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Tech Tools, Apps, and Tips to Maximize Your At-Home Workout Experience

Jodi Warner
April 20, 2020

3 minute read

Staying healthy and in shape is still attainable without making it into your gym or favorite studio. In a recent NY Post article, Tiffani Robbins, a Fithouse instructor states, “Every little bit counts, so do what you can. You can do squats anywhere. Even a 10-minute express workout counts.”

Here are a few tips to help achieve a great workout session from home:

  • If you’re using your phone for your workout, put on the “do not disturb” setting so you don’t get distracted from notifications.
  • Try to block out time on your calendar ahead of time to not only keep yourself accountable, but to also get the mental and physical break with your workout.
  • Get creative with your space and workout equipment. Some examples include a couch cushion as a balance tool, a heavy book as a weight plate, and even a beach towel as your yoga mat.

From bootcamps to yoga with your kids, there’s no shortage in virtual ways to workout. Here’s a variety of popular options for those looking to get their sweat on from the comfort of their own home.

Free workout videos

No gym equipment? No problem. Fitness instructors are now using platforms such as YouTube and Instagram Live to lead their followers in free classes.

Popsugar Fitness: If you’re looking for a class that makes you feel like you’re in a studio environment, Popsugar is for you, as their classes have at least 3 or more people in them. Popular class options include dance, sculpt, and cardio.

Yoga with Adriene: Whether you’re new to the yoga practice or a true, seasoned yogi, there’s something for everyone with more than 500 classes ranging from 10 minutes to full 60-minute sessions.

Women’s Health Magazine: Every Sunday, check out their Instagram post to learn the weekly live video workout class schedule ranging from boxing to Pilates. Classes are streamed live from their Instagram account.

Studio workouts to live stream

While you can’t physically go into the studio for your favorite workout, you can now access popular studio classes from home.

Barry’s Bootcamp: Join in with instructors from across the country for 4 different types of classes: Bodyweight, Bands, Weights, and their traditional Treadmill & Weights class.

CorePower Yoga: While studios remain closed, keep up with your practice through their free collection of online classes.

F45:If you’re searching for a HIIT style workout mixed with circuits and functional training, F45 is for you. F45 is also offering daily meal plans and goal tracking for their members.

Orangetheory Fitness: Instructors from across the globe are leading Orantheory’s daily workouts. Classes range from 30 to 50 minutes and are typically a cardio and core combination.

Fitness apps and subscription services

Beachbody: If you’re looking for a program with variety, Beachbody is for you as their library consists of more than 1,100 classes, trainer tips, meal plans, and accountability tools. Give Beachbody a try with their 14-day free trial.

ClassPass: App subscribers can access workouts that target specific muscle groups, as well as barre, dance, and yoga classes all from partnered studios. ClassPass credits can also be used to take classes that are being streamed from local studios based on your location.

Down Dog: Join in and download one of Down Dog’s workout apps including Yoga, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, 7 Minute Workout, and Prenatal Yoga. All of the apps are free for users through May 1st and through July 1st for students, teachers, and healthcare professionals.

Les Mills: Join in on a 30-day free trial to access more than a dozen different types of classes, including strength training, dance, yoga, boxing, and more. Many of the classes are equipment-free.

Peloton: You may be familiar with Peloton’s bike and treadmill classes, but the app provides a variety of workout options. Download the app and get a free, 90-day trail to access their library of classes including yoga, strength, meditation, cardio, bootcamp, cycle, and running. Peloton also launched on-demand family content including classes from meditation to cardio.

Not sure how to find time during a busy work day to give one of these classes a try? For some inspiration check out “7 Ways Remote Workers Can Unwind and Relax During the Workday.”

Jodi Warner
Jodi Warner is little bit Yankee and a little bit y'all. Some of Jodi's favorite things include her goldendoodle, jazz fest in New Orleans, eating in NYC, and watching her favorite sports teams. Jodi is a Senior Content Manager at Oracle with more than 10 years of industry experience. by Oracle is the destination for professionals who are building the next generation of customer experience. Here, you can find breaking news, in-depth analyses, expert insights, and useful tools that will empower you to think and work progressively.