We’ve long relied on fitness instructors for serotonin boosts when we’re feeling low. But how do we exercise now that gyms are closed and classes are canceled?
Fortunately, many trainers are coming to us live, right where we already are: on Instagram.
Wellness warriors have begun streaming workouts regularly. The classes are often conducted from their homes, with dogs and coupled with a positive “we can get through this together” attitude, right on Instagram Live. The exercise routines tend to be free (though some teachers and clubs ask for donations) and available to members, non-members, whoever. All you need to do to join is have the Instagram app, then tap on the streamer’s profile picture to hop into the class. (And don’t forget to turn on post notifications for the account.)
Hop where, exactly? We recommend these Instagram accounts for livestreamed workouts.
This is the page to follow if: You like boxing-inspired workouts taught by quirky instructors. Jumping jacks, jabs, hooks? You’ll find them here.
Equipment: Yoga mat, playful attitude.
Frequency: Daily 30 minute-ish workouts at various times on Instagram Live, which are then shared on IGTV. Class times are shared in a video on Rumble’s IG grid.
This is the page to follow if: You don’t want to commit to one studio, but you do want to commit to one time daily. Activewear brand Bandier is welcoming a variety of instructors from different classes to host videos on its account.
Equipment: Varies from no equipment to S’well bottles used as weights
Frequency: Daily on Instagram Live at 4 p.m. EDT.
This is the page to follow if: You want a daily zen diversion, via meditation or yoga. (But if you’d prefer following a glossy Instagram class that’s not live, check out Equinox’s @Variis page for IGTV workouts.)
Equipment: Yoga mat.
Frequency: Daily videos on Instagram Live. Session styles and types tend to be shared on IG Stories.
This is the page to follow if: You don’t think being asked to do a pushup into a squat, over and over again, is an outrageous request. Also: You dig red lighting (which is used some of the time, a la Barry’s Bootcamp studios).
Equipment: None needed, but some might invest in Barry’s band kit that’s sold online.
Frequency: Twice daily on Instagram Live for about 20 minutes. Class times are shared on the “At-Home Sched” IG highlight. The live workouts are saved for on-demand viewing on IGTV.