At-home fitness programs have been part of our lives since the introduction of the VHS technology that revolutionized the fitness market back in the early 1990s. But the events of the 2020s has brought working out at home back to the forefront of the fitness world. Today, those looking to tone up are turning at-home workout programs created by industry leader Beachbody.
But with so many at-home Beachbody workouts on offer, how do you know which program to choose? This list will introduce the ten most popular workout programs along with our recommendation for the perfect mat size for that particular program.
The third iterations of one of the most popular at-home workout programs on the planet, P90X3 takes things up a notch for intermediate and advanced exercisers. The Tony-Horton-designed program revolves around 30-minute sessions that pack in a wide range of bodyweight and plyometric exercises.
The workouts' continuous movement drives up calorie burn and will have your heart rate through the roof, ensuring a tremendous all-around full-body cardio workout. This is an intense workout program, so if you're just starting out, you may want to try something a little more accessible from the options below.
Our mat recommendation: We recommend the 6' x 4' Large Exercise Mat, which will give you the support you need for the plyometric jumping exercises.
- 80-Day Obsession
You certainly won't be bored with Autumn Calabrese's 80-Day Obsession program. With a catalog of 80 different strength or cardio workouts to choose from, you're bound to find something new to challenge yourself with every day.
The cardio classes and strength sessions are geared toward different muscle groups, including legs, arms, abs, glutes, as well as total-body strength workouts, and each workout lasts 30 to 60 minutes. You can easily tailor your program to target a different area of the body each day.
Our mat recommendation: We recommend the 6' x 8' Large Exercise Mat, to give you that extra space for what will be some very sweaty workouts!
This 60-day low impact workout program incorporates the critical elements of Pilates and yoga, with exercises done at a quicker pace to feel the cardio benefits. Created and designed by Chalene Johnson, this workout program is perfect for those in search of a low-impact exercise regimen.
The best part? There are no equipment requirements! The program uses bodyweight exercises to tone up your body while completing them all as one fluid movement to get your heart rate up.
Our mat recommendation: We recommend the 7' x 5' Large Yoga Mat, which is perfect for low-impact workouts. It's also great for working out barefoot!
Another world-famous workout program, Shaun T's Insanity is a 60-day cardio-based program for intermediate to advanced exercisers. While you might not have to be in "extreme" shape to attempt this program, it's widely regarded as one of the most challenging and rewarding at-home workout programs out there.
The program is based on ten conditioning workouts that are about 30 to 60 minutes each in length, and you undertake them six days per week. Each workout includes cardio and plyometric drills, and the method is constructed based on maximum-intensity effort intervals with short rest periods built-in. This is another program that requires no equipment.
Our mat recommendation: We recommend the 6' x 8' Large Exercise Mat, to give you that extra space for these intense exercise sessions.
- Focus T25
For those of you not yet ready to try Insanity, there's Shaun T's Focus T25. While there's no questioning that these sessions are intense, they are a little easier as they only last for 25 minutes.
This specific program combines unique multi-joint movements, free weights, and plyometric movements to increase calorie burn and speed up results. It's based mostly on the same high-intensity interval training methodology of Insanity.
Our mat recommendation: We recommend the 6' x 10' Large Exercise Mat, as there is quite a lot of moving around in this workout series, so you need some extra space.
This program from Joel Freeman and Jericho McMatthews is a 30-day at-home cardio program based on mixed martial arts like boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai. It incorporates the movements of boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai combinations, bodyweight moves, and other cardio exercises for a predominately upper-body workout.
However, there's also plenty of focus place on the abs, since boxing and martial arts require your core to help with rotation and keep you stable with every jab, hook, and kick.
Our mat recommendation: Once again, we recommend the 6' x 10' Large Exercise Mat, as most of this program is movement-based.
- Tony Horton's 10-Minute Trainer
If you're tight on time, then there's no better program than Tony Horton's 10-minute Trainer. Based on the world-famous P90X program's principles, Tony condenses these workouts into 10-minute bursts of high-intensity training that will leave you utterly drenched in sweat.
The workouts are broken down into specific disciplines, allowing you to choose the area you want to focus on, from cardio and core, to upper and lower body. The workout takes advantage of compound movements to make sure you're getting twice as much out of your workout in half the time!
Our mat recommendation: The 6' x 4' Large Exercise Mat should give you plenty of space (and grip!) to carry out these workouts.
- Master's Hammer and Chisel
This 60-day total body transformation program is designed and coached by Autumn Calabrese (of 80-Day Obsession and 21-Day Fix fame) and Sagi Kalev (Body Beast). This program is explicitly aimed at people that are looking to get ripped without the monotony of doing the same exercises over and over again.
Unlike most of the programs listed here, you'll need a decent selection of weights and a weight bench to get the most out of these workouts.
Our mat recommendation: The 6' x 10' Large Exercise Mat should give you the space you need to lay out your free weights and weight bench.
- 21-Day Fix
One of the most popular programs of the Beachbody collection, Autumn Calabrese's headline 21-day program can be repeated multiple times. It's so popular because it provides an accessible entry point for at-home Beachbody workout novices.
The program is based on a variety of movements and types of workouts completed in seven days, which are then repeated across 21 days. The styles of these workouts include cardio drills, resistance training, Pilates, and yoga. Each workout lasts 30 minutes. In terms of equipment, all you need is some resistance bands, a set of light and heavy weights, and a mat.
Our mat recommendation: The 6' x 5' Large Exercise Mat should give you plenty of room to carry out the space-friendly exercise routines.
- Body Beast
Celebrity Body Builder Sagi Kalev's signature program is aimed specifically aimed at those looking to pack on heaps on lean muscle. The Body Beast program is unsurprisingly heavily focused on weights and requires multiple sets and a weight bench.
The schedule focuses on a different muscle group each day. For instance, one day may be focused on back and biceps, whereas the next may focus on legs to give the body enough time to recover and adapt.
Our mat recommendation: We do recommend the 6' x 10' Large Exercise Mat for this program as you'll need the extra space to lay out your weights and weight bench.
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