While there are a number of ways to workout from home regardless of the time or season, the COVID-19 era has brought a number of fitness communities to step up and generously increase their free fitness offerings during this time. Everything we include here is available free of charge (most have some sort of expiration date though) and while some will not require any form of login, others will require you to create an account before accessing content.
In the words of Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde”, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” Try it for yourself and see how good it feels to MOVE while we’re all practicing social distancing right now.
The Stephens Family YMCA offers over a hundred group fitness exercise classes each week when it’s up and running. Right now, many of their instructors have put together workouts that can be streamed at home with little to no equipment at all as we cannot attend the gym. Visit their website’s “virtual wellness” tab for a comprehensive round-up of their resources, and to find specific workouts, check out the Adult Cross Training (A.C.T.) workouts, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts, and Mind Body workouts (like yoga).
Fitness Premier Champaign is posting at-home workouts for not only its members but everyone in the community that is impacted.
Here’s an example.
Amara is offering a daily live stream at 5:30pm on Facebook and Instagram for people to practice yoga together. The videos stay up for 24 hours so you can practice at a convenient time for you if 5:30pm doesn’t work.
Fitness coach Melanie Pridemore – a Chambana mom – has posted some free workouts on Facebook. See below for an example; this one is a 20-minute, full-body workouts.
Crunch Fitness has opened up a fitness initiative that is free for anyone to use. This program features 85 at-home workouts for anyone to stream for free for 45 days. We have opened it to the public. Find the information here.
Resources Outside Our Local Area
Popular workout programs like BodyPump, BodyFlow and many other Les Mills programs are typically offered in just two ways: in-person at a licensed gym facility or through Les Mills On Demand (a paid subscription service). During the COVID-19 situation, they have made a site with 100+ free workouts you can do from home for free. If you don’t have home workout equipment, look up classes like BodyCombat, BodyFlow, or SH’BAM among others. And definitely pull up the “Born to Move” series for workouts for your kids ages 4-16 (broken down by age). We see a number of videos for moms to do post-pregnancy on there, too!
Orangetheory is sharing a new 30-minute workout video each day. According to the fitness center, the workouts don’t require any special equipment, but may feature everyday household items. Orangetheory’s first at-home workout was designed to help alleviate stress and elevate your mood.
Planet Fitness has been airing FREE at-home workouts via Facebook live – sometimes with a celebrity guest. They air daily at 6 pm central time. The goal is for “everyone to stay active and stress free.” And if you can’t make it live, the workouts will be available on-demand on Facebook and in Planet Fitness’ YouTube channel. No equipment is needed, and the classes last 20 minutes or less.
Silver Sneakers is a health and fitness program typically included with many Medicare plans. These low-impact workouts are a great option for anyone who wants to get some movement in without the intensity. This YouTube playlist has a number of options.
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