Our president, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced on Monday night that we are under a nation-wide lockdown until the 16th April. This lockdown will begin this Thursday at midnight. Although most of SA has been expecting this, it’s still a shock to the system and downright scary. For those of us committed to our fitness for physical as well as mental health, this lockdown is met with mild panic. Inside for 21 days? How will we train? Fear not, I’m in the same boat and I’ve rounded up some home workout options…
If yoga is part of your usual routine, it’s an absolute crisis to lose your practice. Many of the yoga studios in Cape Town, and all around, have realised this. The solution? Online classes. All you need is a mat and to tune in at the right time to join in from the comfort of your own home.
One of my personal faves, HotPod Yoga Cape Town is doing just this. And what’s even cooler about online classes? You don’t need to be Cape Town based to take part. You can actually be anywhere. Set up a yoga date with your bestie, no matter where you both are. A home workout cyber-date.
HotPod Yoga is running these classes on a donation basis so you can join for free or make a small donation to these fantastic humans. To check them out or sign up for a class, click here.
Wild Things Yoga Studio
Wild Thing Yoga Studio has also moved into the online space. This gorgeous Sea Point-based studio is offering three different ways to access their online classes so you really have options (not excuses). You can join the class via Zoom (you probably already use this for remote meetings anyway) — this is a great option if you’re already a member of Wild Thing. If you’re not a member or want to have access to the classes whenever — the pre-recorded classes option is for you. This option will cost you R200/month and will give you access to pre-recorded classes that you can use and reuse whenever. AND there’s still an option three: Instagram live and these classes are free! Tune in and get moving with Wild Thing Moves.
YogaLife studio is also committed to keeping their yogi community together. They’re making use of Zoom as well so definitely make sure you have it either on your phone or laptop. To join classes, simply download the MindBody App on your phone, book a class, log in on Zoom and enjoy. Zen out my friend, we all need it rn.
If yoga doesn’t quite cut it for you and you need something a little bit more upbeat, there are so many options for online home workouts it was hard to narrow them down. I have been sticking to running and cycling myself (for now), but these are my top choices that I’m definitely going to give a try once lockdown hits.
I’ve been following Amy for a while now and she has an amazing collection of bodyweight workouts that you can do anywhere — all you need is… well your body! Burn some calories and some anxiety.
Another one of my fave fitness inspos has got to be Teal. Not only is this girl a flipping good surfer, but she’s also incredibly strong and super creative in her workouts (or drip of the day as she calls them). Be sure to check her out for a serious sweat sesh!
And while we’re talking fitness inspos, I kind of have to mention Demi Bagby. I might lowkey be a bit of a fangirl and I mean, have you seen her abs? Her usual workouts are many levels above human but she’s brought them down to our level and made them home-based for lockdown. Give her Insta a squizz for some motivation and workout ideas.
What’s more, we have our very own collection of home-workouts on our very own Women’s Health YouTube Channel. Simply pick a workout that works for you and get sweating. We’ll be sweating right along with you!
If 3-weeks doesn’t sound like a long enough time period to dedicate to your post-rona bod (totally a thing) — then look no further than our very own 12-week home workout programme, along with diet plans. Plus, it’s on a 25% sale RN…