It’s getting to be that time of year—when it’s too cold to go outside, to go for a run, to go to the gym. Hibernation (aka, binge-watching the new House of Cards) is beckoning.
But just because you’re more liable to stay inside over the next few months, doesn’t mean that you can’t stay in good shape—and, more critically, counteract all the gluttonous eating you're bound to enjoy over Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Here to help you with all that is NEO U. It’s a brand new streaming platform and app for live and on-demand fitness videos, which makes it more or less Netflix for working out. It just launched in beta yesterday for iOS and Android, meaning its substantial library is free until January (at which point, it’ll cost you a very reasonable $20 per month).
Yes, sure, okay, you got us—this is not the first on-demand fitness thingamajig. What’s different about NEO U, however, is that they also function as a production studio, occupying a 20,000-square-foot space in Manhattan. The quality is controlled by Hudson Media, who produce popular shows such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians. We suspect you’ve heard of it...
Unlike, say, Peloton, the fitness instructors aren’t NEO U fitness instructors. They’re talented influencers, celebrity trainers and workout brands, looking to bring their shtick to a wider audience. So, essentially, NEO U is an incubator for people who work out good, and want you to work out good, too.
What all that means in practical terms is that you’ve got a growing plurality of options at your disposal, from a high-intensity boxing workout, to a gymnastics-inspired strength and flexibility class, to dance choreography. New ones are constantly being added, and you’ll also be privy to a calendar for live streams, which you can watch on your phone, tablet, computer or TV. It’s a pretty nice set-up for someone who would rather work out at home than a) pay for a gym membership; or b) brave the cold.
Given that it’s free for the next two months, you should probably take advantage of it while you can. Think of it as you getting a head start on your New Year’s resolution.
Which, if you're like us, will inevitably be fitness-related...