Thursday, April 25, 2013

Gaiam TV review

Thanks to Business2Blogger, I tried out Gaiam TV for the last month and a half. It is $9.95 per month to subscribe to the service. Gaiam TV offers a fun way to experience being challenged in your workout sessions, even if you do belong to a gym or exercise outdoors regularly.

Gaiam TV's videos are broken down into two main categories: Active & Well and Conscious Media. Besides trying out the workout videos under Active & Well, I really enjoyed watching documentaries like Fresh or videos on topics like weight loss and digestion.


-It was so nice to easily find exercise videos and experience new and challenging workouts. I was happy to find many videos from Jillian Michaels, who always promises to show you a tough and sweaty workout. If you like a certain fitness or yoga instructor, you can find their videos under the "People" section of the site.

Here is an image of the "People" section, which had a nice clean look and was simple to navigate to find your favorite fitness or yoga instructors.

-I hooked up my laptop to our TV using an HDMI cable and the videos appeared on screen very quickly.

-I thought Gaiam TV was easy to navigate. I especially liked browsing the site using the categories section. When I was in the mood for a core strength workout, I could browse that site and choose a fun new video to try out.

-The descriptions of the videos were nice to read through before deciding to watch. The preview feature was also quite nice.

-Sarah from A Gutsy Girl alerted me to the fact that she even had her own collection on Gaiam TV! Check it out! The collection features videos like Mayo Clinic's IBS diet and nutrition, Yoga for IBS, and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It was fun to see a blogger friend's familiar face on the website. I really trusted the videos she curated and enjoyed watching them since we both struggle with digestive issues. 


-At first, using Google Chrome or Firefox, the site did not allow me to connect via my Macbook without a certain plugin. I went into Safari and was able to access the site. After that, I had to wait a month to use the service (because our TV died) and then I had no problems logging in using Chrome.

Other than that small technical issue, I don't have anything negative to say about the site. It seems like they are adding new videos quite often, which is really great for keeping paying subscribers. You can see what's new under the "recently added" section.

If you want to try Gaiam TV out for free for 10 days, check out their site and start your free trial! You can browse the site without having to be logged in.

I received a free trial to Gaiam TV through Business2Blogger. I was not compensated for my review. 

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