The ability to workout anywhere and at any time is becoming more popular. Many established boutique brands have developed another channel in which their customers can benefit from their fitness program. In addition to offering studio classes and mobile app access, they are now offering online streaming workouts. Traveling overseas? Have no fear, as long as you have wi-fi, you can access these workouts and sweat away. One brand in particular, Physique 57, has executed the online streaming content effectively. I got the chance to try three classes through the online workout platform, and on the whole, I highly recommend subscribing to this content if you don’t have time to attend or access to Physique 57 studios because the workouts are effective and efficient.
- Strong and Lean – This workout was my favorite. You don’t need any equipment — just a mat or a soft surface i.e hotel room floor or carpet. The workout started with a warm-up and then continued onwards to pulsing the different muscle groups. I liked that we pulsed with our thighs first, then moved into core work, then arms, then more legs and so forth. 30 minutes may seem like “too little” but trust me, you’ll feel it.
- Physique F.I.T – This workout was all about interval training. It’s taught by co-founder and creator, Tanya Becker, and well just watching her body makes you want to stay motivated. You do need a set of weights and a playground ball. I actually didn’t have a playground ball so I modified. After the warm-up, you continue with standing leg work and move through pulsing different muscle groups. I was sweating after 10 minutes. I enjoyed this workout because it felt like I was moving through the motions quickly.
- Cardio Sculpt – This workout requires a heavier set of weights (5-10lbs), a mat, a sturdy piece of furniture (I used a chair) and a thick towel or cushion. So I had a set of 11lb weights which were too heavy for me so I mixed it up with 3lb weights as well. Note: I still felt the burn with the lesser weight. I also didn’t have a cushion but I used a bath towel rolled up instead. Because of the nature of this workout — cardio based intervals combined with strength moves — I found it challenging. The actual workout was just under 30 minutes (~27) but it is really not about time. With all the pulsing and fast paced moves, I felt it in my calves and my biceps the next day. This workout was also fun because of the cardio intervals.
My only feedback is to have more engaging music in the background i.e maybe Top 40’s or pop/workout music. Other than that, $57 per month for unlimited access is a solid deal. You really can’t ask for more!