Gym closures are still in effect for many parts of the country to help promote public health. Without a centralized space to work out, many Americans no longer have an outlet to ease stress, maintain their weight, or place to continue towards personal fitness goals.
Top Alterative Workout Options
However, using a range of tools, apps, and sheer creativity, many gym rats found ways to keep fit while staying indoors. Here are some of the best alternative work out tools and apps to stay fit while remaining socially distanced.
No Equipment Needed
Buying a complete set of weights for a home gym can really put a dent in your budget. Fortunately, there are plenty of intense and sweaty workouts that don’t require any equipment. Cassey Ho is one of the most followed YouTube fitness instructors. Her channel, Blogilates, has hundreds of wellness videos ranging from intense pilates training to healthy recipes. Choose a workout series like the 6-week body toning boot camp or the apartment-friendly series. Her success on YouTube led to the release of her personal fitness app, PIIT Pocket. The interval timer lets you integrate your own iTunes playlists into your workout, the nutrition section has more than 300 healthy recipes, and there are tons of videos to keep your work out fresh. You can create your own unique PIIT workout using the drag and drop exercise screen. The app is like having a personal trainer and nutritionist in your pocket at all times.
Running, especially for long distances, can get boring and repetitive. Zombies, Run! is a radio play, game, and running app all rolled into one. The basic story begins shortly after the endemic zombie apocalypse and you become a central character in a story of survival. Run in the real world while collecting supplies and evading zombies in a fictitious one. There are multiple seasons of stories and each season has several episodic adventures to run. Between scenes, your synced music will play, but if you slow down too much you’ll hear zombies trying to catch you; speed up to avoid them! Besides the main storyline, there are also sidequests and training episodes to help avid runners prepare for 5K, 10K, half, or whole marathon races. The voice acting is wonderful and the stories just as engaging as any episode of The Walking Dead.
Fitness enthusiasts that did purchase home gym equipment turned to Keelo for guided HIIT workouts during quarantine. This app has hundreds of easy to follow workouts, weight recommendations for reps, rep trackers, heart rate trackers, and interval timers. There are more than 180 moves to rotate between so no muscle gets left behind. Use this guide to help you find the best home dumbbell set to fit your home gym needs. Weights can become pricy (and not to mention noisy for downstairs neighbors). As an alternative, try using resistance bands instead. They come in a variety of strengths and can push your muscles just as much as a standard set of dumbbells.
Strava is an excellent app for cyclists (and runners) that easily allows you to track your route, mileage, and pace. How about a little friendly competition? You can connect with friends on Strava to compete in competitions and track your spot on the leaderboard. If urban cycling isn’t your thing, download the Trailforks app. Trailforks has hundreds of trail maps that can be downloaded and used offline to help cyclists discover cycle-friendly nature trails in their area. Another excellent trail mapping app for cyclists is Komoot, the “Google Maps for cyclists.” It helps cyclists find the most efficient bike route between points A and B and gives a rundown of elevation gain, the kind of pathways to expect, and what hurdles cyclists may experience along the way (i.e. moveable bridges).
With just over 1 million subscribers to her YouTube channel, Sarah Beth is one of the most followed internet yogis. Besides her free YouTube content, she now has a personal yoga app with hundreds of members-only yoga videos, classes, monthly challenges, and mantras. Her videos online and in the app include vinyasa flows, pre and postnatal yoga, yin yoga, meditations, and tutorials for different arm balances. Since she uses voice-over to narrate her videos, the practices feel extra serene and more effectively incorporate soothing music.