By: Karen Yontz Center Staff
It’s probably fair to say that most of us are looking for things that are new and interesting to keep us occupied while we are home, including exercise. For those of you who want to try something a little different, a little more dance-y, I give you the app Obé.
Obé gives you a 7-day free trial of their program. It should be noted that you can’t use the app unless you sign up for the free trial on the Obé website. After the 7-day free trial, subscriptions are $27/month or $199/year. Paying for one full year allows you access to their Challenge Portal—something as a beginner, I didn’t feel was necessary. With the monthly plan, however, you get unlimited access to daily live and on demand classes. There are about 100 live classes a week and over 4000 classes on demand. Classes are separated into 4 categories:
- Define (Strength): Includes sculpt, barre, Pilates, and other strength classes
- Flow (Yoga & Stretch): Includes a variety of yoga classes including yoga sculpt and restorative stretch
- Sweat (Cardio): Including everything from HIIT to Dance to Cardio Boxing and even Dance Choreo where you learn an entire dance routine
- Pre & Post Natal: For moms and moms-to-be, there are sculpt, yoga, and strength classes and even Mommy and Me
Obé is designed to be done as a program and each participant is encouraged to follow their 5-part plan. Try to do 5 classes a week, 3 Define and 2 Sweat. Recommendations are given to you based on your fitness level, but you can go rogue. Second, be consistent and always go full out. Be accountable and schedule your classes the way you would any other appointment. Obé allows you to schedule classes directly thru their app onto your calendar. They also encourage joining their private Facebook group to get support from others working the program. Fourth, they want participants to “Level Up” when they feel the workouts are getting too easy. Usually this means adding items like resistance bands, sliders, or yoga blocks. Obé uses this as an opportunity to encourage you to buy their products, which you can do directly through the app. Finally, they encourage modifying any moves you may need to so that you are comfortable and don’t hurt yourself.
As for the workouts themselves, I tried one of each. The instructors are filmed in a white “box” with flattering neon light. To be expected, they are full of energy and positivity. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical of how much I would like the workouts, but they were very fun and pretty easy to follow. I especially liked the dance cardio classes. Also, I don’t normally enjoy yoga, but I took a restorative yoga class focused on hips and it was amazing. Just a few deep stretches over the course of 30 minutes but it made a difference. I am a fan especially of the express classes. They make it easy to fit in a quick (10 min.) workout when I have been sitting at my desk too long.
Positives about Obé is that it is set up to help users succeed. Both the app and the desktop interfaces are easy to use and attractive. The teachers are fun and energetic without being annoying. And even though there is a store component to their program, they aren’t constantly giving a hard sell. Negatives to me are the price, although it is nice that you can opt to pay monthly or yearly. Classes are suggested for you based on your fitness level, but those suggestions can be tough to find. They are more easily accessible on the app though. And sometimes, classes are described as needing no equipment when they actually do.
Overall, I liked using the Obé app and I think I will continue with my subscription, at least as long as gyms are closed. I like dance and find it easier for myself to work out when I’m distracted with learning choreography. However, there are ample workouts to keep just about everyone busy and fit.