These Trainers and Studios Are Offering Free Online Workout Classes Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic
Gyms and fitness clubs across the country are temporarily closing their doors in light of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing is crucial during this time, but it can be mentally taxing, making endorphin-producing, mood-boosting workouts that much more important.
Tuning into this need, several fitness trainers, gyms, and studios are now offering free online workout options to help everyone stay fit and connected. Not only that, but online mental health platforms have also been finding ways to connect with people free of charge during this difficult time.
Whether you love a good HIIT class, like to wind down with a long yoga flow, or need to take a moment for meditation, here are some options from your favorite fitness fanatics and mental health experts as you ride out this pandemic.
If you can't participate in any of the live classes, no sweat: All of the workouts will be made available on Planet Fitness's Facebook page and its YouTube channel once the broadcast is over.
If you're looking for the full 305 experience, simply find an open space, dim the lights, blast your favorite tunes, and buckle up for a sweat-soaked dance workout that won't disappoint.
If you aren't familiar with the app, the virtual yoga studio is a gentle introduction to yoga in three courses: Air (to learn mindful breath), Earth (to connect the breath to simple yoga postures), and Fire (to advance skills and build heat). The goal? To provide peace to the mind and body, which is perfect for those feeling overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Up until now, workouts on the Peloton app have been mostly compatible with the brand's own equipment. But thanks to a new free 90-day trial, you can try Peloton's workouts by hopping on your own bike or treadmill.
Don't have equipment? There are plenty of options for strength training, yoga, and stretching with top trainers motivating you along the way.
Fit Body App
It's no secret that Anna Victoria's Fit Body workouts are challenging (even for the trainer herself). So, it comes as no surprise that thousands of people have been subscribing to the app amid the coronavirus pandemic.
To make her workouts more accessible during these trying times, Victoria recently announced that new users will be able to take advantage of the app for free for the next 30 days. All you have to do is use the code DAJEITALIA at checkout to redeem the offer.
The folks behind Down Dog believe that stressful times like these are precisely when people need wellness practices the most.
To do its part in helping out, Down Dog is making all of its apps—Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout—completely free until April 1.
Download the collection of Down Dog apps via the App Store.
Tone It Up
The Tone It Up app is known for offering inspiring, effective, on-demand fitness training, including live classes and 10-40-minute workout videos. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the app will be free for new users for the next 30 days to help make being at home a little more comfortable.
Download the app from the App Store to enjoy unlimited access to hundreds of video-guided workouts in yoga, weight training, HIIT, cardio, barre, boxing, kettlebell, strength, and so much more.
Starting March 16, P.volve is offering 30 days of free streaming to all new members, giving them access to hundreds of workouts through the P.volve online streaming platform. All you have to do is head to the P.volve website and use the code ONEPVOLVE to start your free trial.
That's not all: The online fitness studio will also be sharing free live workouts on Instagram Live and YouTube three times a day (8 a.m. EST, 1 p.m. EST, and 6 p.m. EST) for fitness fanatics practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Each IG Live/YouTube workout will be 15-20 minutes long and led by P.volve's top instructors. To help ease stress and anxiety, wellness tips will also be available on P.volve's YouTube page, along with informative live chats streamed with acupuncturists on the app.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the interactive boxing workout app has uploaded dozens of free workout videos to its YouTube channel. From basic boxing techniques to intense, no-equipment-needed boxing drills there's something for everybody.
Starting the week of March 23, Daily Burn will upgrade all of its current members to Premium access for 60 days, free of charge. That means you'll have access to the app's full archive of classes, an additional 600 "fan favorite" workout videos, plus audio workouts. And, if you're new to Daily Burn, the platform is offering a 60-day free trial, also with Premium access.
Aside from its in-app offerings, Daily Burn will also be hopping on Instagram Live every morning at 9 a.m. EST to host 30-minute full-body interval workouts. The best part? Each day offers a new routine to help keep you motivated.
You might remember Don Saladino as the man behind Blake Lively's 61-pound postpartum weight loss. With the coronavirus pandemic closing down gyms and fitness studios, the personal trainer is launching a free 4-week bodyweight training program that requires absolutely no equipment and minimal space.
The program offers 30-minute workouts intended for fat-burning and full-body strengthening with added progression from week to week. Saladino will also be going live on Instagram every day to walk through the program step by step, so get ready to sweat.
To help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, CorePower Yoga has shut down all of its brick-and-mortar studios across the country. But starting March 16, CorePower will be taking its in-studio experience online, free of charge, for folks working out at home.
Users have the option of choosing C1 classes (perfect for beginners exploring yoga postures), C2 classes (focused on more challenging postures and connected breath), or CorePower's popular Sculpt class (a mix of strength-training moves and yoga sequences).
Barry's Bootcamp is known for its challenging, no-nonsense cardio and strength workouts. After closing all locations across the U.S. and Canada, the fitness studio took to Instagram Live on March 18 with a 20-minute total-body workout you can do at home with zero equipment (if you missed the live broadcast, Barry's shared the workout on its IGTV feed).
And, starting March 23, Barry's will share one resistance band workout per day on Instagram. FYI: You'll need at least one mini resistance band and one handled resistance band for these workouts (or you can snag Barry's Band Together Fit Kit if you don't have any resistance bands at home).
Simple Habit is a free meditation app that mainly offers bite-sized meditation sessions for anxiety, relaxation, relationships, career, parenting, and much more.
Like many apps, Simple Habit has subscription-based premium features. But with the coronavirus pandemic causing widespread anxiety, Simple Habit is now giving users free premium memberships through the end of April—that means total access to the app's countless meditation sessions and experts. The platform even has meditation plans and collections designed specifically for stress and anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the studio is finding other ways to engage its fitness community. As of March 16, CITYROW trainers are inviting you to join them for equipment-free at-home workouts, posted daily on the studio's Instagram.
Thanks to its huge range of guided meditations, plus features that allow users to track their day-to-day progress, Headspace has become one of the most well-known, widely-used meditation apps in the world.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic's burden on health-care workers, in particular, Headspace is now offering all U.S. health-care professionals who work in public health settings free access to Headspace Plus through the end of 2020. That includes over 40 courses of themed meditations (stress, sleep, etc.), dozens of one-off exercises to help you add more mindfulness to your day, mini mindfulness sessions for busy meditators, animations to help guide you through certain meditation techniques, and much more.
To redeem your free Headspace Plus subscription, health-care professionals will need their National Provider Identifier and an email address.
If you're not familiar with Talkspace, the therapy app matches you with a licensed therapist and allows you to send messages (text, voice message, video message, or photo) directly to them any time of day or night.
Subscription plans start at $62/week, which isn't necessarily affordable for everyone, especially amid the current pandemic. So, to help the masses take care of their mental health sans subscription fees, Talkspace is now hosting daily #MentalHealthStandUps on its Instagram Stories.
Here's how the #MentalHealthStandUps will work: Each day, someone from the Talkspace team will check in on the platform's IG Story with a topic or question centered around mental wellness during this time of uncertainty. "Our main goal is to get a conversation going so that we can all connect despite the isolation," reads an Instagram post from Talkspace.
To respond to Talkspace's daily prompts and join the conversation, you can record a video, post a photo, or DM the Talkspace Instagram account directly with your thoughts.
Since temporarily closing its brick-and-mortar locations, Orangetheory announced it will be bringing free workouts to fans at home through the fitness studio's app.
Starting March 18, Orangetheory will share 30- to 40-minute workout videos every day, featuring some of the studio's most popular coaches from around the world. (You can find the workout videos on the Orangetheory app, but the studio is also sharing each daily video here on its website.)
Don't have equipment? No problem. Most of the workouts rely solely on body weight and will sometimes feature everyday household items that you can use as weights. (Here are more trainers showing how to use household items for a serious workout.)
Female-owned, boxing-inspired HIIT studio, Battle Republic is taking all classes online through its online platform, Battle On Demand.
The classes, suitable for all levels, include everything from HIIT floor workouts to shadowboxing cardio for a full-body challenge.
You can sign up for a free 3-day trial or, if you're already a member with Battle Republic, the online classes are available to you free of charge.
Every day at 4 p.m. EST, clothing brand BANDIER's fitness studio, Studio B hosts workouts on Instagram Live (don't worry—if you miss the live-stream, many of the workouts are also available on Studio B's IGTV channel).
Whether you're in the mood for yoga, cardio HIIT, or even meditation, Studio B is offering plenty of options that won't disappoint.
24 Hour Fitness
Continuing to focus on health, wellness, and reducing stress, 24 Hour Fitness is making it easy to stay healthy and active at home through its 24GO app.
Featuring over 1,500 on-demand workouts, 24GO invites both 24 Hour Fitness members and non-members to create a workout schedule, track goals, and stay accountable by sharing their progress with a personal trainer.
On top of that, you can access information on a variety of topics, from mind and body to nutrition, from skilled professionals to help you focus on your health as a whole.
The AM Ritual is designed to take the stress out of the morning through targeted stretches that wake up the body and create openness.
The PM Ritual, on the other hand, is aimed to optimize sleep by going through movements that increase circulation in areas where there's tension and restoring balance to the mind and body.
Together, these rituals encourage you to take some time for yourself, start and end your day with movement, and restore your body and mind.
To help fans take care of themselves during these uncertain times, the trainer has been sharing daily exercises that will keep your blood flowing and your body moving.
Follow Keranen on Instagram to find out how you can spice up simple movements using soda cans, toilet paper, and even your kids. Better yet, check out her killer online programs, and for a limited time, use the code SHAPE50 to get 50 percent off.
The workouts, led by Blink-certified trainers, start with dynamic stretches followed by plyometric movements like squats, push-ups, and core work.
The best part? You don't need a gym membership to tune in, and all the exercises are designed to be conquered at home.
The Special Olympics will be launching a six-week virtual program to keep its 67,000 athletes healthy, fit, and engaged while formal sports training and competition is temporarily suspended.
These live webinars will be held every Friday at 11 a.m. EST, with an introductory live-stream on Friday, March 20.
To keep those sweat-dripping, feel-good endorphins going, leading performance-wear brand Vuori will be offering daily Instagram Live workout sessions feature yoga, training, and meditations.
Dubbed Vuori Active Club, these classes are free and will take place at 8 a.m. PST Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. PST on Sundays.
Check out Vuori's current class schedule to map out your workouts for the week.
Over the next few weeks, leading athleticwear brand, Lululemon will be delivering daily content to help you stay healthy and active.
These free Instagram Live sessions will feature everything from assisted runs, do-anywhere workouts, and yoga, to live meditations and self-care tips and tricks.
So sit back, relax, and get ready to feel balanced and calm during these uncertain times.
Fitness studio B/SPOKE has started to offer three free full-length classes, available through its Instagram Live.
Tune in every day at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. EST for a TRAIN X workout that incorporates cross-training moves to help you build overall strength.
To encourage self-care, B/SPOKE will also host its signature STRETCH class, which includes extended stretches and breath work to optimize mobility and recovery.
Have an indoor bike? Join the fitness studio for cardio-blasting live R/DE classes to get your blood pumping and endorphins flowing. Remember, good things come to those who sweat.
Tune in to AKT Studios' Facebook page for live classes you can enjoy right from home.
Using minimal equipment, or equipment that can be subbed with basic household items, these 45-minute sessions will offer a mix of toning, interval, circuit, and dance-based exercises designed to deliver results.
If that sounds like it's up your ally, be sure to keep an eye out on AKT's Instagram and Facebook for upcoming class schedules.
Corporate wellness provider, Gympass, recently announced that it's rolling out a digital wellness platform to provide people with thousands of virtual workouts, nutrition programs, and mental health support.
Free for the first 60 days, this new wellness resource will partner with existing digital health and fitness providers like 8fit and NEOU to bring a variety of different workouts and practices right to your home.
What's more, the Gympass team will also be hosting Instagram Live workouts from fitness studios like Y7, Swerve, and Flywheel every Wednesday to make staying active as accessible as possible.
If you aren't familiar with the platform, Crunch Live offers over 100 video workouts inspired by the fitness studio's popular group fitness classes like Total Body Bootcamp and Kick Butt Kickboxing. Other workouts include dance cardio, pilates, yoga, barre, and more.
Stokes' major goal, however, is to help provide some structure to your days during these weird times. So, she'll also be hosting daily Instagram Live workouts with supermodel Ashley Graham and Full House's Candace Cameron Burre, in case you need the extra motivation.
Interactive fitness app iFit is now offering a 30-day free streaming subscription—including individualized virtual workouts tailored to your goals, your schedule, and your exercise equipment (or lack thereof!).
Even cooler: If you happen to have home fitness equipment like a treadmill, bike, elliptical, or rowing machine, iFit is encouraging you to participate in its Around the World Challenge. The platform put together a collection of 21 workouts filmed in beautiful destinations from around the world. The challenge? Complete at least seven of these workouts by April 20 to receive a ~special reward~. You can find out more info about the challenge here.
In partnership with the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, SWEAT is now offering new members one month of free access to its app. That means you can check out a wide range of on-demand workouts requiring minimal equipment, from beginner exercises to high-intensity style training, taught by expert trainers like Kayla Itsines, Kelsey Wells, Chontel Duncan, Stephanie Sanzo, and Sjana Elise. You'll also have free access to hundreds of nutritional recipes and meal plans to complement your fitness routine.
SWEAT has already committed a $100,000 donation to the fund—which has been allocating resources to help protect health-care workers, deliver essential supplies wherever needed, and accelerate COVID-19 vaccine developments—and when you sign up, you'll have the option to donate as well.
Nike Training Club
To help you stick to your fitness goals—even under quarantine—the Nike Training Club app's subscription-based premium version is now free for all users.
"We're evolving as the world evolves and we want to help you stay healthy and active with your fellow teammates because now, more than ever, it's one of the most important things for all of us," reads a statement on Nike's website.
Whether you're looking for on-demand class-style workouts, progressive training programs, or Nike Master Trainers' tips on mindset, nutrition, recovery, and more, NTC Premium is where it's at.
Looking for even more Nike workout content? Nike Master Trainers are also leading live-stream classes on YouTube every Saturday at 8 a.m. PST.
Adidas is now offering 90-day free premium memberships to its Training and Running apps. Both apps offer a mix of personalized training plans, home workouts, and nutrition guides to help you reach your workout and wellness goals.
To help its running family stay active without in-person community sessions, Adidas is sharing Instagram Live virtual running sessions led by captains and coaches around the world—including this inspiring dad who ran over 1,400 laps around his garden, thanks to a little motivation from his adorable children.
ASICS recognizes the crucial role that movement can play in helping people cope with a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. So, until further notice, the footwear company has removed the paywall to its ASICS Studio app—meaning free bodyweight workouts, yoga and meditation sessions, multi-week training programs, trainer-selected playlists, and so much more are now right at your fingertips.
Even cooler: ASICS recently launched #UntiedYetUnited, a social media initiative encouraging runners around the world to come together and support one another virtually as they share how running keeps their mental health in check during the pandemic.
Box + Flow
Box + Flow's studios may be closed during the pandemic, but you can still #flowthruthefight on the studio's Instagram Live.
Every day, Box + Flow is leading multiple 35-minute workouts on IG Live, featuring the studio's signature method of high-intensity boxing followed by a challenging vinyasa flow—no equipment required.
Pro tip: While it's free to follow along with the studio's IG Live workouts, you can also donate to your favorite Box + Flow instructors here.
While gyms and studios remain temporarily closed because of the coronavirus, Reebok is supporting the fitness community with virtual at-home workout classes.
Head to the Reebok CrossFit ONE YouTube channel every day at 6:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. EST for virtually coached classes on mobility, yoga, HIIT, and more. Be sure to check the full list of Reebok Gym Virtual Classes to find what works for you.
If you own a Fitbit device, you can now try a 90-day free trial of Fitbit Premium to help you stay active, sleep well, and manage stress during this difficult time. Youll gain access to more personalized insights, advanced sleep tools, dynamic, adaptive workouts with 16 different trainers to choose from, and more.
Don't own a Fitbit? No problem. Anyone can access the app's video and audio workouts, many of which are home-friendly and require minimal or no equipment.
Studio Three has garnered a following for combining cycling, yoga, and interval training all within the same gym. In light of the stay-at-home orders, the fitness studio is now hosting Instagram Live classes in the morning, afternoon, and evening to help accommodate as many people as possible.
Missed a session? Plenty of the daily workouts, meditations, and more can be found in Studio Three's IGTV feed.
You don't have to be a Y member to be part of the YMCA 360 community. This new on-demand platform offers a variety of group workout classes like barre, yoga, and weight lifting with options for seniors and kids as well. These classes are completely free and easily doable within the comfort of your home.
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