I’ve got a treat for you guys today! When Prita Kumar, founder of Booya Fitness, reached out to me and shared her story, I knew this would be a great fit for a P&I collaboration. A huge fan of boutique fitness classes (Barry’s Bootcamp, Core Fusion, etc.), but frustrated with the high pricing and hassle of trying to sign up far enough in advance to get a spot while factoring in work and commuting time, Prita started Booya. Charging users just $9.99/month for unlimited access, Booya is an on-demand video platform that partners with boutique gyms and instructors to bring you the industry’s most fun and challenging workouts. There’s a rotating daily featured video as well that’s free for all users.
I love this concept because I can’t even count how many times I’ve missed an exercise class because I can’t find a place to park, the traffic is awful, or the T is backed up because of a Red Sox game. You know how Massachusetts has a reputation for having the worst drivers in the country? It’s solely based off of me driving home with full-blown road rage after missing a $30 Pilates class with my favorite instructor that I signed up for four years in advance. It’s awesome to be able to access workout videos from these top-tier instructors as another option on days like these.
And guess what? P&I readers can do just that…fo’ free! You can all access Booya’s workout videos free for 30 days by using the code:
When you go to Booya and click Sign Up, there will be an optional promo code field—this is where you’ll type paiblogpromo. You’ll be asked to enter billing information, but will not be charged until the 30 days is over. Voila! You can start logging workouts today. 🙂
Also, if you’re a blogger and want to be able to offer your own readers this free trial, you can email Prita (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get your own unique access code.
In addition to your free 30 days, two of you will win an extended year of unlimited access. The two winners will be chosen in the following way:
- Most Active User: Sweat it out to more Booya videos than all other P&I readers during the 30-day promo period. This is automatically logged in your Dashboard.
- Best Booya Story and/or Photograph: Did you stream a Booya video on your iPad while traveling to a cool location? Snap a picture! Did your kids attempt one of the bootcamp workouts with you? Share your story! You can share these pictures and stories on any form of social media, just be sure to mention me (@nicoleperr) and Booya (@booyafitness) in it so that we can count your entry.If you don’t have social media accounts, you can also email your Booya story to me as a way to enter (email@example.com). If you have a blog of your own, you can share your story there and send me the link.
To make your sharing easier, and so that you can stay in the loop about new videos, you can follow Booya Fitness here:
My Booya Experience
The first thing I noticed about Booya was how user-friendly, streamlined and clean the interface is. You can set a couple preferences and Booya will recommend a video for you, or you can browse the video library by type of workout. There are currently 13 videos, with 10-12 more coming by March. The first thing I noticed was the option to sort by noise. So many of you have expressed the need for quiet workouts so as not to annoy the apartment below you or wake up sleeping family members, and I think Booya really nailed it by accommodating this challenge to working out at home.
After you complete the workout, you can rate it based on how difficult/easy it was for you, so that Booya can than adjust its recommendations. You also have the option to share your workout story on Facebook to accumulate Booya Share Points.
I tried one video from each of the four categories (cardio, bootcamp, strength/toning and yoga). With the Fusion Yoga, however, I quickly realized I was way too much of a beginner yogi to keep up with it (I’m actually like four levels behind “beginner” haha). But I ended up watching the whole video anyway because it got me really excited to start regularly practicing yoga (my goal for the year). The pace was fast and the moves looked challenging—it was more athletic than meditative, which is exactly what I’m looking for.
But let’s talk about the three workouts I actually did. I was really excited to see a deck of cards workout in the bootcamp section (I’ve posted a few of those on P&I), and this one proved to be my favorite Booya video. The hardest part was the pace—I admittedly couldn’t keep up with them towards the end, so I would just do as many reps as possible in the time it took them to do the full number of reps. I love that though—if I’m paying for a workout, I want to be challenged, and I want to see that I have room for improvement. This one was quick but tough.
I also did the Extreme Core Challenge, which was exactly the type of quick workout I typically do before going for a run. Because there were a lot of plank sequences, I really felt this one burning my arms as well as my core. Gritty Cardio Kickbox was the last video I tried, and it was super fun for me. I loved the instructor’s energy, and some of the moves reminded me a little of my Zumba days (I was a Zumba psycho in college—literally would elbow other girls out of the way each week so I could get a spot in the front of the class…I’m delusional).
When I did all these, I just used my MacBook, but you can bring up the videos on any internet-enabled device (tablet, smartphone, TV). I couldn’t find my HDMI cord, but if I had one, I would have connected my computer to the TV in my living room for a bigger picture.
Leave a comment telling me which Booya video/s you try out!
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post, but, as always, opinions are my own.