Grokker Review: Online Fitness and Yoga Videos

Affordable and High-Quality Online Yoga and Fitness Videos

Grokker instructor. Grokker

The world of online fitness is booming, but with so many options—YouTube videos, workout apps, social media programs, streaming video services, and workouts from individual trainers, just to name a few—it can be incredibly hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.

But just because you can access thousands of workout programs with a simple click of a button doesn't mean they're guaranteed to be: 1) led by a qualified instructor, 2) taught well, or 3) accompanied by high-definition video or quality sound.

What results is a "use at your own risk" scenario that leaves the average consumer adrift in a sea of confusing options.

There are, however, some services that have made a point of curating and cultivating only the best fitness content around. Grokker is one of these services.

Grokker is an online workout video platform that offers high-quality food, fitness, and yoga videos. Much like YouTube, Grokker provides users with a wide variety of fitness options, providing different exercise formats, program lengths, instructors, and specialties. But unlike YouTube, all of Grokker's workouts feature programs designed by highly qualified instructors, as well as high definition video and sound. The result is a one-stop-shop for some of the best fitness videos on the web.

Why Grokker Rocks

  • Excellent, affordable content. Grokker's service is available for a monthly subscription of $14.99, which includes access to thousands of high-quality workout and cooking videos. Subscriptions also include Grokker community forums, Q&A pages, a slew of helpful articles, and communication with Grokker instructors through the comments section on each video.

  • Wide variety of genres. Within Grokker, you can search for your perfect workout through general categories, such as fitness, yoga, and cooking, or you can dial your search down to a more specific genre. For instance, within the fitness section, you can find videos in the subcategories of cardio, interval training/HIIT, barre, sports conditioning, and more. You're practically guaranteed to find a workout you'll enjoy.

  • Strong community focus. Grokker is set up to encourage interaction and community. You can post questions, interact through the forum, and follow other "enthusiasts" (community members).

  • Easy interface. The Grokker platform is easy to navigate and pleasant to interact with. The system serves up a "next video" for you to check out, and also has a list of "new releases" that appear front-and-center on your homepage. It's easy to "favorite" videos and instructors and tag videos to watch later. These videos are saved to your profile along with all the workouts you've previously completed, regardless of whether you tagged them to watch again. This means it's incredibly easy to locate videos you've tried as well as videos you've saved by simply going to your profile page.

  • Helpful starting point. Grokker leadership understands that, while options are important, too many options can feel debilitating. Rather than leaving users to completely navigate the system on their own, they provide a tracking tool for you to track your workouts, as well as a helpful "top programs" section that enables you to follow a popular video series. This feature makes it easier to find a good starting point. Once you start using Grokker regularly, you can even create your own collections, saving them to your profile, so you can plan workouts based on your favorite instructors and genres.

  • Scheduling feature. Each video has a handy alarm clock icon you can click to add the video to your workout calendar. This enables you to pre-plan your workouts for the week or month. You can even set up workout reminders so you get an email 10 minutes before your workout is set to start.

  • Keen focus on yoga and mind-body workouts. Because the company's founder, Lorna Borenstein, is a yoga instructor, there's a strong focus on high-quality yoga instruction, even instruction provided by Lorna herself. This is a feature that sets itself apart from many other online streaming services that typically focus on general fitness videos or yoga videos, rather than both.

  • The food. Grokker isn't just fitness videos—there are also lots of easily-searchable cooking tutorials that users can access. Just keep in mind, not all of them are healthy recipes. If you're hoping to learn how to prepare healthy fare, be sure to search through the "Healthy Eating" category rather than the general cooking section.

  • Flexible workout times. Videos range from less than five minutes long to more than an hour, so there's quite literally something for everyone. It's especially nice that there are options for longer videos. Many other streaming video services, such as Crunch Live, cap video length at 30 minutes, which feels limiting if you're craving a longer session.

Site Considerations

If you're a gym-going guy or gal, think carefully about ditching your gym membership in favor of an online service. While the workout alternatives provided by Grokker are certainly good enough to replace any physical gym, it's important to weigh your preferences carefully.

  • You may not like exercising at home. You may find you don't like working out at home. Online services are basically set up to work as home "gyms," but if you can't find the motivation to get off the couch when you're at home, it's probably not a good solution.

  • You may not like using an online interface. If you're accessing streaming videos from a small screen, like a laptop, tablet, or phone, you may find it difficult to follow along with the videos. Even the best instruction can be confusing if the video is too small to see a move's intricacies.

  • Higher price than some streaming services. While $15 a month certainly isn't spendy, it is more expensive than some other streaming sites. For instance, Crunch Live is $9.99 per month, while AcaciaTV is $6.99 per month, and LiveStreaming Fitness is $9.90 per month. While Grokker isn't priced astronomically higher than the competition, it does cost more.

Free Trial

If you're looking for a way to give up your gym membership in favor of Grokker, it's a good idea to test the platform for a few weeks before you cancel your membership. Grokker provides a two-week free trial (as do most of the competing services), so if you're interested in testing it out, there's no reason not to give it a try.