As some of us begin to “stay home, work safe” to keep ourselves healthy, we’ll undoubtedly be spending a lot more time indoors. And, while I’m extremely grateful for my job and the privilege to continue working from home, I have to say, I’ve been missing the outside world…a lot.
A big part of my emotional and physical well-being revolves around regular exercise, and truthfully, I’ve been putting that well-being off. Like most of you, I’m feeling overwhelmed with our new reality – being at home working, homeschooling, cooking around the clock, and generally, just trying to keep it all together for me and my family. I’m itching to get out of the house and back into my workout routine that, frankly, keeps me sane, but I know those routines are on pause right now. And that’s going to have to be okay for a while.
Fortunately, with so many fantastic local studios and gyms stepping up to keep us all emotionally and physically well, we can now all workout, in. From cardio, to strength training, to Pilates and yoga, our fitness community is graciously sharing (mostly free!) live and on-demand exercise classes on their social media platforms, websites, and apps.
So, let’s be grateful for our health – now more than ever – and vow to take at least one deep breath a day to help manage the emotional roller coasters we’re all riding. Here’s a list of local studios, gyms, apps, and online sites that are offering workout classes and sessions you can do from home, mostly with little to no equipment necessary:
Mobile Om, a mobile yoga studio, is offering free, pre-recorded yoga classes on their YouTube channel. Also, follow their Facebook page for free live classes as they arise around town.
Black Swan Yoga
Black Swan Yoga is offering live online classes. You can try for free, then check out payment options. Or, check them out for free on Instagram Live.
Online yoga: https://www.bsy.tv
Smart Barre is steaming live classes online daily for members via Zoom. You can book through their website, the Smart Barre app, or through the MindBody app. Insider tip: follow them on Instagram, as they’ve offered a few free Instagram Live classes lately.
Live classes: https://smartbarrebody.com/sa-online-classes-schedule
Alamo City Yoga
Follow Alamo City Yoga’s Instagram page for free yoga and meditation sessions.
JoyRide is offering members live stream and on-demand classes. Non-members can join right now as special guests (for free!) – use the code JoyRide89.
Online classes: https://www.joyridestudio.com/live-stream
Join power-rowing or strength training classes by visiting EnergyX’s website or their page on the MindBody app. Also, follow along on their Facebook page for new and updated class announcements.
MBS is offering members free online yoga and pilates classes, access to pre-recorded classes, discounts on group classes and training sessions, and Uncommon Dare Commissary delivery service.
Burn It In 30
Join this workout community and receive virtual workouts online. Follow them on Facebook for additional discounts and details.
Orange Theory Fitness
“Orange Theory At Home” is uploading a new, 30-minute workout every day, for members and non-members.
Join here: https://www.orangetheory.com/en-us/athome
Gold’s Gym is offering live and on-demand classes for at-home workouts. Or, you can download their app for workouts on the go (or outside, using social distancing rules).
Download here: https://www.goldsgym.com/anywhere
Life Time Fitness
Life Time Fitness is offering members and non-members classes on demand, streaming cardio, and yoga classes.
Visit here: https://my.lifetime.life/lp/video-workouts.html
Planet Fitness is live streaming free workouts daily at 6 p.m. Central via their Facebook page.
Equinox is offering free on-demand fitness videos via their Variis by Equinox channel. Also, they’re offering free live yoga classes on their Instagram Live feed.
Varris on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/variis/channel
Club Pilates has several locations; follow their Facebook Live series for free, 30-minute classes.
Corepower is offering more than a dozen on-demand classes for all skill levels.
CompTrain is offering free CrossFit WODs daily.
Free exercise resources (no membership required) for the whole family.
On demand: https://ymcasatx.org/virtualworkouts
APPS / ONLINE
Peloton is offering its app for free (for a limited time – 90 days). If you don’t own a bike, you can still take their yoga, meditation, and strength classes.
App download: https://www.onepeloton.com/digital/checkout/digital-90d
Gymshark is offering workouts on their Conditioning app. Bonus – you can use basic household items for weight training sessions.
This app prompts runners with Zombie missions to give you creative routes, storyline motivation and more.
App download – https://zombiesrungame.com
30-, 40- and 60-minute workout videos led by fitness instructor Sydney Cummings.
These Pilates workouts allow users to narrow down practices by targeted areas – arms, legs, etc. Quick and fun workouts!
Watch here: https://www.blogilates.com/workout
Yoga with Adriene
Practice on your mat for as few as 10 minutes or as long as an hour with these free, uplifting yoga classes.
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene
Did I miss a studio, gym, or app you’re using and loving? Please share your ideas in the comments section for everyone to see. Thank you and stay well.