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Many Australians have already begun social distancing, self-isolating or working from home as result of the coronavirus outbreak. Some gyms and fitness studios have adapted by running smaller classes or banning props, while others have pivoted online to offer instruction with zero in-person contact.
At-home exercise has evolved since Jane Fonda’s workouts took the world by storm (frankly, they still stand up) and nowadays there are yoga and Pilates classes, living-room-friendly workouts, and free apps to lead you round the park. Here’s a running list of what we’ve found.
• Nike has a range of free workouts, training programs, fitness tips and nutrional guidance available online. Its free apps include the Nike Running Club, Nike Training Club, and there's a podcast, Trained, featuring conversations with trainers and athletes.
• Universal Practice at Home is an online platform that gives unlimited access to more than 70 classes by the Melbourne-based pilates and physiotherapy studio – including Pilates, strength training, yoga and meditation – for $49 per month.
• Keep It Cleaner has launched a virtual gym. It’s free and there are classes on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7am. No equipment needed.
• Melbourne-based Sue Everett offers one-on-one yoga sessions via Skype for $30 per 15 minutes. Book online.
• Online yoga platform Will takes a modern approach to this ancient practice with easy-to-follow, downloadable classes. It’s $197 for lifetime access to its online library.
• Australian fitness instructor Damon Bell is now based in New York, but you can access his minimal-equipment workout videos for free on Instagram.
• Fluidform Pilates has an at-home program with targeted pre-recorded workouts for all levels of fitness. It’s $49 per month and the first monthly payment includes a free equipment pack.
• Couch to 5K isn’t strictly for indoors, but the nine-week, app-led running program can definitely be done solo.
• A Melbourne couple created the Callie fitness kit ($75), which is designed to help you replicate a gym workout at home. There’s also a guided online workout you can do called Quarantine With Callie.
• Sydney Yoga Collective is live-streaming its 32 yoga classes. It’s $10 for unlimited access and there’ll be five free classes available weekly, too.
• I Am That is a newly launched virtual yoga studio offering a variety of live and pre-recorded yoga and meditation classes online. It’s $9 a week to take part, or free for those who can’t afford it due to the current crisis – just email firstname.lastname@example.org for a discount code.
• Power Living has an online platform, Yogaholics, offering 24-hour access to yoga and meditation classes, ranging from five to 90 minutes in length, for $12 a month.
• Retrosweat is live-streaming '80s-style aerobics on its Instagram account.
• St Kilda's Ihana Yoga has launched a virtual studio streaming up to five classes live per day. It's $1 for a two-week trial.
• Access unlimited livestream and recorded classes by Jessica Dewar Yoga from $14.95 a week.
• Kyneton's Pilates by Bec is offering online eight-person personal training sessions, and Pilates classes for free until April 6. After that, it's $5 per class, or a weekly pass is $15.
• Get a six-week free trial of Chris Hemsworth’s fitness and wellbeing app, Centr. It combines workouts (beginner to advanced) with mindfulness routines and recipe plans.
• Download the immersive Zombies, Run! app for a running game slash audio adventure. The free, 10-episode home workout series will have you running from a (pretend) zombie apocalypse. Needless to say, this one's best suited to outdoors.
• Netfit is running live online netball workshops. They’re free for six weeks from March 23.
• Access more than 200 barre, pilates and yoga classes – on demand – courtesy of fitness studio Barre Body. Start with a five-day free trial.
• Melbourne’s Good Vibes Yoga has set up an online hub where you can access short flow classes and meditations for free.
• Spin studio Bodhi & Ride is uploading three or four different cycle videos weekly, plus meditation classes, mindset coaching and nutrition seminars. It’s $49 a week for a minimum of four weeks, and you’ll need hire or buy a spin bike (home delivery is available).
• Get your groove on with The Upbeat’s live-streamed dance-focused workouts. It’s $19 a week for unlimited classes, but those who have lost their job or business because of the Covid-19 outbreak could be eligible for free sessions. Email email@example.com to find out more.
• Sydney Dance Company’s new virtual studio classes include hip-hop, ballet and jazz for beginners, and a Friday Feel Good party. Classes start from $12, with an unlimited weekly membership for $28.
• Botannix Yoga Studio is now live-streaming all classes via Zoom – everything from vinyassa to yin yoga and pregnancy meditation. Prices start at $10, or you can get 28 days of classes for $50.
• Yoga studio Humming Puppy is offering unlimited access to its suite of pre-recorded classes for $15 a month (that’s half price). You’ll hear a low frequency hum in all the videos, which the team believes enhances the yoga experience.
• Ex-Bachelor star and personal trainer Sam Wood’s 28 app has wellbeing and fitness tips, workouts, nutrition, recipes and more. Monthly membership is $58.99.