COVID-19 has changed life for just about everyone, but a few months into quarantine, most of us have learned to live within the ‘new normal.’ It may have taken a bit of time, but many of us have adjusted to social distancing life and found new ways to be productive, happy, and healthy. Online fitness classes are one of the tools being used worldwide by people looking to get in a good workout without leaving the house.
Online classes enable people to connect with fitness instructors and other fitness enthusiasts without compromising their safety. Local gyms and fitness centers, celebrity fitness instructors, athletes, independent professional trainers, dancers, yoga teachers, and many other fitness professionals have jumped aboard the movement, creating their own unique classes and virtual courses to be shared with their viewers, and many are available to audiences internationally.
At PT Academy, we are thrilled to see people begin to embrace fitness during their time at home, and are super excited by the incredible variety of online classes that are currently available. Here, we’re sharing our top picks as the best online fitness classes you can enjoy right now during quarantine.
1. AKT Go
AKT Go brings the experience of taking a dance exercise class at one of AKTs professional studios straight to your living room...or your basement, or your back yard, or wherever you like to work out at home! AKT is a “prescription-based dance concept” that harnesses movement and positive energy to provide a full-body workout that’s fun to boot!
Creator, founder, and celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser creates new programs and virtual classes every week, and we promise each one is super engaging. If a super fun virtual dance class that’ll get you fit hasn’t got you automatically sold on joining AKT Go, the five AKT brand pillars most certainly will: Badassery, Rhythm, Community, Passion, and Results.
Pricing: $19.99/month - Free preview class
2. The Class by Taryn Toomey
Self-isolating, social distancing, and constant pandemic stress is a lot to carry around, so if you have some stress you would like to release, The Class by Taryn Toomey is the online fitness class for you! The Class combines repetitive calisthenics with powerful music and even some wiggling around to create a cathartic workout experience, that is as good for your mind as it is for your muscles.
The Class streams live 7-days a week, and sessions are frequented by celebrity enthusiasts like Drew Barrymore. With a variety of instructors with their own unique styles, there’s something for everyone, and classes can even be purchased individually if you find one that you absolutely love.
Pricing: $40/month or $400/year - Free 14-day trial
3. HOUSEWORK by Sydney Miller
Sydney Miller is a long-time SoulCycle instructor gone independent who created her signature HOUSEWORK class back in 2017. HOUSEWORK is designed to make working out from home easy and effective, and participants need nothing more than a pair of 3-5lb weights and some sliders to get started. HOUSEWORK combines pilates and HIIT set to high-energy music that will get your heart pumping.
Live HOUSEWORK classes are streamed daily via Zoom, and participants can sign up for a slot up to 30-minutes before class begins. Each engaging live class lasts 50 minutes, but you’ll find that time flies when you are engaged in HOUSEWORK. If scheduled classes aren’t your thing, you can still enjoy a great body sculpting workout courtesy of the HOUSEWORK App.
Pricing: Live - $13/class; HOUSEWORK App - $24.99/month or $150/year after 7-day free trial
4. the be.come project by Bethany C. Meyers
You’ve heard of body positivity, but have you heard of body neutrality? Body neutrality is all about learning to care for and respect our bodies without the pressure of focusing on the body’s physical appearance of appeal. the be.come project is designed for any and every body, and features a blend of pilates, yoga, and dance.
Each week, founder and creator Bethany C. Meyers shares a new 25-minute routine that users can access at any time. Each routine remains in the rotation for two weeks before being replaced with a new one, so you don’t have to worry about monotony. the be.come project emphasizes health at every size, and focuses on improvising how you feel rather than on how you look.
Pricing: $35/month - Free 10-day trial
5. Annie Belcher Yoga
Annie Belcher is a therapeutic movement yoga instructor who focuses on helping people to build an awareness of their bodies, thoughts, emotions, and senses. Annie’s yoga classes are designed to give you both a good stretch and a mind-clearing experience that will leave you feeling more relaxed, stronger, and more balanced.
Unlike other courses in this list, Annie’s yoga classes are uploaded as audio files, making them best for people who prefer just a guiding voice to take them through their sessions. Each audio class is uploaded to Annie’s website and can be accessed for free as long as you have an Internet connection.
Callie is a virtual personal training program that includes a home-workout kit, an awesome app, and access to online classes and demonstration videos to keep you active while in quarantine. Callie gives each user their own personal trainer who will help them to learn basic workouts and create a sustainable home-workout schedule.
Each Callie Kit includes tools designed to give you a full-body workout from anywhere, and features a resistance strength band, sliders, a skipping rope, a loop band, and access to the Callie app. Callie combines pilates, HIIT, cardio, and strength, and users can choose from both free and paid programs.
Pricing: Free app - $80 home workout kit
Glo features more than 4,000 yoga, pilates, and meditation courses, all available with the click of a button. Glo users enjoy on-demand classes that can be played on virtually any device, and classes can even be downloaded to mobile devices if you plan to be somewhere where streaming won’t be possible. Glo is staffed by professional and certified fitness instructors with years of experience, and features 16 different styles for yogis of any experience level.
When you sign up for Glo, you’ll answer three simple questions to help personalize your experience. You’ll be able to choose what you want to focus on, what kind of instructor you prefer to learn from, and what level you’d like to start at.
Pricing: $18/month - Free 15-day trial
8. Melissa Wood Health
The Melissa Wood method involves low-impact movement to help create long, lean lines. MWH combines yoga, meditation, and mindful eating to achieve desired results, and features exclusive workouts courtesy of Melissa Wood herself. New workouts are uploaded every Monday, plus users get access to hundreds of workouts already in the archives.
Pricing: $9.99/month or $99.99/year - Free 7-day trial
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