As of Monday 23 March, the Federal Government has begun to roll out its country-wide lockdown measures, which, devastatingly, includes all gyms and indoor fitness centres.
Brisbane is home to some absolutely epic studios and fitness heroes and, in the light of the new COVID-19 restrictions, many have quickly pivoted to digital workouts and virtual sweat sessions to keep us all fighting fit in these strange self-isolation times.
If you’re keen to support Brisbane's gyms and studios as well as (equally important) invest in your body, keep fit and maintain your mental health during these crazy times, we're here to help.
From express HIIT sessions to low and slow yoga burns, getting fit at home has never been easier.
We’ll be updating this list of virtual workouts regularly—so please get in touch with us if you have a virtual workout we need to be across. For now, here's our rolling list of Brisbane gyms and studios streaming sweat sessions you can do at home.
Newstead and Chermside
Total Fusion has come up with Brisbane's answer to yoga and pilates classes at home, translating their iconic and renowned sessions to your self-isolation zone. Members can access pre-recorded classes from home (with a whole heap more to come), but if you’re a non-member, just hit them up to chat about getting in on the classes.
Brisbane Strength & Movement
Keep your mind and body active with Brisbane Strength & Movement’s virtual group training. Adapting to the new restrictions, Brisbane Strength & Movement are bringing members online bodyweight strength and conditioning, breathwork and meditation, and mobility classes via Zoom. Feeling stir crazy after working from home all day? Join the 6pm breathwork and meditation class to release all that stress building in your shoulders.
Continue your pilates journey from the comfort of your own home, with Studio Pilates’ at home 30 day workout program. To keep you on your toes, they will be releasing a new workout daily so that you are guaranteed to not get bored. The program starts on Monday 30 March, so join the movement now and help support the Studio Pilates team in these difficult times.
Straight up, Inspire Cycle is home to one of Brisbane’s hardest spin workouts. Though the Newstead studio is closed at the moment (for obvious reasons), these guys have a plan to bring the ride to you. A new program called Inspire Home will get you access to a private Facebook group with daily live streamed and pre-recorded classes. You will need to have your own bike, or they have limited stationary bikes available for hire.
Facilities Fitness in Newstead has one of the biggest fit fams we’ve ever come across so it’s not surprising they’re doing everything they can to keep them healthy and sane while staying home. Members have access to daily 6am and 6pm live classes, motivating gym banter and all.
Ascot And Grange
Soho Yoga is one of Brisbane’s most beautiful pilates and yoga studios—and while they've had to close their doors for now, they have officially launched Soho Yoga Online. There’s a full timetable of daily streamed classes, which you can book using MindBody. Want to get in on it? Just purchase a class pass, with concessional rates available for anyone who’s income stream has taken a hit.
The gym closures came at about three quarters of the way through F45’s latest eight week challenge, so there was no way they were letting their members off the hook. Daily home workouts are available via their F45 Challenge app, though you’ll have to be a member to access—reduced rates are available if you’re ready to join the F45 cult.
Not only are Fitstop streaming live workouts through their member Facebook groups (all their gyms are owned by locals), but they’re also uploading workouts for you to do on your own, and will even suggest household items to use to ramp up your sessions. Chairs, water bottles, pillows and more—it’s all coming to a living room gym near you.
If you're after more than just a quick workout fix, Function Well and its holistic fitness approach is the perfect fit for you. Start the day right with a guided meditation, then work up a sweat with a high intensity class and wind down each day with some relaxing yoga. You'll get bonus healthy cooking workshops and weekly seminars learning all about the holistic approach to fitness. They've got membership options for both those who are on a tight budget and those that aren't, so you've got no excuse to let iso affect your wellbeing.
Cali-Fit is writing up mini workouts every day of the week which will be posted to Zoom each day. The workouts will target a different area of the body each day, so you’ll want to follow along all week. They’ve got both equipment and equipment free workouts, so you’re covered either way.
St Lucia and Stones Corner
Well, the Prime Minister may not know how to say it, but Xtende Barre sure does. All their ballet-inspired classes are now being streamed online, and any old chair at home will work as an impromptu barre. Get in touch with them to find out how to join and get access.
W Brisbane x Luke Zocchi
W Brisbane and Luke Zocchi (Chris Hemsworth's PT, sorry what?) are giving you the opportunity to sweat it out like the celebrities do with several free epic HIIT workouts. Usually only available to hotel guests on their in-room televisions (so you know you can fit them into your lounge room), the workouts are designed to help you get your sweat on with no equipment and minimal space. The first one has already been released on Youtube, so head here to get active and stay tuned for more.
For a workout that is of the premium kind, including all of the favourites like HIIT, barre, yoga and stretching classes, look no further than Premium Pilates. The team has heaps of pre-recorded workout videos, as well as specialised clips for prenatal and postnatal pilates, and basic and advanced pilates sessions too.
The team at Viva Pilates have got your at-home workout perfected, with specialised classes run by their own team members. Featuring pilates workouts, as well as barre, toning and fusion classes, Viva Pilates will have you feeling exhausted and energised at the same time.
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