Unpopular opinion: I don’t like vacations. Yes, the relaxation, the getting away from it all, and the new experiences are fine and dandy but girl needs her gym. I love going to my gym. I know where everything is, I have all the equipment my little heart desires, fresh towels are a-plenty.
As much I wish I could be a Victoria’s Secret model proving that travel on the go is really so easy (see video of VS Angels Josephine Skriver and Jasmine Tookes working out with the help of a palm tree) that’s just not me. I get irritated when my workout conditions are not exactly right. That speaks more to deeper issues—insert therapy talk here…acceptance…needing to go with the flow…
Anyway. One day into a three day visit to see my family for the holidays, I went stir crazy from lack of gym-ing and decided to download the Body By Simone app. Founded by Simone De La Rue, the app features dance cardio workouts, HIIT, core, arms, and leg workouts that either use body weight or mostly travel-friendly equipment like bands, pilates balls, and ankle weights.
Semi-related tangent: In 2017, I indulged in one month of unlimited classes at the Body By Simone studio in West Hollywood for *sharp intake of breath* $299. I made the drive from Downtown LA to West Hollywood almost every morning just to workout there. Yeah, I’m a little nutso when I get excited about a new spot. I first fell into it because I saw Victoria’s Secret model (are you starting to see a trend?), Kelly Gale, post about taking classes there while training for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Back to the app: I downloaded this app, paid the $19.99 for one month’s access and off I went. I’ve done a whopping total of three workouts with it. Two while at my family’s place and one when I got back home at the gym. While I really like Simone De La Rue’s direction and the quality of videos, I was bored. Maybe I didn’t challenge myself enough or focus on engaging certain parts of my body enough, but it just didn’t do it for me. I liked that it was a video and Simone was right there with me doing the workouts. It made working out in the living room while my boyfriend watched “Impractical Jokers” feel a little less lonely and strange, but still I got bored. I didn’t like not being able to listen to my own music which contributed to the boredom. They have some kind of random pulsating club beats mix going on in the background of the music. Also, I don’t like not knowing what equipment I need for a workout until the workout video has already started. The “Custom Workout Feature” allows you to choose what type of workout you want and how long but it doesn’t show you what equipment will be required until the video actually gets going. I didn’t find the app’s functionality all that engaging either. I like being able to click through workout routines and see exactly what moves I will be asked to do like you can with the BBG/Sweat app.
I should note though, that this gives you a pretty good experience on par with taking a $30 class at one of Simone’s studios. So if you’re looking for a cost effective way to get your Simone itch scratched, then this could work for you. I think if this was a year ago when I was all about BBS workouts, I would’ve been able to look past some of the app’s drawbacks. But I’m just not that into pilates ATM and the lack of functionality with the app kept me from sticking with it longer than a few days. As the app is relatively new, perhaps it will be improved in the future. Here’s to hoping for that because I love Simone’s approach to teaching and the unique sequence of moves she incorporates to get that coveted dancer’s body.