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Published Monday May 04, 2020 by Sara Lesher

Top 5 Virtual Mother's Day Workouts Perfect Gift for Mom (or Kids)

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In the “new normal,” you’re aware that this Mother’s Day is unlike potentially any you’ve experienced. While you’re either sheltering in place or starting to reemerge slowly into society, now’s the perfect time to lock down some Mother’s Day activities to do with your mom (or recruit your kids for) while your favorite restaurants and fitness studios may be closed.  

We put together a list of ideas—our favorite virtual workout classes that can turn a potentially solitary Mother’s Day into one filled with love, laughter, connection, and, probably, sweat.  


1.    Dance fitness 


If you’ve ever taken a dance fitness class, you know it feels a lot more like fun than exercise. If you’re sheltering in place and don’t have any big plans this Mother’s Day, a dance fitness class is a great way to get active and just let loose! Not convinced? Check out this clip from our Instagram Live with TRILLFIT (in case you don’t believe us on the whole “fun” part).  
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 Get your dance on  


2.    Bootcamp/HIIT 


The thing we all love about bootcamp-style classes is accountability, which can be a little more difficult in a virtual setting. If you want to break a serious sweat before that Mother’s Day brunch, HIIT is the way to go. And doing it with your mom gives you no room for last-minute excuses. Push your coffee table to the side and make room—it’s going to get intense (literally).  
 
Book your bootcamp 


3.    Pilates 


Okay, so high intensity isn’t really your thing. Maybe you want to break a sweat this Mother’s Day without the intensity of a bootcamp. Or maybe you just don’t have the room for circuits in your small apartment living room (I feel that). Meet Pilates. Pilates definitely isn’t easy, and a good Pilates routine will get your core working and muscles burning in no time. All you need is space for two mats—one for you and one for mom. Need to convince mom/kid to join? Check out why now is the perfect time to try Pilates.
 
Plan your Pilates


4.    Prenatal yoga  


If you’re pregnant during this pandemic, this might be your first Mother’s Day to enjoy as a mom. That means, you should celebrate yourself today! And what better way to do that than with a virtual prenatal yoga class? The best part about virtual is you can get connected with other moms-to-be all over the world. And who knows? Maybe you’ll even leave class with a new friend. 
 
Find your flow 


5.    Kids yoga 


Or, if you already have little ones running around, you may want to find an activity you can all do together to celebrate Mom’s Day and kill some time at home (because we know how hard it can be to WFH with kids). On Mindbody, you can find tons of kids yoga classes to choose from for kids of all ages. Plus, I heard Savasana sometimes leads to naps! 
 
Calm your kiddos 


If none of these options float your boat, that’s fine, too. You can do virtually any workout—and any workout, virtually—with your mom! Browse Mindbody to explore thousands of online fitness classes around the globe, and then buy your mom flowers—she deserves them. Plus, when the studios DO open, remember, you can still get your in-person workouts in at these studios that offer childcare
 
To the moms!  
 

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?
Fitness
Published Monday Sep 21, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the frayHas a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 

So, why should we care about online gym memberships? 

There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.

Let’s break this down: 

1. Scheduling convenience 

A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine. 

2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19 

And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.  

With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room. 

3. Variety 

We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.  

With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours. 

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

 

4. Working out without a commute 

My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work. 

5. Community 

Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?  

We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind. 

 
Interested yet?

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).