREE!  While some fitness apps are clunky, the NTC app is top of the line in quality of workouts, videos, and content.  There is a different workout for everyone on the app!  

We give this app a 5/5 stars, we can't find anything to complain about. 

4.  Aaptiv (previously SkyFit)

This app is in the beginning stages of development, but is a great resource for audio workouts.  Aaptiv provides music, programming and audio guidance throughout your entire workout.  Our favorites are the HIIT treadmill and race programs.  We are amazed at how quickly the workouts fly by!  They offer a 7 day free trial, and then it is a $9.99/month subscription fee thereafter.  

We give this app 5/5 stars because the new and improved app has a lot more content than previous versions!  

5. Yoga By Candace 

Everyone can use a little yoga in their life, but sometimes those yoga classes can get expensive.  We searched around for some free yoga guides, and our favorite is YogaByCandace.com.  She has a whole suite of 30 day challenges that focus on specific parts of the body.  At ZELO, we do a lot of running, cycling and weightlifting, so this was a great complement to our workouts!  Oh, and did we mention her challenges are free!? 

We give this program 5/5 stars, because Candace clearly puts a lot of effort into building the programs, writing content for her blog, and filming great instructional videos! 

Other Notable Resources:

  • Check out our ATL Barre studio post that lists some free and paid online barre services as well!
  • Check out the ZELOFit Trainer Programs.
  • Download the MINDBODY app on your phone to see all the classes near your location. 
  • MapMyRun/MapMyRide App to find local running and cycling routes.
  • Strava is a social app for runners and cyclists.  This is a great way to stay motivated!

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FitnessNikki Ticknor