how to stay active at home
Right now we’re only allowed out to exercise once a day – on our own or with people who live with us – so we’re going to need some home workouts to keep us feeling connected, prevent us from going stir crazy and getting too addicted to Netflix.
Happily, many of our favourite instructors and gyms have done a swift kick, ball, change to bring us home versions of their classes, so there should be something for everyone. In fact, there are so many, you could easily fashion yourself your very own home bootcamp with a little run thrown in for extra kicks. Have a gander at what we’re loving right now…
The fantastic Studio IO has taken all of its classes online, where you can book your favourite for £4-5 (or free if you’re one of the many amazing people working for the NHS). Take your pick from everything from energetic flows to beginners’ classes and candlelit yin yoga and breath work. You’ll need the Zoom app to join the live class.
Wild Thing Yoga, aka the lovely Deanne Oliver-Pickard, has also gone online with her energising classes, which include breath work, too. She’ll be leading two flows a week (Wednesday and Saturday mornings). Again, you’ll need the Zoom app and Deanne shares the details of the class on her Instagram, but you can also book through Studio IO.
One of our other fave local yogi options is Hot Pod Yoga Worthing, another speedy converter to the wonders of Zoom for live classes. There are classes seven days a week, at various times to fit around your new working-from-home life, and all are pay as you feel.
There’s nothing like a bit of dancing and booty-shaking to shake off some of those cobwebs (are we the only ones to realise how much dusting we clearly don’t do?) and again, our locals have done us proud.
If you love dancing around your kitchen as much as we do, then you’ll love this. Amanda Walderman of Brighton Lindyhoppers is hosting live swing dances on Zoom from her kitchen to yours.
Or how about nailing the moves from the 1920s with My Charleston? Their four-week online courses have just started, but you can still catch up. There’s one to suit all levels and each costs £25.
And JP Omari has brought his uplifting Funkfit classes online, too. With £8 classes on Monday, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, you’ve got no excuse not to get your groove on.
Now you can bring the club to your living room with Clubbercise Brighton with Rich live online. Turn the lights down, have fun and get fit to some banging tunes. You can either buy an unlimited 30-day pass for £20 or pay £3 for single 30-minute classes. Now, where did we put those glowsticks?
Want to celebrate getting to Friday even though you’ve slightly lost track of the days? Then check out Helena Dowling’s Instagram for details of her next live Zoom Twerkout for some twerking, booty shaking and squatting fun. The classes are pay what you can, with a suggested donation of £10 if you can afford it right now.
Finally, London-based dance studio At Your Beat have launched At Your Gaff, bringing a brilliant selection of their popular classes featuring everything from HIIT-inspired sessions to Latin routines, music video choreo, hip hop workouts and even ones that teach you how to shake it in stilettos, or ‘let your inner bish shine on the dance floor’.
STRENGTH AND CARDIO
If you’re missing your weights sessions, there is, we have discovered, a lot you can do with some cans of baked beans/milk bottles (insert your favourite weighty food item here), a rucksack filled with books or simply by just using your own bodyweight. And even if your living room is the size of cupboard, you can still do a really decent workout. Trust us, we’ve put it to the test. And yes, there will probably be burpees.
One of our faves Rox Life have everything from sweat-tastic bodyweight burner classes to challenging strength and stretch sessions on their Instagram and IGTV (three classes a day).
Also worth checking out are the hardcore shred and HIIT video sessions that Brighton-based personal trainer Vitor Carlos is uploading to his Instagram every day.
Rachael Woolston’s FitBitch Boot Camp is doing a family fit 30-minute live online session every day at 12.30pm on Instagram. You can do a one-week trial before signing up. Trust us, these deliver a damn good workout.
And Alex Smallman’s Uber Mummies – which, we should add, is not just for mummies – are doing nine different online sessions a week, from HIIT to stretching, on Zoom, as well as free classes for teens. Message Alex on Instagram for the login details for your free first class.
Less local, but still very good and with options for all levels of fitness, we’re also loving the workouts from real-life sister team Soul Sisters Fitness, aka Maddy and Alex Weaver, not to the mention the fact they regularly call each other just ‘sister’. Cute.
SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT
If none of that quite floats your quarantine boat, how about some hula hooping? Brighton-based hula superstar Jo Mondy has an online beginners’ course for thirty quid, which gives you unlimited access to over 70 easy-to-follow, downloadable classes. as well as a kids hooping course, which is free.
If you’ve always fancied getting the flexibility and strength of a pole dancer, but not so much the attempting to shimmy sexily around a stick in front of other people, then this is for you. Hove-based The Pole Lab have brought a load of their fun classes online for £8 a class: from chair and floor choreography to strength and stretch and flexibility classes, you’ll have the moves – or at least the flexibility – in no time. And you don’t even need a pole for most of the classes.
And one last one: we absolutely insist that you check out Elevenses with Lorraine. This is, quite simply, your chance to jump around to four minutes of silly music every weekday with the brilliantly bonkers Lorraine Bowen. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
This info will be regularly updated, so if you run or know of a local class that you think we should check out or include, please let us know at hello@