If good intentions were all it took to get in shape, we’d all be Olympic-level athletes by now. Alas, the temptation of the snooze button, the unreliability of the G train and the pull of happy hour inevitably get in the way of our quest for defined arms (and our health or whatever).
But we may finally have to retire those excuses, because attending our fave barre class just got significantly easier: A new fitness startup, Fortë, brings boutique workouts right into your living room.
Obviously, workout videos are nothing new (we definitely have an old Turbo Jam DVD stashed somewhere), but Fortë goes a step further, by live-streaming videos direct from studios around the city. That means constantly changing classes and even instructors encouraging you by name—all without the hassle of setting foot outside. (If it sounds familiar, you might remember that spin mecca Peloton offers a similar service, offering live rides via its proprietary bike or through its iOS app.)
Right now, the studio list includes barre-hybrid favorite Exhale, boxing gym Aerospace and dance studio Banana Skirt Productions (yep, the place that teaches you Beyoncé moves). And if you’re skeptical of replacing your ClassPass membership, you might want to consider the price: Fortë is currently just $99 for the whole year, or $39 for month-to-month. (We won’t name names, but that’s less than a single class at some studios.)
Of course, you still miss out on a few things when you attend a class digitally: the camaraderie, the personalized adjustments, the supercharged blow dryers in the locker room. But if showing up is half—OK, more like 90 percent of—the battle, we’ll take any head start we can get.