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Best home workouts and fitness programmes to follow online

Here’s how to stay active at home

Tatum Ancheta
Dara Chau
Edited by
Tatum Ancheta
Written by
Dara Chau
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Covid has really messed up a lot for us, fitness routines included. If the pandemic hasn’t demolished your motivation to exercise entirely, it certainly has affected the way you work out. With gyms still closed and masks are once again a must for any outdoor activity, the virus most certainly is shaping the evolution of fitness. With that, adrenaline junkies are getting their fix through virtual classes to get their sweat on, anytime.

For those looking to emerge out of the restrictions with a rocking bod, we’ve scoured the internet to find the best online gyms to get your blood pumping and adrenaline running.

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Best home workouts and fitness programs to follow online

LuluLemon
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LuluLemon

While gyms are closed, Lululemon is staying active through its digital sweat tutorials. With plenty of videos online offering complete instructions, recommended sets, conveniently categorised so you can work on specific areas or exercises. From yoga flow to strength and condition, find all the poses and moves to stay moving throughout this lockdown. 

Price: Free
Book here

Coastal Fitness
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Coastal Fitness

The Gymless programme at Coastal Fitness is aimed at allowing users to do mixed modal fitness without all the gym equipment. It involves five workouts a week and two active recovery days, with all sessions taking up 45 minutes or less. The Gymless interactive platform also includes movement videos from the coaches at Coastal Fitness, an online community of users, and athletic tracking software to help you record your fitness journey. 

Price: free
Sign up for the Gymless programme on their website and follow their Instagram for more tips from the team.

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Flex Studio
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Flex Studio

Flex Studio is currently offering several livestream classes a day in pilates, power yoga, Xtend Barre, and more, with plenty of DIY equipment alternatives available. There is a schedule for group classes but sessions with a private instructor have to be arranged with the studio directly. You can also use the Flex app to keep track of all class-related updates and deals.

Price: private class ($790), two-person or semi-private class ($550), three-person class ($390), or drop-in on a group class ($150). 

Book here

Kita Yoga
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Kita Yoga

Kita Studios is going digital with its online yoga classes. Ranging from mini-classes that only take up a couple minutes of your day, warm ups to get the blood pumping, to full on yoga classes focused on specific areas to train, stretch, mobility or strength that run-up to an hour, there’s no excuse not to get moving. The online classes are conducted by different instructors, so you can select who you want to train with and what to train. 

Price: Free 7-day trial, $20 per month or $200 per year 
Book here

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  • Soho

Pure has made its offering now available online via its channel Purecast. With livestream and on-demand available, the yoga-focused portal not only is a place to follow exercises but is also a community bringing together other yogis from across the world. Select classes based on styles of yoga, instructors, ability or class duration. The classes are conducted in English, Chinese or both to offer everyone the same access to their digital training. If it’s been a while since the last time you practised, there’s also a library of poses to refresh your memory before jumping into a class or whenever you feel like a particular stretch. 

Price: Complimentary for PURE Yoga and PURE Fitness members 
Book here

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  • Central

With a library of over 150 workouts covering barre, Pilates, bootcamp, HiiT, cardio yoga and more, there’s no shortage of working options with Barre 2 Barre. The on-demand and live streaming tutorials give you the flexibility to exercise at any time, anywhere and on any streaming device. With new classes added weekly, the variety of new material keeps the routine fresh and is suitable for whatever equipment (or lack thereof) at home. 

Price: free 7-day trial, starting at $15 per month for on-demand access
Book here

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  • Central

For those who need a little extra attention and personalised training, H-Kore offers one-on-one sessions with your favourite trainer. You will be able to train privately and do a specialised workout specific to your needs and ability. If you want to grab a few friends to make exercising a bit more social, group sessions with your buddies are also available with your trainer of choice. Or if what you miss most about the gym is a little competition, the livestream classes are the way to go. From circuit to barre to yoga, there’s a range of classes to choose from. And if you prefer to train on your own time, the pre-recorded classes are on-demand to workout to at home. 

Price: $100 for a single livestream class, $500 for personal one-on-one training, $800 for group training for 2-5 participants 
Book here 

Nike Training Club 
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Nike Training Club 

The Nike Training Club app is your own personalised gym buddy. It allows for you to get into a habit by helping you set goals and keeps you accountable with reminders and notifications. You’ll get access to trainers, athletes and wellness experts and store an immense amount of content to guide you through your fitness journey. Whether to lose weight, build muscles or simply to keep you moving, there are plenty of videos to get you through your workout. What’s more is that there is also a coaching and wellness section to the app, which gives you tips and advice on nutrition, recovery and sleep. 

Download here

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F45 Tsim Sha Tsui and Hung Hom Whampoa
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F45 Tsim Sha Tsui and Hung Hom Whampoa

Both F45 Tsim Sha Tsui and F45 Hung Hom Whampoa locations have socially-distanced outdoor boot camps, but they're also running daily online classes called F45 Live. The online version of F45 training includes interactive high-intensity workouts that are both fast and fun, using 45 minutes and bodyweight exercises (so minimum space and no equipment is required) to get the fitness results you desire. Led by world-class coaches, the training is live-streamed from the F45 studio via Zoom so that each member receives personal guidance and group encouragement that is synonymous with F45 workouts. The team is offering free F45 Live classes to anyone in Hong Kong that is stuck in mandatory quarantine or isolation until April 20. 

Price: Free for those in quarantine or isolation
Book here

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