In this particularly stressful season of life, it’s important to maintain a normal routine, including getting enough exercise. Working up a sweat for 30 minutes a day increases endorphins while boosting your immune system. Just because you can’t physically attend your favorite fitness class doesn’t mean you can’t get your workout in. If you want to get your body moving while responsibly social distancing, here are eight local Birmingham fitness studios offering virtual classes.
Local Birmingham Studios Offering Virtual Fitness Classes
One of Birmingham’s premier Pilates studios, Aero Joe hosts classes that engage muscles with intentional movements meant to stretch and tone. This studio — located in Pepper Place — helps participants gain strength, see muscle definition and gain a deep understanding of how incredible the human body is. Aero Joe is offering virtual private lessons and group classes via Zoom. Group classes are $20 each or $80 for five classes. Attendees can join live or watch later on-demand. The studio is also offering one free virtual class each Thursday. Register for group classes here, or contact Aero Joe directly for private lesson options.
If you’re looking to get in a high-intensity workout that increases endurance while building lean muscle and burning fat, look no further than Battle Republic. This innovative gym boasts a heart-pumping combination of boxing on the bag and floor work that will leave you breathless (in the best way possible). Battle Republic is offering Battle On Demand for $49.99 a month, which includes unlimited access to high-intensity workouts. The studio is also offering virtual private training sessions by request. Additionally, on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., Battle Republic is hosting Battle LIVE Interactive on Zoom. To sign up for on-demand workouts or interactive Zoom sessions, visit battlerepublic.com.
If you want a high-intensity, full-body workout in a group setting, Ignite Cycle, located at Pepper Place, is for you. While the bike room may be temporarily closed, the ladies of Ignite are keeping the energy high with virtual dance parties. Monday through Friday at 5:15 p.m. and Saturdays at noon, hop over to Ignite Cycle’s Instagram for a live 45-minute set by DJ Kallima. This is a free dance party, and FaceTiming to dance with your friends is highly encouraged.
MPower Pilates + Cycle
The team at MPower Pilates + Cycle strives to help clients experience mental clarity, body transformation through low impact movements and the joy of finding community within their studio. Currently offering MPower On-Demand, each class is $5 or $40 a month for unlimited views. In addition to the on-demand classes, MPower is offering free Instagram Live classes twice weekly. For more information or to sign up for on-demand classes, visit vimeo.com.
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A workout at THREE15 combines 15 minutes of cycling, 15 minutes of barre and 15 minutes of strength training into one high-energy experience. These classes are always different and challenging — no matter what your current fitness level is. Although the studio is closed for now, the fitness instructors at THREE15 are hosting free workouts each morning at 9:30 a.m. on Instagram Live. Each workout is available for 24 hours. To see the workout, visit the THREE15 Instagram page here.
True40 Downtown Birmingham
The approach at True4o combines low-impact exercises and expertly crafted moves designed to create muscle confusion, meaning each class will tone different parts of your body. To combat the COVID-19 blues, True40 is sharing free workouts every day on its website. Donations are accepted, but not required, for the classes via Venmo or PayPal. To watch an online class or donate, visit true40studio.com.
With combined methods of strength training and conditioning, Wheelhouse Academy is not your average gym. Focusing on “working out the right way” helps members understand why they do certain movements and how it benefits their health. Workout for free with the trainers of Wheelhouse Academy twice a day, every day via Zoom. For an extra boost of motivation, the gym is also hosting weekly giveaways. Participants simply have to take a video or photo of their workout, tag @wheelhouse.academy and use the hashtag #WheelhouseAtYourHouse to enter. To see the schedule and call-in info, visit wheelhouse.academy.
The Yoga Circle
Find inner peace while moving, stretching and toning your body like never before. With certified instructors and a focus on those beginning their yoga journey, The Yoga Circle is a relaxing yet upbeat fitness studio perfect for individuals looking to step beyond their comfort zone. The Yoga Circle is currently offering several free live classes daily while their studio is closed. To sign up, visit theyogacircle.net.
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