My Secret to Sneaking in a Satisfying Workout in Just 10 Minutes

I stream movies, cable, and music—and now workout videos, too. Here's how the Openfit platform helped disrupt my sedentary lifestyle and make exercise a part of my daily routine.

What Is Openfit?

My New Year's resolution was to go to the gym three times a week, but even in the honeymoon phase that the start of a new year brings, I couldn't make it work. I thought it was an attainable resolution, but with my crazy (and rarely consistent) schedule, I didn't realize I had set an unattainable goal for myself—and when I couldn't reach it, I felt defeated.

When I heard about Openfit—a streaming platform that combines fitness, nutrition, and overall wellness—from a coworker, my first thought was, "I don't have time for that." But I browsed the site and saw a fitness program called 600 Secs, which takes you through short (each video is only 10 minutes), high-intensity workouts, and decided it couldn't hurt to try. Plus, with a free 30-day trial, I figured I could find 10 minutes a day for a month to see what happened.

I'm Officially Obsessed with 10-Minute Workouts

Trainer Devin Wiggins designed the 600 Secs program for people like me (and possibly you) who don't have time for multiple 30-minute gym workouts each week. You can choose the one-a-day schedule like I did for 30 days, or pick and choose from a total of 42 workouts, depending on what muscle groups you want to target. Each 10-minute workout is hyper-focused on one area—like your core, glutes, arms, or legs—so by the end of the 30 days, you've worked your entire body.

One of my favorite things about the program is that it's challenging, and the trainers actually look like they're being challenged. Have you ever followed an exercise video and the trainers aren't even sweating? Well, that's not the case with 600 Secs. They wobble when trying to keep their balance; they grimace when holding a plank position. I'm even more motivated to push myself because the routines are achievable and the people demonstrating them are super relatable.

I needed a fitness program that allows me to celebrate my incremental successes, and 600 Secs does just that. It's so much easier for me to find 10 minutes a day to devote to exercise, rather than spending 30 minutes three times a week at the gym. I usually work out from home, but if the videos call for equipment I don't have, I go to the fitness center in my office to use the dumbbells and follow the routine from the app on my phone. My goal at the beginning of this year was to work out more frequently, and I credit the Openfit platform with helping me make regular exercise a habit.

Tailored Health and Fitness Goals

While 600 Secs is the best fitness program for me, Openfit also has four other programs with more than 150 workouts that range from 20 to 60 minutes. New workouts are added regularly, and you even get to try them all with your free trial. There's so much available on the platform, it's kind of like a choose your own adventure, depending on what you want to achieve.

  • Rough Around the Edges: Professional stuntwomen and martial artists lead these 30-minute workouts, helping you get strong and feel like a total baddie in the process. No equipment required.
  • TOUGH MUDDER T-MINUS 30: Four-time Tough Mudder champion Hunter McIntyre leads this 30-minute workout regimen to help you get in shape. Equipment required.
  • Xtend Barre: Fitness trainer Andrea Rogers combines traditional barre routines with calorie-burning exercises to help sculpt and strengthen muscle. No barre required.
  • Yoga52: All you need is a mat, and you can improve strength and flexibility by trying one new yoga class a week. Detailed instructions allow you to practice the form without watching the screen.

The Openfit free trial (and subscription) comes with way more than just workout videos. You also get meal plans, recipe ideas, and access to lifestyle content that informs, motivates, and inspires. You can even shop activewear and equipment on the platform.

Whether you want to devote more time to exercise, lose weight, improve flexibility, create a meal plan, or try some new workouts to diversify your existing routine, Openfit is an excellent resource to help you reach your goals. If you're like me and loved the free trial, I highly recommend taking advantage of the 12-month subscription option. It's more than 40 percent off right now, and only $89 for the entire year—way less than an annual gym membership.