As we settle in to the new normal of snap lockdowns, more than a handful of us will be missing our trips to the gym and may also be struggling with motivation.
Luckily for us here in NZ, we have gym heroes that are willing to help us work out from home. In fact, many gyms and indoor fitness classes have begun posting and sharing at home workouts for us all to try. And in light of the new COVID-19 restrictions in place, these workouts are perfect for a solo sweat session, right from the comfort of your own living room.
Our mental health is just as important as physical health, especially during times like these. And a big part of this, is maintaining some of the same structure into your daily routine, as you would have at work. So even if it's just 30 minutes of exercise a day, we are going to be blocking out the time to prioritise ourselves. As should you.
From live yoga and pilates-inspired workouts, to world-renowned Les Mills classes, getting fit at home has never been easier (or more accessible). So chuck on your trainers, clear a space in your living room or head to the driveway, and get moving. Looking to get fit? COVID-19 made me do it.
Les Mills On Demand.
Your favourite Les Mills classes, right from the comfort of your own home. With over 800+ different workouts to try, and 13 different Les Mills programs on offer, you can challenge yourself with a variety of classes, such as strength, cardio, HIIT, dance and yoga/meditation. Led by the Les Mills International team, motivation and inspiration throughout the class is on offer for all fitness levels, as well as a range of options for those just starting out. Guys this is the pinnacle for online fitness services. Start your free trial now, or access 60 days on offer if you are already an existing member (and can no longer access your Les Mills gym).
Les Mills TV
Bonus round… Les Mills right from the comfort of your TV screen, these sessions were filmed during the March lockdown and are available to view on TVNZ On Demand. Covering off HIIT sessions, CXworks and more chilled balance and yoga style workouts. So what are you waiting for, access all these workouts and more online at TVNZ OnDemand.
The Sala studio in Auckland offers a range of classes, and in light of COVID 19 restrictions, has now moved their workouts fully online. With amazing classes now available, you can choose from a range of meditation, yoga, HIIT classes and kettlebell focused workouts. Not to mention, it is incredibly affordable at $25 per month. Perfect time frame, perfect classes… so what's stopping you? Sarah from Sala has also shared her tips here on how to survive lockdown with sanity intact. Sala also have a range of free videos on YouTube available here.
Sweaty Besties Fitness
Borne out of the 2020 lockdowns, Sweaty Besties is your go to whether you're dipping your unfit toe back into the workout waters or you're a gym bunny looking for some new inspiration. Run by a group trainer and an endurance athlete these online workouts will challenge you whatever your fitness levels. Offering everything from strength training (using handy items you'll have lying around at home), pilates, HIIT and so much more you'll be hooked with one class. And at just $20 a month (which is less than $1 a day, people), they also get the prize for one of the most affordable options on our list. Winning.
Keep It Cleaner
Keep it Cleaner is an online lifestyle program that will not only transform your life, but also your mindset and body. Steph and Laura are advocates for healthy living, and their program is not only designed to be done from the comfort of your own home, but also has a strong focus on improving mental health and body image (especially for women. Can we get an AMEN!) As well as offering daily workouts to choose from, the KIC app offers meal plans, wellness spaces for mediation, pilates and yoga, daily affirmations to keep you motivated, and a HUGE range of recipes. During these difficult times, KIC is also hosting free live workouts on its Instagram for everyone to tune into every Monday (10pm—nighttime meditation), Wednesday (9am - strength with Steph & Laura) and Friday (9am—yoga and pilates with Steph & Laura).
Feel Fit with India Heath
The thought of exercising for hours on end can be incredibly frightening for some of us. Especially those of us who have become quite comfortable in the comfort of our couch lately. Thanks to FeelFit however, 24 minutes is all it takes. FeelFit is an online video service created by India Heath, and these 24 minute tabata-style workouts will most certainly leave you sweaty. With three varying workouts to choose from, and no equipment necessary, all you need is 24 minutes and a determined attitude. And the best part is, these workouts are affordable and a one-off purchase of $39—that you can use them anytime, any place. Let's get fit.
Wild Pilates Studio is transforming their regular studio workouts into living room friendly, no equipment workouts. Pilates style workouts are a great option for your living room. All you need is a little space, your body, and the guidance of Laura at Wild Pilates. With online classes coming within the next few days, Wild are currently offering free daily workouts on their Instagram page (as well as a range already uploaded)—workouts designed to target all the areas you would normally forget. Move over COVID 19, let's build some killer core strength.
Practicing yoga is definitely the perfect way to wind down, or wind up for that matter when working from home for the next few weeks. And even if you have never tried yoga before, this may be the perfect option for you. Mahi Yoga are offering a wide range of classes, for beginners, advanced, those looking for mediation based practices, and even have a specialised Sunday evening Yin class (perfect to destress). With or without a mat, your yoga journey begins here. Do the mahi, get the treats for your mind, your soul and your body.
Training By Kobi
Kobi is one of New Zealand’s coolest fitness Instagrammers out there, showing us the amazing tips and tricks to use when working out around our home. Think sofa tricep dips, and running the stairs to get some cardio… this girl sure knows how to get your heart rate up without having to pay hefty prices. Not to mention, Kobi also does daily yoga and flow practices, encouraging you to also look into finding your ‘zen’ throughout this stressful time.
The perfect combination of boxing and cardio fitness, to stay in shape and move your body daily. The best part? A daily equipment-free workout at the end of your working from home, office day. Thanks to Boxing Alley online workouts, you can tune in daily for a full workout—warm up exercises and cool down included.
Image credit: Les Mills, Laura Henshaw by Keep It Cleaner, Kobi Bracken for Training By Kobi