In this article, I would like to give my honest opinion about Alo Moves platform for yoga, fitness, Pilates, meditation, etc. I am using it for more than a half a year now, and I need to say that I am very satisfied with content they are providing. A lot of classes and categories to choose from, which sometimes can be overwhelming. I would like to share with you my journey, how I started and which courses I took.
First, I just want to say that my goals were to gain some muscle and open my hips because I think my tight hips are the source of my lower back pain. So my focus was on some fitness and Yoga courses, especially Yin Yoga for hips.
I would say I am not a beginner in fitness, but I am total beginner regarding Yoga. The good thing about platform is that it comes with a lot of series and classes in a variety of experience levels, from beginner to advance. There are 4 experience levels: beginner, moderate, intermediate, and advance.
I started my fitness journey with Koya Webb’s Total Scuplt 1.0 (Total Sculpt 1.0 | Alo Moves) I think that this should be a good start for everyone who wants to do full-body HIIT workouts. Koya is really great instructor and very positive person who can transfer that energy to you and you will definitely feel better after the class. This is a month-long series so for beginning, this is great to keep you busy and not to think what else is there and to always switch between programs.
After I finished with Total Sculpt 1.0, I started with part two (Total Sculpt 2.0 | Alo Moves), and also a great course that is an upgrade of 1.0 version. Again, this is a month-long program and I think that it’s easy to follow. Same as first all videos are 10 minutes on average, great to start a day with Koya and don’t make any excuses.
Here you should already be strong enough to move to some of the Moderate exercises like 7-Day Core Ignite from Calvin Corzine (7-Day Core Ignite | Alo Moves). It can be quite challenging, but don’t give up. I find all the Core exercises really challenging. But just by doing them and repeating, I noticed that next time I am doing them; it becomes easier.
Also at this point because I wanted also to gain some muscle, I bought some dumbbells (two pairs of 5kg and 8kg). For now, this covers all of my needs, but maybe soon I would switch to some heavier ones. With this I did more functional trainings (CrossFit like). I started with a great course from Jacy Cunningham named Baseline Bootcamp (Baseline Bootcamp | Alo Moves). Jacy is an amazing instructor with amazing life advice that you can hear through the course. This is a weekly course you can repeat whenever you want.
After that I tried Roxie Jones’s courses, they are also fitness functional based. One was Total20 (TOTAL20 | Alo Moves) where you can be fit in only 20 minutes per day. You should expect high-energy tempo a lot of EMOMs (short for every minute on a minute training. It’s interval training, where you need to complete a predetermined number of repetitions (reps) of a particular exercise within 60 seconds.) and AMRAPS (short for “as much reps as possible”, you perform a circuit or single exercise with a specified number of reps, for as many rounds as possible within a time frame). For this class, you would also need some rubber bands and weights. And another great course from Roxie is Total Body Training (Total Body Training | Alo Moves). Would say that movements are like Total20 but definitely different durations and intensity.
Next to Roxie there is Matt. Mathew Forzaglia has great functional fitness courses. I would suggest to start with his Body Shred course (Body Shred | Alo Moves) which you can do in 4 days in one week by combining them with abs exercises. And next one is 21-Day Fit (21-Day Fit | Alo Moves). Great course with a lot of functional movements, strength, cardio and mobility workouts. Also, I liked the abs aspect of it.
If you decided you don’t want to buy weights. There are plenty of courses to choose from, but one that I tried, and I like, is Daily Crush by DJ Townsel (Daily Crush | Alo Moves). This one will increase your cardiovascular health for sure.
While I was doing my fitness courses, I also did some yoga. If you struggle with strength, I can recommend Dylan Werner’s Yoga Strength Basics for Beginners (Yoga Strength Basics for Beginners | Alo Moves). It’s one month long course and can be sometimes really challenging to hold some poses. Your hands will shake, especially if you combine it with some of the fitness trainings, or at least mine did.
One really great Yin course for opening hips is Yin For Hips from Josh Kramer (Yin for the Hips | Alo Moves). For this class, you would need a mat, bolster, blocks, and blanket. Yin for the Hips induces and develops a range of motion in the lower pelvis and hips by spending 3-5 minutes in various postures that deeply work ligaments and fascia. As wiki definition says, Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga as exercise, incorporating principles of traditional Chinese medicine, with asanas (postures) that are held for longer periods of time than in other styles. Beginners may hold asanas from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more. Another excellent course for hips is Yin: Hips & Hamstrings by Ashley Galvin (Yin: Hips & Hamstrings | Alo Moves).
If you want to stretch upper body in the Yin manner than you should check Honza Lafond’s course, Yin and Tonic (Yin and Tonic | Alo Moves).
Here I will mention also few courses that are great to take after workout:
Subscription is currently $20/month, or $199/year. Which will be maybe too much for some people, but I will say it’s justified by the fantastic quality videos, production and talented instructors. For this period that I am using platform I noticed they had a new year’s 50% off deal, which I think it was a great deal.
They offer a 14-day free trial period for their membership. This is more than enough time to see if this is something for you or not.
I am using mainly my laptop, so you can login using their website. Via Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Android phone and tablet devices by downloading their application.
In summary, I would like to say that using Alo Moves helped me to feel much better mentally and physically, to gain more muscles, calm my mind, and be more mobile. I would say definitely to try it. They also have a daily meditation section which I didn’t use, but I was using Headspace for meditation for quiet sometime. I noticed that after doing exercise, yin yoga and stretching I feel more present and at peace than just purely using meditation application. So I decided to just stick to Alo Moves and cancel Headspace subscription.
Here I would also point to some cons:
But this is a great platform and they are adding new videos almost daily, so I would say you would never get bored, you have always new material to try.