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The best online fitness classes

Being indoors doesn’t mean giving up on exercise – these London gyms are running online fitness sessions worth getting off the sofa for

By Allie Abgarian
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Starting to go a little stir-crazy in self-isolation? Just because you’re stuck indoors doesn’t mean you can’t do some of the things you normally would – like working out. Gyms and fitness centres may have had to close their doors temporarily, but many are offering online classes – and even better, some of them are free. 

Here’s our selection of the best online sessions available right now, from soothing yoga to body-pumping HIIT. Bonus point? No one can see if you decide to lie down and relax mid class.

The best fitness classes streaming right now

Core Collective
Core Collective
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Core Collective

Core Collective’s studios may be closed right now, but it has launched CCTV, an on-demand streaming service, to compensate, costing £12.99 a month (you can sign up for a free seven-day trial). Keep an eye on its website and Instagram for more information. For now, the team suggest you find ‘a kettlebell that you can comfortably swing and deadlift with and a set of dumbbells that you can do an overhead press with’. 

barrecore online workout
barrecore online workout
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Barrecore

Barrecore was providing online workouts long before coronavirus ruined everyone’s fitness routine – and it’ll keep going through the pandemic, adding live classes into the mix, too. You get two weeks free when you sign up and it’s £25 per month after that. Consider this the Insta-posh version of at-home workouts.

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Barry's Bootcamp
Barry's Bootcamp
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Barry’s Bootcamp

While its studios are closed, Barry’s devotees can get their fix at home via Instagram Live. It’s already up and running, broadcasting new workouts each day that you can join in with for free, live or at your leisure. All the routines are bodyweight-only (although there’s nothing stopping you adding weight if you're feeling hardcore). 

Core Pilates

If you’ve recently had a baby, this one’s for you. You can buy a six-week online course of post-natal classes from Core Pilates – ideal for helping you maintain that all-important pelvic floor. The studio also offers mixed-ability pilates sessions for anyone.

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The best barre fitness classes in London: Disco Barre
The best barre fitness classes in London: Disco Barre
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Disco Barre

Doing a hardcore ballet barre workout to underground house and disco might not sound home-compatible, but Disco Barre is putting the finishing touches to its online programme. There’ll be minimal equipment (you’ll use kitchen worktops or a chair for a barre and tins of beans for weights), and you can keep the music at a neighbour-friendly level – or not... Classes cost £7.50 and should be booked in advance. Follow the studio on Instagram for updates. 

Ride at Digme
Ride at Digme
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Digme Fitness

Digme is offering several virtual HIIT workouts and yoga classes per day on its social channels. There will also be functional training sessions. And all of it’s free.

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Drag Aerobics

Dig out the spandex, make some space in your living room and tune into Facebook or Instagram Live every Wednesday at 7.30pm for an aerobics lesson from drag queen Dolly Trolley. This is a revival of ’80s home workout videos, social-media-style. The sessions are free, but organisers have set up a PayPal link for those who want to donate a few pounds.

Down Dog

Until April 1, Down Dog is giving everyone free access to its app programmes, including yoga for beginners, HIIT, barre and the seven-minute workout. In an added – and lovely – gesture, the app is extending the offer for health workers, students and teachers until July 1.

 

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Frame

Frame Online, which promises ‘endorphins on demand’, has launched for members – we'll update you when we know more. The Frame team have also promised weekly Facebook Lives, Instagram inspiration and regular emails. 

Function 360

Need to stretch out those muscles? Function 360 has virtual osteopathy appointments and they’re currently half price. Download Skype, chat through your aches and pains with an osteopath and they’ll put together a treatment plan designed for your needs. Pretty dandy stuff, really.

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Glo

There are myriad apps to choose from when it comes to at-home fitness, so yoga, pilates and meditation specialist Glo is angling for your custom by offering new users a free trial (and we all love a freebie). If you decide to stick around, there are more than 4,000 classes on demand and 16 different styles to try. Embrace your inner yogi.

Hello Yoga

Don’t fancy joining a group class, even if it is online? Hello Yoga is a one-to-one service, so you get your own trainer. Session start at £15 but you can try the service for free for seven days, which coincidentally is the same amount of time that some people are being asked to self-isolate. Huh, fancy that.

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Les Mills

Body combat, body pump, body balance, body attack – these workouts will make you sweat. But thankfully, your wallet won’t as there’s a free trial, so you can decide if you fancy going forward once self-isolation has finished.

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MoreYoga

Feeling stressed from current events? You’re not the only one. A range of MoreYoga’s classes – such as hatha, ashtanga, vinyasa flow and restorative yoga – will be uploaded on to YouTube each day, plus it’ll also be running live-streamed sessions. These are mainly for members, but some will be open to the public. Don’t forget to breathe. 

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Paper Dress Yoga

Hackney’s Paper Dress Yoga is streaming several classes every day from its instructors’ homes. Unfortunately the sessions aren’t free, costing £5 or £8. You’ll have to buy and book before you jump on the mat, but at least it'll be a soothing routine. 

 

P.volve

If you like to work out with equipment, you can currently get a bundle of fitness tools with a 20 percent discount from P.volve – and then sign up for a 14-day free trial of its on-demand workout sessions, saving yourself more cash. As for which activities are available, there’s a video library of more than 200 classes for you to choose from. 

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Rowbots

If you’re a hardcore rower with a machine at home, you can access live-streamed classes on social media from this rowing-based fitness studio, as well as a library of classes that will soon be available on demand. And keep an eye out for immune-boosting nutrition tips from the studio’s trainers. Rowbots has also teamed up with Beeja Meditation, so there may be helpful breathing exercises added to the schedule, too.

Supply Yoga
Supply Yoga
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Supply Yoga

Like all other fitness centres, this Hackney studio has closed its doors to maintain the safety of its customers. But if you desperately need to do the downward dog in coming weeks, you’re in luck – it is offering discounted online classes via a live stream for £5. 

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