We love heading out to our favorite gyms, but when life gets in the way, it’s hard to find the motivation to work out at home — especially without the guidance of someone leading the class. That’s why our muscles, joints and minds are thanking a handful of local studios for providing online, in-home options to cure our workout woes. “It’s important to keep your routines as much as possible, for your sanity and a sense of normalcy,” says Barre Fly owner Amanda Fulmer. Check out the online offerings from these three fitness spots.
GrooveRyde’s total-package studio offers boxing, yoga, spinning and more set to thumping music. Now, the fitness center extended those offerings to its online platform to make it easier for people stuck at home to get active. “We’re hoping that people at least try and move their bodies for anywhere from 25-60 minutes a day,” says Zosimo Maximo, who owns GrooveRyde with his wife, Anjua.
“We have to keep accountability and responsibility to move our bodies.” Using Zoom video chat, GrooveRyde’s Digital Studio offers classes for $12 each, or packages ranging from five classes for $55, to 50 for $550. “Our idea is to make this affordable to everybody,” says Maximo. grooveryde.com
Focusing on the popular workout routine centered around a ballet barre, Barre Fly owner Amanda Fulmer began offering free Instagram Live sessions every other day in March. She also set up paid personal sessions via Zoom video chat for anyone from Barre Fly’s Canton location who needs more coaching.
“Moving creates endorphins and they make you happy,” Fulmer says. “They lighten your sense of being and we all need to have our spirits lifted.” And if you’re worried about a lack of equipment, Fulmer says people have gotten pretty creative.“We only use 1- to 5-pound weights,” she says. “We’ve had people saying that they’re using wine bottles — anything around the house that has a little weight to it.” barreflystudios.com
Inner Bliss Yoga Studios
Tammy Lyons’ West Side yoga studios offers Facebook Live classes five times a day, covering a variety of session types, from the gentle rhythms of slow flow, to more intense hot powerful flow. “We’ve tried to keep it simple,” says Lyons. “We’ve seen a pretty consistent turnout throughout the day.” Class schedules are posted on Inner Bliss’ website and Facebook page, and users can donate a suggested minimum of $5 per class via payment app Venmo, a check mailed to the studio or as part of an existing class package.
Lyons says people can get creative with equipment: yoga blocks switched out for books, straps replaced by neckties and more. “It is important to let your mind rest on positive thoughts,” she says. “You need to take care of your mind right now and do things that keep you focused on what you want to see more of during this time.” innerblissyogastudio.com