Updated August 28, 2022.
It’s not just for moms! As you may already know if you’ve read my recent fitness-related posts, my local gym recently closed, so I’m trying out a few fitness apps that I can use at my condo’s (teeny-tiny) gym and in my travels! I found Lindsay of Moms Into Fitness and I started following her on Instagram and adding some of her moves into my home and travel workouts. When I realized she also had an app, I knew I had to try it. Here’s my honest, real-life experience!
This post is not sponsored, and I did not receive payment or freebies in exchange for this post. I did take advantage of the 7-day free trial, but that is available to everyone!
Why Moms Into Fitness?
I am admittedly not a mom, but it didn’t matter! I love this app for just how organized and varied it is. The app is easy to navigate because it’s organized by program, exercise type, new videos, etc., so it’s intuitive when you’re searching for what you need or want for your fitness goals. They have lifting workouts, HIIT workouts, barre, yoga, stretching, and you can even find workouts by duration if you know you only have 10, 15, 20 minutes, etc. All these options make it easy to stay motivated and not find yourself getting bored!
The other thing I love about this app is all the program availability. One thing I enjoyed from working out with a personal trainer for the last several years was that I got at least one workout a week where I didn’t have to think about anything. My trainer chose the exercises, the weight, the number of reps–he even counted for me! I could just show up and enjoy getting stronger, and when I found a new exercise that I liked or that challenged me, I could add it into my own workouts throughout the week.
With the Moms Into Fitness programs, you’ll get a calendar for the duration of the program (two weeks, six weeks, 30 days, etc.). On that calendar, you’ll see exactly what the plan is for the program and what videos to watch or activities to do each day. There are always rest days built in, too, so you’re not encouraged to go non-stop and overdo it as some other programs are prone to do.
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How the App Works
Take the Survey
First of all, you get to take a quick, six-question survey to help you figure out what program will work for your body, your preferences, and your fitness level. Whether you’re already an athlete or you haven’t worked out in a while–or ever–there is a program for you! I love that this is offered right up front so you’re not going in and blindly trying things that sound good, but may not be what will benefit your body most. This is right on the front page as soon as you open the app, so you won’t miss it!
Pick Your Program
Once you know what program you should start with, you can go right to it and start! The calendar for the program and any associated guides will be at the bottom of the list of videos within the program, and the videos are in the order of when the program calls for each one. I also like that if you’re using a program but want to try out a video from another to see what that’s like, you can add it to “My List” in the app (so you’re not searching for it later), and give it a try when you want to.
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Supplemental Information Videos
One more item of note about this app is that there are videos with more information, not just workouts! These are generally about one to three minutes and help explain what equipment you’ll want to be prepared to use for each program; modifications for things like pushups, lunges, tricep dips, etc.; and tips like how to find the right weight to use.
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Programs I Love
There are so many programs I want to try! I love HIIT workouts, their “Pretty Fierce” programs sounded right up my alley, I’d never done barre workouts before, so I wanted to try some of those, too. But for me and my needs (I love to run, especially in my travels), I was delighted to find the running programs. (My survey also directed me there, by the way!)
I picked the “Balanced and Fit Athlete” program because I know that my body needs cross-training to prevent the running injuries I’m prone to. I really liked that this program included both cross-training days and cardio days (running, cycling, walking, etc.), but what really sold me was the fact that rest days are also included. Lindsay is all about balance, and she mentions that point often, which I truly appreciate in a fitness personality!
But I also love that the app helped me get a little creative. The first week I tried it out, we got about seven inches of snow in the D.C. area! So, no running for me that week (D.C. and Northern VA don’t know what to do with snow). The solution? On cardio days, I chose 2-3 cardio workouts that added up to 45 minutes. I had no idea I would like the “Mix Box” workout so much! I also definitely dropped more sweat during the cardio workouts that I do on a typical run. What a workout!
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You won’t be traveling with these, of course, but if you’ve got access to a hotel gym in your travels, you will most certainly have some there to use! They’re also easy to find to use at home. Click to get yours!
Also known as “sliders,” these are easy to use at home, and very easy to travel with! You can do so much with them, and you’ll use them for some of the Moms Into Fitness programs. Check out the ones below!
I can’t say enough good things about loop bands. They’re my favorite piece of fitness equipment, especially for travel. You’ll use them for some of your workouts, and you can get yours at the link below!
This is not something you’ll be traveling with, but you’ll definitely want one at home or at your own gym, especially if you’ve got hardwood floors! The one below is not only beautiful, it’s made in the USA!
I’m a massive fan of the TRX. I started using it after my foot surgeries, and I love how many ways you can use it. I also love that Lindsay uses it in some of her workouts! This is not required for using the app, but if you choose to get one, you’ll be amazed at how many things you can do with it.
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Why Travelers Will Love the App
Travelers, generally, lack structure in their travels. And that’s part of the charm, right? You’re in a new place, a new time zone, you’re watching the sunrise or going to a play in London! You’re eating something you’ve never seen before, but it tastes amazing. And that’s all how it should be, but personally, I crave some structure. I need it to help me overcome jet lag on my travels, and I need it to help me get back to real life and productivity when I get home. This app gives you that structure!
Having said all that about structure, this app is amazing in that it’s also flexible when you need that flexibility. For instance, the calendars are awesome, and I love that someone else has made the schedule for me, and all I have to do is tap “play.” However, sometimes I just need to move my jet lagged body, not push it to the limit.
Good news: You’re not tied to the calendar! You can absolutely try out a barre class if you want to, or you can pick out one of their “Quick 15” workouts to just do something quick, or do some basic yoga instead of a weight-dominant workout. Do what works for where you are!
Do Anywhere Workouts
While several of the workout videos require weights (which, let’s be real, no one is taking in their carry-on luggage!), plenty of others need only your own body weight, sliders, or bands (which will fit in your carry-on with no problem!). Even if your accommodation doesn’t have a gym, you can still get in a great workout with this app, whether you want to do 10 minutes on your hotel room patio to wake yourself up a few time zones away, or 45 minutes to get yourself back into a routine when you get home!
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FREE 7-day Trial
Moms Into Fitness is a very affordable app, especially with how many options you have with in the app itself. But if you’re like me and like to try before you buy, you can take advantage of the 7-day FREE trial! If you like it, your subscription will automatically begin when the free trial ends, or if it’s not for you, you can cancel the day before the trial ends and not be charged for the subscription.
If you want to go month-to-month, you’ll get everything for a reasonable $14.99 per month. That’s far less than a monthly gym membership! Even just one group fitness class can easily cost you $20 or more, so this is truly a great deal with many more choices than you get at a spin or barre class.
If you love the app as much as I do, and you’re ready to commit to a full year at a time, you’ll pay $149.99 for the full year. I’m not that great at numbers, but even I can figure out that’s basically like getting 2 months for FREE! This is the best rate, so penny pinchers, rejoice!
Want more? check out my Health and Wellness Page for more about working out and staying healthy on your travels!
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