With gyms and fitness centers temporarily closing their doors nationwide, many of us are beginning to redefine how we get our exercise. On-demand workouts are more prevalent than ever, with a booming number of fitness services offering recorded and live-streamed workouts, as well as comprehensive programs available to download.
We’ve compiled a list of our favorite workouts that you can do anywhere–from simple bodyweight routines to recently released streaming platforms, and workouts hosted by gyms and studios.
On-Demand & At-Home Workouts
Virtual and Streamed Home Workouts
Social Media Workouts
If you do not know of many great exercises to do at home, the simplest thing to do is search for free workout videos. Platforms like YouTube and Instagram have thousands of channels dedicated to creating workout videos for all levels of fitness and difficulty. Additionally, because of the temporarily closures of gyms and studios nationwide, businesses are leveraging the power of social media to host free live classes. Here are some of our favorites (we will update often!)
Tune in to @barrys on Instagram for free 20 minute total body workouts through the end of the month.
Every weekday through the end of March, Planet Fitness will host a livestream workout on their Facebook page at 7pm ET. The workouts will also be available after the livestream on-demand on their Facebook and YouTube pages.
OrangeTheory will release a 30-minute daily workout on their app and website to keep members and non-members alike connected and encouraged on their fitness journey.
Club Pilates instructors will be going live on their Facebook page every day at 1pm PDT to give a daily workout. Workouts will be saved to their page following the end of class.
Local Gyms and studios
Check in with your favorite neighborhood gym or studio, and see if they’re hosting any virtual workouts. Many are capitalizing on the accessibility of streaming services on Instagram or Facebook live in an effort to remain a constant in their members’ lives.
Apps and Streaming Services
Popularized by programs like P90X and celebrities like Jillian Michaels, at-home streaming services are more accessible than ever. Ranging from equipment-light programs (yoga, aerobics, bodyweight, etc.) to more intensive, equipment heavy workouts (Peloton’s bike and treadmills), fitness streaming services cover all aspects of fitness. Here are a few of our favorites.
Free On Demand Workouts: New C1, C2, Sculpt, HPF, and even meditation classes will be available every week so you can keep up your practice from home.
30 Day Free Trial: The P.volve method is based on mastering precise movements that activate hard-to-reach muscles. Because when every movement is meaningful, you can create visible results in less time, using less energy.
Free Online Workout Routines: Workout routines are built around gifs that show you exactly what moves to be doing, and typically last 10-12 minutes. Follow along with the moves on any device with timed routines.
90 Day Free Trial: If you’re in need of a supportive community and a way to clear your mind, new users can try the Peloton app free for the next 90 days. Get yoga, meditation, strength, stretching, and bodyweight training in your own home.
Free App: The Nike Training Club app offers a variety of free workouts designed by trainers. It includes everything from HIIT-style workouts to yoga flows for all fitness levels.
Free App: The FitOn app offers free fitness classes that include everything from HIIT to strength to pilates.
Mental fitness can be just as important as physical fitness. With many unknowns in the world right now, Headspace is offering meditations called “Weathering the Storm” to support listeners and bring a sense of peace and calm. Find them in the free Headspace app.
Traditional At Home Workouts
Turn Daily Life into a Workout
The small steps you take to make your time at home beneficial to your fitness life will go a long way. If you live in an apartment building, take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you can, walk to do your quick errands. Cleaning the house and other housework can also burn calories. Continuing to stay up and active, even in the smallest ways, is the most important aspect to your new at home fitness plan.
Working out at home can be repetitive and restrictive. It’s important you make it as fun and enjoyable as possible! During your time at home, incorporate your workout routine with the show you are binge watching. Start family workout sessions. Use furniture as workout equipment. Create games out of the fitness program you select. The more interesting the idea, the better it will make your at-home workout.
Having in-home gym equipment is not common for many people. Bodyweight exercises are nevertheless great ways to compensate for not being able to visit your fitness center. Consecutive sets of push-ups, planks, step ups, crunches, and lunges are just a few of the many methods of capitalizing on bodyweight exercises at home.
Working out at home may not your usual way to get exercise, but you may find switching up your typical routine energizing! Additionally, you may find a new club or studio whose format you love in this period where many franchises are releasing public workouts.
Ultimately, there are endless ways you can capitalize on your extra time at home; we highlighted only a few. No matter what you do, the key is sticking to it. No at-home fitness plan will work without the same level of dedication and effort put into workouts at your usual gym or studio.