This pandemic is possibly the largest disruptor of normal life that the world has ever seen, but for many it simply means staying inside their home. While that doesn’t sound too bad, practicing social distancing can lead many to feel anxious, depressed, and a little stir crazy.
Many experts recommend that it’s important to stick to your normal routine as much as possible. Whether or not your normal routine includes exercise or not, this is a great time to work on getting in shape. Let’s face it, we can all use the extra endorphins right now.
Check out these workout classes that you can do from the comfort of your own home (because you don’t really have a choice to do them anywhere else). The great news is most only require
The Class by Taryn Toomey
“The Class by Taryn Toomey is a transformative workout of the body and mind,” according to the organization’s website. “Through simple, repetitive calisthenics and plyometrics, participants challenge the body to engage the mind.”
While the company only has studios in New York, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, its Digital Studio allows people from anywhere in the world to experience live classes seven days a week from anywhere that they have a computer, smartphone, or connected TV. “Our digital studio puts you on a mat in our Tribeca studio where you can move with us in real time,” the company’s website states.
You can try a two week free trial of The Class right now.
Equinox Media, the digital fitness content brand affiliated with the gym chain, had extreme luck with the timing of the launch of its new app, Variis. On March 13, the company conducted an early release of the Variis app and made it available to Equinox members via a phased market rollout.
In conjunction with SoulCycle, Variis is also debuting the SoulCycle at-home bike, which is powered by Variis and available for pre-order. A monthly membership to Variis is required to access the SoulCycle classes shown on the bike’s screen.
With a monthly membership of $40 that powers the SoulCycle at-home bike, users will also have unlimited, on-demand access to the company’s brands: Equinox, SoulCycle, Precision Run, Myodetox, HeadStrong, and PURE Yoga.
Most know of the Peloton bike and treadmill, both of which are dream buys for any fitness junkie. But the also has a subscription-based app that is available to those who do not own either the bike or treadmill. Usually, the company offers users access to the app on a trial-basis free for 30 days. In light of the pandemic, the company is now offering the Peloton App to users free for 90 days. After the free trial is over, users pay $13 per month for access to the app.
The app hosts classes for cycling, running, yoga, meditation, strength, stretching, bodyweight cardio and strength training.
Rumble is a gym dedicated to boxing and training classes. The company has locations all across the country, but closed them all as a precaution due to Coronavirus as of March 16. The company is dedicated to keeping their customers in shape, so they are posting daily workouts on Instagram Live. These workouts require no equipment, so you can do them right in your living room, bedroom, or wherever you have space.
CITYROW combines interval training with an indoor row machine to provide high- intensity workouts. The company has locations across the country, but it also sells its machines and has a corresponding app.
The company, like other gyms, had to close all of its nine locations, but urges members to continue to use its app and has begun to post free at-home workouts to its Instagram page. The great news is that these workouts require no equipment.
The workouts will be posted Monday, Wednesday, and Friday early in the morning.
The company is also offering a free 30 day trial to their on demand app, CITY ROW Go and free shipping right now for their machines. The CITYROW Go app has always had their traditional rowing class available, but also offers strength, yoga and mobility workouts on demand.
Check out your local gym
Though gyms have had to close across the country, many local gyms have kept their community together by posting their classes online. One way to beat loneliness caused by social distancing is by virtually sticking with your usual communities, support systems, and routines.
“It’s important that every gym around the country continues to provide their clients with as much content as they possibly can and get them as motivated as they can,” said Bobby Florio, owner of Synergy Fitness, a local gym in Fairfield, New Jersey.
Florio and his team have been using social media to keep their community active during the mandatory shutdown, which was announced in New Jersey on March 16. Florio and the other trainers at Synergy Fitness have been using all mediums to reach their community- from Instagram, YouTube and Facebook to Skype and FaceTime.
“I’ve got all my instructors working, whether it’s a live class, a YouTube video…we’re really trying to pump out the content right now and have everyone staying sharp throughout this tough time,” Florio said.
Florio emphasizes that it’s more important than ever to continue exercising while you are practicing social distancing.
“The saying always goes, ‘wake up, dress up, show up,’ and in my opinion, that should not change, even though you might be showing up in your living room,” Florio said.
Exercise is key to strengthening your immune system, as well as maintaining your physical and mental health, and local gym owners should continue to help their community in any way that they can.
“One of the biggest jobs as a business owner is to figure it out,” Florio said. “Let’s get to work, let’s figure it out, and let’s see how we can come away from this better, bigger, stronger as better business owners.”
If you don’t belong to a local gym, do some research and see if there are any currently posting free classes to their social media platforms.
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