FitOn was founded in 2018 by creator Lindsay Cook, who found her self in a predicament.
As her life began to overflow as her career developed, she found it more and more difficult to make time to get into her favourite fitness studio and stay active.
She found herself disappointed by the quality of the information available, so, created FitOn to give everyday people access to world-class trainers, rich content and engaging and easy to use tools to help you achieve their fitness goals.
✓ High quality content, giving you an extremely enjoyable experience.
✓ In-depth programming, with workouts building on one another.
✓ Great beginner program for those just starting out.
Freeletics is a fitness and mindset coaching app powered by artificial intelligence created in 2013 by Joshua Cornelius, Andrej Matijczak and Mehmet Yilmaz in Germany.
After years of development, Freeletics has become the number 1 fitness app in Europe with over 600,000 paid subscribers and currently sports over 48,000,000 million downloads across 160 countries.
Freeletics is great option for beginner and intermediate users looking to kickstart their health and fitness journey, utilising state of the art AI technology to expertly curate a list of workouts tailored to your needs through their endless exercise library, ensuring that you never get bored.
The idea for Aaptiv came to life in 2015 when founder Ethan Agarwal began to find it difficult to maintain fitness during his business travels.
Searching for a solution he began to look for an audio guided platform that could help him stay focus and motivated on his run. After struggling to find a solution, Agarwal decided to start Aaptiv. With over 200,000 active users, Aaptiv quickly became one of the top audio and video guided fitness platforms on the market.
Aaptiv is a good choice if you’re a fitness beginner looking for simple, predominantly audio-based, personalised workouts. However, Aaptiv is limited for those who want nutritional guidance, access to more advanced training or don’t like cumbersomely switching between video and audio.
✓ Great for people on the go who like audio-based training
Fitbod was founded by Jesse Venticinque and Allen Chen in 2015 and has since amassed a strong following of around 100,000 monthly downloads.
Using the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning, Fitbod offers users an affordable and completely customisable weights tracking experience, delivering a new, personalised workout every single day.
BetterMe was founded by Victorian Repa, a Ukrainian born, ambitious businesswomen who has since grown the weight-loss focused fitness app to over 80 millions downloads, 150,000 active users and a mammoth 1.3 million instagram followers!
BetterMe is a great option for beginner and intermediate users hoping to focus on losing weight through a combination of basic workouts, macronutrient tracking and accountability.
Council gyms / rec centres are facilities run by the council or external organisation such as the YMCA or Belgravia Leisure.
They usually have members of varying ages and demographics, more so than other gyms.
Recreation centres may also give you access to a pool and other facilities such as group fitness, squash courts, basketball courts and more.
They are far less intimidating than other environments and usually have a breadth of different members, from the guy with the big muscles who’s been training for years, all the way to the elderly members who are just trying to keep up their health.
I’ve personally worked in a council gym called Boroondara Sports Complex in Victoria.
The culture was extremely friendly, welcoming and non-intimidating, which makes them perfect for beginners just starting out.
Every member that came through the doors was offered a huge amount of support, with the ability to get an individually tailored program written up by one of us trainers at a regular point in time.
You’ll also be supporting your local community, rather than a big gym chain.
Recreation centres vary in price from around $20 – $30 per week, depending on how long you sign up for and your location.
This can be a little more expensive than big box gyms, but in my opinion you’re getting great value.
Almost always, they are not open 24/7 and you will only be able to visit one the one single location, which could pose a problem if you want flexibility with your membership.
Boutique wellness studios are aesthetically beautiful in nature, friendly and social environments and they’re more of a community than a just a gym.
Boutique gyms offer dedicated group fitness classes, in particular – yoga, pilates and tone style sessions.
You’ll get plenty of support and advice from the trainers during sessions, often building relationships with them along the way.
Dedicated group fitness gyms are perfect if you want a social environment, supportive community and need extra motivation and accountability and prefer this style of training rather than weight training.
On the down side, wellness centres are usually at least $40-50 per week.
They are not open 24/7 and depending on the chain, you may or may not be able to access more than one studio.
More often than not, they don’t give you the ability to complete workouts independently.