Fast track your fitness from home: Five online workouts to stream
Photo courtesy: Barre Body
Streaming online workouts has become a hugely popular trend in the UK and the US in recent years, particularly among celebrities who may not find it so easy to slip into a local yoga studio.
But you don’t need to be famous to desire privacy and convenience for your daily exercise. And with world class practitioners now offering live streams and video classes that you can access directly from your own home, now is the time convert your living room into your own personal training sanctum.
Here is a look at five of the most popular sites available for streaming in Australia:
Professional ballerina and celebrity trainer Mary Helen Bowers is responsible for convincing the world that Natalie Portman is a world-class dancer in her role in the film ‘Black Swan’.
Her website, Ballet Beautiful, offers live interactive online classes, as well as pre-recorded streaming videos.
All exercises are ballet inspired, so are low-impact and focus on toning and stretching to give you that sleek, sexy ballerina shape and posture.
USD35 (~A$48)/Class, or USD40 (~A$55.2)/Month
Physique 57 is a studio chain, which has quickly spread to locations around the world and taken the fitness industry by storm, primarily due to the undeniable results it achieves.
And now, due to their popularity, they offer a full archive of online streaming classes for all levels.
Although most classes are based around the ballet barre, there are also many equipment free classes posted as well. They incorporate cardio, stretching, strength training and recovery.
The monthly pass offers 24/7 access to their entire range of dynamic, effective and ultimately transformative barre-based classes.
USD57 (~A$79)/month, or individual prices per video
Nailing tricky yoga moves without the supervision of an instructor can be tricky.
And most online yoga studios don’t offer primers on the difficult poses.
That’s what separates Udaya.com from the rest.
They specialise in HD videos that combine high-end production value with clear, professional instruction.
They use cinema industry camera equipment and crew, shooting from multiple angles to visually encapsulate every pose.
Udaya Yoga is setting the standard for online yoga studios, and yet maintains one of the most affordable prices.
Currently USD12 (~A$17)/month
Pilatesology is considered the gold standard in online Pilates courses.
Founded by Pilates expert Alisa Wyatt, who trained under Romana Kryzanowska, the woman whom Joe Pilates himself trusted his method to.
Pilatesology offers over 700 classes with such depth in their range that you can decide between mat and apparatus classes, your competence level, your workout focus (Abs, posture, legs etc), and body needs (tight hamstrings, back pain etc). Giving you a tailored program you’d be lucky to get in a live class.
USD 19 (A$26)/month
For a homegrown workout, try Barre Body, a complete body workout fusing ballet barre conditioning, yoga and pilates that can be easily done at home.
It’s interval format means it’s both very effective and can be separated into smaller workouts for when you get a chance throughout your day.
You can visit one of their studios in Sydney or Melbourne for a live class, but with over 50 videos available on their online studio you can just as easily do it in the comfort of home. And best of all, their videos are offered for free.
These are just a handful of the streaming studio fitness classes available online. With today’s busy lifestyles, the convenience of not having to attend a physical class is invaluable, so now there’s no excuse.
All you need is one of affordable memberships, a fast broadband Internet, and most importantly, the motivation to get started!
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