COSMOBODY REVIEW & MY NEW GIRL CRUSH

When CosmoBody reached out to me late last year and offered to gift me a three-month membership in exchange for a review on my blog, I couldn't say yes fast enough. I am a Cosmopolitan superfan, and when I heard the magazine was launching an online video fitness chanel, I was ecstatic.

CosmoBody allows you to "get hot with unlimited fitness on demand." (Their words, not mine, though I wholeheartedly agree.) It's almost like having a virtual gym membership - with the added bonus that you get to workout with some of the world's hottest trainers!

So without further ado... here's my review.

PROS:

Convenience. I know this is the number one make-it-or-break-it factor that gets some of you to your workouts - or keeps you from them - so I'm mentioning it first. Let's be real, for many of us it a workout isn't convenient, we ain't doin' it. You can view these videos on pretty much any device: your computer, laptop, iPad, Roku... making it ideal for those of us who travel a good deal. I'm in Miami right now (that sort of explains my general MIA-ness this week) and I'm planning to do a workout on my iPad in my hotel room momentarily. (For the first time in I can't remember how long, I have a big hotel room all to myself. It is glorious.)

Variety. The range of workouts is huge. Whether you're looking for cardio or strength, a workout that's five minutes or 30, there is truly something for everyone.

Idiot- (AKA Teddi-) proof. I love reading about workouts on my favorite health blogs and mags (AKA the step-by-step cardio blasts and circuit training sequences) but the truth is I need direction. I can't just read a PDF or tearsheet, memorize it, and get to work. And I feel kind of silly toting a piece of paper around the gym, not to mention the reading and remembering and counting kinda slows me down. I love that like a class, I can watch and listen to the instructor's counts and movements.

Top trainers. CosmoBody has partnered with some pretty amazing, kickass fitness pros, like Tara Stiles (of Strala Yoga and Reebok fame); Rique Uresti (of SoulCycle and NYC Fitness Scene fame); and Astrid McGuire, whom I have a not-at-all-creepy obsession with that I'll talk more about below.

They keep it real. I talked about this a bit on the blog a few weeks ago, but I loved how when I was working out "with" Astrid McGuire, it was just us two. Every video differs but I loved the overall vibe: encouragement; clear, concise direction; and plenty of modifications for all fitness levels.

FUN! Yes, you read that right! These workouts are fun, upbeat, challenging but modifiable, and a great way to shake up your fitness routine.

CONS:

You must be motivated. The one potential con I see here is that you have to be motivated. I know for some of us, that isn't quite as simple as snapping our fingers. I personally always say that I am incredibly dependent on group fitness because it holds me accountable. I love the ritual of going into a class, working hard, and exiting. These videos are fabulous, but unlike a boutique class you won't lose $34 if you accidentally sleep through it. As with any exercise plan, you really have to be willing to make this work for YOU. Will you schedule workouts in your day planner? Will you invite a friend over to do a video with you?  What will YOU DO to stay inspired?

Something to think about!

Below I'm sharing a preview of Astrid's "Heartbreakers" workout. I have a total girl crush on her; try one of her workouts and you'll understand why. She tweeted at me and it was pretty much the best thing ever. This chick is just so freaking cool - and REAL! (Despite her general gorgeousness, sick physique, and oh - fame.)

Want to try CosmoBody for yourself? Give it a go and let me know what you think! The price is usually $9.95 a month, but I have a few fun offers for you below...

Get a 1 year subscription for $79 with code COSMOBODY79 (expires 1/31/2015)

Save 15% on a monthly subscription with code CAMPUS (expires 1/31/2015)

Get a 90 day subscription for $19.95 with code COSMOBODY90 (expires 3/31/2015)

Please note: Other than the gifted three-month membership, I was not compensated for this post. It does, however, include some affiliate links. Thank you for your readership and support!