These online exercise classes let you stay active while you’re stuck at home
March 30, 2020
It’s now more important than ever to stay active for your physical and mental wellbeing. Whether you’re in self-isolation or practising social distancing, here are five online or app based workout programmes you can do from the comfort of your own home.
Designed by Pilates guru Kirsten King whose clients include well known faces such as Pip Edwards, Victoria’s Secret model Georgia Fowler and Elle Ferguson, Fluidform at Home is a video-led subscription where you get access to King’s unique Pilates programme from home. The celebrity trainer’s mix of high-grade technical knowledge combined with a modern approach to Pilates and her warm, engaging nature is what really makes Fluidform at Home stand out from the crowd. Every subscription includes access to the full FFAH video library, monthly live chats with Kirsten herself, live streams from an in studio class, access to Kirsten for private programming, and even a free equipment pack which incudes sliders, 5x resistance bands, a Pilates ball and Fluidform at Home demonstration cards.
Maddie Lymburner, who goes by @madfit.ig on Instagram, is a Canadian YouTube star who currently has over 1.7million subscribers. On her social media channels the fitness influencer posts real time at home workouts. In fact, her killer abs haven’t seen the inside of a gym in over a year. Many of Lymburner’s exercise videos work to target your abs, bum and arms in as little as 10 to 15 minutes and don’t require any fancy equipment.
Centr is a personalised digital health and fitness program curated by actor Chris Hemsworth and consists of a handpicked team of internationally renowned experts. Available on the web or via iOS and Android devices, Centr’s unique program brings together physical and mental health, helping customers to stay strong through at-home training, healthy with easy, wholesome recipes (many of which are based around pantry staples), and to find a sense of calm through meditations and sleep visualizations. Plus, if you signup via the Centr.com website before the end of March you will receive six weeks free membership, unlocking the full Centr experience and access to the Centr community.
Down Dog is the highest-rated app for practicing yoga at home. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company offers a suite of fitness apps including Yoga, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre and 7 Minute Workouts for both Android and iOS. Unlike following pre-recorded videos, Down Dog won’t make you do the same workout over and over again. The customisable apps allow you to work out in the comfort of your home with over 60,000 different configurations, giving you the power to build a programme you’ll love. Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, Down Dog is making all of their apps completely free until 1st April. They are also offering free access until 1st July for all students, teachers and healthcare professionals.
The Body Coach’s Joe Wicks is helping kids (and adults) stay active while they’re stuck at home by holding 30-minute PE lessons, which are live streamed on Wicks’ YouTube channel. The former personal trainer’s first episode of ‘P.E With Joe’ had over a million views. Unlike some online workouts, there’s no need for any equipment as each lesson has been designed to be done at home using your own bodyweight. While Wicks originally launched P.E With Joe as a way to help Britain’s kids stay active while they’re off school due to the coronavirus lockdown he said, “the workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages, so even adults can get involved.”