Fitness centers have an ample supply of dumbbells, free weights and circuit training equipment – as well as a far greater social outlet – Black said, but in a pinch, “you’re basically doing the same major movements you would at home, but you have a cable machine versus you’re just doing pushups.”
Temperatures may be dropping but that doesn’t mean you can’t sweat it out.
I am counting down the top six outdoor workouts.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no wait, it’s an entire gym being pulled in a trailer! It’s called Grit Fitness, an idea that came at the end of July from owners and head trainers Lauren Rothfeld and Christina Wilson.
“We had been through the shutdown and quarantine, so I think everyone was trying to figure out how to work out by themselves. I just happened to have a trailer,” said Wilson.
So they spruced up the outside of the trailer, stuffed it full of barbells, hand weights, slam balls, and off they went!
They take their gym on wheels to approved park spaces in Horsham and Upper Dublin, creating a safe, outdoor workout space.
Anyone can join and pay per class for a bootcamp style workout that will keep you fit.
“Anybody can sweat from home,” said Rothfeld. “It’s just being around other people, and you’re all going through the same pain because these aren’t easy workouts.”
Yeah, no kidding!
I gave it a try and it was difficult, but encouraging and fun. I was the most excited to have access to a barbell!
“We want to get people that 45 minutes, that hour that is solely to them; it’s not their kids, it’s not their boss, it’s not their work or their husband, their wife – it’s just for them,” said Rothfeld.
Wilson added, “We have the same things as the gym, without the four walls. (We have) the community, the equipment, you just come, you just bring your water.”
They really thought of everything!
For information on class schedule or to book a class, go to gritfitgym.com.
Kupferman said he lost 10 pounds in three months when the pandemic stopped his travel and he started eating healthier at home. He regained 6 pounds of mostly muscle and feels better overall.
“I’ve done that by spending less time running, more time in the pool and more time in strength training with Connor,” he said.
Despite less time jogging the streets of his neighborhood, he also is running 8-minute miles, nearly two minutes faster than before the pandemic.
Kupferman is hardly alone when it comes to online exercise training.
Michael Antkowiak, manager of G&G Fitness Equipment stores in Amherst and Orchard Park, said business has doubled since the pandemic began. He has since doubled his staff, to six.
Customers have paid $1,500 to $7,000 for treadmills, functional trainers and home gyms, as well as another $100 to $400 for assembly and installation.
“Many people are saying, ‘We don’t even want to even go back after the vaccine comes out or the whole pandemic ends. We’re invested on staying at home and working out,” Antkowiak said.
The Alberta government’s recent COVID-19 restrictions are impacting smaller fitness studios and many owners admit is a bit confusing.
According to new health guidelines announced Tuesday, gyms all group classes aren’t allowed. Fitness studios, like Revive Lifestyle Fitness, can’t do group training or semi-private training. Owner Mike Du said they are only allowed to conduct one on ones, if a coach is involved.
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He says the problem is gyms can still have a group of members working out together, physically distanced. The trainer has to be kept outside the room. For Du, the logic doesn’t make sense.
“It’s hard for us to understand, part of it is about the coach pushing people in a way that’s high intensity and breathing hard,” Du said. “But there’s nothing stopping people from doing that if we put 12 people in there working out on their own.”
Guidelines don’t allow even a handful of participants to be led by a professional, even if it’s fewer numbers than a group without a trainer.
“As long as you have a group bigger than one you can’t have a coach present,” Du said.
These new rules are contradictory to the whole fitness model of some studios, ones that rely on the motivation of a trainer. Tricia McDonald owns Orangetheory Fitness in Airdrie.
“Typically we would have 24 people in here. But in this location we are capping it at 10 to 12 people per session,” McDonald said. “That means they are always physically distanced in the class. But there’s nobody coaching you into it anymore, so you have to essentially coach yourself.”
McDonald admits it is challenging but is grateful to be able to give clients the space to workout.
“To be able to pivot like this and stay open for them is so important to us right now,” McDonald said.
Orangetheory is preparing to launch a new platform called “Orangetheory Live” to adapt to the new guidelines.
“These will be coach inspired workouts you do in the safety of your own home,” McDonald said. “It’s not virtual, we are still connecting because the coach is there inspiring you, cheerleading you, correcting form and its much more than typical virtual workout.”
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If there’s one service that’s flourishing amid the wreckage wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s online fitness. Googling the words “home workouts” returns more than 50 million results, as well as pages of YouTube coaches. But, you may be asking, where to start?
Never fear; I’ve done a lot of the research for you. I’m a bouncer and security guard who works long shifts and looks after a 6-year-old while off duty. I don’t go running, and the only time I’ve ever set foot in a gym is to switch off its burglar alarm. The fitness icon I most relate to is the fictional boxer Rocky Balboa. As a teen, I watched him get himself in shape not by hitting the gym, but by running up steps, doing dragon flags and towing his brother-in-law on a sled, as seen in “Rocky” movie montages set to loud, brassy rhythmic music.
So, almost as if I knew a pandemic would someday arrive and strand us all in our houses, I spent the past few years trying the online programs of several famed home-workout gurus, all probably not coincidentally somewhat maniacal Americans like Rocky. My journey to fitness has involved crawling, squatting, leaping and lunging around my living room before settling on a routine that requires nothing but doors and furniture. (And a tool kit to fix the bits you loosen up while doing pulls.)
[You’re never too old to regain that lost muscle. And you can do it at home.]
At first, I looked to Long Beach strength legend Charles Atlas, having heard his name mentioned on the violent British TV comedy “Bottom.” His famous “dynamic tension” program — allegedly inspired by watching a caged tiger stretch, and incorporating everything from breathing techniques to push-ups between chairs — certainly got me aching, but it didn’t seem to have much in the way of manageable progression. Plus, two hours of squeezing my hands together before a night shift soon became monotonous.
How could I get a more effective workout in a shorter time? Chris Jordan, director of exercise physiology at the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, seemed to have a similar motivation when he devised the best-selling “7 Minute Workout” “to specifically address the needs of our time-constrained corporate clients who traveled frequently, and spent much of their time in hotels.” His system, at 3 million downloads and counting, feels like the toughest seven minutes of your life: 12 exercises, many high-intensity, done for 30 seconds each with minimal or no rest between sets. You go from jumping jacks to squats to crunches in a blur, with strictly no walking around and checking social media before your next round.
But personally, even an exhausting seven minutes made me feel like I was cheating. My job has always required me to quickly move heavy loads — such as freshmen who have overindulged in alcohol
Stationary bikes are among the best and most popular holiday gifts of 2020. Ever since the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19, sales of models from Peloton, Echelon, Nordic Track, Schwinn, Bowflex, Technogym and many more have been through the roof. Gyms, health clubs and fitness chains remain closed in many places, and in some spots they are closing yet again in the current wave of infection. The work from home (WFH) and stay at home lifestyle has made many people more aware of the advantages and conveniences of fitness gear in their home, with no commute, no strangers and an easy way to squeeze in a workout at lunch, before or after work, without going anywhere.
If you think it is too early to be holiday shopping for a bike, you are wrong, and delay may leave you empty handed. Industry leader Peloton is currently running 10 weeks on delivery for its hot new Peloton Bike+ model, though you can still get the original Peloton Bike faster or wrap a gift certificate for the new model and expect delivery around late January. In any case, there are plenty of great options at many different price points. There are basically two styles of stationary bikes, those that have followed the popular model invented by Peloton and offer a subscription to “live” and recorded classes, like being in an indoor cycling studio but at home, along with lots of other kinds of instructor led class workouts, and bikes aimed more at do it yourself rides, for those who prefer to just pedal to TV shows or read or do their own heartrate zone based workouts. I’ve rounded up the best examples of each kind for your holiday gift shopping.
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Peloton Bike & Bike+: Peloton revolutionized home fitness with its virtual cycling class participation model, which has since been expanded to over 10,000 classes (and growing daily) in nearly a dozen indoor and outdoor fitness disciplines including Bike Bootcamp (mixing cycling and strength training), yoga, strength training, indoor and outdoor running, and many more. While other manufacturers have replicated the hardware, and there are even more advanced bikes out there, Peloton is still far in the lead when it comes to the quality, variety and sheer quantity of class offerings. I’ve had a Peloton bike for years and love it – the instructors are great, the little bells and whistles like being able to search by playlists or even specific musicians is great, and innovations just keep coming. If having an endless choice
Working out and eating well were easy parts of my daily routine—until COVID-19 hit. When I began to socially distance in March, I found myself distancing from my healthy habits, too. Instead of meal prepping and carving out time for yoga, I started ordering takeout and carving out time for Netflix. And while I’m the first to point out that there’s no wrong way to cope with a pandemic, I started to miss the boundless energy and drive I used to have. To get back on track, I decided to try the Neou fitness app.
As someone who loves studio-based workouts, I was looking for a workout program that would make me feel like I was in a class with a trainer, despite being in my living room with my dog. The top-rated Neou fitness app not only has a boutique gym feel, but it also sources over 100 real trainers from actual studios across the country, so your workout feels like the real (virtual) deal. Unlike a typical boutique gym, however, Neou is affordable, costing just $50 a year. Plus, you can try it for free for 30 days.
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While I was determined to get back into a healthier state of mind, I also wanted to set realistic goals. Hour-long workouts that required access to fancy equipment are a no-go when I’m confined to my 600-square foot apartment — which is why I was pleased to see most of Neou’s workouts could be completed in as little as 10 minutes with just my own body weight. For an added boost of motivation, I joined one of the guided programs to stay on track. And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited every time I finished a workout and saw a milestone badge added to my account. It’s the adult equivalent of a gold star.
To download: $50/year; apps.apple
The workouts effectively jump started my health journey, but I was also aware that I’d need to streamline my nutrition to see real results. Thankfully, the Neou app also has healthy recipes ideas that are quick, easy, and delicious. I started watching its Neo Cafe channel’s entertaining five-minute videos daily to draw inspiration, and so far, I love the smoothie options as easy post-workout recovery treats and the bulletproof coffee recipe to energize my morning.
They say consistency compounds, and that’s certainly true with the Neou fitness app. What started as a foray back into the workout world slowly turned into a healthy lifestyle makeover. Along with my daily sweat sessions and new nutritious treats, I’m also excited to try out Neou’s Meditation Journey to instill mindfulness into my hectic work days.
If you’re also looking to shake up your workout regimen, incorporate a few more nutrient-dense meals into your day, or just find some peace of mind, I highly suggest downloading the customer-loved Neou fitness app for your 30-day free trial now.
When you’re feeling tense, on edge, and overwhelmed, some good stress-relieving workouts to take out all that anger and frustration can really come in clutch.
It might seem counterintuitive to combat stress with another form of stress—yes, exercise is stress—but it’s considered a good kind of stress that can actually help your body fight off the effects of the “bad” kind of stress, Sarah C. McEwen, Ph.D., NSCA-CPT, director of research and programming for the Pacific Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, tells SELF. In fact, regularly triggering that stress system by engaging in physical activity might help condition your body to deal with short-term stressors more efficiently. (Of course, exercise alone doesn’t replace treatment for depression and anxiety, so you should continue taking prescribed medications and see your therapist or doctor regularly.)
Plus, when you exercise, you breathe more, which promotes relaxation, Belinda Anderson, Ph.D., M.A., associate dean and professor of allied health programs at Pace University’s College of Health Professions, tells SELF. The simple act of movement helps too. “We often hold stress by tightening muscles and often don’t realize we are doing this,” she says. “The movement aspect relieves clenched muscles and stretches parts of the body that may be tight due to stress.”
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to exercise for stress relief, though there are some characteristics that might be especially beneficial. For example, exercising outdoors has been shown to have a greater benefit than indoors, McEwen says. And Anderson recommends gentle exercises, such as yoga, tai chi, and qi gong, which involve regulating breathing and deep breathing, which in turn can increase the relaxation response.
But take those as simple guidelines: It really all depends on what works for you.
“Whenever a client asks me the best type of exercise they should be doing for their brain, I always tell them to do what they enjoy and feel comfortable doing, not whatever the latest fad is,” McEwan says. “This helps build your intrinsic motivation to keep the habit going, since you’ll want to keep returning to it to get that feeling again and again.”
That said, we asked trainers and other fitness professionals to share their go-to stress-relieving workouts to give you some ideas you can try.
1. An intense kettlebell workout
A total-body, 15-minute kettlebell circuit training workout filled with compound moves like double-arm swings, overhead presses, goblet squats, bent-over rows, and pull-throughs is the ultimate stress reliever for Noam Tamir, C.S.C.S., CEO and founder of TS Fitness. He’ll rest 15 to 20 seconds between each exercise and complete three rounds total.
“Kettlebells are my go-to for a destressing workout. There is a big emphasis on breath work for kettlebells,” Tamir says. “In order to use them the most efficiently and effectively, you create a lot of tension in the body, and then release the tension through your breath.”
How you can try it: Check out this 20-minute total-body kettlebell workout, which includes a mix of bodyweight and