While some gyms have reopened from COVID-19 closures, capacity is limited and entry can feel risky. A safe bet for keeping your fitness routine–or getting back into it– is a home workout. A virtual fitness class can deliver a sense of community and motivation that we rely on gyms to provide.
Fitness instructors were posting workout videos online long before we were quarantined to our homes. These videos are the perfect way to workout at a time that is convenient for you. It is also great for anyone without a gym membership looking to try a variety of classes free of charge. YouTube has a seemingly endless library of workouts to stream, but there are also quite a few local studios that have videos available on their website. Do Yoga With Me has yoga classes for all fitness levels that you can stream for free through their website. Fitness Blender has workout videos, programs and meal plans to help you reach your fitness goals.
Live-Stream Group Fitness Classes
As a way to keep some semblance of routine and a chance for people to connect, some fitness studios are live-streaming their classes. Jessica Gleason, owner of Seattle Dance Fitness, is offering several live-stream dance classes for members throughout the day. Classes are open online 15 minutes before and after class to allow participants an opportunity to connect. Participants are given the option to turn their camera on if they would like to be seen, or leave it off if they would prefer anonymity. “The difference between a live-stream and recorded class is the connection.” says Jessica. “People are so happy to be doing something at the same time as someone else; experiencing the joy of moving. It is a nice way to get out of your head for an hour and be with other people.” Seattle Dance Fitness offers classes for both kids and adults, and the first week of classes are free! Some other local studios offering live-stream classes include:
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