In the midst of COVID-19, everyone is fearful of the COVID 15 — or the extra pounds we might put on while social distancing in self-quarantine (and ordering all that take-out to help support local restaurants).
Luckily, some of our favorite Dallas and Fort Worth studios and workout gurus are going digital, offering classes via livestream and other online methods. Some require membership and others are free, but now is definitely the time to explore all the get-fit options from the comfort of your own home.
"Now, more than ever, we must tune in and listen to our bodies," says Leigha Oldham, the general manager of Super Yoga Palace. "Fear and anxiety is highly activating of our flight-or-fight response and can make us feel very out-of-body and out of control. When that feeling takes over, cortisol levels rise and all of our body's natural systems come to a screeching stop — including your immune system. One of the best things we can do to help our body's natural defenses is to move, breathe, and let it all go."
Super Yoga Palace
All current monthly members and VIPs will receive complimentary access to SYP TV for the remainder of its temporary closure. Members should check their emails for instructions on how to log in, while non-members have several different pricing options from which to choose. The "East Dallas Palace" is also offering free Instagram Live yoga and meditation classes daily at 11 am and 6 pm.
Check this meditation studio's Instagram Stories highlights for the schedule of free classes, which they promise will be "the same signature experience you'd get at the studio — same space, same guides, different platform."
The Klyde Warren Park hike was supposed to take place March 16, but in its absence you can now download the "musical trip into mindfulness" to enjoy on your own schedule, in your own natural setting. The 20-minute sample is free, with the option to purchase longer walks.
The meditation and wellness studio is hosting free livestreamed meditations and guided relaxations on its Instagram Live stories, many of which are focused on — this makes sense — breathing exercises and calming our anxieties.
Danielle Georgiou Dance Group
This acclaimed dance troupe will be hosting a digital company class on Saturdays from 11 am-12 pm via Instagram Live, beginning March 21. Classes will be taught by artistic director Danielle Georgiou and rehearsal director Colby Calhoun, with live musical accompaniment by DGDG producer Justin Locklear. Classes are open to anyone, of any experience level, and are donation-based with a suggestion of at least $5, with all funds supporting DGDG company members who have lost work because of COVID-19.
Caulfield's Dance Fitness
Workouts are available on their YouTube page, with new videos being posted daily for sculpt, cardio dance, combo classes, and choreography. Current members can take classes for free, while non-members are encouraged to donate via Venmo at the account @caulfieldsdancefit.
Avant Chamber Ballet
Join live private or group ballet and pilates classes via Zoom, Monday through Saturday. Suggested drop-in class donation is $10-$20, while private lessons are $50 an hour. See the schedule on their Instagram.
Hop on the virtual training platform BodybarLive, which only requires internet access and a Facebook account. Members have unlimited access to livestream workouts with your favorite Bodybar instructors and training videos that you can do from the comfort and safety of your home. Class Pack holders will be able to access workouts for one class credit per week. New content will be released daily. For non-clients, it's $40 for two weeks of access and that includes access to the studio for two weeks after they fully reopen.
D Method Fort Worth
The studio will still be offering private and semi-private lessons, as well as online classes in barre, bounce, mat pilates, and sculpt and stretch to stream from home.
Turn in to weekly Zoom sessions with Rachael, Jensen, and Morgan and they make it the next best thing to being in the studio. All you need is a mat, and the instructors will keep an eye out for incorrect form or alignment. You can also stay up to date through their app.
For the first time ever, Camp Gladiator is launching #HustleFromHome — free, live, virtual and at-home workouts. These are available to the public and CG members on Camp Gladiator's Facebook page, streaming Monday-Friday, three times a day at 5:30 am, 8 am, and 5:30 pm CT, as well as on Saturdays at 8 am. Each session is led by one of CG's certified personal trainers and requires little to no equipment (mats, dumbbells). Can't make it? The video workouts can be accessed any time of day here.
A little bit of everything
All the brands within the Xponential Fitness family of brands — AKT, CycleBar, Club Pilates, Pure Barre, Row House, StretchLab, STRIDE, and YogaSix — are offering free workouts via Facebook Live. There is one workout per concept, per day, or 40 workouts a week.