Among the many parts of everyday life that have been disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and subsequent social distancing are people’s fitness routines. Gyms and boutique studios across the country are totally shut own and Americans are turning to places like IGTV for their workouts from home.
First, let us say you do not have to work out right now. Exercise is a proven and powerful stress reliever—something we’re all in need of right now—but it shouldn’t be used to shame you into avoiding the #quarantine15. If the idea of adding an at-home barre class to your already overwhelming day makes you want to cry, don’t do it! Prioritize whatever form of self-care works for you.
If working out is your thing, technology is very much your friend during this uncertain time. Trainers and fitness influencers alike are sharing their new at-home workouts on social media that you can stream right from the comfort of your own living room.
The fitness blogger and yoga teacher is offering workouts on her social channel to help people stay fit and manage the stress of the moment. “I’ve been blown away by the amount of people around the world that a practicing with me during these uncertain times,” she wrote on Instagram. “It’s a beautiful thing to feel so connected to you all through yoga and meditation.
Fitness influencer and trainer Laura “Biceps” Hoggins is posting daily workouts to Instagram at 7 AM every day (though you can watch them for 24 hours) for her followers. “Nearly a week ago we had to make the heartbreaking but right decision in accordance with the government guidelines to close the doors on our home The Foundry, like many PT’s and gym owners, I instantly lost a sense of purpose. So I decided to adapt and take an element of our training, digital,” she wrote. “I want to stress that there is zero pressure to ‘workout’ or continue training, as let’s be honest it’s been quite tough to get used to this new normal for now. But I do know, that regular exercise can give you the headspace you need managing everything else going on.”
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London dancer and boxing instructor Purpuri is getting creative with her Instagram workouts, like using toilet paper as a prop. “Good morning guys. So today I’ve got a fun one for you,” she wrote. “The TOILET PAPER WORKOUT 🧻😬🤗 3 rounds 3 exercises and you do it as many times as you can in 3 mins. Each round has 3 different exercises and all of them are featuring TOILET PAPER 😂”
The American Ballet Theatre principal dancer and her partner James Whiteside are teaching ballet fitness classes on Instagram Live every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2 PM ET.
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The trainer’s at-home workouts were already super popular with her almost 300,000 followers—and they’re even more so in our current environment. We love this 12-minute HIIT routine, even though it includes the dreaded burpee.
We love how Öberg focuses on different muscle groups with her wide array of Instagram workouts. It really is like having a personal trainer right there with you at home.
Lee gets creative about incorporating other members of your household—like your partner or your pet—into her strength-training routines.
You’re probably familiar with @FitGirlMel from her many appearances on Kim Kardashian’s Insta as her personal trainer. She’s got her own app you can subscribe to, but she also shares quick exercises and tips for free on her Instagram.
A trainer and a biophysicist? We love it, along with Oceane’s plyometric and strength-based workouts you can do in your living room. Most of her exercises require no equipment, so you can start right away.
One look at Jackson’s insane muscle tone and you’ll want to jump right in with her workouts. Actually, I might start this arms series right this second.