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The best online workouts you can do at home

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

Alannah Le Cross
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Divya Venkataraman
Alannah Le Cross

During times of uncertainty, a reliable routine can really help. But if fitness was part of your daily ritual, you might be a little rattled by not having access to a gym right now. Or maybe you're just looking for new ways to get your body moving with that spare time you're now saving on the office commute?

While IRL fitness facilities may be shuttered, you can still take a trip to a digital gym while in lockdown. We’ve picked out some of our favourite online workouts by local experts, so you can get your heart pumping and those endorphins flowing in the safety of your own home. 

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Paramount Recreation Club, Surry Hills

Surry Hills' trendy wellness centre has amped up its offerings with a new, virtual studio. Get access to the Digital Rec Club's online livestreamed classes via Zoom for $15 a week, as adapted from their most popular live classes. 

Lean Bean Fitness, Bondi

Access a whole host of online videos and workouts from the Bondi fitness studio run by local Lizzie Bland. She’s got fuss-free circuits, high-intensity cardio, and DIY workouts for you to mix and match your choice of challenge. Sign up for a monthly subscription for $49.95 per month on Lean Bean’s website

Flow Athletic, Paddington

This boutique Paddington fitness studio is offering members the choice between 60 livestreamed classes a week, from Pilates, to cardio. The best of the lot? The Flow After Dark sessions inspired by their yoga silent discos. Subscriptions start at $9.95 a week, and you can sign up for a ten-day free trial here.

Barry's Bootcamp, Sydney

The trainers at Barry's are famous for their tough bootcamps. While we wait for gyms to reopen, check out the complimentary workouts on Barry's Instagram for a sweaty taste-test on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7am.

Hustle Boxing, Potts Point 

Keep up the Hustle at home with daily, live boxing sessions with this Potts Point boutique studio's workouts. It's $29.95 each week for a week-to-week agreement, no commitment necessary– now if only relationships were this easy. If you're considering boxing your iso-boredom away, book in for sessions at 8.15am and 4.30pm every day on the website or the Mind Body App.

Fluidform, Waterloo

Kirsten King sure is a royal in the pilates set, and you can access her videos online at Fluidform’s website. King’s workouts will leave your muscles feeling that good kind of burn. Monthly subscriptions are $30-$40 and you’ll get an at-home equipment pack with your first payment. 

Retrosweat, Surry Hills

Everyone's favourite '80s aerobics style mavens are back – and they've gone digital. Retrosweat's high-energy dance workout is the perfect, feel-good way to get you moving in these physically distanced days. Join the Retrosweat VHS Workout Club family for $49 a month (or $249 a year) to get hot and heavy to retro tunes and look bodacious while you're doing it.

Fitness Playground, Surry Hills

Known for its fun but high-intensity approach to training, Fitness Playground has launched a virtual playground for you to keep active and mentally well during lockdown. Aside from the usual suspects, they've got barre, calisthenics, mindfulness and dance classes, too. Get a free seven-day trial here. 

Sydney Dance Company, CBD

Learn professional dance moves from the experts at the SDC's virtual dance studio. Professionals and beginners welcome, and dress ups encouraged. Memberships start at $29.95 a month.  

Centr, App Store

Byron Bay local, extremely fit human and literal superhero Chris Hemsworth has his own fitness app, Centr. It’s got meal plans as well as workouts for a totally holistic approach for your health kick. Subscriptions start at $10 per month and you can sign up for a one-week free trial here.

Sydney Yoga Collective

No fancy apps needed for this one, just log in to their website and stream classes once you sign up to Sydney Yoga Collective's membership. Prices start at $50 for six months of unlimited access and you can sign up for free seven-day trial here

Sydney Vintage Dance Studio

If you'd like to get your body moving to burlesque moves, the charleston, '60s gogo, '70s soul train, or belly dancing, you're in luck! This Sydney studio run by a seasoned showgirl has pivoted back to Zoom classes. You can drop in for one-off evening sessions ($20-$25) or sign up for a five-week term ($100-$140). For midday jam, you can also try lunchtime sessions for as little as $11. You can even learn classic fan dancing. Check out the timetable 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 two weeks free. All you'll need is a mat. 

Peaches Pilates, Bondi

Run by the ever-smiling Tori and Bec, Peaches Pilates’ virtual studio has three packages to choose from on your way to getting the toned, Michelle Obama arms of your dreams. Check out a sample class on their website. Prices start at $19.99 per month and they're offering a free seven-day trial. 

Crunch Fitness

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

28, App Store

Once a Bachelor, always a personal trainer. Sam Wood is offering up free workouts on his Facebook page as a taster of his 28 appCheck out more recipes, workouts and wellbeing tips with a subscription for $58.99 a month. 

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