With the mandate that all gyms and yoga studios stay closed until further notice to help stop the spread of COVID-19, many are finding inventive ways to stay fit and workout in their own homes.
Whether you download an app, follow an Instagram Live Story or check out YouTube, there are plenty of ways you can still commit to your practise and your workout. Now more than ever before it’s critical we maintain both our physical and mental well-being, while maintaining our sense of calm and mindfulness in an unpredictable time. Here’s some of our favourite ways to stay active in the comfort of your own home.
An online Yoga YouTube Community offering yoga video classes allowing you to practice yoga whenever and wherever, this channel, run by renowned YogaWorks teacher Lesley Fightmaster, is designed for more advanced yogis in particular. Releasing a new class every Monday, each 45 to 60-minute power class focuses are safely sequenced, but offer fast-moving modifications specifically designed to boost immunity, reduce anxiety and detox your inner being.
Choose one of Trainiac’s personal trainers to keep you motivated and create a workout program that’s tailored exactly to your goals and your lifestyle. Trainiac’s plans aren’t one-size-fits-all—you’re talking to a real, accredited fitness pro in real time who provides workouts just for you, along with encouragement and support over text, audio, and video messaging. They adjust your workouts to the equipment and space you have available at any given time (whether it’s a full gym or nothing at all), and your workouts can evolve with your goals and your fitness level. (iOS, $80/month)
Yoga on Gaia
With a handpicked library of meditations, yoga practises, and lifestyle videos, Yoga on Gaia offers over 8,000 ad-free classes you can stream on your laptop, phone, tablet, or T.V. First, customize your class by style (Ashtanga, Hatha, Pre/Postnatal, or Chair Yoga), then tailor even further by selecting your level of difficulty (1-3); duration (10 to 90 minutes), and teacher. Opt for the 10-minute “Fresh Attitude,” a practise designed for “mental spring cleaning” so you can calm your mind, move your body, and make space for new beginnings (which feels on-brand right about now), or turn up the dial with an advanced practise of Ananda Vinyasa – a challenging, intensive sequence that “focuses on transitioning away from our never-ending stream of demands and lists to bring ourselves back to the present moment, one inhale and exhale at a time.”
This endurance class focuses on cardio intervals mixed with strength training to target certain zones of your heart rate. Given the impact of COVID-19, the gym is now uploading new at-home 30-minute workout routines daily. You won’t need any equipment because the instructors teach in a way that you can use your own body weight to get through, or you can utilize everyday household items in lieu of weights.
Body By Simone
Very popular among celebrities including Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Garner, Body By Simone is designed by former dancer Simone de la Rue. Her dance-based cardio classes are planned to be fun, but rest assured: they will give you a serious sweat too. Lowering membership prices by 40%, the daily live-streamed classes can be found on Instagram Live Stories as well many more workouts on demand.
Nike + Training Club
Calling themselves the “living room community of athletes,” Nike + Training Club is offering hundreds of free at-home workouts, from bodyweight to cardio and equipment-based classes. Choose the training program that suits your goals, and follow along with Nike’s master personal trainers. Over the coming weeks they’re updating all of their offerings to also include nutritional consulting and expert advice so we can all come back from this stronger than ever before.