The coronavirus pandemic has many gyms closing—either out of precaution or due to local health orders—and has us runners practicing social distancing to help mitigate the virus spread. But that doesn’t mean working out safely has to stop.
Solo outdoor running (while keeping an appropriate distance from others and practicing good etiquette) or at home on a treadmill (if you have one) is a great way to maintain your miles. It’s even possible to get in an effective HIIT workout for stress relief, even if you just use your own body weight. Plus, practicing yoga can help you recover after a run or help you get your mind right and stretch out after a day of hunching over a screen, whether you’re in an office or working from home on your couch.
But if you’re unable to get to a gym, motivating yourself to mix up your workouts—or make time for them at all—can be hard. The good news is that many gyms are offering free apps or streaming services during this time that can replace your regular gym routine, and help keep up with your training, or introduce you to a new workout you may not have considered before. From trying a new HIIT session to starting up a yoga practice, these free apps will ensure you get a good at-home workout at a time you might need it most.
Runner’s World Live Instagram Workouts
Every day this week, Runner’s World Coach Jess is going to lead a 15-minute body-weight workout on the Runner’s World Instagram live at 12 p.m. ET—a great way to ensure you remember to take a break from work as you adjust to your new routine. We’ll save each workout to our story so you can still get in on the fun if you can’t make it live!
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All Out Studio
Access over 100 workouts from the world’s best fitness trainers. You’ll get fully programmed workouts that will help you achieve your goals. Download here for a free 14-day trial for more amazing Runner’s World workouts.
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Nike+ Run Club or NTC Training Club App
Within the Nike+ Run Club app’s 50-plus guided runs—some of which are led by Nike all-stars (think: Eliud Kipchoge and Shalane Flanagan)—you can choose from six free audio-guided running workouts specifically designed for the treadmill. They are 15 to 30 minutes in duration and come with specific instructions for everything from pace and incline settings to encouraging tips.
No treadmill? No problem. The Nike NTC Training Club app has opened up premium access to all members for free until further notice. Choose from hundreds of on-demand class-style workouts, programs, and expert tips on nutrition, sleep, and more.
NRC: iOs and Android; free; NTC: iOs and Android; free
Peloton’s digital membership provides access to over 20 live classes a day and thousands of on-demand classes you can do with or without equipment. It includes indoor cycling, running, walking, bootcamp, strength, and outdoor (audio-only) classes—no fancy treadmill needed.
Runners can choose from 175-plus Tread Studio live and on-demand running classes that range from 10 to 60 minutes long and cover everything from hill runs and fun runs to interval runs and fastest miles, and new content is added regularly. Or they can opt for cross-training options to support solo runs.
Normally free for 30 days, Peloton is extending the free-trial period for the Peloton App to 90 days during this time.
If you’re looking for recover or mobility postrun, or a way to keep calm in the midst of chaos, CorePower Yoga is offering free streaming through CorePower Yoga On Demand. New classes will be available every week, so you can keep up your practice from home while studios are closed.
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WORK Training Studio
For HIIT workouts, WORK Training Studio’s WORK Online app has you covered. The app includes a variety of workouts that target cardio, full body, lower body, and upper body and features video tutorials of every single move—so you can feel comfortable adding something new to your routine. Plus, they’re all able to be modified for a home gym setup, minimal equipment, or even just your own body weight, depending on what you’re working with.
Access the trial here. Be sure to click buy and complete the checkout process—the discount is applied at checkout.
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Mile High Run Club
While Mile High Run Club studios are closed as a precaution, their trainers are hopping on the Mile High Run Club Instagram live and via stories to feature bodyweight workouts you can do at home.
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Gympass, a digital wellness resource with thousands of virtual workouts, nutrition programs, and mental health support is offering its resources free for 60 days. You can find workouts from 8fit and NEOU, and guided meditations from Zen, plus more.
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Fit Body App With Anna Victoria
Fitness influencer Anna Victoria is offering a free five-week trial of her Fit Body app, which features HIIT workouts you can do at home, and include stretching and foam rolling to help with recovery. Users will be able to choose between a Shred or Tone program and get access to healthy meal suggestions. Use code DAJEITALIA (which means “let’s go Italy”)
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No Days Off—Staying Fit Away From the Track
Created by Olympian Tianna Bartoletta, this guide, typically geared for vacation, can also help you stay fit at home when you aren’t able to get to the track or gym. You’ll get three different warmups and five workouts. Access for free here.
Down Dog Yoga
Down Dog Yoga is doing a live stream twice a day with replays on YouTube. The schedule can be found at here. From a Power 60 class to guided meditation, the streams can help you get in a workout or find a moment of quiet you need.
STRONG by Zumba
STRONG by Zumba has several at-home high-intensity workout options—no equipment needed. You can stream these workouts any time during the day on YouTube. They offer 7-minute, 20-minute, and 30-minute classes, ranging from core to total-body workouts, all synced to a beat.
Burn Boot Camp
Burn Boot camp, a boutique fitness studio, is streaming live at-home workouts every weekday at 9 a.m. ET through April 3. Each morning workout will mirror the weekly in-gym class and will be 45 minutes. Workouts will also be recorded to be watched at a later time.
Sign up here for a free 14-day trial to access classes.
While Life Time gyms are currently closed, the chain is offering classes on demand. Both Life Time members and non-members can stream cardio, strength, or yoga classes for free. New classes are being added daily. Access classes here.
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Gold’s AMP Fitness & Training
The app created by Gold’s Gym contains hundred of guided workouts in 12 categories including core, treadmill, outdoor running, and bodyweight training. It is currently free for everyone through May 31, 2020 and available for iOS and Android and can be found in your App Store.
This app features running, yoga, and HIIT classes personalized for your fitness level. You can also tune in for Daily Burn 365, a live class at 9:00 a.m. EST daily—no equipment needed that can also be streamed later. Access your free 60-day trial here.
Club Pilates On Demand
This platform provides over 200 videos focusing on different areas of the body and utilizes minimal equipment like dumbbells or just requires bodyweight and a mat. Most workouts are around 15 minutes, and new users can access a free 7-day trial here.
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Yoga With Adriene
If you need to stretch out after a run, loosen up your shoulders after hunching over your desk all day, or take some time to de-stress, Yoga With Adriene has a practice for whatever you’re looking for, even if it’s just resetting for five minutes. Adriene’s videos are always available for free on YouTube.