COVID-19 fitness: 4 companies that are bringing workouts to your home

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      Now that our home has become our workout space, scores of fitness companies are confronting the COVID-19 crisis by offering virtual workouts.

      Here are a few to check out now that you’re working up a sweat in-house.

      Jamie Armstrong is the founder of Method Indoor Cycling.
      Method Indoor Cycling.

      RBC GranFondo Whistler + Method Indoor Cycling

      Staying focussed and on track for the epic ride without the usual training routine of group outings and in-person classes can make things challenging. Now, riders can log into Zoom for eight free training sessions with Method Indoor Cycling founder Jamie Anderson.

      Classes run from 7 to 7.40 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday from April 14 to May 7. Each will have a warm-up and interval sets along with tips related to posture, pedal stroke, and gearing.

      Hustle 24/7

      Vancouver’s Hustle Studio is offering virtual workout classes on Instagram Live, accessible to everyone, as well as a subscription-based option. Class formats include Tabata, core, yoga, prenatal yoga, and more. After a three-day trial, the cost is $55 per month.

      YYoga at Home

      Born out of YYoga, which started in Vancouver and now has franchises in BC and Ontario with sights set on other parts of Canada, YYOGA at Home is a subscription-based at-home streaming service. Videos range from five-minute tutorials to hour-long sessions as well as pre- and post-natal options. A free trial lasts 14 days; from there, it’s $7.99 a month.


      The U.S. company that zoomed to success by connecting bikes to screens for instructor-led spin workouts (and that is now worth an estimated $4 billion) has released a new Android TV app. No pricey spin bike needed: it has a whole suite of workouts, from arm toning to dance cardio to running, although many of the videos involve the use of a treadmill and many are only 10 or 20 minutes long. People can download the app to their Android TV box via Google Play to turn their living room into a fitness studio. After a 90-day trial, the monthly fee is $12.99.

      Gail Johnson is a certified fitness instructor. Follow her on Instagram @gailjohnsonvancouver and Twitter @GailJohnsonVan.