Why I've Been Working Out with Aaptiv for Over 2 Years
Audio-based fitness classes that I truly love
I know you’ve been pitched a lot of different workout plans, services, and apps, and I know it gets old. I know nothing seems to work—or if it works, it doesn’t stick. But hear me out; I stumbled upon Aaptiv in September of 2016, and I’ve been using it regularly ever since. It’s been legitimately life-changing.
What is Aaptiv?
Aaptiv is a mobile app that provides thousands (literally) of audio-only fitness classes in dozens of categories, with over 30 new classes added each week. Basically, it’s like having a personal trainer, except they’re speaking through your headphones and they’ve picked the playlist for you. They have classes for outdoor running, treadmill, elliptical, yoga, meditation, spinning, rowing, stair climber, bodyweight strength, race training, and even more. And within each category, there are TONS of classes. You could legitimately never do the same class twice—ever.
How does it work?
Every class is categorized into beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. It tells you the length of the class, the trainer’s name, the type of music, and other relevant pieces of information specific to the workout type, like maximum speed and incline for a treadmill workout. It also offers approximations for calories burned and distance (if applicable), but I don’t rely on them much. Approximating that stuff is hard, and they must have tested on somebody whose legs are way longer than mine (I’m 5’4”).
With all the classes offered, the app has a couple different options to help you decide which class you want to take. You can, of course, open a category and scroll through until one catches your eye. You can also filter down on duration, trainer, music genre, difficulty level, and whether you’ve already taken a class or not. Or you can start with your favorite trainer and scroll or filter through all their classes. Or you can use the “find a workout” feature to tell the app what you’re looking for and get a list of all the workouts that match your preferences.
The app also allows you to create your own lists of classes. Some people use this to plan out future days or save their favorite workouts in each category, but there’s really no structure; you can use it however you want.
Since I started using Aaptiv (they were called Skyfit back then), they’ve added feature after feature and improvement after improvement. It’s already so much bigger and better than it was. They do a really good job of listening to their membership and adapting their product to better align with what people want.
It’s also worth noting that Aaptiv has a huge closed Facebook group for members (we’re talking almost 25,000 as of today). It has got to be one of the most supportive groups of people on the entire internet. So many people ask questions, look for support, seek recommendations, and celebrate wins, and so many people like and engage back.
What does it cost?
Aaptiv is $14.95/ month or $99/year. I don’t really have to tell you that I absolutely think it’s worth it since I’ve subscribed for so long (I pay annually). And with my discount code (see below), you’ll save 30% off your first year.
Can I try it out for free?
Yes, do it do it do it! Click the button below to get to the signup page and enter the code DEEDI30 for a 30-day free trial and 30% off your first year. (This post isn’t an ad, but if you use my link, I’ll get referral credit. It would mean a lot to me!)
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out or connect with me on social! I’m always bubbling about Aaptiv, and I’d be happy to chat about it more.