Round up of free online fitness sessions and classes
With gyms closed and people asked to stay at home, a lot of us will be looking for alternative methods of getting or keeping fit.
Here’s a round up of online keep fit that’s free. If you do sign up for stuff that’s free for a fixed number of days, eg 30 days, then set a reminder to cancel or if you can cancel straight away if the service allows you to do that and still use it!
YouTube is awash with home workout videos. One channel that is currently getting a lot of attention on social media sites in The Body Coach. Owner Joe Wicks is hosting daily PE lessons live-streamed from 9 am.
Below are a few recommendations for some of the more popular channels available across the site, but there are tens, if not hundreds of thousands to choose from.
The Body Coach
Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone
Yoga With Adriene
The Fitness Marshall
Pilates Health Online
Davina McCall has announced her fitness app Own Your Goals is now free.
The exercise platform is filled with workouts from Davina, who is known for her sugar-free recipes in the health and fitness world.
Unlock your all-access membership to HIIT, Yoga and more, with over 20 fitness programs & 200+ motivating workouts adapted to your fitness level & goals.
Amazon Prime Video
If you are already a Prime customer, Amazon Prime Video is a handy resource for home workout videos.
The streaming service has a back-catalogue of workouts that require no equipment. Among them are Todd McCullough’s ‘OTF Home Workout’ that combines High Intensity Interval Training with yoga and can be completed in just 20 minutes as well as Lumowell’s ‘Fat Burning Workout’ which can be completed in just 15 minutes. You can see them here.
While also available as a Netflix-style subscription service, individual workout programmes can still be purchased on DVD for much less than their original retail value.
Among the more popular Team Beachbody
programmes are ‘Insanity’ – a two-month programme devised by personal fitness trainer Shaun T – and ‘P90X’ – a 13-week regimen devised by Tony Horton.
While neither of these programmes are advised for individuals who are a little ‘out of practice’, the beauty of home workout videos is that you always have the pause button.
Run by a physiotherapist who gives pilates classes, here are a whole range of sessions that can be tailored to what you need, eg hip strength, core or balance etc. To get the full value, sign up to the emails as they will remind you to keep on track and give other tips and hints: https://www.physio2pilates.co.uk/pilates-online
Core Power Yoga
After temporarily closing all of its studios, CorePower is making its online classes free for everyone. CorePower Yoga On Demand includes the company’s most popular sessions, including Hot Power Fusion, which focuses on strengthening the core and upper body; Yoga Sculpt, which combines free weights with yoga and cardio; and the Vinyasa-style CorePower Yoga 1 and 2. Each video lasts from 30 minutes to an hour, and the app also provides four short meditation/breathing exercises. An on-demand membership typically costs $19.99 per month or $199.99 annually.
Centr Fit with Chris Hemsworth
If you’ve ever wanted to train with a celebrity, this is your chance. Centr Fit, founded by Thor actor Chris Hemsworth, offers a seven-day free trial through the company’s app as well as a six-week free trial if you sign up through Centr.com before March 31 (check for an extension).
The app features HIIT, boxing, yoga, and strength training in 20-to-40-minute workouts led by Hemsworth’s personal-fitness team and accompanied by the actor himself, as well as guided meditations and ideas for healthy meal plans, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and pescatarian options. The app’s weekly planner lets you organize your schedule so you have all your fitness goals and recipes in one place. A Centr monthly membership costs $29.99, though prices vary with an annual subscription.
typically offers three free strength-building workouts to new users, an option that has expanded to include free body-weight workouts until May 1. Each is easy to customize: choose the muscles you want to target, the number of reps, and the length of the workout. Fitbod then uses a training algorithm that takes your fitness level, past workouts, and available gym equipment into consideration to create a personalised routine with moves of varying intensities and repetitions. If you like watching a video or listening to audio training, this app isn’t for you; with Fitbod, you’ll follow written instructions off the app. Fitbod typically costs $9.99 per month.
Endeavour for men who are social isolating
Endeavour is providing structure and routine to the lives of men in social isolation with an online roadmap that combines food, movement and mindset coaching. The roadmap “has been built to rewrite modern masculinity, to address mental health and encourage men to invest in their wellbeing.”