The gyms are closed and we are (hopefully) mastering social distancing. Some of us now have restrictions on going outside. Parks and beaches are being closed. You still want (and should!) exercise but what can you do? Thankfully, there’s an app (and a livestream!) workout for that.
I like to make up my own workouts. I do it for my clients and patients daily. But there are days when I don’t want to think. I want someone to tell me what to do. Those are the days when I turn to a fitness app and livestream workouts for home. There’s so many options and so many really, really bad YouTube channels. I started a random workout I found on YouTube last week and promptly shut it down when the “instructor” kept complaining that the workout was “really, really hard!” So weird and very strange.
Here’s 9 of the best fitness apps and livestream workouts for home that will come in handy for all of us in the upcoming weeks. Happy workouts!
You probably know Pel0ton because of their home cycling or treadmill workouts but did you know their app has an extensive library of strength workouts (bodyweight and with weights), yoga, meditation, stretching, bootcamp, walking, outdoor running, and other cardio? I didn’t either!
Right now, you can get a 90 day FREE subscription to the app and all the workouts. No credit card needed. I did an intermediate strength workout with weights one morning when I didn’t want to think. I just wanted someone to tell me what to do! The workout was easy to follow with some fun exercises that I don’t usually do. It left me sore for a couple of days after.
I found out about the FitOn app on Instagram because I follow Danielle Pascente. She shares a ton of workouts on her persoanl Insta but FitOn has full workouts like HIIT and strength on demand on the app. In addition to Danielle’s workouts, there’s full list of kid-friendly workouts, cardio, strength, yoga and more. There’s something for everyone and it’s FREE always.
I’ve only heard of the Nike running app thanks to Sally McRae (aka Yellow Runner on Insta) being a coach on it. When I saw that they dropped the fee on their premium service, I thought I’d check it out. It turns out they have way more than running workouts! Their library of workouts contains everything from bodyweight strength sessions to yoga. In addition there’s also info on meditation, nutrition and sleep.
Daily Burn is unique in that it picks out workouts for you based on a short survey you fill out when you sign up for the live streaming workouts. You get a schedule of workout videos and nutrition plans. Because of COVID-19, Daily Burn is offering a 60-day free trial for new users.
Core Power Yoga
Craving some power yoga? Core Power Yoga On Demand is offering free classes while their studios are closed. And it’s not just for members. Classes range from 30-60 minutes with a different focus for each class. Currently, 16 classes are available with more added daily.
I don’t have access to ClassPass in my area but it sounds like a great way to try out different boutique gyms and studios. Right now, ClassPass is offering unlimited FREE access to 2,000 on-demand classes to everyone. Not just current members. If you want to take a live class, you do have to pay a fee but ClassPass is being super cool and giving 100% of the proceeds to the studios.
You may not think of Planet Fitness when it comes to group exercise classes because they are for the most part, strictly cardio and weight equipment. With the closure of their gyms for the next few weeks, Planet Fitness has begun offering free home work-ins on their YouTube channel. The workouts are 30 minutes or less and some offer fun celebrity cameos.
Meditation may not seem like a workout but it is…for your brain and well-being. I know I’ve been turning to meditation more to combat with the endless of amount of stress hitting me hourly. Headspace is offering a collection called Weathering the Storm for free. It includes meditation, sleep and movement exercises to help during this crazy time. In addition, if you are a healthcare worker in the US, you can get Headspace Plus for free at this time.
Flex & Flow
The lovely ladies from the Fit Approach yoga studio, Flex and Flow are offering free online yoga and workouts. You can find their live stream workouts on Instagram Live or on their YouTube channel.
Do you have a fave app or livestream workout?
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