We all may be stuck in our homes, but that doesn’t mean we have to become couch potatoes. Isolation makes motivation much harder, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do it!
Luckily, the fitness world has our back.
There are a host of gyms, yoga studios, and services offering online streaming for all us quarantined folks. Some of these services are completely free, while others are offering extended or discounted memberships for the time being.
Want to get off the couch and get your heart pumping? Here is a selection of some online services from boxing to cardio to yoga to give a try!
How Physical Activity Can Help You Kick Quarantine
Staying physically active may be one of the biggest challenges during lockdown, yet it may be one of the most important steps to maintaining your overall health.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that some of the benefits can actually be experienced after your first session of getting sweaty — as long as said exercise is moderate-to-vigorous — and includes “improved thinking or cognition (for children [six] to 13 years of age) and reduced short-term feelings of anxiety (for adults).”
With that said, regular physical activity offers a wealth of health and mental benefits including “reducing your risk of depression and anxiety,” boosting your mood, — thanks to an extra dose of hormones serotonin and norepinephrine and increased production of endorphins — improving sleep, managing a healthy weight, strengthening bones and muscles, increasing energy levels, reducing risks of chronic diseases, and boosts your brain health and memory.
10 Online Fitness Services with Free Access
Want to know which physical fitness companies you can fully take advantage of while on lockdown? Take your pick! A handful of gyms, studios, YouTube fitness gurus, and smartphone-compatible app programs are offering killer deals, free streaming, or extended trial periods to those of us in need of a good sweat from our living rooms. Whether it’s low impact floor work, barre, yoga, boxing, cycling, or running, we’ve got you covered in one of the below options!
Peloton is one of the more unique home-gym experiences available! In 2012, a group of like-minded entrepreneurs decided to combine the “best talent in technology, hardware, and production” in order to “bring the community and excitement of boutique fitness into the home.” It’s basically the perfect all-inclusive, whatever-you’re-looking for physical fitness program, accessible at any time from your living room. It includes live or on-demand classes of all kinds taught by world-class instructors along with curated training programs.
Currently, Peloton has extended the free app trail to 90 days! That means three whole months of free workout classes of your choosing — from yoga to floor work to cycling to running! Just enough to get us through this shelter-in-place period.
2. Daily Burn
Daily Burn offers a variety of streaming physical fitness services including group classes, as well as tailored one-on-one workout programs. Self-described as an “energetic, full-body group workout you can do any day, at any fitness level,” Daily Burn is the perfect, affordable, at-home program for those beginners out there! If you’re new to the physical fitness game, Daily Burn offers tailored programs based around tailored “for your level and goals — including a schedule of workout videos to follow, nutrition plans, even rest days,” plus you can peruse over 1,000 workouts at your own leisure.
Get your Daily Burn on right now with a 30-day free trial and begin streaming from a variety of devices including Roku, Apple TV, iPad, Amazon Fire TV, and more!
3. Yoga with Adriene
Maybe you’re not looking for a commitment, such as a membership, but you’re jonesing for a bit of physical activity during lockdown.
Yoga with Adriene is a great compromise option!
The free YouTube-based yoga videos are hosted by Adriene Mishler — an “actress, writer, international yoga teacher and entrepreneur from Austin, Texas” — who seeks to make yoga accessible to everyone from the comfort of our homes. Mishler currently has over 6 million viewers, a testament to her high-quality yoga and mindfulness practices, and offers all of her services free-of-charge.
Check Adriene out to get your yoga inspiration going today!
4. Tone it Up
Tone it Up’s motto is “Work out with us. Anytime, anywhere.”
Sounds pretty good right now!
Tone it Up is a unique women-based community of physical fitness resources that focus on boosting metabolism, toning muscles, and achieving fitness goals that you set for yourself. Along with workout programs, Tone it Up also provides a slew of healthy recipes to support your body while you boost your activity level, plus accountability through an active online community of women! With hundreds of on-demand workouts, as well as regularly streamed live classes, this is a great goal-based membership to sign up for during your months in lockdown.
While, Tone it Up only offers a 7-day free trial (sorry, the quarantine special ended on 4/13!), they are one of the most affordable online fitness programs for only $8.33 a month or $100 a year! A super-steal!
5. Orangetheory at Home
If you’re an experienced gym rate then you probably know about Orangetheory.
This super-pumped, high-energy gym offers a slew of some of the most intense and effective workouts available. Orangetheory is based around community-supported results in a highly-tailored and guided hour-long workout with professional coaches.
Think you can’t get the same results at home?
While the Orangetheory gyms are closed — like the rest of the non-essential businesses — you can access their high-powered workouts from home using the Orangetheory At Home service. Plus, they’re offering this service completely free, no strings attached, no trial-period, just awesome, hard-core, butt-kicking workouts every day.
6. Nike Training Club
The Nike Training Club app offers a slew of targeted workouts and tips for building overall healthy habits meant to help you reach personal fitness goals from every angle.
This app provides “free workouts for everything from bodyweight-only sessions, invigorating yoga classes, targeted training programs, and full-equipment home workouts for all fitness levels.” The really cool thing about this app? Their mission is to keep the world healthy, therefore they offer the basic app for both iPhone and Andriod free, just simply download! Plus, they’re now are offering premium service of “on-demand class-style workouts, programs, and expert tips on nutrition, sleep, and more” free to current member and are offering
7. Corepower Yoga
This isn’t like any other yoga class you’ve attended!
Their mission is to “[work] every muscle and every emotion” and “show the world the incredible life-changing things that happen when you root an intensely physical workout in the mindfulness of yoga.”
Are your interests peaked?
While many yoga studios move at a somewhat slower pace, Corepower Yoga takes the standard principles of the movements and offers a slew of classes from traditional yoga to high-powered cardio-versions of the yoga practice.
Corepower Yoga doesn’t want you to sacrifice your personal practice in light of the lockdown, which is why they’re offering 100 percent free on-demand classes that you can stream right this moment. Every week offers a fresh “collection of online classes!”
8. Rumble Boxing
Looking for a way to unleash some pent up quarantine energy? How about a bit of at-home boxing!
Rumble Boxing is run by a “motley crew of fitness freaks bound together by [their] willingness to lace up and throw down.” This form of physical fitness “combines the sweet science of boxing with the transformative power of strength training.” If you’re looking for a workout that integrates high-intensity interval training, metabolic conditioning, and cardio, this is the app for you!
Plus, Rumble Boxing is offering a free boxing-based exercise every morning via Instagram for those of us in lockdown! Access the most recent workout or stream one of the archived classes free of charge.
9. Down Dog
Alright, let’s go a bit more traditional!
Down Dog is one of the most tailored, at-home (or anywhere!) yoga experiences you can find. Curate a workout based on your body’s specific needs, from yogi level to injuries to intensity level to length, each time you hit the mat you’ll be getting exactly what you ask for! What does this mean? The app is loaded with “over 60,000 different configurations” which means you have the “power to build a yoga practice you love.”
During the lockdown, Down Dog is offering all of their apps — Down dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout — 100 percent free until May 1st. On top of that, free access is granted for healthcare professionals, students, and teachers through July 1st.
This workout app was simply made for a lockdown situation!
P.volve is full-body, low-impact workout designed to work your body, while also keeping it safe. Their method is “based on mastering precise movements that activate hard-to-reach muscles” under the belief that “you can create visible results in less time, using less energy.” A truly unique fitness experience, P.volve uses the “kinds of movements you use in your everyday life” and incorporates neuromuscular science and functional science.
Their service offers customizable plans along with over 200 videos to stream currently with new ones added weekly, plus information on proper nutrition to support your new workout and a progress profile to track your changing body!
P.volve currently offers a 14-day free trial to get you hooked on this evolutionary workout!
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