March 24, 2009 in Features

Tech-savvy can work out on the cheap

YouTube, iTunes among a number of options
Megan K. Scott Associated Press
 
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PumpOne’s iPump Workouts are total body workouts available for iPhone and iPod touch.
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Don’t worry if you are too frugal to spend 10 bucks on a fitness DVD. You don’t have to.

Here are some tech-savvy ways that you can get a fun workout without spending a lot of money or going to the store.

YouTube: Thousands of people are accessing workouts posted for the people by the people. A search of “fitness videos” produced 161,000 results.

Lorie Baker’s Pilates Routine has more than a million page views. There are also workouts from popular trainers such as fitness walking guru Leslie Sansone, celeb trainer Tracey Anderson and “The Biggest Loser’s” Jillian Michaels.

Cost: Free.

iTunes: The iTunes Store features a plethora of fitness content. The Nike Sport Music page has coaching runs with Lance Armstrong, Serena Williams and others. Download the audio workouts to an iPod or iPhone and let the athletes motivate you to run farther and faster.

The Nike Sport Music Page also features workouts, such as “Yoga for Runners,” a 15-minute audio and video workout based on simple yoga poses.

Check out the video and audio podcasts under Health: Fitness & Nutrition for more yoga workouts and overall fitness advice, with titles like “Fit Girl: Your Guide to Getting in Shape,” and “The FitCast.”

iPhone and iPod touch applications include iSitups, an exercise training program for abs, and PumpOne’s iPump Workouts, which are total body workouts.

Cost: Podcasts are free. Songs on iTunes are 99 cents. The Nike Sport Music albums start at $9.99; iPhone and iPod touch applications vary in price but many are free or 99 cents.

Netflix: Find fitness DVDs through the online movie rental service, from “Carmen Electra’s Aerobic Striptease” to “Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred.”

Fitness enthusiasts can go back in time with workouts from Jane Fonda or exercise with iconic fitness instructors like Denise Austin and Richard Simmons.

Subscribers on an unlimited plan can watch some fitness DVDs instantly on their computers; those with high-speed Internet and a Netflix-ready device can stream the videos to their TV.

Cost: A Netflix unlimited plan starts at $8.99 a month. A Netflix-ready device for streaming is $99. Netflix also streams to the TV via the Xbox360, TiVo HD DVR, the Samsung BD-92500/BD-P2550 and LG BD300 Network Blu-ray Player.

FitTV: In addition to on-air programs, such as Cathe Friedrich and Gilad’s “Bodies in Motion,” the digital cable channel has workouts through Discovery Networks’ video-on-demand service. The workouts are under the “Health on Call” section and include various fitness programming and specific exercises to work various parts of the body.

Cost: FitTV is available in millions of homes across the country. The VOD offerings are complimentary with most digital cable packages.

ExerciseTV: Choose from hundreds of workouts – dance, walking cardio and even striptease – through the on-demand fitness network, which is available to digital cable subscribers. The channel includes more than 200 free workouts, such as “Yoga Fitness Fusion” and “Incredible Abs.”

The site www.ExerciseTV.tv features free streaming video for workouts like “Less is More Pilates” and “Billy Blanks Jr.’s Cardio Quickie.” There is also an online store (https://store.exercisetv.tv) with thousands of fitness DVDs and workouts that users can download to their iPod or burn to a DVD.

Cost: ExerciseTV is available on digital cable with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Bresnan, AT&T U-Verse and Verizon Fios. The cost is free for subscribers. Video downloads start at 99 cents and consumers can purchase DVDs for as low as $7.99.

Other online resources: There’s no shortage of workouts on the Internet. Fitness magazine ( www.fitnessmagazine.com) has more than 20 free workout videos, with names such as “Little Black Dress” and “Get a Bikini Body.” The Build a Video Workout tool allows users to customize a video workout based on the body part they want to tone, the time they have and the equipment they own.

Yoga lovers who don’t have the time or money to take live classes can log on to www.yogatoday.com for free, one-hour yoga classes, a new one each day, each featuring an instructor and two students.

With a subscription to MAKE IT FIT ( www.youcanmakeitfit.com), members can access more than 100 streaming videos, downloadable podcasts and printable workouts, ranging from cardio and strength classes to yoga and meditation.

Cost: Many of the resources are free. A monthly subscription to MAKE IT FIT is $14.95. Downloading the workouts to your iPod requires a membership to the Fitness Download Club, which is $9.95 a month for four downloads, one each week. Join at www.fitnessmagazine.com.

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