Bringing The Gym To Your Living Room

COVID-19 has disrupted almost every aspect of our normal routine. Among the ways we are adjusting to keep a safe distance from others is the way we stay physically active.  Many of us rely on the gym or fitness classes for a sense of community and motivation. With gyms closing their doors to reduce public gatherings, it is forcing us all to think creatively about how we stay physical and connected. And gyms are getting creative with how they continue to serve their members as well! Here is a list of ways to bring your gym routine to your home quarantine.

Online Workout Videos

Fitness instructors were posting workout videos online long before we were quarantined to our homes. These videos are the perfect way to workout at a time that is convenient for you. It is also great for anyone without a gym membership looking to try a variety of classes free of charge. YouTube has a seemingly endless library of workouts to stream, but there are also quite a few local studios that have videos available on their website. Do Yoga With Me has yoga classes for all fitness levels that you can stream for free through their website. Fitness Blender has workout videos, programs and meal plans to help you reach your fitness goals.

Live-Stream Group Fitness Classes

As a way to keep some semblance of routine and a chance for people to connect, some fitness studios are live-streaming their classes. Jessica Gleason, owner of Seattle Dance Fitness, is offering several live-stream dance classes for members throughout the day. Classes are open online 15 minutes before and after class to allow participants an opportunity to connect. Participants are given the option to turn their camera on if they would like to be seen, or leave it off if they would prefer anonymity.  “The difference between a live-stream and recorded class is the connection.” says Jessica. “People are so happy to be doing something at the same time as someone else; experiencing the joy of moving. It is a nice way to get out of your head for an hour and be with other people.” Seattle Dance Fitness offers classes for both kids and adults, and the first week of classes are free! Some other local studios offering live-stream classes include:

  • Modo Yoga in Greenlake has a variety of classes online through Zoom, including guided mediation.
  • Twist Yoga in Edmonds is now operating their studio virtually through Instagram.
  • Hot Feet Fitness out of Burien has a variety of classes live-streaming on Facebook.
  • Seattle Yoga Arts is live-streaming via Zoom with pre-registration.
  • The Seattle Gym is streaming a variety of courses through their Facebook page.

Equipment Rentals

Recognizing that many people don’t have the set-up at home to keep up with their normal workout routine, some gyms are offering to loan equipment to their members to use at home.  CrossFit Industrious in Seattle offered to loan their members bikes, rowers, medicine balls, weights and more to help them stay active during quarantine. Be sure to check with your gym to see if they are offering their members equipment rentals to help stay active!

Jessica Fenner

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