BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT | These Are Our Favorite Apps For Exercising At Home If You Can’t Get To A Gym

As coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread, many of us are finding ourselves indoors and with limited or no access to local gyms. But, we still need to workout to stay healthy. There are plenty of apps available that can help you do that, either for free or through subscriptions. That means you don’t have to go out and buy equipment if you don’t have the budget or the space in your home.

Here are some of our favorite that we’ve been using to stay active.

ClassPass Live

ClassPass Live brings a variety of workouts to your home that make you break a sweat as much as you would at an in-person class. The instructors are moving and break down each move with modifications so you can jump in at any level. The 30 minute classes are super efficient and can be easily stacked for a longer workout.

There are a variety of cardio, strength and yoga workouts within the same app users typically use to book in-studio classes. Despite the name, ClassPass Live classes are no longer live — the company discontinued  the program last year. But, all of the previously-recorded workouts are available for free to ClassPass subscribers. 

In certain areas that have been mandated to reduce gatherings, such as New York City, ClassPass Live videos are the only classes users will be able to access from the app. While ClassPass buried the feature at the bottom of the home screen after discontinuing the live classes, it’s now promoting them as a way to stay fit at home during the pandemic.

Here’s how to find the feature:

  • Open the ClassPass app and click “Explore digital workouts”
  • Scroll through video or audio workout options like HIIT and strength classes targeting full body, abs, upper or lower body. The video classes are typically 30 minutes with express video workouts available toward the bottom and ranging between about seven to 15 minutes. Audio workouts are ordered by length and vary more widely.
  • Before starting the class, check out the “Equipment needed” section. You don’t really need a heart monitor as it suggests, but this will tell you if the workout requires weights or other equipment. HIIT and yoga workouts don’t require any equipment except a mat.
  • Stream videos from your phone or computer or mirror them onto your TV through an Apple TV or similar device.

THE YOGA COLLECTIVE

The Yoga Collective app and website make it easy to search for yoga, pilates or guided meditation by type, level and length. It has plenty of options so you can choose what area of your body you want to tone and you can squeeze in a workout or meditation if you have just five minutes or a whole hour.

Whether you want 10 minutes to clear your head or an hour of advanced yoga, The Yoga Collective lets you filter for almost every feature of your workout. You can choose if you want to see a group class setting or an instructor going solo and many of these workouts require no equipment except a yoga block if you want it. Plus, I like that you can stream on your phone or computer and even mirror onto a TV with an Apple TV or similar device.

It lets you choose a class based on a variety of categories. You can browse by collections, like the “Morning Flow Series” or by focus, like meditation, strength or stretching, among other categories. And, you can pick from different class lengths, teachers, focus areas, fitness levels and more. 


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