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As we’re all trying to get our fitness in, support our favorite studios, practice social distancing, and stay sane during these crazy times, many of us have turned to virtual workouts as a way to come “together” and sweat over the past few months. With 91% of group fitness businesses offering or planning to offer live stream and/or on-demand classes, there are plenty to choose from, not just in your area, but all over the world.
We surveyed people who use the Mindbody app and found that, 21% of you have been attending classes at studios outside of your local areas, and a whopping 40% are booking workouts with studios you’ve never even physically visited before. Live stream and on-demand workouts are awesome for discovering new studios, connecting with friends and family across the country (or world) through fitness, and getting to try workouts you might not have had the option to before. Cardio, yoga, strength training, HIIT, barre—you can find just about any fitness classes you’re looking for, without leaving your house.
Compared to the 7% of app users who did live-streamed workouts weekly in 2019, 85% are doing so now in 2020. Nearly half of those are working out with a remote group, family, or friend, and 61% are doing it in their living rooms. Talk about we’re all in this together!
While you can take just about any class from the comfort of your home, we were curious about which ones you all booked the most over the past few months. So, we did some data digging and number crunching and got the answers.
Here are the top five most booked virtual classes during COVID-19 (to-date):
Yoga is the top booked category for fitness classes in general, so it’s no surprise that people continued booking yoga classes during quarantine (an average of nearly 22,000 bookings per day!). But on top of that, it’s likely that we have a lot of first-time yogis as well, as yoga is one of the easiest workouts to do from home (once you learn to love it).
There are a million reasons why someone would decide to try yoga right now. Whether you’re trying to support your local yoga studios, figuring out how to recreate a hot yoga vibe at home, working on getting over your exercise embarrassment, trying to stay grounded, or just not quite ready to go back to studios yet, finding your flow in your living room (or backyard, bedroom, balcony, wherever) is a great way to work on your body and mind right now.
Speaking of mental benefits, there has also been an increase in the availability and popularity of virtual meditation classes. 88% of meditation’s pre-COVID booking levels have been maintained on virtual, the highest of any category. Sound bath, anyone?
Like yoga, Pilates is also fairly easy to do from home (mat Pilates at least, unless you have a Reformer in your bedroom). Using a series of micromovements, at-home workouts in the Pilates category are all about technique and control—so you’re not gonna be running sprints or doing jump squats across your living room. It's also similar to yoga in that it helps you find your center, while improving flexibility and posture (goodbye WFH back pains).
You won’t think you’re going to be sore tomorrow from all those little movements, but just ask the thousands of you who have been taking Pilates fitness classes each day—I’m sure they’ll tell you you’ll feel it.
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Maybe this one’s popular because its name—combined with a wine bottle as a weight—is the closest thing we can get to a real bar right now. Or maybe, you all have just realized the incredible benefits of this strength-building and balance-perfecting workout.
You don’t have to be a ballet dancer—or a woman—to try out a barre class. All you have to be is someone looking for a low-impact, full-body workout that won’t bother your downstairs neighbors (looks like that includes a lot of you).
Grab your grip socks, a chair, couch, or anything you have at home to keep you balanced and meet us at the (virtual) barre.
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Ever heard of HIIT? It stands for High-Intensity Interval Training, and apparently, a lot of you have been loving it lately. If you’re feeling cooped up, fed up, or just want to get up and get some exercise, HIIT is a good way to go.
In a virtual HIIT workout class, you’ll go through some quick (and yes, intense) bursts of exercise—using all your effort—with shorter recovery periods in between. Before your heart rate can return to normal, you’ll be up and going again, but it’s all worth it for that sweet release and great after-class burn. If you’ve never tried HIIT, now’s a good time to start.
Like interval training, circuit training also involves a series of exercises with short breaks in between. But rather than focusing on the intensity of what you’re doing, you’re focusing on targeting specific, and varied, muscle groups. So, in one circuit, you could hit legs, arms, core, and back, letting one muscle rest and recharge while you work the others.
For those of you who have been enjoying circuit training workouts at home, first of all, way to get creative with your space—we’d like to see your home gym setup. But also, you’re probably feeling evenly toned and equally worked this quarantine season. It’s all about that balance, baby.
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If you fit into one of these categories, you understand the appeal. If you don’t, maybe you’re thinking about a new workout to try. Either way, we hope you’re hanging in there and remembering the awesome benefits of virtual classes, despite the frustration you’re probably feeling. We’re going to get through this one way or another, and we might as well be sweating together safely in our living rooms while we do it.
Ready to try one of these class types, or maybe push another to the top of the list?
Book now on Mindbody.
It’s safe to say, the way we conquer our daily routines has changed drastically over the last few months. The way we perform our jobs, how we socialize—even the way we workout—have flipped from in-person, group settings to virtual platforms to keep us safe and healthy. There's no denying that navigating this new normal has certainly come with its ups and downs, to say the least. In fact, a recent survey revealed one-third of Americans said this pandemic has caused more stress and anxiety in their lives, which isn’t surprising given the circumstances.
With anxiety levels at a high, people need relaxation, self-care, and movement more than ever. Enter yoga.
Yoga has long been touted for its amazing ability to calm the mind and help folks stay in-tune with their body—which is probably why more and more people are embracing an at-home practice.
Whether you’re looking for a powerful Vinyasa class to help kickstart your morning or yearning for a gentle, evening flow to wind down after a busy workday, taking a yoga class is now more accessible than ever. With 91% of group fitness studios offering or planning to offer live stream and/or on-demand classes, those who are ready to get their asana on have plenty of yoga classes to try all over the country.
While there’s no place like om, most of us could go for a little virtual vacation right now. I know I could! Ready to get a taste of what yoga classes are like all over the country? Here are the U.S. cities with the most virtual yoga classes available.
It seems poetic that Chicago hits our number one spot on this list because it was the first city in America that was introduced to yoga back in 1893. Swami Vivekananda presented yoga at the World Parliament of Religions and made a speech on the concept of body, spirit, and mind. It seems the presentation made a lasting impression on the city.
Try getting your Zen on with one of these studios:
• The Lab Yoga
• Bottom Line Yoga
• Bare Feet Power Yoga
Everyone knows that Washington DC is where you can visit some of the world’s most famous monuments, memorials, and museums. But you may be surprised to learn that it also offers one of the most robust libraries of virtual classes to help yogis sample some classes at the nation’s capital.
Houston is one of the most culturally diverse cities in America—in fact, you can folks speaking 145 different languages and thousands of restaurants serving up food from more than 70 countries. If those facts have you working up quite an appetite, feel free to indulge. They also have plenty of virtual yoga classes available to help you torch some calories.
Did you know one of the first businesses to open in the City of Brotherly Love was a brewery in 1683? If you’re familiar with the ever-evolving trends of yoga, then you have most likely heard of or participated in beer yoga sesh. Get ready to try yoga the Philly way by cracking a cold one and doing some downward dogs in the comfort of your own home at the end of the day.
New York City is home to 8.4 million people, making it the most densely populated city in the entire nation. With that many people, you know there must be a ton of yogis looking to relax from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Start spreading the news and flowing with some of the most dedicated yogis in the U.S.—there are a ton of virtual yoga classes to choose from in the Big Apple.
Get ready to make some virtual yoga neighbors. Did you know that Columbus, Ohio is considered the heart of the country? The reason for that is because nearly half of the America’s residents live within a 600-mile radius of the city. Ready to put your heart and soul into your at-home yoga practice? Then check out what this city has to offer virtually.
San Diego is known as one of the happiest cities in America—mainly because of the beautiful weather, picturesque beaches, and the abundance of yoga classes available. While a vacation to this area may not be in the books for this year, you can certainly flow with the best of them by booking a virtual class at a San Diego studio.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the yoga studios offering virtual classes to help you stay fit, healthy, and calm during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope these offerings inspire you to either start a new at-home practice or are helping you seasoned yogis continue your path to wellness. Interested in seeing what other cities are hosting a bevy of online yoga classes? The options on Mindbody are endless—literally!