It’s finally time for a complete Gigabody review!
If you have been paying attention to my Weekly Workout Recaps each Sunday for the past month or so, you may have noticed me mention a variety of Gigabody videos on more than one occasion.
I never thought workouts from home would ever be something that I would not only enjoy but be doing on a regular basis.
Once I made the decision a few months ago to make use of Pure Barre DVD”s instead of paying studio pricing, my workout world has changed for the better!
At home workouts, which absolutely complement my running, have now become a must-have in my routine and it is so simple to implement that I wish I would have started sooner!
A little bit of background about Gigabody:
Gigabody.com is the best place to find empowering online workout videos that help you rock a healthy lifestyle.
With Gigabody, find all of your favorite workouts and do them anywhere, anytime – cardio, sculpting, yoga, dance, kickboxing and so much more!
What I Really Like:
So many options!
Cardio, HIIT, Kickboxing, Dance, Strength, Yoga, Stretching and Barre routines…see what I mean? A ton of workout choices available to you whenever you want them.
Each workout type offers a variety of video options depending upon your level, interest and time available.
I love the variety of video lengths because it allows you to choose what you have the time to do and also allows you to combine different workouts, possibly combing strength and cardio all in one session.
You have access to your workouts 24/7 from your computer which means you can easily do your workout from any room of your house or if you are traveling, from your hotel room.
I am realizing this means I can keep up with my barre routines while I am in Disney in a few weeks. Hmm. Didn’t really think about that.
My son even showed me how to get the videos to work through the television (the Play Station4 and modern technology fascinates me) so that the workouts were appearing all big on my television screen.
For $8.99 a month, it’s a steal.
Think about how many workout routines this is giving you access to at any time for pennies a day.
Prenatal Routines as well as options for the kids.
I obviously didn’t try out the prenatal routine but my son got himself moving with the children’s fitness video.
He didn’t love it but he did like trying out some of the easier kickboxing routines which totally kept him busy, focused and the best part, tired him out in a healthy way.
Tired boys = Happy parents
What I Don’t Like So Much:
So many options.
I know that I just listed this as a pro but at first, I was honestly a bit overwhelmed.
I realize that it’s necessary for a workout website to offer a variety of options but at first glance, I saw so many workouts that I didn’t know what to do first and maybe, someone else would feel the same way and then be turned off and do nothing.
They do offer you the option of selecting a specific workout plan based upon what you are looking to achieve which gives you a calendar of your workouts and when to do them but I didn’t see that at first and then didn’t opt to do so because I like creating my own thing.
Sometimes the videos froze while I was mid-pose or mid-set and that was really annoying!
I don’t know if it was my internet connection or the Gigabody website but it happened to me way too often.
It was super frustrating, especially when I was limited on time or just in my groove.
And, sometimes, once I was able to get the video to work again? It started over from the beginning rather than where I left off when it froze.
When you follow workout routines from a video, you do not have a live instructor to correct your pose and position.
It’s important to slow down and attempt to get the positions correct because no one is there to show you otherwise and you don’t want to get hurt.
Oh and this is important– I don’t like wearing shoes in the house and some of the workouts really require footwear beyond your grippy barre socks.
You need to remember that. Just because you are home, your feet need to be protected.
My Overall Opinion:
The barre videos were my favorite (shocker, I know). After a few weeks, those were the only routines I selected to do.
It’s really easy to get to the workouts you like because the routines you frequently use are listed in the side bar which is nice so you don’t have to go searching every time.
*While I do prefer Pure Barre if you asked me to choose, I do like incorporating both styles of barre in my routine and will probably renew my Gigabody membership when my trial expires.
I really don’t like getting sweaty and jumping around in my house therefore kickboxing, HIIT and step-type videos were not for me.
And, as usual, I didn’t want to do the strength-training videos either. It’s not my thing even though I did try to make it my thing by testing them all out but nope, it isn’t going to happen.
Gigabody is a terrific option for people who can’t always get (or don’t even want to go) to the gym — perfect for moms, those with a tough work schedule, people who hate the gym and those of us in the frigid winter climates who often get snowed in.
There’s no excuse for not working out when you have the access.
However, overmotivated (or those recovering from exercise addiction and/or eating disorders) should probably NOT have access to workouts 24/7.
I will get more into what I think overmotivation is in another post but what I will say is that having workouts available to you all of the time, especially when some routines are only 11 minutes, may trigger you to feel as though there’s no excuse to not squeeze in a quick workout when you really don’t need it.
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I received two free months of Gigabody in exchange for my review through my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Have you ever tried Gigabody?
Which routines do you think you would like to do from home?
Would having access to fitness videos 24 hours a day be a good thing or a bad thing for you?