Ashley Joi has a way of making those following her workouts feel like she’s one of us, even though she could likely run circles around most. Joi, who has trained stars including Mindy Kaling, brings her high energy brand of encouragement to Chris Hemsworth’s health and fitness app, Centr. 

Joi wants her high intensity workouts to empower the women and men who do them.

“It’s not about me,” she said. “It’s more about that they get through the workout. You can press ‘play’ and sit there and watch it.”

But that’s not what Joi wants. She strives to make workouts accessible to every fitness level and to make them fun – even if that means including a dance break.

“I’m not going to make anyone feel like they need to look in a dictionary to figure out what I want them to do,” she said. “I’m going to meet you where you are and push you to where your max is. It is made for everyone at any level.”

Her workouts use minimal equipment, such as dumbbells or kettlebells. When it goes beyond that, as with a box jump, Joi offers options for levels and equipment.

“You can use your couch, a bed, a bench,” she said. “If you can’t jump up to it, you can step up and step down.”

Joi is just one of the trainers who coach workouts on the app, which also includes self-guided workouts that use a wide variety of equipment (and some with no equipment at all). Personalize the program with your own choices or follow a planner that is designed around your goals, whether to lose weight or get fit and toned. 

“Centr is extremely balanced and well rounded,” Joi said. “That is exactly what inspired me. I inspire people to do what brings them joy.” 

So do you have to be as fit as Thor to use Centr? Definitely not, but as with all programs that lack a face-to-face component, you should get help if you need it and also make sure your doctor approves before starting. While this app can seem a bit pricey on the surface ($19.99 per month, $47.99 for three months, $119.99 for a year), it is a holistic program that includes much more than workouts. The “eat” tab includes recipes and snacks that are filtered by meal and dietary requirements. And the app’s “live” component fosters daily short meditations and sleep visualizations that add mindfulness to a full program of health. The planner includes daily workouts, menus, meditations and more.

Get a free trial of Centr at or in the Apple App Store. 

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