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Online exercise classes you can do at home

From cardio and core strength, to Pilates and power lifts, we've found the best online workouts

By Rebecca Russo and Divya Venkataraman
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During times of uncertainty, a reliable routine can really help. If fitness is part of your daily ritual, you might be a little rattled with the fact that gyms are now closed (AGAIN) in Melbourne.

But don't worry, we've picked out some handy online workouts by local experts, so you can still get your heart pumping and those endorphins flowing in the safety of your own home. 

We endeavour to keep this list as up to date as possible. If you would like your venue featured or know of any changes, please get in touch via email.

Here are even more great things to do at home right now or you can take part in one of these excellent online workshops and classes to upskill.

Online exercise classes

Studios

Little Mandarin

This yoga and Pilates studio in Burwood Brickworks is currently offering free exercise classes over Zoom. There's mat Pilates every Thursday at 10am, kids yoga every Sunday at 10am and yoga and meditation every Sunday at 4pm. Check it out here.

Energia Studios

Dance and fitness meet at Energia Studios. The team is offering a series of online classes right now with a pay-what-you-feel membership. You can check out what the studio is offering here (it includes everything from Zumba to Pilates, salsa and Dominican bachata). 

Mellobarre

This health studio in Collins Square is currently running a series of free classes for Melburnians. Join a class of yoga and meditation every weekday morning at 7am over Zoom. Head to the website to find out more and book in a spot. 

Kaya Health Clubs

Pilates and yoga are Kaya's bread and butter, but with its two Melbourne gyms now closed, the team has decided to introduce Kaya at Home online workouts. The team will be streaming classes live on their social channels and posting shorter workouts on the website

Chunky Move

Dance studio Chunky Move is offering free online classes on its website. There are beginners and open contemporary classes available as well as guided improvisation and a class for over 50s.

Frame 

This chic, southside-based personal training studio packages your gym needs into an easily digestible format. The husband-and-wife duo behind Frame understands the modern office worker's life, and they're offering virtual workouts that undo the damage of working from home – from just $10 a class. 

Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet is ensuring your time spent indoors is truly en pointe. The dance company has launched online adult ballet classes (for beginners all the way up to advanced dancers) that you can enjoy for the humble price of $25. Read more.

Crunch Fitness

Crunch is a chain of gyms which has pivoted to making its classes available online, with the same high-energy instructors whose enthusiasm regulars know and love. From boot camps to dance cardio, they’ve got you sorted. 

S3 studio

Melbourne exercise studio S3 has decided to head online so you can do all those classes from the comfort of your own home. For $20 a week, you can gain access to an unlimited number of classes from the Melbourne studio. Up to five classes are streaming a day and there are barre, mat Pilates, dance cardio, fitness/HIIT, dynamic mat and yoga classes available. You can either join the classes on a livestream, or you can jump online and watch them at a later date. All classes are saved and are available on the website’s virtual studio portal. One-off classes are also available for $5 per class. More info here.

Barre Body Online

This barre studio has an online library chock-a-block with workouts to get you pulsing and grand plié-ing into shape. You can do it at home, and you can now get your first week days free. All you need is a mat. 

T Form

Boutique Pilates studio T Form is offering guided programs that you can do anytime and anywhere. You can sign up for a three-month T Form @ Home plan for $49 a month and it includes a free equipment pack. Head to the website for more information. 

Life Hub

Aussie gym collective Life Hub is now doing recurring free online workouts – yes, free! They're available on the Life Hub Instagram page and are fine for people of all fitness levels. Check it out here.

Melbourne Djembe

Ever wanted to try African dance classes? This studio is now running classes via Zoom where you can try all-ages dance classes or even beginner live drumming classes. You can enrol in a five-week course or purchase a five-pass to use at any class. Find out more info here.

Apps

Centr, app store

Byron Bay local, extremely fit human and literal superhero Chris Hemsworth is making his fitness app, Centr, available to all new users totally free for a six-week trial period. The extended trial is up for grabs until the end of March, and it’s got meal plans as well as workouts for a totally holistic approach for your health kick. 

28, app store

Once a Bachelor, always a personal trainer. Sam Wood is offering a taste of his recipes, workouts and wellbeing tips in the form of a free trial of his 28 app (it's usually $58.99 a month). 

Nike

The Nike Training Club and Nike Running Club apps are both free and include a range of workouts, training plans, tips and guidance from sports stars and celebrated trainers. 

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Personal training

Precision Performance Coaching

This Melbourne-based personal training service is offering current and prospective clients a range of training options while they're at home. There are virtual PT sessions available and currently some outdoor training sessions (available as long as the government deems them OK). PPC personalises all training options to the client. Head to the website for more information.

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