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We can come up with a million reasons to avoid exercising. Whether you lack time or motivation, are too tired, or don’t have the proper equipment, there’s a laundry list of excuses to avoid a workout. But aside from the ones you tell people (and yourself), is embarrassment one of your mental roadblocks?
Maybe you’re worried about not having the cutest outfits (we feel you, those can be expensive). Maybe you’re nervous about falling over during the balancing series in yoga. Maybe you haven’t worked out in well, a while, and you’re too embarrassed to huff and puff your way through a difficult HIIT class with all the regulars.
We’ve all been there. Group fitness has tons of benefits, but it requires a first step we often forget to talk about—gaining confidence to try it out.
Okay, so you don’t really have a choice right now. Gyms and fitness studios all over the world are closed due to COVID-19...but we have to find the silver lining, right? Now, we have the unique opportunity to access *tons* of virtual classes from studios all over the world. HIIT, yoga, Pilates, or barre, San Diego, Miami, London, or D.C.—the sky’s the limit (if you have a backyard, that is).
And the other benefit? Privacy.
Sweaty? Oh well. Outfit doesn’t match? Who cares? Can’t touch your toes? Just bend your knees, girl (or guy).
Now, more than ever, we’re looking for a sense of community. And now, more than ever, you can access a community of group fitness lovers without the nerves of being a newbie. Throw on your wrinkled old college T-shirt, turn that video camera off, and tune into a live stream fitness class—you’ll be ready to hit the actual studio as soon as it opens.
When it comes to any workout, it’s never a good idea to just jump right in. We’re not saying you need to take a full-blown yoga class to stretch yourself out before you start (although restorative yoga post-workout works wonders for those achy muscles), but you’ll definitely want to warm up.
Take a look at our tips for getting ready for your first virtual fitness class!
If you’ve ever browsed classes on Mindbody, you may have seen some unique ones that stood out among the rest (pole dancing fitness, anyone?). There are so many different types of fitness classes out there; it’s easy to get a sense of choice overload (AKA: Where the hell do I even begin?!). Don’t get overwhelmed. You don’t need to try them all—unless you really don’t know what to do with all the extra time on your hands. Try narrowing it down to a few categories you’re interested in and try a different one each day. You can even find a personal trainer if you want!
Think about what your goals are. Trying to build core strength? Try Pilates. Want a low-impact workout that targets your muscles with small movements? Meet barre. Want to gain flexibility and build that mind-body connection? Yoga is the one for you! Or maybe you just want to dance (because this time, nobody’s watching!). Virtual dance fitness classes are the way to go. Try a few and determine which one is best for you.
Once you’ve found your favorite workout (or combo of workouts!), it’s time to dive in. Start investing in (or renting!) some workout gear and equipment, prepare your space, set your new at-home workout routine, and start booking your virtual classes. You’ll be ready to hit the studio in no time!
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 fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
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.
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.
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.
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.