Provides all the tools necessary to lead a healthy life.
As affordable a premium platform gets.
Ease of Use
If you can stream netflix or surf an internet browser, you’re good.
No virtual chatbox, but has Q&A section that answers hundreds of user questions.
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Grokker is great for anyone looking for a complete resource to support their physical and mental well being. Users can choose a 15 minute meditation, followed by an hour long workout, topped off with a nutritious post workout meal prep video all in one sitting. The main differentiator is that while there are other programs that have more well-known, specialized instructors with intense and focused programs, Grokker offers a wide variety of programs that cater to all skill levels and support a complete healthy lifestyle. Our more detailed review below should help eliminate any unanswered questions you have on the platform and determine whether it can help you reach your fitness goals.
Working out at home is certainly gaining in popularity with many people realizing that they can achieve similar results in the comfort of their living rooms without the cost of a gym membership or the wasted time of traveling back and forth. With many apps and fitness platforms looking to cash in on this trend, it can be difficult to tell the excellent options apart from the so-so ones. I’ll do my absolute best to give you a full and honest review of what to expect from Grokker.
What Is Grokker?
The term “grokker” means one who has been transformed from new knowledge, which gives insight into the vision of the program when entrepreneur and yoga-lover Lorna Borenstein founded the company. Although it began mainly as a yoga app, it has since become so much more with tens of thousands of dedicated members. Today, it continues to serve its original purpose of bringing the yoga or fitness studio into the home for those who do not have the time, energy, money or inclination to make it to the gym as often as they should.
As a subscription service, Grokker makes it easy to afford monthly services. Rather than paying by the class, you pay a month at a time. There are plenty of classes to choose from although you will not be able to see the exact classes offered until you sign up and log on for the first time.
The company’s tagline is “Sweat it out, de-stress or just relax with the perfect video.” With plenty of options that will help you do everything from building strength while losing a few inches around the midsection to learning how to meditate or how to build a more nutritious meal, you are sure to find something that will meet your needs on Grokker.
Logging on to Grokker for the first time feels a little overwhelming. This is because the online workout platform has well over 4,000 videos with more being added on a regular basis. For their low monthly price, you will be getting just about everything you need to help you build and live a healthy life, including workout videos, meal-building help, meditation videos and, of course, plenty of yoga expertise. Besides these obvious selling points, Grokker also has a beautiful platform that is truly a joy to use. Whether you use the platform on your desktop computer, tablet, smartphone or television, you will find that it is simple to navigate and that it gets to know you over time, inspiring you to continue forward on your health journey.
Grokker really sets itself apart on its dashboard, which has a simple layout. When you log on to Grokker, your platform will give you all sorts of encouragement to live your best life today. The home page not only provides ideas for which videos might be best for you, but also shows you current community challenges, displays how much you have exercised in the past week and lets you track missed classes on its handy calendar feature.
The dashboard also gives you a reference point for how healthy you are. The program invites you to take a personal quiz, grading you on nutrition, activity, sleep and stress, and letting you know what you should focus on improving. You’re able to retake the self-quiz at any time, allowing you to see your personal progress through the program. If competition and improvement are the name of the game for you, Grokker could be your perfect at home workout match.
Meet the Experts
Unlike other platforms that are run by one or two people you have never heard of before, Grokker is led by a huge group of experts who are well-known in their fields. You might even find a few whom you have heard of outside Grokker. They currently have over 130 experts in such categories as yoga, strength training, sports conditioning, Pilates and barre. Once you find your favorites, you can learn more about them, follow them on social media channels and check out their specific programs offered on the platform.
Social networks are a must for any platform where you spend regular time at. Grokker comes in offering a huge user forum where you can ask the community questions and find encouragement for your day. Q&A Café’s purpose is to provide a motivating, inspiring environment that very well may help you in finding the needed motivation to do your next workout as you see how many others have already completed their goals for the day.
The platform also offers GrokTalk, which allows users to chat directly with Grokker ambassadors, nutritionists, personal trainers, and financial coaches. For any general questions, the Grokker Q&A section covers a wide range of topics for all features and navigating around.
No matter what type of media platform you prefer, Grokker will most likely have a compatible option. Grokker was once designed mainly for Apple and desktop devices, but has recently branched out considerably with an Android app. Users can download the app for Android or iOS, watch it on their laptop, desktop computer or on their television. Apple TV has an app for it, or you can get a Grokker subscription straight through your Roku or Amazon FireStick. However, an important note for Grokker TV subscriptions is that only the videos are included with these. You will have no access to the social community or dashboard, and the system will not track your overall health history.
Another important feature included is Grokker can sync with your wearable fitness tracker to integrate your workout minutes, calories burned, steps taken, heart rate and more seamlessly. The platform currently works with Apple Health, Fitbit and Garmin fitness trackers.
- The Grokker app is a convenient way to connect with the service.
- It lets you see a complete dashboard while also letting you check out your scheduled or favorite videos, browse through experts’ and video collections, take a closer look at your personal calendar and adjust your profile.
- You can even cast video from your smartphone or tablet to your television if you want a bigger and better viewing experience.
- Keep track of exercise minutes and calories on your phone or tablet
- Has a 4.3 star rating on iTunes. Typically anything above 4 is a worthwhile service.
No matter how good an app or platform may be, it is really the content that sets it apart from the competition. With over 4,000 videos, there is certainly a lot to choose from here, but you will really need a good place to start. As mentioned, Grokker recommends a personal health quiz that will help them recommend the right videos for you. You can also browse through collections based on health goals, favorite workouts and the amount of time you have. All videos are beautifully produced in high definition.
Physical fitness is the initial reason most people sign on to Grokker. At-home workouts let you sweat and strengthen your body right in your living room, and many classes require virtually no props. However, you may eventually want to invest in some light hand weights, a foam roller or kettlebells. Popular workouts within Grokker Fitness include high-intensity interval training (HIIT), Pilates, kickboxing, barre, dance, weight training, and cardio.
Grokker yoga is where it all began, and the site still focuses heavily on this popular workout. Nearly any type of yoga can be found here, including Power, Yin, Hatha, Restorative, Prenatal, Anusara, Iyengar and much more. Your kids can even join in some special classes designed just for them. Classes generally focus more on mindfulness, breathing and good form than they do on the spiritual aspects of yoga. Whether looking for something light and playful or a series of classes to help finally nail those arm balances, all can be found here.
Although you probably did not think about choosing Grokker for nutrition help and recipes, you may be surprised at just how much you use this section. You can learn more about what your body needs from simple nutrition videos. You can also discover new recipes for every meal of the day, hone your cooking skills and try new cuisines in your own kitchen.
With over 1,300 videos in this section, you can learn about such topics as basic nutrition and creating a healthier diet. Popular categories for all skill levels include breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, gluten-free, vegetarian, low-carb, desserts and 15-minute meals. You can also follow pre-set cooking programs, including the 14-Day Carb Reset, Slow Cooking 101 and Nutrition Reboot.
The Mind category is designed to help you with everything from decreasing stress in your life to sleeping better at night. You will find meditation videos mixed in with personal help videos on such popular topics as budgeting, developing happiness and using cognitive behavioral therapy at home. While the videos aren’t delivering ground-breaking concepts, the information is still incredibly helpful for almost anyone. It is amazing that you can access all of this at no extra cost.
How to Get Started
As mentioned, you will not be able to try any of this out or even see what Grokker offers without first signing up for the service. Fortunately a 14-day free trial period is offered, where you will be asked to provide your name, email address, and credit card information. With the free trial, you can access the entire platform at no charge. If you decide it’s not right for you, you can always cancel before your trial period ends.
Once you have signed up online, you should download the Grokker app on your smartphone or tablet so that you have more convenient access and can check out the videos on the go. Once in, a friendly nudge will ask you to complete their personal quiz as well as answer a few questions so that they can recommend videos or programs for you. The system will also be offered a virtual tour so that you can make the most of the dashboard.
Grokker Cost – $14.99/month!
Considering all the features and depth of content included in the program, the price is perhaps the most surprising part. After a 14-day free trial period, the Grokker Premium package is available at $14.99 per month for a monthly subscription or $9.99 per month for an annual subscription. If you choose to cancel your plan before it has expired, you will be able to continue using the platform through the end of your subscription period but will not be refunded any money.
Personal Experience and Recommendation
My personal experience with Grokker has been incredibly positive. With so many different videos to choose from, I can pick just what my body needs for the day. Whether I want a high-powered HIIT workout to get my heart rate revving or simply need to stretch out and relax my body with yoga, the platform has just what I need. Plus, I find that I mainly use the app on my iPhone or iPad because I can cast the videos to my television and watch videos in all their HD glory.
Although I have never been one to use many nutrition platforms, Grokker really makes it easy to tie all of my health together with its many features. Of course, my competitive nature also loves watching my wellness level go up regularly as I complete videos and seeing the icons on my monthly calendar appear every day that I work out.
Thanks to the very few downsides of the Grokker experience, I can easily recommend this at-home workout platform for all those who want to improve themselves from head to toe. Even if you are still unsure, the free trial lets users test all features first hand without paying a dime.
Clearly I’m a fan of Grokker, and believe it’s a great value for an all-encompassing wellness platform. If you are not ready to take my word alone, you can find plenty of other reviews online and in your app store. Many users give it high points for how office-friendly the app is and how many experts are posting their workout videos there. Grokker has even been featured on such platforms as CNNMoney, Self, InStyle, CNBC, Time and much more.
Grokker stands out as an all-inclusive wellness platform that doesn’t break the budget. Costing a fraction of the price of in-person classes or even a gym membership, Grokker helps you save money while letting you improve your body and mind. Whether you are looking for something that will motivate you to work out more or want to find life-balancing tips to help you de-stress in the evenings, their membership is certainly the way to go.