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Gain access to hundreds of workout classes for under £30

Gain access to hundreds of workout classes for under £30

TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to YFM Yoga, Fitness & Mindfulness is on sale for £23.20 as of Oct. 9, saving you 93% on list price.


While at-home fitness has been shaping our lives for decades — from Jane Fonda’s exercise videos and the ThighMaster to P90X and Peloton — it’s truly taken on a new life since the COVID-19 pandemic closed gyms across the country. 

Everyone has been trying their damnedest to find ways to exercise effectively within their own four walls. If you have unlimited funds, go ahead and get a Peloton already. But for those who don’t want to go broke from getting in shape, we’ve found a a great alternative on sale: a YFM Yoga, Fitness, Mindfulness subscription. Read more…

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Apple’s new Fitness+ feature might make Peloton sweat

Apple's new Fitness+ feature might make Peloton sweat

Apple has just announced Fitness+, a kind of Netflix for exercise videos that also monitors your personal metricsPeloton is probably sweating, and not in a good way.

Revealed at today’s Apple event, Fitness+ lets you watch workouts on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV while your Apple Watch records your heart rate and calories burned. These metrics will be displayed up on your screen in real time, though you can turn them off if you want to enjoy your workout without fretting about analytics. Fitness+ will also display Apple’s familiar Activity rings, complete with fireworks animation when you close one. Read more…

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5 of the best rowing machines for working out at home

5 of the best rowing machines for working out at home

Whether you’re looking to add a piece of equipment to your home gym or are in search of a single machine that will provide a full-body workout without taking up too much space, a rowing machine is a solid choice. 

Rowing has long been favoured by people looking for a full-body workout that’s cardio-heavy yet low impact. This means that you’re not putting large amounts of stress on your joints, giving you less of a chance of sustaining an injury. This makes rowing a safe and effective workout for people of all ages, sizes, and abilities. 

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BEST FOR STORAGE

JLL R200

This compact and foldable rowing machine can be stored away once you’re done with your workout.


    £229.98 from Amazon

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    BEST FOR DURABILITY

    XS Sports R310

    This foldable rowing machine features a powder coated frame designed to withstand the test of time.


      £269.99 from Amazon

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      BEST FOR CONNECTIVITY

      Fitness Reality 1000 Plus

      Track your workouts with Bluetooth technology and the fitness app.


        £399 from Amazon

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        BEST FOR COMFORT

        NordicTrack RX800

        This model is built for comfort, with an ergonomically designed oversized seat and soft touch handle.


          £499 from John Lewis

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          BEST FOR STYLE

          WaterRower Original

          This machine harnesses the power of water to bring you a more organic rowing experience.


            £999 from John Lewis

            6 of the best exercise bikes for keeping fit at home

            6 of the best exercise bikes for keeping fit at home

            Working out and staying fit is difficult at the best of times, even with constant access to the gym and other health and fitness facilities. Nowadays, we’re all having to get a lot more creative when it comes to exercise, so things are even tougher.

            There are obviously a few tried and tested methods of keeping fit that don’t involve loads of equipment, like walking or running, but this sort of activity can become a little boring if it’s all you’re doing. Even the most dedicated of athletes need to switch things up from time to time.

            An effective workout schedule relies on variety, and fortunately there are plenty of products that can provide this. You can now purchase pretty much everything you find in your local gym, with everything from dumbbells to treadmills up for grabs online. There really aren’t any excuses anymore, unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your outlook. Read more…

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            BEST FOR FEATURES

            Reebok GB40s Exercise Bike

            This bike’s comprehensive set of features is easy to control and keeps you motivated at every workout.


              £299.99 from Argos

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              BEST FOR STORAGE

              Roger Black Folding Exercise Bike

              This bike is great if you want to exercise at home but don’t have much storage space.


                £99.99 from Argos

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                BEST FOR PORTABILITY

                Opti Aerobic Exercise Bike

                This bike also comes with transportation wheels so you can switch up your workout location.


                  £179.99 from Argos

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                  BEST FOR COMFORT

                  NordicTrack GX4.4 Pro Exercise Bike

                  The adjustable cushion seat and oversize handlebars make sure you’re comfortable when working out.


                    £499 from John Lewis

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                    BEST FOR CLASSES

                    Peloton Bike

                    The Peloton bike lets you feel the energy of instructor-led studio rides at home.


                      £1,990 from Peloton

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                      BEST FOR BEGINNERS

                      JLL JF100 Exercise Bike

                      This exercise bike is affordable, compact, and smooth to pedal.


                        £125.99 from Amazon

                        ‘Star Wars’ gym gear will take your workout over to the Dark Side

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                        Finally, your home gym equipment collection can be complete.

                        Fitness company Onnit has produced a line of Star Wars themed gear, including yoga mats, kettlebells, and medicine balls.

                        All the gear is black, so naturally it stands to reason that only stuff from the dark side is featured. 

                        All the baddies.

                        All the baddies.

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                        The medicine ball is the Death Star; the kettlebells are in the shape of Darth Vader, his Stormtroopers, and Boba Fett; and the yoga mat is poor Han Solo frozen in carbonite.

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                        1917: A young FDR gets into fighting shape with Woodrow Wilson's cabinet

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                        Cabinet officials perform exercises led by Walter Camp.

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                        Walter Camp is known today as the “Father of American Football” for his contributions to the rules of the game, including the development of the line of scrimmage and the system of downs.

                        He was also an outspoken advocate of exercise and physical fitness

                        With the entry of the United States into World War I in 1917, Camp was appointed director of the U.S. Navy Training Camps’ Physical Development Program.

                        Disappointed by the sorry shape of most recruits, Camp devised a simple eight-minute exercise routine he called the “Daily Dozen,” a sequence of calisthenic motions including “hands, grind, crawl, wave, hips, grate, curl, weave, head, grasp, crouch and wing.” Read more…

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                        The most devoted fitness fanatics can now squeeze in a workout before their flight

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                        Yoga rooms are becoming the norm at airports and one even has a therapy pig to try to make air travel less stressful. So it makes sense that now an airport will feature a full gym (with showers) to help you take the edge off, or at least, keep up with your fitness goals.

                        Roam Fitness is opening by the end of January at Baltimore-Washington International Airport behind airport security so you can work out before your flight or when your plane is hours delayed. It will feature cardio equipment, stretching space, a TRX cable system and a full locker room with showers, towel service and skin products. Read more…

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                        Peloton launches fitness bikes aimed at gyms

                        peloton-logo Peloton has seen great success with its exercise bikes for home use. Today, the company is doubling its product range (to two), with a bike aimed at commercial users. It’s more rugged to stand up to the “don’t be gentle, it’s a rental” hotel and gym crowd, and comes with software that’s more suitable for gym use. Read More

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