Live Stream and On-Demand Classes


Before COVID-19, there were already a lot of great fitness resources online, but since it started I have been amazed at the number of studios and gyms who have adapted to continue to help their members remotely. Below is a list of several options for online classes and programs, many with free trial periods. Be sure to also check out your local studios, as many have moved their classes online as well!

Barre/Pilates/Strength

  • FlyBarre – On their Instagram, @flywheelsports, they’re hosting live classes for both FlyBarre and FlyFit (cross-training)
  • PureBarre On-Demand – For those who are addicted to LTB-ing in the studio, you can get your LTB on from home instead! PB On Demand offers a 7-day free trial, followed by several subscription options after your trial ends.
  • Melissa Wood Health – Former model-turned-health guru Melissa Wood leads a series of low-impact “flows” for upper, lower, and full body. She also has guided meditation options. She offers a 7-day free trial, so you can test her method before fully committing.
  • Barre 3 – They’re offering a 15-day free trial, which gives you access to an on-demand library of workouts from 15-60 minutes.
  • Peloton – It’s not just a bike, y’all! Peloton does have bike and tread workouts, but they also have a huge library of strength, HIIT cardio, yoga, outdoor running, and pilates workouts (they also have meditations). They offer a 30-day free trial, so you get lots of time to try it out!

Cardio/Dance/HIIT

  • The Sculpt Society – Workouts by creator Megan Roup combine dance and strength moves for a full-body cardio and strength workout. TSS offers a 14-day free trial and then several subscription options after.
  • Body By Simone – A part-dance, part-strength workout created by famous LA trainer, Simone de la Rue. 14-day free trial available.

Yoga

  • Alo Moves – Alo Moves offers yoga (and barre) classes on-demand, with a 14-day free trial option.
  • CorePower – This yoga company is offering some of their workouts without signing up, but you will need a subscription to access their full library (14-day free trial available).
  • Down Dog – This app lets you customize your flow, including length, music, and difficulty

Setting Up Your Home Gym


Many of the studios and programs listed above offer bodyweight and no-equipment workouts, but if you’re looking for equipment to build out your home gym, here is what I currently have in mine (Note: all of these link to items in-stock at the time of posting). Don’t want to purchase equipment right now? Check with your local studios about renting their equipment. I’ve seen several who are offering this option while they’re closed and it’s a great way to continue to support them.

  • Resistance bands – honestly, if I could only have one tool in my home set-up, this is what I would pick. Resistance bands are so versatile, and you can do pretty much any exercise you’d do on a cable machine in the gym with these guys. I also love that they’re very easy to throw in a suitcase when you travel and space-friendly for smaller apartments.
  • Mini bands – I have similar thoughts on these as I do with resistance bands, although they’re slightly less versatile because they’re smaller
  • Stability ball – I love this for balance and core work. It’s not the most space-friendly, though.
  • Kettlebell – This is another great piece of equipment that you can do a lot with. I only have one, and it’s the heaviest weight in my home arsenal. I use it mostly for lower body work.
  • Dumbbells – I have several sets of these: 20lb, 10lb, 5lb, and 3lb. I snagged the smaller ones recently because you can combine them with the heavier ones to increase weight as you get stronger!
  • Step – This is not as space-friendly, but I love step work to adjust the challenge of the movement you’re doing, or for cardio.
  • Sliders – These guys… They aren’t the most-used piece of equipment I have, but that’s often because they make everything so. freaking. hard. There are different types for hard surfaces vs. carpet, so make sure you get the right ones for the surface you’ll be using during your workouts. The ones I have (and the ones that are linked) are made so that you can use one side for hard surface and one for carpet.

A few other multi-purpose options:

  • This resistance band/slider kit, which I would recommend if you’re looking for something relatively inexpensive, versatile, and minimally space intensive.
  • TRX Home2 System – I LOVE TRX. I have wanted a TRX system at home for a long time, but I’ve never sprung for one because they have them at my gym, which I love going to. Depending on how long this outbreak lasts, I may crack and get one. TRX is super challenging, very versatile, and effective using only bodyweight (but you can add weight to a lot of exercises if you want an extra challenge). The home system comes with a door anchor, but you can also buy a wall/ceiling mount if you’d prefer.

How are you staying active at home? Leave your ideas and tips below!