In the fitness world, 2020 will probably be known as the year everyone discovered working out in their living rooms. As gyms shuttered due to the pandemic, and at-home exercise gear sold out across the world, there was a predictable rise in at-home bodyweight workouts. But working out is hard — at least I think so. Honestly, I suck at it. I lack the motivation to get sweaty without a trainer there to catch me when I’m slacking, and without the financial accountability of a gym membership, I struggle to pull on my trainers and move my body.
It was a couple of months into lockdown, once I’d exhausted my options for one-off celebrity workouts that got me moving under the guise of having a laugh (like that time I tried Arnold Schwarzenegger’s retro home workout), that I noticed my body was becoming increasingly stiff and sore from doing, well, absolutely nothing. That’s when Chris Hemsworth’s fitness app, Centr, entered my life.
I’d seen the ads with Chris and his wife, Elsa, looking sweaty and strong, and honestly, I was skeptical about whether it would be the right program for me. After a brief look at the app, I noticed that there is actually more than one program to suit different fitness levels. I was most interested in the newly-launched bodyweight-only program that runs for six weeks called “Unleashed”, which was perfect for me because the only equipment I have in my flat is a workout mat, and because it had an option for beginners. Like I mentioned, I hadn’t really worked out in months, so it was straight into the beginner program for me.
Ahead, see my breakdown of Chris Hemsworth’s fitness app, Centr, and what I liked about it.