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The countdown is *officially* on. Need something to distract yourself from the long-awaited season eight premiere this Sunday?
Whether you’re loyal to Jon Snow or looking to channel your inner Mother of Dragons, here’s a list of workouts (and wellness activities) that your favorite Game of Thrones character would kill for, if they weren’t all fighting for the Iron Throne.
Infrared Sauna: Heat under pressure
Clearly, this daring dragon mom can handle a little bit of heat, so she’d feel right at home during a session of infrared sauna therapy. While most people can only handle 30-minutes at a time, we’d be willing to bet Daenerys wouldn’t break a sweat for hours. It is known.
Cryotherapy: Winter is here
While Jon Snow might know nothing about heat, he’s all too familiar with the cold. Whether he’s treating injuries from venturing North of the Wall or needs to release a few endorphins for that constant brooding, cryotherapy is the solution.
HIIT: Power & control
Determined to win at any cost, this truly badass babe would be all about a good HIIT class. Extra disciplined, yet filled with inner rage, she could sweat it out while holding a glass of red wine, rolling her eyes at you for falling behind.
Kickboxing: Train like a northerner
When she’s not fighting as a Faceless Man, the youngest Stark is all about high-intensity. Independent, adventurous, and unique, it’s clear her workout of choice would be something as intense and fierce as kickboxing.
Personal Training: A wise workout
With a quick tongue and razor-sharp wit, this son of Tywin Lannister knows all the things. The character with the most intellect and sage advice, we *definitely* want him guiding our next personal training session.
Meditation: Find your zen
How did Bran become the Three-Eyed Raven? Meditation. JK, it’s magic but IRL we’d like to think he achieved guru status when it comes to inner stillness.
Bootcamp: Strong & agile
House Lannister keeps it lean. Whether he’s fighting Daenerys and her dragons or taking a long journey with Brienne, bootcamp is the perfect workout to keep the Kingslayer crushing it all winter (and summer) long.
Barre: Damsel in distress no more
The eldest Stark daughter might have been all about a blowout in her early years, but heading into season eight, we’ve been introduced to a whole new Sansa. Cool, calculated, and confident. Basically, don’t get on her bad side. We think the Lady of Winterfell would fit in nicely at a barre class, tucking ever so precisely with the ultimate control and patience.
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.