How virtual classes form lasting connections
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Right now, it doesn’t seem as though there exists a “business as usual” mantra. In fact, it’s starting to feel less like we’re going to “return to normalcy,” and instead begin fresh, in a seemingly new world. Everyone is banding together in their own ways to support one another, remain as socially active as possible (tough for those extroverts out there), and find new at-home routines that are helping them rediscover their own wellness during this time.
This shifting landscape is especially true in the fitness world, specifically for studios and gyms. In a time of closures and social distancing, there’s seemingly no way for these businesses to provide services to their members the way they did only a few weeks ago. While this seems like a lose-lose for both sides, because the businesses still need a revenue stream to ride out the COVID-19 era, and their members—now more than ever—still need the benefits of physical activity and togetherness, Mindbody is doing everything we can to support both sides impacted by this.
Now, through Mindbody.io, as well as in your Mindbody app, when you search virtual, you will find a growing number of live and prerecorded classes to enjoy. Let’s get into how virtual classes can help you right now:
With times being as uncertain as they are, it perhaps has never been more important to prioritize wellness in our daily lives. While Mindbody focuses on all seven dimensions on wellness, let's dig into one of the more actionable ones: Physical wellness.
Now that we’re cooped up indoors more than usual, we need to counterbalance the extra sitting/Netflixing/day-drinking with a good sweat. Maintaining your fitness routine now not only helps with your current calorie-in-calorie-out conundrum but also keeps you on track so that when things do return to normal, you won’t have lost your fitness mojo.
But perhaps even more important than the physical benefits are the emotional ones. Being sedentary lowers our mood—and our immunity. Plus, it’s just really boring. With the added stress of so many of our kids (and partners) being home more than usual and right there in our personal space, throwing your earbuds in and getting in a good cathartic workout can help break the monotony and get your mind right.
Many gyms and studios are starting to offer their “virtual” classes on Mindbody.io and the Mindbody app, but If you don’t see much being offered by gyms in your area just yet, don’t worry! More and more studios are adding classes every day.
But think about it: what’s really cool about virtual classes is that—because they’re virtual—you’re not just limited to studios in your area. Broaden your search! From your living room in Los Angeles, you can drop in on a class happening in New York. It’s the perfect opportunity to try something new.
On the Mindbody app: Pop open your Mindbody app, and search “virtual.” You will be able to see any classes in your areas, from yoga and Pilates, to spin and even guided meditations. Select the class you want, whether a tried and true workout or a brand new sweat, now’s the perfect time to keep your wellness in line, virtually.
On Mindbody.io: Head over to Mindbody.io and find the virtual drop-down in the top navigation. Here, you will be able to filter and find all the virtual classes in your area... and beyond. Or, just click here to see the classes in your area already filtered.
NOTE: If you aren’t seeing many virtual classes in your area, don’t be discouraged. The beauty of virtual classes, again, is being able to transport anywhere in the country, or world for that matter, and jump in on a class of your choice.
The COVID-19 epidemic isn’t doing the economy any favors, and fitness services are being hit especially hard. If you’re a lover of fitness and the businesses that provide it—and the fact that you’re reading this article means you probably are—taking advantage of these virtual classes is an excellent way to support these businesses in their time of need. It’s a total win-win: they get to continue living their passion and driving value to their clients, and you get a body-sculpting, spirit-lifting workout. Each side supports the other when everyone needs it most.
Remember, we are getting through this together, and together we will emerge stronger. To show your local studios support during this time, tag them on social media, along with @Mindbody, and we will support in any way we can.
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.