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13 free online workouts to try while you’re stuck at home

From Barry’s Bootcamp to yoga to HIIT, here are some workouts that can get you through social distancing, and won’t break the bank.

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To combat coronavirus, or Covid-19, health experts are recommending social distancing to “flatten the curve” and save lives. But your gym or fitness studio’s closure doesn’t mean you can’t still make healthy choices. Here’s a list of 13 free online workouts you can access via a smartphone app, YouTube, or live streams on social media — specifically leaving off workouts that require equipment, cost money, or have brief free trials.

Total Body Workouts

Crossfit: Kicking off this list is the famous HIIT and weightlifting brand, which surprisingly has a lot of free beginner-friendly workouts on their website. The best part? Instead of using personal trainers, Crossfit used normal people or older folks to demonstrate that anybody can do these exercises.

Planet Fitness: One of the country’s largest gym chains, Planet Fitness, has been live-streaming free online workout classes on its Facebook page on weekdays at 7 p.m. ET. These 30-minute, equipment-free workouts are also available on demand on their YouTube channel.

Nike Training Club: This app lets you download free 15-, 30-, and 45-minute workouts designed by Nike trainers. Most of the workouts are equipment-free and use GIFs to demonstrate how to do each exercise — from squats, to walkouts, to lunges. There’s a premium version, too, that includes nutrition advice.

Barry’s Bootcamp: The boutique studio popular among celebrities will stream 20-minute equipment-free workouts on Instagram live. They’ll also save workouts onto their IGTV the next day. Here’s a sample class.

Blogilates: One of the biggest fitness YouTube accounts is offering free 10- to 20-minute pilates and bootcamp sculpting workouts for a decade. You can also get free monthly calendars like this 14-day quarantine workout plan on the Blogilates website.

P.volve: The total-body fitness streaming service is offering free 10- to 20-minute classes on their Instagram live. You can also get a 30-day free trial to their hundreds of other classes using the code ONEPVOLVE and create custom workout calendars.

STRONG by Zumba: You can access plenty of free HIIT workouts on YouTube, choosing from 7-, 20-, and 30-minute on-demand classes. The videos also come in languages other than English.


Corepower Yoga: The national yoga chain is offering free 30- and 60-minute classes while studios are closed. Special livestreams of classes will be available for members only starting March 19, and you can pay the $19.99 monthly fee for unlimited access to all Yoga On Demand classes.

YogaWorks: Have a little more time? You can find plenty of 60-, 75-, and 90-minute classes on various studios’ YouTube accounts. Full schedule here.

Downward Dog: This company is offering its suite of fitness apps — from the seven-minute workout, to Barre, to Yoga for Beginners — for free, with no subscription required.


305 Fitness: Do you enjoy Zumba or other types of dancing workouts? The dance cardio studio is offering free 10- to 45-minute classes on their YouTube page.

Free trials

Peloton: The fitness company is offering a 90-day free trial to its digital membership, up from its usual 30-day trial. With the trial, you can access 20-plus live classes per day and thousands of on-demand classes, from meditation, to walking, to strength-training, to indoor cycling. After that, a digital membership is $12.99/month.

Beach Body on Demand: Two free weeks, and then various monthly contracts after that.

Editor’s Note: The writer is a studio experience team member at CorePower Yoga.