It is day 35 of quarantine, and I’m sick and tired of being trapped inside my house. I’ve baked several different types of dessert, re-organized my entire closet, and purchased various pieces of workout equipment. Before quarantine, I was working out six times a week so it’s natural for me to want to stay active, especially when I have no place else to be and more time in our day. Before the lockdown, my mornings started at 6am and by 7am, I was on a train into Manhattan. Then, my workday would end at 5pm and by 6pm I was on a train back to Long Island. Some nights, I would stay later in the city to go to one of the many gyms where I hold memberships: Title Boxing, Planet Fitness, and SoulCycle (pay-as-you-attend-classes). I miss going to the real gym – my treadmill in the back of my family’s basement feels so depressing to use. Sadly, going to the gym is not an option right now. In an article shared by the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Edward Laskowski tells us that “…we should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day…get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week or a combination of the two.”
SoulCycle, on Instagram, but Off-the-Bike – FREE
SoulCycle is a popular 45-minute cardio-intense spin class. As a way to stay connected to their riders, inspire wellness, and help those just starting out in fitness, many of their instructors have taken to social media outlets such as personal blogs via Zoom, Instagram Lives, and Facebook Lives to bring you 45 minutes of strength training. My favorite Senior Instructor is Victoria Brown. Before Covid, I rode with her 2-3 nights a week and now I get to workout with her 3-4 times a week without surrounding myself in a crowded room full of sweaty, possibly judgmental, fitness fanatics. She hosts her sessions every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 4pm, but there are many other instructors running similar programs. Click HERE for the full schedule!
Planet Fitness – Daily Work-ins – FREE
Planet Fitness is a traditional, membership driven gym, but while we are all quarantined, they are bringing the gym into your home, virtually. Workouts are hosted by different trainers and various celebrity guests on their app every day at 4pm PT/ 5pm MT / 6pm CT/ and 7pm ET. You can also catch them at 7pm ET on Facebook Live. If you can’t follow along live, everything is posted to their Youtube page. This company is taking things a step further by selling workout equipment direct from their site for all who are interested. Planet Fitness is invested in you and your new fitness routine; however, these plans are built so that you don’t necessarily need any gym paraphernalia aside from sneakers, a water bottle, and an enthusiastic spirit, Click HERE to download the app and get started!
BeachBody On Demand – 14-Day Free Trial
BeachBody on Demand is extremely popular online right now. Every third person I come into contact with on social media is a BeachBody coach looking for someone who needs help jumpstarting fitness routines. There are hundreds of programs, opportunities for nutritional assistance, and communities that you can join to help stay accountability or just talk to when you’re having a rough week. My BeachBody coach, Melanie, lives in Las Vegas, but we communicate almost daily through Instagram and I am currently working on a 21-Day Yoga Retreat. This membership program is great for all fitness levels and they are always adding new ones. The site runs a 14-day trial membership, which means you won’t pay anything for two weeks and can decide whether it’s right for you. Click HERE to take a look at the programs and pricing offered.
Aaptiv – Audio Based Fitness – 30-Day Free Trial
Aaptiv is a newer form of private coaching. This app offers some short photo and video guidance for performing strength workouts, but at its core, it is purely based on audio instruction. There are hundreds of exercises available and they are adding new ones every day. The trainers have created various types of challenges that range from 30-90 days, there are running plans for everything from 10 minutes to a marathon. I can do Yoga, practice some mindful meditation, and get in a quick full body workout without leaving my bedroom. It’s available right on my cell phone so workouts are ready when I am. Last March, I made the decision to purchase the yearly plan because I use the app every single time I work out. The monthly plan costs $14.99. The yearly plan costs me $99 and gives me unlimited access. They offer a 30-day free trial, but you do have to provide a credit card when you’re first starting the program. You have until 48-hours prior to the 30-day mark to decide to cancel or become a full member. I highly recommend this trainer-based app. Click HERE to get started today!
Now that you know your options, what are you waiting for? Go, go, go! It’s time to lace up, fill a water bottle or glass, and start working out. I’d love to hear which plan you choose and how day one goes. If you have any questions or need any more advice, sound off in the comments below. I am excited for your journey!