As a result of Covid-19 all our lifestyles have dramatically changed. The majority of us are now working from home, and with our usual Gyms and studios closed, it is important that we still find ways to move and nourish our bodies - even if it's only from our own house at the moment.
We know a lot of our Bondi Tribe are fitness fanatics, so we thought we’d put together a list of our favourite 'at-home' workout apps and YouTube channels for you to try!
There is a whole lot more out there, but we thought we’d recommend some of the apps that we’ve tried and tested ourselves - to make sure they have the Bondi tick of approval.
For best results, we obviously recommend having a Bondi pre-workout cuppa to give you that buzz to help you push your body to its full potential.
Let us know in the comments which workouts and apps you absolutely love! (not sure if there is a comment section
Les Mills on demand: Les mills workouts are run all around the world- you might recognise a few of their signature class names, Body Pump, Step or Body Attack. The icon has now released an on-demand service where you can stream workouts from strength training, yoga, dance and even get guided meditation. The best part about this option is there is so much variety and you can filter classes by whether or not you need equipment. We are absolutely loving their dance workouts right now to put us in the mood!
Blogilates: If Pilates style workouts are more your thing, we suggest you head over to Blogilates. Cassey Ho has become a huge name in the fitness industry and her Youtube channel has over 5 million subscribers. You can find everything from quick sessions to sculpt your arms, 7-day ab challenges and longer guided workouts.
Guys, don’t be put off - they have a bunch of traditional Pilates coached workouts as well. There is a tonne of free sessions on the website and YouTube and if you find that you’re loving it, you can upgrade to the paid version
Centr: This new training suite developed by Chris Hemsworth and his marvelous team of trainers is for those of you that like a very varied training approach. The app asks you to input your metrics and training goals so it can suggest which exercise sessions may suit you based on your fitness level. It also has a planner that helps you map out your exercise and food, alongside an amazing library of easy, healthy recipes. The plan has been popularised by its 6-week programs, including Centr6 and Centr Unleashed, which you can use with equipment or without.
Sweat app: The sweat app is a women’s training app that is headed up by some serious female powerhouses. With Kayla Itsines in charge (creator of the famous Bikini body guide) supported by trainers like Kelsey Wells and Chontel Duncan, you can be sure you can find something to suit you. They have at home programs for those fitness freaks who have decked out their garage gyms (PWR by Kelsey wells), as well as the classic Kayla guides which have a range of programs that use predominantly bodyweight. The planner allows you to map out your week of workouts and it has a vast collection of amazing, nourishing recipes too!
Fiton App: For starters, you can access most of this app’s offerings completely free, and it sees you working out alongside a host of celebrity trainers! Fiton boasts names like Katie Dunlop, Cassey Ho (Blogilates) and Jeanette Jenkins. The videos are extremely high quality which makes it feel like you are attending a studio class from the comfort of your lounge and you can even invite your friends to workout with you and schedule in sessions. We thought it was almost too good to be true when we stumbled across it and we still can’t really believe how amazing the free version is!
Shreddy app: If you’re from the UK we are sure you have heard the name Grace Beverly, she is the brilliant young entrepreneur who has been making strides in the fitness industry and was recently honoured in the prestigous Forbes 30 under 30 list. Shreddy is an app targeted towards Millenials and has a mixture of weights-based programs and just this year has launched a home workout plan tool! Shreddy is designed in a way that aims to support you along every step of the way of your fitness journey, including chat forums for motivation. It includes fully vegan meal plans (great if you are plant-based) and it’s ideal for beginners looking to start resistance training. Keep an eye out for the challenges that run, and check out Grace’s apparel brand Talafor some stunning cruelty-free activewear.
Yoga with Adriene: During Covid-19, thousands of people have completed the 30 days of Yoga with Adriene program, which aims to build users technique and form. It’s the perfect introduction to yoga if you have had no experience or if you are simply looking to start a habit of daily practice. Sessions range from about 20-30 minutes and we’ve found it great to do alongside other workout programs, really helping to ease tension in the muscles and give you an amazing stretch pre or post-workout. The sessions are varied from relaxational, to ab work and more powerful days that help you build up a sweat. The 30 days is completely free on Youtube, so if you are curious it doesn’t cost you anything to give it a go!
Strava: Runners and Cyclists, we haven’t forgotten about you! We have seen so many members of our community take up running because of how accessible it Is and we have the perfect app for you! Strava is an app that allows you to track your runs and cycles, using the GPS technology in your phone or fitness watch, you can see your key metrics such as distance, pace and incline, and the app helps to map it out on handy graphs. Strava really helps to gamify exercise by having different challenges and allowing you to earn badges when you reach different goals and milestones. But that’s not even the best part, Strava lets you follow your friends and vice versa, so you share your activities and give your friends Kudos!
So, just because the gyms are closed at the moment doesn’t mean you can’t stay on track with your fitness goals. Whilst it might mean there are some slight tweaks and adjustments to your routine, try and view this time as a wonderful opportunity to try exercises you wouldn’t normally and keep your body guessing with a range of different workouts to improve different areas of your fitness. Being able to move your body is a wonderful gift, even in crazy times like this.