Real Workouts in the Virtual World
When you can't go to the gym, fitness clubs, yoga studios and YouTubers bring the gym to you.
Virtual workouts are closing the distance between our ability to stay in shape and remain connected with a community of fellow fitness fanatics. The below resources are available for free for members and non-members, with a variety of workouts for different ages, bents and fitness levels.
• Orlando Power Yoga is offering 60-minute sessions daily at 9 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. featuring different instructors on Facebook Live and YouTube. Classes in power vinyasa, yin, guided meditations and breath work are available at all levels.
• The Bar Method is offering free body sculpting classes via Facebook live at 11:30 a.m. daily. Students use their own body weight and household objects, such as a chair, to strengthen and tone. Exercises can be adapted for varying fitness levels or modified for pregnant moms.
• Wholistic Journey yoga studio of Celebration is offering donation-based video workouts three times weekly on its Facebook page and a weekly yoga or meditation video on its YouTube channel. Sessions are described as “slow flow” for middle-aged and older students.
• Planet Fitness is streaming 20-minute “work-ins” daily at 7 p.m. via Facebook Live featuring trainers and occasional celebrity guests. Additional free work-ins can be found on the Planet Fitness app, available in the App Store and on Google Play.
• 24 Hour Fitness‘ free 24GO app helps you customize workouts to achieve your goals with more than 1,000 in-club and at-home workouts. You can also participate virtually in on-demand group exercise videos. The app also allows users to track their progress and is available in the App Store and Google Play.
• Orangetheory Fitness is posting daily 30-minute workouts on YouTube designed to alleviate stress and elevate mood. The workouts, featuring popular coaches, can be done using household objects and include interval training.
• TITLE Boxing Club is offering 30 days of free workouts that can be streamed from any device. The workouts are designed by TITLE trainers and are suitable for all fitness levels. Check them out at titleboxingclubondemand.com.
• The YMCA is offering virtual classes including boot camp, barre, yoga and low-impact classes for seniors. Plus it has partnered with Les Mills for BODYPUMP, Yoga Flow, and classes for kids ages 2 to 16. In addition, Y instructors are leading yoga, cardio, strength, high-intensity interval training classes via Facebook Live. Find classes at YMCA360.org, lesmillsondemand.com and Facebook.
• Fitness Blender, a longtime YouTube favorite, offers more than 500 free workouts including high-intensity interval training, bodyweight cardio programs, targeted workouts, pilates and core conditioning. Workouts vary in length and can be modified to accommodate different fitness levels.
• Leslie Sansone’s walk at home program, another YouTube fave with more than 1 million subscribers, takes walking to the next level by using every muscle group to maximize caloric burn. Programs range from five minutes to a 5K walk. Floor strengthening and toning exercises are also included in the mix.
• Retro Fitness is offering free home workout sessions daily at 6 p.m. via Facebook Live. Do circuit training using household objects, or go all-out for a high-intensity interval training session.
• Yoga with Adriene, another popular YouTube channel, offers yoga for beginners; for weight loss and toning; and for easing of back, neck and shoulder pain. Programs range in length from five minutes to an hour.