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Feeling a little stir-crazy at home, wishing you could visit your local gym or personal trainer? I get it – I'm not a huge gym fan, but even I'm missing gym time now! If you've been wishing you could find an affordable, at home workout option, wait no longer. We've collected over 15 different virtual workout class options, from local Spokane businesses as well as national options and apps.
From at home workouts with no equipment to HIIT workouts at home, apps to challenge you and more, we've got all the virtual options for you. Let us know if we missed any cool ones on our Facebook page here!
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Before you start any of these workout plans, make sure to sign up with Achievement! Achievement is a simple, free program that rewards you for working out and tracking your activity.
Simply sign up for Achievement here, connect any tracking apps you currently use (Fitbit, MyFitnessPal, etc.) and start earning. You'll earn $10 for every 10,000 points, but depending on what you track, those points rack up quickly! You can also donate your points to charity, too.
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Virtual Workouts in Spokane
The following virtual workouts are all from local Spokane/near Spokane businesses. We're so excited to see so many local fitness trainers and businesses pivoting to online workouts – check out the ones listed below to find the perfect at home workout class for you!
1) If you're looking for an upbeat, energetic and engaging virtual fitness class, I highly recommend Jamie's (aka the FitRagamuffin) free virtual group fitness classes. The classes are donation based (and already raised $1,000 for Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery!), so pay what you can.
It's incredible deal to hop on a Zoom call and take a virtual fitness class with Jamie – choose from classes like Zumba Fitness, Weighted HIIT, Strong by Zumba and more. Some classes will require light equipment (think weights), but most will not – and the class will let you know what equipment you need before you start!
2) Looking for classes that are more yoga-focused? Check out Fat Girl Yoga's online classes, which include mid-day clarity yoga, stretch, beginner yoga and more.
3) Core4Collective is offering virtual live classes from yoga to strike and more. Virtual classes are $10. In addition to their live virtual classes, Core4Collective also offers a digital library of even more workouts!
4) Farm Girl Fit is offering their classes virtually! You can attend live, daily classes (you'll need to download the MINDBODY app in order to see their schedule and book a class).
You have two options: the $10 virtual drop in class or a $60 virtual membership, which gives you access to all virtual classes through May 1st plus additional benefits, like a PDF version of all the Farm Girl workouts and more.
Farm Girl workouts are no joke – I've done them before and they are excellent! Check out Farm Girl Fit here.
5) Virtual workouts via Groupon from The Yoga Collective and Spokane Fitness Center. The Yoga Collective deal is particularly good – three months of virtual yoga classes for $5! That's pretty great!
You can also get nearly 50% off a membership to the Spokane Fitness Center, which also provides you free access to their virtual fitness classes.
6) Want to start your own group workout class, or just put on a YouTube video and workout with a buddy? I'm seriously considering getting a Portal – it's very similar in size to the Google Home we have, but you can call people with it and see them.
I love that Portal combines all my favorite things of Google Home (the ability to ask it questions – it uses Alexa, listen to music, watch the news, etc.) with the ability to call people and see them face-to-face (even if they don't have Portal!). If social distancing keeps up, I'll be checking into a Portal simply because it's easy to use – much less hassle than Facetiming your friends/family and having to keep your phone propped up!
7) Local Spokane MeetUp groups! While MeetUp groups are being encouraged to meet online, it doesn't mean that local Spokane fitness groups aren't finding creative ways to workout ‘together' online.
Spokane has a ton of health and fitness MeetUp groups, from Spokane Area Walkers to Spokane Runners and more. You can also create your own group, too, if you don't find the perfect fit! Check out MeetUp groups around Spokane here.
At Home Workouts With No Equipment
Looking for more workouts that don't require any equipment that you can do from home? There are a ton of at-home workout options online – here are some I'm looking to try out!
1) If you don't have a lot of time in the morning to workout, try this 10 minute morning workout. It's a full body workout from RunninforSweets.com – make sure to head on over to her site, as she provides examples of what each of these workouts should look like.
2) If you have more time and want to try different types of workouts, check out Aaptiv. I'm really intrigued by Aaptiv because it's basically a personal trainer in your ear – you can choose from workouts (like strength training or outdoor running) or programs (walk to run one mile, total body training), pop in some headphones and get a trainer to walk you through the workout or program from start to finish.
While it's not an actual, live personal trainer you can talk to, it's pretty great for those of us who like more individualized programs – or who have to occasionally stop and pause their workouts because of family interruptions (we all know it happens!). Get started with Aaptiv here.
3) Couch to 5K program – one of my absolute favorites for training for 5ks, C25K (as it's called) is perfect for those of us who are looking forward to getting back to 5ks (and more!). Couch to 5K has a few options, including Running for Beginners, a C25K treadmill version, and Pooch to 5k, which is a C25K program you can do with your dog!
4) Looking for at-home yoga workouts that you can do at your own pace? Check out Yoga Download, which offers hundreds of different yoga programs geared for all types of yogis. If you're a complete beginner, there are a lot of options, or you can get more specific with different types of workouts to strengthen your lower back, release tension, and more.
The thing I like about Yoga Download is you can take all of their classes offline – just download as many workouts as you want to your laptop, tablet or phone, and you can take your yoga program with you anywhere. This typically works best if you're traveling and access to internet is spotty, but I like the flexibility of knowing a dropped internet connection isn't going to interrupt my workout flow.
At Home Workouts With Some Equipment
The following workouts all involve some level of equipment. Don't have what you need? Now is a great time to order online – there are so many deals out there, including deals on fitness and fitness-related gear from Best Buy.
I actually bought my Fitbit at Best Buy, and it was an excellent investment! Right now, since we're stuck indoors, I'm getting fewer steps than I want to, but it does vibrate to remind me to get up and stretch at least.
Speaking of Fitbit, if you have a Fitbit watch, you can get free access to Fitbit Premium for 3 months! I signed up for Fitbit Premium (the free trial) and have really enjoyed all of the workouts from fitness studios like Daily Burn, PopSugar, and more. Some of these programs require equipment, but some don't – take a look around for free and see what works for you! You can stream these workouts to your phone or your computer.
Don't have access to Fitbit? That's okay, Nourish Move Love has you covered with this 30 day quarantine workout. Below is just a snippet of the program, which does include weights. It's truly full body, so if you're looking for your own program, this is a great option.
If you have some equipment already, like a treadmill, and just want to be able to walk and not follow a program, you're in luck! One thing I loved to do when I had a treadmill was throw on some interesting TV shows and walk. You can sign up for a free trial of Philo, which offers channels like HGTV, Comedy Central, and AMC and more.
Another company offering discounts on TV channels and more is Hulu! You can get one month free with Hulu by signing up here, and you can see all kinds of movies, TV shows, original programming (like The Handmaid's Tale) and more. If you bundle for a little more a month, you can also get Disney+ and ESPN.
Programs to Help You Get Healthier
Looking for something that incorporates working out and eating healthier? In addition to signing up and using Achievement, here are a few other programs I've tried or am trying in order to get healthier and more in shape!
1) The app My Fitness Pal – MyFitnessPal is a free app that lets you track your meals, workouts, water intake and more. It's very simple to set up and can also be linked to Achievement, making it seamless to get points for all the steps and meals you track.
2) Noom – Noom is offering a 14 day free trial, and getting started is really easy. Simply fill out some information about yourself, including how active your lifestyle is, how much you typically eat per day, what's bothering you (stress? sleeping? weight loss?), and what your weight loss or fitness goals are, and then Noom creates a custom plan for you to follow. I'm really intrigued by the coaching part – apparently you have your own coach who checks in and helps to motivate you. It's a great resource for those who want accountability but maybe not in a group setting!
3) Step Bet – like to bet against your friends for money? Then Step Bet is perfect for you! Step Bet encourages you to set a goal with friends (you can also join other's Step Bet challenges), set a timeframe to accomplish this goal, and then check in. Whoever wins (and it can be multiple people, depending on the rules of the challenge) wins all the money in the pot!
All of the Step Bet challenges I participated in were really fun – no one was mean or too competitive, but you can bet everyone was motivated with money on the line. If betting on yourself sounds appealing, check out Step Bet!
As you can see, there are a ton of options for virtual workouts and more, both from local and national companies. If you're looking to save money or try something new, there's an at home workout for you. Let us know which program you're checking out over on Facebook!