Regardless of whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, practicing social distancing or simply don’t like the pressure of gym workouts, you’ll be pleased to know there’s an increasing number of fitness workouts designed especially for women that you can do your own living room.
While group workouts can be a lot of fun, mainstream forms of fitness tend to provide a 1-size-fits-all approach, assuming everyone has the same energy levels and muscle structure. When you work out from home, you get to choose whether you’re in the mood for something slow and restorative like yoga, or something a bit more upbeat like dance cardio.
These 5 fitness routines are available online and will help you get or stay in shape from home.
1. Tracy Anderson Online
Tracy Anderson spent 8 years designing a fitness method to sculpt muscles specifically for female bodies. Her method incorporates dance cardio and muscle structure and has been adopted by celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, and Cameron Diaz.
Thanks to her digital DVD library and online studio, Tracy Anderson’s method can be practiced by every-day women from the comfort of their homes. Some Tracy Anderson workouts are even available to stream on Amazon Prime.
2. Jungle Body Online
The Jungle Body offers a range of dance-based workouts inspired by hip hop, kick-boxing, ballet, and other forms of dance. Each workout features a series of easy-to-follow dance cardio routines, a track to tone your arms, and a mat workout to tone your abs and booty. The Jungle Body’s most popular program, Konga, offers 1 online workout that can be purchased on Vimeo.
While Jungle Body workouts are typically held in class, some instructors opt to stream classes online. If you choose an online class, make sure to pick a timezone close to your location… unless working out at 2am is your thing!
3. Xtend Barre for Open Fit
If you think barre class is only for professional ballet dancers, think again. Xtend Barre combines ballet, dance, and Pilates to create workouts focused on cardio, strength, endurance, and flexibility. Don’t let the small movements fool you, you’ll be thoroughly sweating by the end of each 30-minute class.
The easiest way to access Xtend Barre from home is through Open Fit, which offers a 14-day free trial followed by a weekly, monthly, or annual subscription. Your Open Fit membership also provides access to nutrition plans and other workout plans like Pilates, yoga, and HIIT.
4. Down Dog
Down Dog is the number 1 yoga app for a good reason. The app excels in its simplicity as users choose their fitness level, focus (core strength, flexibility, etc), workout length, and music, then are rewarded with a customized yoga routine to follow. With both visual and verbal instruction, even yoga newbies will be mastering their downward dog in no time. New users sign up to a free trial period then must purchase a monthly or annual in-app subscription.
5. Zumba Online
While the Zumba craze has somewhat died down, it can still be a lot of fun to fit a little cardio into your day and feel sexy while doing Latin-inspired dance steps. A handful of Zumba classes are available for free on YouTube or, if you like more structure, you can buy Zumba DVDs or access online classes whenever you want. There’s even Zumba for Nintendo Wii.