Obe is a simple yet effective live-session-focused fitness app made for people who want to exercise at home and have lots of fun while doing that. It also offers a variety of exercises and is not only strength-focused like some of the apps we reviewed. The Obe fitness app will be a great tool to have on your phone and you should definitely consider using it. In this Obe fitness app review, we will talk about the exercises, live – classes, and suitability, while also going through the app’s good sides and bad sides.
Key Takeaways and Highlights
Before digging deep into the app and uncovering everything it offers, let’s make a quick summary of all of the pros and cons in order to see if this is the right choice for you.
This app is a great choice for you if:
- You are a beginner who is exercising at home
- You want to lose fat
- You want to do simple exercises
- You want to have multiple training options like cardio dance, strength, yoga, etc.
- You want to have fun while exercising
This app will not meet your expectations if:
- You want to build a great amount of muscle
- You want to do hard and very challenging exercises
- You are looking for a nutrition plan and eating guidance
- You want a completely free app
- You don’t have any fitness equipment
- You want the app to track your calories
The Background of Obe
The Obe fitness app was founded in 2018 by Mark Mullett and Ashley Mills and despite being new in this big market it has grown so much and has become one of the top choices for at-home fitness because it focuses on both training and entertaining its users with live sessions.
Apple users have high praise for this app and had given it a rating of a very high 4.8 stars on the AppStore. On the other side, Android users have been experiencing some bugs while using the app and have given it a very low 2.2 stars rating on the Google Play Store.
First Impressions of The App
The first positive impression that we gained when installing this app was, of course, the design. The creators of the Obe fitness app used an amazing blend of colors and made a simple and modern interface that’s easy to navigate. Sometimes we’ve launched the app only to look at the colors.
Next, when you finish the process of making an account and logging in, Obe puts you through the standard fitness app procedure where you are answering questions, about your level of fitness, previous fitness experience, interest, and a very interesting and unique one, instructor mentality.
Even if this is a standard process on nearly every fitness app, Obe is staying true to its nature and makes this process very fun with the types of answers you will be able to choose.
For example, the instructor mentality one (a very unique one, right?) is basically a question that you have to answer if you prefer your instructor to be:
- “A fitness BFF who keeps you coming back”.
- “A ball of energy who brings the funny”.
- “A coach who pushes you to go hard and challenge yourself”.
Another one we liked is the way they made the usual “What types of exercise do you want to do?” question fun by changing it to “Which statements are totally you?” and providing interesting answers like:
- Give me a living room dance party every day.
- Living that yoga life, always and forever.
- Pilates, sculpt, and barre? Yes, please.
- I love an intense cardio circuit-burpees and all.
- Strength training is my jam–deadlifts give me life.
So, choose wisely, and be ready for the type of training you’ve chosen, because Obe fitness will deliver exactly that. This concludes the account-creating phase and after this process is complete, you are finally free to explore and use this app. So let’s see what you will have to expect and talk about the core features of Obe.
The first thing you see here is the dashboard where there is a schedule of the live classes for the day and some recommendations the app is giving you based on the questions you’ve answered before. So let’s finally get to the most interesting part of this Obe review article and talk more about the workouts.
Types of workouts
There are 15 main types of workouts and those include HIIT, dancing, yoga, pilates, stretching, boxing, barre, and strength. There are more, but let’s not spoil everything, and leave some for you to explore.
If you’ve chosen the type of workout you prefer, the next step is to choose the live session, or the on-demand class you want to watch. With 130 live sessions per week and more than 5400 on-demand workouts (which can also be downloaded), we can say that Obe offers quite an amount of content for you to pick from. While it can be really difficult, try and be careful not to get overwhelmed by it.
The choice is made even more simple though. The live sessions and the on-demand workouts are categorised in many ways:
- Fitness Level. The options are beginner, open-level, advanced, prenatal, and postnatal.
- Body Focus. The options are full body, upper body, lower body, and core.
- Class length. Based on the fitness level, they vary from 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 28 minutes, 45 minutes, and up to 60 minutes.
- By instructors
- Equipment Needed. You can choose no equipment workouts, or one requiring light dumbbells, foam roller, yoga blocks, etc.
- Music. There is music for everyone’s taste like pop, R&B, rock, and hip-hop.
- Impact. The three simple choices are no impact, low impact, and high impact.
There is also an option for people who want to have a precise plan of what they are doing. To satisfy these people, Obe is offering programs feature that are based on their fitness level, and because of that, the programs’ lengths are varying from 7 to 28 days (one to four weeks).
As for us, when we were preparing this Obe review, we tried the equipment-free, dance HIIT workout. An amazing blend of activities that gives a fair challenge while also being a lot of fun. A must-do for everyone who loves dancing and exercising.
So, as you can see there is an option for everyone and we recommend being honest with yourself and choosing the option that you know is the right one for you and start progressing from there. There is no shame in choosing the beginner level. Just be physically active and have fun.
There are some great coaches on Obe, full of fitness knowledge and most importantly, amazing energy that will surely take good care of your training. It would be very helpful if these coaches also gave us some nutritional advice, or if the app had some meal plan so that way we would be getting a complete fitness all-in-one guide.
So, if you choose this app to help you with exercising, be sure to follow a good diet by using a specialized app, and also be sure to learn more about nutrition and healthy eating. You can do that here.
Obe Fitness app vs. Similar Apps
A modern, simple, easy-to-use, and unique fitness app that offers a new and amazing at-home fitness experience. With a huge number of workouts and training sessions, there is something to satisfy everyone’s needs.
Are you maybe not a fan of live sessions and want to choose the exercises yourself, or maybe you want to use a free app to help you exercise? Well, there are plenty of options to choose from.
The first one we can recommend is Puma’s official app called PUMATRAC. This is a completely free app with a lot of workouts and exercises you can choose from and program the training by yourself.
PUMATRAC is more strength training and HIIT oriented, so if you are a yoga or pilates fan and are looking for an alternative to Obe, or just want to try another app, the second one on this list is Gymondo. With its healthy and delicious recipes, this app will help you with your nutrition, so make sure to give it a try.
The thing we don’t like about Obe is that it doesn’t have a free limited-features version, so if you want to use it you will have to pay. The good thing is that there is a free 7-day trial, so you can decide if you will continue to use it or not.
So, if you like the app, the next step is to see if you like its price and choose from the three subscription plans:
- The monthly one. This plan costs $27.00 a month which is $0.90 a day.
- The quarterly one. This plan costs $65.00 which is $0.72 a day.
- The annual one. If you are a fan and are here for the long run, this is the cheapest option for you. It’s $199.00 a year, or $0.55 a day.
Final Review on Obe and Opinions
We’ve reached the end of this Obe review article where we went through the most important features of this app it offers and some of the features it lacks. At the end of the day, Obe is a very fun and useful app that is suitable for everyone’s needs.
All of the beginners, intermediates, and advanced will have an amazing time using it and will surely see results (especially the beginners). Apart from the fitness level suitability, this app can be a great choice for people who want to mix it up and prefer different types of training
The price of this app is not that low like some of the apps we previously reviewed, but it’s also not the highest one around. Depending on your subscription plan, you get to train with a professional for $0.55 to $0.90 dollars a day, and that honestly sounds like a good deal.
For that amount of money, you are getting a good training session, great entertainment, and lots of positive energy to carry out throughout the day. So, if this is a type of training you would enjoy doing, it’s worth it to give Obe a chance.
Let’s go through a list of pros and cons in order to quickly summarize everything we’ve talked about:
- A LOT of live and on-demand workouts.
- Great categorisation of the workouts and exercises.
- Fun and simple to use.
- Suitable for nearly everyone no matter the preferences of experience.
- Isn’t completely equipment-free.
- Doesn’t have a free version with limited features. You either pay for it or don’t use it.
- There aren’t nutrition tips or meal plans.
To end the Obe review article on a high note, we are going to give you some exercise and nutrition tips:
- Don’t overestimate yourself when picking the difficulty of the exercise.
- Follow everything the coach says and does. Don’t try to make your own versions of the exercises.
- If some of the movements are painful, stop doing them and check if your technique is okay, if the exercise is maybe too hard for you or if it’s simply not good for you.
- We are all different, so don’t worry if a certain exercise or workout isn’t as good as you hoped it would be.
- Don’t skip the warming-up and cooling-down phases.
- Eat regularly.
- Eat high-fiber foods in order to keep blood glucose and cholesterol at normal levels.
- Don’t be afraid of carbohydrates. They will give you the energy needed to exercise and will help you to recover more efficiently.
- Drink a lot of water throughout the day in small amounts. Your urine color is a good indicator if you drink enough water.
- You must sleep enough. Get around 7 to 9 quality hours of uninterrupted sleep.
- Also, try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day. This is very important for your energy levels.
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