Though more gyms are starting to open back up with extra health precautions, the coronavirus pandemic has many gyms still closed—either out of precaution or due to local health orders—and has us runners practicing social distancing to help mitigate the virus spread. But that doesn’t mean working out safely has to stop.
Solo outdoor running (while keeping an appropriate distance from others and practicing good etiquette) or at home on a treadmill (if you have one) is a great way to maintain your miles. It’s even possible to get in an effective HIIT workout for stress relief, even if you just use your own body weight. Plus, practicing yoga can help you recover after a run or help you get your mind right and stretch out after a day of hunching over a screen, whether you’re in an office or working from home on your couch.
But if you’re unable to get to a gym or not quite ready to go back, motivating yourself to mix up your workouts—or make time for them at all—can be hard. The good news is that many gyms are offering free apps or streaming services during this time that can replace your regular gym routine, and help keep up with your training, or introduce you to a new workout you may not have considered before. From trying a new HIIT session to starting up a yoga practice, these free apps will ensure you get a good at-home workout at a time you might need it most.
Every Wednesday, Runner’s World Coach Jess lead a 35–40 minute bodyweight workout on the Runner’s World Instagram stories at 12 p.m. ET. It’s a great way to help you remember to take a break from work as you continue to exercise and work from home. And, we’ll save each workout to our IGTV so you can still get in on the fun if you can’t make it live!
Within the Nike+ Run Club app’s 50-plus guided runs—some of which are led by Nike all-stars (think: Eliud Kipchoge and Shalane Flanagan)—you can choose from six free audio-guided running workouts specifically designed for the treadmill. They are 15 to 30 minutes in duration and come with specific instructions for everything from pace and incline settings to encouraging tips.
No treadmill? No problem. The Nike NTC Training Club app has opened up its premium workouts to all members for free until further notice. Choose from hundreds of on-demand class-style workouts, and receive expert tips on nutrition, sleep, and more.
Peloton’s digital membership provides access to more than 20 live classes a day and thousands of on-demand classes you can do with or without equipment. It includes indoor cycling, running, walking, bootcamp, strength, and outdoor (audio-only) classes—no fancy treadmill needed.
Runners can choose from 175-plus Tread Studio live and on-demand running classes that range from 10 to 60 minutes long and cover everything from hill runs and fun runs to interval runs and fastest miles, and new content is added regularly. Or they can opt for cross-training options to support solo runs.
If you’re looking for a way to keep calm in the midst of chaos, CorePower Yoga is offering a free 7-day trial of streaming through CorePower Yoga On Demand. New classes will be available every week, so you can keep up your practice from home while studios are closed.
If you’re looking for HIIT workouts, WORK Training Studio’s WORK Online Live has you covered. The Zoom classes includes a variety of workouts that target cardio, full body, lower body, and upper body and features a trainer coaching you in real-time—so you can feel comfortable adding something new to your routine. Plus, they’re all able to be modified for a home gym setup, minimal equipment, or even just your own body weight, depending on what you’re working with.
Access a free 7-day trial here.
Fitness influencer Anna Victoria is offering a free 7-day trial of her Fit Body app, which features HIIT workouts you can do at home, and include stretching and foam rolling to help with recovery. Users will be able to choose between a Shred or Tone program and get access to healthy meal suggestions.
Variis by Equinox is now available as a standalone digital membership. Variis provides members with unlimited access to Equinox HIIT classes, meditation, SoulCycle, and Precision Run (including a guided run with Des Linden). Tap into on-demand classes led by expert instructors, choose from a library of weekly programs, and more.
Burn Boot Camp, a boutique fitness studio, is streaming live at-home workouts every weekday at 9 a.m. ET through April 3. Each morning workout will mirror the weekly in-gym class and will be 45 minutes. Workouts will also be recorded to be watched at a later time.
Sign up here for a free 14-day trial to access classes.
While Life Time gyms are opening back up with multiple precautions in place, the chain is offering on-demand classes. Both Life Time members and non-members can stream cardio, strength, or yoga classes for free. New classes are being added daily. Access classes here.
This app features running, yoga, and HIIT classes personalized for your fitness level. You can also tune in for Daily Burn 365, a live class at 9:00 a.m. EST daily—no equipment needed that can also be streamed later. Access your free 30-day trial here.
This platform provides more than 200 videos focusing on different areas of the body. Also, you don’t need a ton of equipment—dumbbells and a mat will usually suffice. Most workouts are around 15 minutes, and new users can access a free 7-day trial here.
RXBar launched a series on Instagram called RXERCISE. You can find previous bodyweight workouts, stretching, yoga flows, and nutrition info saved on their Instagram highlights and IGTV.
Earlier this year, the Master Trainer team recorded 30-minute workouts you can still access on the Myzone Facebook and Instagram pages. Workouts are bodyweight only, so all you need is a little space to move around and can do the workouts from anywhere.
If you have a Samsung Smart TV, you can get 5,000 hours of free workouts ranging from HIIT to barre to meditation. Over 250 sessions are available to stream right in your living room and can be downloaded for free in the Samsung Smart TV app store.
If dance cardio is your thing, or you want to mix up your at-home workout routine, the Sculpt Society by trainer Megan Roup is offering a 14-day free trial. You can find workouts ranging from just 5 to 50 minutes, so you can add a little fun into your workouts with just bodyweight, light weights and resistance bands if you have them, and sliders (or a towel).
Bonded By the Burn is a fitness class born from the shutdown of gyms in early March. The HIIT classes offer a challenge at home with minimal equipment necessary, and the Zoom format gives the connectivity you feel in studio but might be missing in your home workouts. And, the trainers do the workouts with you via Zoom. Start your free 7-day trial here.
FitGrid curates live-stream and in-person classes from real fitness studios around the world and allows users to connect via in-app messaging. That way, you can connect with other members via the messaging feature that you might not otherwise talk to. Additionally, you can connect with friends on the app and be notified of classes they are taking so you can join them.
FitGrid is available to download on the App Store and Google Play. Users can get a free trial class at certain studios as well as take free live virtual classes sponsored by Athleta as part of the Athleta NYC Empower Tour.
Moxie, a new fitness platform, recently launched with nearly 5,000 live classes, you can access live fitness and yoga classes, ranging from from high intensity interval training to pilates. Livestream and on-demand subscriptions allow you to exercise anytime.
Prices are set by each instructor, ranging from flat prepaid rate, a pay-what-you-can rate, or weekly and monthly subscription packages. Traditional classes range from $5 - $10.