Workouts are moving online after the COVID-19 lockdown shut down gyms. A week into self-quarantine got some gym rats and sports nuts antsy. If you love running, it is recommended that you practice safe social distancing—stay at least six feet away from the next runner. Or, take the least crowded path. That shouldn’t be hard to find, as most people are staying indoors.
The New York Times reported that while it’s still unclear how long the virus lingers in the air, droplets could remain in the air long enough for you to breathe it in if you are closely following a virus carrier.
Here’s what you can do to get your adrenaline fix in the time of new coronavirus.
Six-minute full-body workout
Check out The New York Times that offers online workouts: six-minute full-body workout; a worksheet for nine minutes of strength training; a scientific seven-minute workout that deploys only your body weight, a chair and a wall; and a guide for the advanced seven-minute workout.
Planet Fitness, the largest gym chain in the United States, offers free livestreaming workouts on its Facebook page every 7 p.m. ET (7 a.m. Manila time). No equipment required. No less than “The Biggest Loser” trainer Erica Lugo leads the class. Planet Fitness Home Work-Ins is Mondays through Fridays. Check its Facebook page for updates on special-edition Work-Ins. Broadcasts will also be made available on its YouTube channel.
305 Fitness, the dance cardio workout studio with a live DJ in its flagship branch in New York City, also offers free livestreaming classes on its YouTube channel every day at 12 p.m. ET (midnight in Manila, so this is perfect for the night owls) and 6 p.m. (6 a.m. Manila time).
No equipment required
Barry’s Bootcamp, the upscale high-intensity interval workout gym in West Hollywood, hosts 20-minute bodyweight workouts live on Instagram for free, at 9 p.m. PDT (noon, Manila) and noon PDT (3 a.m., Manila). If you miss the live broadcast, you can check out its IGTV feed. On March 23, Barry’s will share one resistance-band workout per day on Instagram. (You’ll need at least one resistance band.)
Orangetheory Fitness, the pricey boutique fitness studio in Florida, shares a new 30-minute video workout every day on its website (www.orangetheory.com). No special equipment is required, but it may occasionally feature everyday household items as tools.
Underbelly Yoga, founded by influencer, author and yoga instructor Jessamyn Stanley, offers a free 14-day trial to new subscribers. The popular app’s virtual studio will introduce you to three courses: air (mindful breathing), earth (connecting breath to simple yoga postures) and fire (advance your skills to the next level).
Blake Lively’s trainer
Down Dog is available for free download until April 1, and free for students and teachers until July 1. There are more than 60,000 different configurations, so, unlike prerecorded videos, you won’t get the same workout over and over. It is beginner-friendly and features multiple variations (Vinyasa, Hatha, Gentle, Restorative, Yin, Ashtanga, Chair and Sun Salutation). Choose voice-overs from six different yoga teachers.
Don Saladino, the trainer behind Blake Lively’s postpartum weight loss, launched a free four-week bodyweight training program that requires minimal space and zero equipment
(donsaladino.com or check out his Instagram stories @donsaladino). The program is a 30-minute workout for fat-burning and full-body strengthening that progresses each week. He also goes live at 3:30 ET (3:30 p.m. Manila) to coach followers through a 20- to 30-minute bodyweight program.
CorePower Yoga, the studio based in Denver, Colorado, takes its in-studio experience online via its YouTube channel, free of charge. Classes are available for C1 (beginners exploring yoga postures), C2 (more challenging postures and connected breath), or Sculpt (a mix of strength-training moves and yoga sequences).
Closer to home, Beyond Yoga streams 60-minute yoga classes on Facebook at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 4 p.m. PlanaForma releases a new workout video on its YouTube channel every day at 11 a.m. Barre3 offers a 15-day free trial of its online workouts.