Sculpt a six-pack in the time it takes to boil pasta… 

Wellness and fitness updates

The Exercise Snacks movement, developed by Nike trainer Joe Holder, suggests we can achieve our fitness goals with short bursts of activity – and it has never felt so relevant. After getting used to living in the living room for the last year, the thought of taking an hour-long class can now be exhausting. Quick sessions can be effective – especially if they have an anaerobic (muscular) focus that tires the body quickly, says Jim Pate, senior physiologist and lab director at the London fitness clinic CHHP. Do you want to form a six-pack in the time it takes to cook pasta? These apps get your blood pumping in 15 minutes or less.

onyx

Come here for a menu of 5-minute targeted workouts – divided into full body, legs & buttocks, and upper body. And in case you don’t think that personal trainer online workouts mean little or no control, think again: Onyx has a 3D motion capture system that syncs with your smartphone’s camera to allow it Count your number of repetitions and keep track of your form and make corrections. $ 14.99 per month, onyx.fit

Fit

The “Netflix of Fitness”: Fiit

Chic production values ​​and a plethora of offerings have led this London-based startup to be dubbed the “Netflix of Fitness”. The app’s multitude of instructors and the mix of live and saved classes keep you busy, and the 10-Minute Mover section has more than 60 routines that include cardio, Pilates, HIIT, and yoga. £ 10 a month, fiit.tv

Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout

This is the quintessential snappy workout. Developed in 2014, it is a full-body circuit of push-ups, planks, wall sits and the like (with warm-up and cool-down, it takes about 11 minutes). The free app also means you can mix and match 72 exercises to create your own longer program. Free, 7minuteworkout.jnj.com

Cross rope

Crossrope offers bite-sized but intense skipping routines

Crossrope offers bite-sized but intense skipping routines

According to some fitness experts, 10 minutes of skipping is the same as a 30-minute run. North Carolina Crossrope takes advantage of this intensity with a series of bite-sized exercises. The app works best when paired with Crossrope’s weighted ropes: they’ll make your arms burn. Packages from £ 89, crossrope.com

Garden shed

The “Express Abs” course from Grndhouse includes five back-to-back exercises

The “Express Abs” course from Grndhouse includes five back-to-back exercises

It may sound like an X-rated club, but Grndhouse is serious: the acclaimed strengths-based app was founded last year by five former Barry’s bootcamp instructors. It recently featured a series of 15-minute exercises; Check out the “Express Abs” class, which includes five back-to-back exercises. From £ 22 a month, grndhouse.com

seven

This Swedish start-up is another app that can zero down to seven minutes and offers over 200 different courses in bodyweight-only disciplines (i.e. without equipment) such as tabata, yoga and cardio. Animated characters guide you through the movements. $ 9.99 per month, seventh app

MadFit

Maddie Lymburner’s MadFit YouTube channel exploded during the lockdown, and this month, Canadian PT with the soothing voice is launching an app. Both the channel and app offer a plethora of quick workouts that target specific body parts – be it 10-minute sessions targeting pesky love handles or “dancer arm” routines that last the duration of a song. £ 15.99 a month, madfitapp.com

Melissa Wood Health

Melissa Woods gentle classes include power yoga, Pilates, and stretching

Melissa Woods gentle classes include power yoga, Pilates, and stretching

For a gentler shot? At Goop-recognized yoga and Pilates teacher Melissa Wood, everything revolves around “long, slim lines”. Her gentle classes – many of which last 15 minutes – include power yoga, Pilates, and stretching, as well as pre- and postpartum options. However, don’t let the quiet approach fool you: the burn will come. $ 9.99 per month, melissawoodhealth.com

Keelo

Fast and furious, Keelo’s full body HIIT bouts range from 7 to 20 minutes. The app analyzes your activity to recommend your next high-octane workout (so you don’t overdo a favorite program) and it can be done at home with body weight or at the gym with equipment. Free or Premium is $ 12.99 per month, keelo.com

Fit-as-F-ck

Fit, as F-ck's online HIT courses address the “slightly bored”, never-repeating exercises

Fit, as F-ck’s online HIT courses address the “slightly bored”, never-repeating exercises

Fit-as-F-ck’s online HIT courses are aimed at the “slightly bored”, as London founder Ed Conway puts it, and only last 15 minutes. There are 30 pre-recorded routines to choose from including full body, lower body and core; You can also sign up for targeted eight-week programs. From £ 7.99 per month, fitasf-ck.com

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