Why I've Been Working Out with Aaptiv for 3 Whole 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 unlimited access to thousands 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, strength training, stretching, elliptical, cycling, yoga, meditation, stair climber, race training, and 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, or “all levels,” meaning the difficulty can be adapted for you no matter where you are in your fitness journey. 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”).
Coach, Programs, and More
With all the classes offered, the app has a couple different options to help you decide which class you want to take. First and foremost is Aaptiv Coach. This is a comprehensive algorithm that will match you up with classes to take according to your fitness goals. You can also add other healthy habits, like eating green veggies and meditating every day, and Coach can help you with those, too. I personally think Coach is super cool, and I use it myself.
They also have special programs you can follow, like race training, walk-to-run-one-mile, total body training, intro to weight loss, touch your toes in two weeks, intro to yoga, maternity, and more. There are also “collections” of classes, which are often grouped based on the music artist or an upcoming holiday. Things like that. Finally, they recently introduced “challenges,” where they put you on a team and you earn team points for following a certain workout calendar. This one is great for accountability.
Finding the right class
You could also, of course, open a category and scroll through until one catches your eye. Or you can 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 save their favorite workouts in each category, but there’s really no structure; you can use it however you want. You can also schedule classes right to your phone’s calendar for the upcoming week.
Tell me about the people
So two other things that are cool about Aaptiv: First, the “team” tab in the app. After you finish a workout (and earn your confetti, of course), you can take a “sweaty selfie” and post it to the team tab. It shares the class you took and your caption with others using the app, and then other people can throw you MORE confetti! You can also tag your trainer. It’s a great way to interact.
It’s also worth noting that Aaptiv has a huge closed Facebook group for members (we’re talking over 33,000 as of today). 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! I’m a brand ambassador for Aaptiv. Click the button below to get to my personal signup page for a 7-day free trial and 30% off your first year. You can also use the code DEEDI30.
Btw, if you start using Aaptiv via my link, I’ll earn a small commission. I participate in this program with Aaptiv because I use and love their product so much myself, and I truly believe that it will be useful to others, too.
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.