BY: PHEOBE HORIBE
I worked out for the first time ever last week and now I’m going to be sore for the rest of my life. However, now that I have many minutes of experience, I can say I’m an expert of fitness! I love at-home workouts because no one can judge you for having a glass of wine instead of water, and you can take as many breaks as you want, when you want, for how long you want. So, here are my recommendations for some at-home workouts while you’re stuck inside with nothing better to do.
If you’re ready to go all-in: Barry’s Bootcamp
Full disclosure, this is the workout I tried, mainly because I’d heard of it and I thought it would be good for humblebrags for at least a year or so post-social distancing. Barry’s is a worldwide community known for its combination of cardio and strength training workouts in their “Red Rooms,” but now you can workout from home with no equipment! I followed one of their workouts on their IG story last week and even without equipment, it kicked my a**!
Barry’s is welcoming to everyone no matter where you’re at in your fitness journey and they tailor your workout to do what’s best for you — even in a group setting. This means your trainer will give you weight recommendations, or treadmill speed recommendations, but ultimately, it’s up to you how far you want to push your limits. My group was made up of exactly… me, and I didn’t think I pushed myself to the max and I still can’t really move.
They have been live-streaming 2-3 classes a day on their IG story anywhere between 12p and 3pm EDT (but check out their “At-Home Schedule” highlight on their page). Follow Barry’s Bootcamp @barrys.
If you want to dance: Body By Simone
Simone de la Rue trains Hollywood stars, but also Broadway stars like Sutton Foster! Simone was trained in classical ballet starting at the age of three and has performed on Broadway and London’s West End. Her staff includes many professional dancers and choreographers who love to incorporate dance into their classes. She takes pride in her high-impact dance cardio style of training which is complemented by resistance and toning work (can you say ballerina arms?!). Some of her classes include dance cardio, barre workouts, trampoline, and even pregnancy workouts!
Follow Simone on IG @bodybysimone or explore her YouTube channel for some at-home workouts! You can also download her app, Body By Simone, and sign up for multiple types of memberships which include daily classes, personal workouts, nutrition, and more!
If you need a workout buddy: Tone It Up!
Having a workout buddy is great … unless you’re under social distancing mandates. For those who like their workout to come with a dash of socializing, Tone It Up! is for you.The creators, Karena and Katrina, have created a community of strong women who support and motivate each other. Tone It Up! also has a blog with topics that cover equipment questions, motivation tips, nutrition ideas and more! Their fun spirits and upbeat workouts include classes like dance cardio, barre classes, and more pregnancy workouts. Karena and Katrina aren’t all work, though, they also know how to have a good time–which usually involves wine. My kind of trainers! #Wino.
If you trust Broadway stars to pick a good workout: HIIT with Kayla Itsines
Kayla Itsines has amassed an impressive Broadway clientele including Kara Lindsey, Desi Oakley, Laura Bell Bundy (feel better!), Betsy Wolfe, and more! HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training which is basically working out non-stop for a short amount of time (you get a 30-second wine break in between sets). So, if you have 28 minutes in your day, you can do this workout! Kayla also started an amazing community amongst her followers called the BBG Community. The Bikini Body Guide (BBG) community — which is not nearly as terrifying as it sounds — is a world-wide community where people come together and share their health and fitness goals with those in their neighborhood or on the other side of the world. Kayla is also a mom and shared her fitness life even throughout her pregnancy–in which she looked smaller than I did after I ate that one burrito from Taco Bell.
If you like football players who can also sing: Built for the Stage
Joe Rosko does personal training for the athletes of Broadway, and anyone who can do a step-touch is an athlete. Joe was an All-State, Division-1 college football player, but don’t let that intimidate you, because he was also majoring in Musical Theater! His workouts are personalized towards each actor and how they use their “instrument,” whether that be for dancers in a ballet-heavy show, actors operating a giant gorilla puppet, or even singing while dancing at the same time. Joe is also an advocate for taking mental health into account, because showbiz can be hard on your mental health… but so can social distancing, so this might be just the approach we need right now.
Right now, you can sign up for a free trial as Joe is offering free classes while gyms are mandated to be closed. He has also been streaming live workouts on his IG @builtforthestage. Give his Built For The Stage Podcast a listen to hear from Broadway actors and their fitness and health journeys throughout their careers.