Are you looking to set up a virtual fitness class with a friend who you used to go to the gym with? Stuck at home and miss your gym buddies? Don’t fret! With today’s technology, you can still chat right alongside your bestie while working on a healthy heart … and do it all for free.
How To Set Up A Virtual Fitness Class With A Long Distant Friend
The first thing you need to do is figure out which video chat app you will have in the background. I discussed several options in detail in a post I wrote about setting up a virtual lunch date with friends earlier today. But here are your top three options:
- Facebook Factime
- Google Hangouts
These services are all free to use and pretty easy to set up. If you’d like to learn more, be sure to visit the original post to learn how to work each app.
Set Up A Designated Space To Do Your Virtual Work Out At Home
As you set up your designated area in your home for your virtual fitness class, you will need to create a space where you can prop your phone or your computer. The camera needs to face where you plan on dancing, moving, stretching, lifting – dealer’s choice.
It can’t be too far away from you because you will need to hear your friend talking to you. So, wide angles aren’t so necessary. Remember, you will have to hear your virtual gym instructor and your friend at the same time.
Now, that we have the logistics in place, it’s time to pick which virtual workout you’d like to consider.
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Virtual Workout Options For Friends
There are so many different options these days for those of us that are stuck at home. It is almost overwhelming! I could write a 10,000 word post on this subject, but then no one would read it! Instead, let’s highlight the top 5 virtual fitness classes that I think you’d enjoy with your online gym buddy.
Free 90 Day Trial Of Peloton
Right now, Peloton is offering a free 90 day trial of their Peloton app. I just subscribed to it and plan on trying it out TODAY because there is a lot more than cycling! Strength training, running, yoga, and meditation to start. Visit here for more information.
PopSugar Fitness On YouTube
I could tell you that YouTube has fitness but that is like saying the ocean has water. Instead, I want to point out specific channels that I think are amazing to bookmark. Popsugar is one of them. With over 3.5 million subscribers, I am not the only one that agrees.
As of a few days ago, Planet Fitness announced that they are now offering free online workout classes since people can no longer come to the gyms safely. I really love that they are doing this and will remember this after the Coronavirus LEAVES US ALL AND NEVER RETURNS. To check out their videos and support their efforts, click here.
You have to head over to IGTV for this one, so the screen will be a little small. I’m not sure if you can stream this onto a larger screen, but it might be worth trying to figure out because Barry’s Bootcamp often does free workouts on their Instagram account.
In fact, it is said that the account does (2) 20 minute workouts a day FOR FREE. We literally have no excuses, people.
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Orangetheory Fitness App
Again, even though studios are closed right now doesn’t mean that your workout routines with your girlfriends need to end. The Orangetheory fitness app offers free workouts and you do not have to be a member to access them.
Whether you need a virtual workout trainer, a virtual spin class, or something in between, I am sure you can find it nowadays thanks to the way society is set up. And with the help of Facebook and Google, we can make use of these services with our besties by our side! So, what are you waiting for?
Heading to the gym today? Who is coming with you?! Next week, consider picking a few virtual field trips to take the kids together! We have to keep the connectivity going!
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