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CommunityFitnessHealthUPDATED: How to work out (and chill out) at home

Staying physically strong and mentally agile are a big part of getting through isolation measures needed to flatten the Covid-19 curve. That’s why for the foreseeable future, we will keep updating our list of gyms, fitness studios, yoga centers and trainers posting workouts on a variety of platforms, including free or donation-based sessions available through social media. There are a variety of options available to keep your mind strong too, from online group gatherings to...
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Staying physically strong and mentally agile are a big part of getting through isolation measures needed to flatten the Covid-19 curve. That’s why for the foreseeable future, we will keep updating our list of gyms, fitness studios, yoga centers and trainers posting workouts on a variety of platforms, including free or donation-based sessions available through social media. There are a variety of options available to keep your mind strong too, from online group gatherings to sound healing meditations. We recommend you catch the live options to help boost connection with community but if you miss them, most of them stay live for 24 hours.

We’ll keep updating so you can keep moving. 

Free workouts

Les Mills Live Free routines are available with this international brand. The company has also rolled out a special Les Mills on Demand Lite for all regular Les Mills gym members in the UAE, making paid content temporarily free. 

Beast through WHGym workouts Popular trainers will guide you through at-home workouts, with routines focused so far on classic heart-raising moves. These are shared on Instagram. 

Dunes Crossfit is also great for 30-minute sweat sessions.

Crank is offering its Shape classes on Instagram for free. 

InnerFight This high-intensity gym has daily workouts as an Instagram highlight (Daily WOD) and runs competitions alongside them. Expect running, burpees and an Instagram stories community vibe. Also check out Crossfit Alioth

Best Body Co This new, free two-week challenge features five workouts and two rest days per week, with a mix of bodyweight exercises. The challenge guide is available online with daily workouts shown on Best Body Co’s instagram page.

Underdogboxn group workouts move to your living room with these daily routines, which include dance fit, shadow boxing, yoga sculpting and more. Sessions are live streamed and stay up for 24 hours.

Bodytree Studio classes are now digital. Access their range of classes on their Facebook page, where they are offering everything from prenatal yoga to alternate versions of their B2B class.

Nadine and Ricardo This duo are mixing workouts with soothing flows with singing bowl meditations through Instagram daily at 7pm.

Bodyism’s Sarah Jane Horn is streaming live yoga flows or workouts from her Instagram everyday at 4pm.

F45 Zayed Sports City’s trainers are offering alternating strength and cardio sessions Monday to Friday from 10am through Instagram.

Free chilling

Sound healing with Sonia Gonzalez

Tune in every Monday at 7pm for entirely free sound healing sessions done across Sonia’s Facebook Live. These remain up afterwards all week, even if you miss the slot.

Free mental health

Wise Mind Center This mental health facility is holding daily support groups from 2pm to 3pm on everything from coping with depression to managing life at home. Advance booking is required. Check their Instagram for more information. 

Darkness Into Light is a team of volunteers raising awareness for mental health, cultivating community support and identifying accessible and effective helping services. They are also taking to Instagram Live on Sundays at 8pm.

Yoga

Dryp Dubai’s hot yoga studio is offering free classes daily on Instagram live. The schedule is shared regularly on Instagram stories but sessions tend to happen at 8pm. 

Bodyism’s Sarah Jane Horn is streaming live yoga flows or workouts from her Instagram everyday at 4pm.

Yogalavie is a Dubai yoga, pilates, barre and stretch studio on the Palm Jumeirah, and they have daily classes on Instagram.

Open Circle Yoga is a studio in Abu Dhabi’s Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, offering daily classes on Instagram Live.

Urban Yoga Dubai is an NYC-inspired loft studio in Business Bay, but for now their instructors are offering donation-based classes through Instagram Live.

Local trainers

All of these trainers offer a range of at-home workouts on their Instagram pages, making them perfect for fitness inspiration in the comfort of your own home. 

Kirsteen Thain, PT

Tracy Harmoush, calisthenics pro

Alexandra Pogorelova, head of fitness at Zabeel Ladies Club

Jade Blackmore, Barry’s Bootcamp trainer

Jennifer Chalouhi, founder of Jump Fit Dubai

Samia Kallidis and Domia Economides, give great duo workouts on Instagram. 

Adriana McDonald, great for parents and kids fitness

Emmanuelle Bonham, PT

Jesse Akister, Crossfit trainer at WHGym

Amy Jean Fox, PT

Paid options

Perfect Balance Rehabilitation Center has taken its nutrition counseling and physio sessions online as well. Book a consultation on their website.

The Platform Studios in Dubai Marina has launched its virtual class series, which will soon be available through Classpass. More information online or through their Instagram.

Illuminations Well-being is offering online sessions with various practitioners.

Fitsquad DXB This PT-focused brand has rolled out bodyweight-only sessions and online live-video training options, perfect for anyone who wants that one-to-one attention without ever being face-to-face (10 online PT sessions for Dh1,995).

Core 8, a platform providing wellness teachers and holistic specialists, has gone live with their public classes.

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