Workout From Home With These Virtual Fitness Classes
Most gyms around the country are closed to prevent the coronavirus pandemic from escalating, meanwhile most of us are stuck at home for the same reason. From Equinox to the YMCA, the time when we will be back at our favorite zumba class or treadmill is uncertain.
It can feel hard to stay motivated to move when we’re cooped up inside, especially if our workouts have always been a part of our social and community experience. Not having access to that doesn’t just affect our physical health, it can dramatically affect our mental health too, especially during a time when we may feel especially isolated and like there’s no routine to break up the day.
But instead of not moving, we can get a little creative. Fitness centers certainly are. Many are now live-streaming and recording digital classes so you can join from anywhere — including your living room.
Here are a few gyms that are taking their energy not to the streets — but to the live-streams instead:
Blink Fitness hosts Facebook Live sessions weekdays at 8 a.m. EST. They’ll be hosting virtual workouts and giving tips to stay inspired.
305 Fitness, the New York-based cardio dance studio, is offering their cult-favorite classes as live streams twice a day on YouTube — at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. EST. The studio’s founder, Sadie Kurzban, is hosting most of them from her family’s backyard, with special appearances by her husband and dad.
Barry's Bootcamp is hosting 20-minute bodyweight workouts live on Instagram for free, up to three times a day. Instructors rotate, and their CEO, Joey Gonzalez, is even leading some sessions.
Planet Fitness is all about the "Work-Ins" these days, live-streaming at 7 p.m. EST every day on Facebook for free. Trainers, and sometimes even surprise celebrity guests, will lead the 20-minute workouts from their homes.
Peloton is offering its app to new users for free for the next 90 days, and you don’t even have to have a bike to use it. The app has other sessions like yoga, strength, and bodyweight cardio where all you need is a mat to get started.
Modo Yoga is offering two yoga practices every day on Instagram Live. Teachers stream from their apartments and guide hour-long sessions. Schedules are posted in their Instagram feed so you know when to tune in.
Orangetheory is sharing a new 30-minute workout video each day, featuring some of its most popular coaches from around the world. You don’t need anything special for these workouts, but you might see everyday household items pop up (like a flower pot instead of a medicine ball, or tomato sauce jars instead of light weights).
Crunch Fitness' online workout class portal, Crunch Live, is now free for 45 days, even for non-members. The app has over 100 workouts — from dance and pilates to barre and kickboxing.
The YMCA just launched an on-demand exercise and youth program called YMCA 360, that has barre, boot camp, and yoga. All classes are free for a limited time, even without a Y membership.