Don’t let your yoga mat or running shoes sit dejected in a corner. Sure, COVID-19 has probably meant an abundance of Netflix marathons, homeschooling sessions with your fifth-grader, and an endless stream of family members entering your office space (which was formerly the kitchen table). But moving the body has meant mental health as much as physical health during the pandemic. And there are a bunch of ways to step away from the chaos of it all. Many local Colorado Springs fitness studios are offering their services through online fitness classes.
For Nicole Field, transitioning her Whole Living Pilates business to classes via Zoom has meant helping clients maintain their physical and mental strength. “Keeping people moving and exercising is really, really important and helpful,” says Field, recognizing that clients are carrying a lot of stress and emotion during these uncertain times.
Attending local classes, even virtually, also helps maintain the many small, boutique fitness studios of the Springs, which Field calls the “heart of the city” and an “important part of the fitness community.” Without a doubt, we can all benefit to break a little sweat in our quarantined living spaces.
As Colorado transitions from Stay at Home to Safer at Home, here are some virtual fitness classes you can check out now.
Classes are being offered via livestream (on Zoom) and through prerecorded on-demand classes. All payments are made on a donation basis, so you pay what you can afford. Classes include a Restorative Flow session, Yin Yoga, Hot Power Fusion and more.
Carmichael Training Systems
As part of its Quarantine Project, CTS coaching staff have compiled free training resources to help you maintain your fitness via cycling, running and strength training/stretching. This site is particularly good for endurance athletes. Currently, free cycling workouts are available for download.
Free classes are streamed at 8 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. everyday on Youtube and will be until the studio opens back up. A small collection of free on-demand videos are also available with the option to purchase access to a library of more than 250 prerecorded yoga classes for $19.99 a month.
Virtual CrossFit classes are being offered online, and members can keep up with their exercise routine by scheduling a 30-Minute Fitness and Goal Check-In. Beginners can sign up for a free first time meeting. Coaches go over everything from nutrition to movement assessment to help CrossFitters stay on track during the COVID-19 pandemic.
F45 is offering free trials of its health and wellness training and diet program through May 27. After creating an account, you can access their prerecorded and easy-to-follow daily exercise routines.
Looking for a daily workout boost? KineoFit is offering online classes and free trials. You’ll receive a workout in your inbox every morning to complete anytime during the day. Additional daily livestream classes are available for members only, but if you join now, you’ll get a free month once the gym reopens.
Root Center for Yoga and Sacred Studies
Get your flow going with livestream yoga sessions throughout the day. Prices start at $15 for a single session.
Sun Pilates is offering live Zoom classes for all levels and interests. You can dabble in BarreSOL (a blend of pilates with yoga and ballet), Strength Fusion (which mixes weights into a pilates workout routine) and Pilates Mat classes, to name a few. A single online class starts at $12, and a 10 pack of online classes costs $99.
Whole Living Pilates
The north-side pilates studio has been offering virtual classes and offering free livestream mat class trials. Now, Whole Living is phasing back to in-person private, semi-private and small group classes (three people maximum) with Health Department guidelines.
YMCA of Pikes Peak Region
The YMCA offers a wide variety of free online options and prerecorded classes, whether you’re a regular Y member or not. Mindfulness, high intensity interval training (HIIIT), group exercise yoga, older adult and Barre classes are just some of your choices. Pikes Peak YMCA staff also choose a workout of the day, with three accommodating levels, so you’re bound to find something to motivate you everyday of the week.
If you’re seeking a less formal commitment, some local studios and instructors are offering free online yoga and meditation fitness classes. Here are a few.
DragonFly Paddle Yoga is known for SUP yoga classes, but Christine Malmborg is also offering land-based yoga classes for free or for a voluntary donation.
Yoga and Brews is offering live classes on Facebook. Grab your pint and login.
Yoga by Tabitha welcomes you to the mat for a variety of yoga sessions.