Is this the end of gyms?

The home-fitness genre has had a slick overhaul. Photo / Getty
The home-fitness genre has had a slick overhaul. Photo / Getty

Are you guilty of weekends spent in "activewear"? Is a fit tech piece happily saddled up beside your watch? Is your Instagram feed peppered with stylised fitness shots?

While fitness paraphernalia seems to have trickled into our lives outside of the gym, experts foresee a decline in gym-going as the rise of "workout anywhere" options sail in.

The future of fitness looks to be headed for our offices, our homes and hotel rooms. Gone are the days of DVDs and aerobics workouts. The home-fitness genre has had a slick overhaul.

Workouts that can be live streamed online and on demand are one of the industry's fastest growing trends.

Beyond YouTube tutorials, top celebrity trainers and gym instructors are rolling out effective workout videos that can be bought at the click of a button.

There are, of course, some downsides: Home-fitness doesn't give you the same sense of accountability or social interaction that comes with heading to a gym class.

But, on the other hand, at home workouts mean you really can push yourself as if no one's watching. Because they're not.

Here are five new fitness avenues to try that don't require you to set foot in a gym.

1. Ballet Beautiful

#Soho afternoons ?? So nice to be back in my post-baby pointe shoes! #BalletBeautiful #Dance #BalletBeautifulFit ??

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Professional ballerina and trainer Mary Helen Bowers is the guru behind Natalie Portman's whipping into shape for her role in Black Swan.

Her Ballet Beautiful programme includes 24-hour training, custom workouts and live classes for a monthly fee of just $39.95.

Considered the Netflix of fitness, unlike your regular gym membership, classes can be done anywhere, at any time.

2. Crunch Gym Live

A well-established gym franchise in the US, Crunch Gym Live are also cashing in on the trend by offering classes online. You can start out with a free 10-day trial before you sign on to pay for live-streamed workouts.

3. Befit

YouTube channel Befit offers a range of free classes online from some of the industry's top instructors including Jillian Michaels and Denise Austen.

Arranged into categories including cardio fat-burn, dance, yoga and 10 minutes or less they range from HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) to Dirty Dancing choreography.

4. Udaya

This online yoga studio offers a range of classes shot from a tranquil yoga studio. Membership gets you five new yoga classes a week and access to Udaya's fitness challenges.

5. The Kayla Movement

Currently being trialed by members of the Herald Life & Style team, Instagram fitness sensation Kayla Itsines' Bikini Body Guide 12 week challenge has become a global hit.

From $4.61 a week, you can join over 10 million women to work your way through a series of "do-anywhere" exercises said to reinvent your figure.


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