Sydney 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 Sydney'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 live dance classes where you’ll burn 600 calories, to real-time pilates sessions where you can actually stick around at the end and ask your instructor questions, 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 Sydney gyms and studios streaming sweat sessions you can do at home.
Straight up, Cycology Club is home to one of Sydney’s hardest spin workouts. Though the Surry Hills studio is closed at the moment (for obvious reasons), these guys have a plan to bring the ride to you. A new program called CYCOLOGY AT HOME will get you the best spin bike on the market delivered to your door (contact-free), access to an at-home app to experience classes virtually, indoor cycling shoes and your choice of two live classes a day to join. Minimum hire period is five days and the cost to join is $55 per day.
While Barry's has closed the doors to all of its Sydney studios, the team are working on a way to beam the Red Room direct to your living room. Details on digital Barry's are due to drop very soon, stay tuned on their Instagram for more.
One Hot Yoga And Pilates
One Hot Yoga is one of Sydney's most beautiful pilates and yoga studios—and while they've had to close their doors for now, they have officially launched One Hot At Home. There are two classes streamed daily, one at 11am and one at 3pm, both via Zoom. To join, you'll need to download the Zoom app and book into the class via MINDBODY or the One Hot Yoga app at least 10 minutes prior to start time. From there you will be sent an email with a link to join the class.
For $10 a week you will have unlimited access to One Hot's live-streamed classes. Drop-in classes will be $5. All the details are right here.
The Barre Studio
If you're in need of a barre, dance cardio, ballet, yoga or meditation session—The Barre Studio has revealed a full suite of streamed workouts. A $20 per week membership will grant you access to all of the above, and your first week is free. Suss it out here.
Don't put away your 80s leg warmers, leotards and fluoro sweatbands, because Sydney's one-and-only Retrosweat is dropping at-home videos via their Youtube channel. Subscribe here and bring on all the iconic Jane Fonda workout vid vibes!
Krave Fitness is doing live dance classes that you can stream from your TV, tablet, computer or phone. Classes for this one are live and unedited and trust us, you’ll be working up a solid sweat in no time. You won’t need any actual equipment for the dance sessions (just a bit of space) and you’ll probably torch around 600 calories in the 60-minute class.
BodyMindLife has come up with Sydney’s answer to yoga and pilates classes at home, translating their iconic and renowned zen to your self-isolation zone. Not only can you access pre-recorded classes from your home (with a whole heap more to come) but in the coming days, BodyMindLife will also have a virtual studio which means live-stream, real-time recorded classes, following the same schedules as usual. You’ll also be able to find recorded workshops, training, online forums, meditation and pranayama, and private online classes too. On top of this, Body Mind Life is also hosting a live chat room with teachers, which will be open for 20 minutes after each class.
If home is where your workout is, hit up the online sweat sessions from Peaches Pilates. There are three main online programs to choose from (which range from beginner to more advanced exercises) but if you’re an absolute newbie, the “OG”/total-body toning workout is the one you want to go with. This virtual workout is made-up of lightweight equipment you can use in your home, with seven online workouts you’ll be able to keep forever (these look like cardio shred, stretching, band burn and ab blast). If you’re throwing your money at this one, you’ll even get sliding discs, a pilates ball, a resistance band, a disc guide and schedule too.
Body Love Pilates
The mindful burn is a philosophy Body Love Pilate’s founder, Ali Handley, practically swears by. The studio’s legendary pilates teachers Molly and Jacqui have just kicked off a series of YouTube sessions you can do in your own home which look like HIIT, dance cardio and restorative stretch. These gems last about 10-minutes, so yes, you can do one or two in your lunch break, and best of all, they’re absolutely free.
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