Local and international fitness brands have gone virtual – here are the best home workouts you need for these strange times.
As we adjust to a whole new way of living, the call for everyone to stay home doesn’t mean you should skip the exercise! Quite the opposite: If you’re concerned about Covid-19 in any way, staying fit is key to both boosting your immune system and keeping your mind from going into overdrive. So slip into your activewear and log on to these free home workout classes. We’ve rounded up everything from yoga to martial arts for all your exercising needs…
Fitness First Singapore
You’ll conquer your fitness goals even without the gym, or so you think – until it’s two weeks into the house-bound life and you still haven’t gotten those abs you’ve been meaning to achieve. Maybe a lil’ help is needed: Enter Fitness First’s virtual workout lessons on Facebook. The Fitness At Home series sees the gym’s signature workouts livestreamed every week, while its sister brand Firestation.fit pumps out the adrenaline-inducing content to get you moving.
The silver lining in swapping fitness classes for at-home livestreams? There’s no one to feel self-conscious around. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at martial arts but felt hesitant to, here’s the opportunity to give it a go. Evolve MMA’s world champion instructors are gearing up for daily livestreams on Facebook and Youtube, so get ready to punch your way through Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu, boxing, MMA, wrestling and more.
Personal training gym Level has launched a virtual Sweat class (yes, it’s HITT). But if you’re not sure about spending on a Zoom workout right off the bat, the gym has helpfully released exercise tutorials on its Instagram highlights too.
This popular functional training and boxing gym is letting you Boom From Home with IGTV tutorials. Lace up those shoes – or not, if you prefer going barefoot – and get pumped for the same high energy exercise sessions that you know and love from the brand. There’s nothing quite like rolling out of bed and into an intense HIIT sesh with pounding music to start your mornings!
You don’t need a two hour workout to keep fit – just 30 minutes will do with UFit’s virtual training. Sign up for the free weekly weekly classes to burn those calories. Paid classes are also available if you want even more muscle toning action.
A fitness retreat destination (one of the world’s top 10!) in the Thai island of Phuket, Thanyapura knows that a trip out there isn’t possible now, so it’s bringing its classes to you. We’re talking twice daily and at no cost whatsoever. Set your reminders for HIIT, Muay Thai and yoga exercise lessons, streamed live on the Thanyapura Facebook page.
Nike says “You can’t stop us” even during a pandemic with free livestream fitness classes on Instagram. Featuring hip hop, HIIT workouts and more, these sessions are run by Nike master trainers like Sari Marsden (@sarisarius) and Wany Misban (@oneknee) on their respective Instagram pages. For the full schedule (updated weekly), keep an eye on Nike’s website.
The Australian Ballet
Use your kitchen stool or counter as a barre and pick up some ballet skills at home with The Australian Ballet’s virtual classes. Videos are dropped every week and they’re suitable for all ages and experience levels – including complete beginners. You’ll be taught by the company’s former leading soloist, Justine Miles, you you know you’re in good hands. Besides, there are no strangers around to see you attempt your first plie, so there’s no reason not to use your space as a dance floor!
You’ve read Popsugar’s celeb goss, but have you popped by the brand’s Youtube channel dedicated to the fit life? Hosted by celebrity trainers and fitness experts, it allows you to pick your tutorial based on the area you want to tone (be it your abs, shoulders, back or legs) or the type of exercise you’re in the mood for (including pilates, boxing and cardio). Prepare yourself for a mood-boosting workout that’ll leave you sweaty but happy.
The opportunist in us is finding some joy in the chance to try classes by much-raved-about brands like Barry’s for free. Renowned for its HIIT circuits, the gym is rolling out strength and cardio interval workouts on its IGTV with the Barry’s At-Home series. Now’s the time to experience the muscle-toning bootcamp without spending a cent (or stepping out the house)!
Taken a peek into the fitness side of Youtube or Instagram? You’ve probably heard of Kayla Itsines. This personal trainer turned entrepreneur is well-known for her Bikini Body Guide (BBG), a course jam-packed with body toning moves. And on her Youtube channel, she has a free BBG exercise you can do at home – perfect for getting you off the couch on a slow afternoon.
Possibly the Internet’s favourite pilates trainer, Cassey Ho’s home workout videos are a go-to for newbies and fitness enthusiasts alike. Hit up her apartment-friendly workouts playlist or challenge yourself to her 14 day quarantine workout plan – stick it our and you’ll gain a ton of muscular definition once this isolation period is over!
Yoga with Adriene
Whether you’re looking for an anxiety-soothing practice, a quick midday stretch or some muscle toning action, you can find a yoga workout for it. One of the most-loved Youtube channels for yogis is Yoga with Adriene, featuring an entire series of home yoga tutorials (30 days worth, at the time of writing) to keep your flow going.
America’s largest yoga chain, CorePower Yoga, has uploaded its video classes online for anyone and everyone – no sign in required. Roll out those yoga mats, ‘cos it’s time to get your core strengthening, balance training and meditation game on… see you on the zen side!
Bodyweight exercises not enough for you? Coach Ben Dziwulski from WODprep has the solution. Check out his tutorial on how to train at home with a weighted backpack for resistance, using crossfit-style moves that are bound to get you sweating. Seriously: The video even includes exercises for bodybuilding enthusiasts, if that’s your kind of thing. In the meantime, we’re sticking to the simpler stuff over here.
Okay, this one’s members-only, but there’s a free trial newbies can claim! Once you’ve signed up, Classpass offers livestream home workouts like strength training by Oompf! Fitness, barre classes by WeBarre, yoga sessions by Sweatbox Yoga and many others. If you want a post-workout wind down or just something to calm your racing mind, there are breathing classes by Mindful Alchemy too.
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