Recently, I was invited to check out Aaptiv. It’s an audio-based fitness app that gives you the crazy motivating experience of a boutique fitness class right in your earbuds. Their classes take the voice of a trainer and perfectly synchronize it with an amazing playlist, so whether you’re working out at the gym, at home, or anywhere in the world, all you have to do is press play on a workout that transports you to a studio experience.
I’ve been using Aaptiv for a little over six months now and I’m crazy in love with their running workouts. They’ve been a great way for me to switch up my go-to outdoor runs as well as treadmill interval workouts without even having to think about it. I have a trainer right in my ear telling me exactly what pace and incline to run while motivating me through.
Let me share a little more about how Aaptiv works.
The first step is to create your account by signing up online or directly through the app which you can find in the app store. (Note, it’s currently only available for iPhone only but coming for Android in the next few weeks.)
You can choose from classes for treadmill, outdoor running, elliptical, indoor cycling, 5K training program, 10K training program, half and full marathon training programs, bodyweight workouts, guided meditations, HIIT, yoga and more!
Once you select your workout category, you are presented with a list of class/workout options. (Fun fact…over 100 workouts are added every month so you always have a new challenge and way to keep it fresh!) Your Aaptiv membership operates like Netflix, you can stream as many classes as you want, whenever you want.
I love, love, love the option to filter the workouts based on class level, duration, intensity, etc. There are workouts available for every skill level and to meet every schedule. Only have 6 minutes and need to decompress? Try the Pre-Meeting Breather yoga session. Need a 20-minute short but intense cycle ride? Try Pop n’ Lock with trainer Kelly Chase. Want to get in a longer outdoor run? Try Candice Cunningham’s 58-minute Chasing the Horizon 6 mile run.
I love warming up for my strength sessions with a short but intense treadmill session. I tried Kelly Chase’s 23-minute Run Wild Workout and did it ever leave me sweating with burning legs.
It was such an awesome progression of incline and speed that felt so great for my body. I had Kelly right in my ear telling me exactly how much time I had for each interval and when to switch the speed and incline. My treadmill running is forever changed for the better.
In addition to the audio prompts from Kelly, I had a rocking playlist to listen to. One of the first questions I asked the team at Aaptiv was about music…because I think music has so much motivational power when it comes to workouts. I was shocked to learn that you won’t find any stock music on Aaptiv. They invested in licensing rights so you can listen to the music you know and love…from Bieber to Beyonce and everything in between.
The yoga offerings are really great for me too. I know this sounds crazy because I’m a yoga teacher and do marketing for a yoga studio but it’s often challenging for me to fit a class into my schedule. My work schedule is either too crazy or after a day full of teaching and training, I just want to go home or workout on my own. Aaptiv offers a wide variety of yoga classes that range from restorative to flow and as little as 20 minutes to one hour. I can roll out my mat and get a quick, quiet practice in at home.
You’re totally sold right? Ready to join? There are three membership options:
- $24.99/ 3 months
- $49.99/ 12 months (note…this is a limited time offer and comes out to just over $4/month!)
Still on the fence? Definitely take advantage of their 7-day free trial! You can cancel your membership at any time (no questions asked), so there’s really no risk involved.
Have you tried Aaptiv? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the app in the comments below!