Give At-Home Fitness a New Meaning

By following along with this Y360 virtual class, you can still get in a good barre workout at home with a chair.

As gyms have closed, many people have noticed a glitch in their daily routine and a few unwanted pounds. Many local fitness centers and boutique gyms have adapted their classes to provide ways for kids and adults to work up a sweat at home.

YMCA of the Triangle

“Within hours of suspending our normal YMCA operations, our staff developed a Virtual YMCA that provides group fitness classes and resources for children to learn and play,” said Jennifer Nelson, a spokeswoman for the YMCA of the Triangle.
Classes include a variety of levels and types, including yoga, pilates, Zumba and more.
The nonprofit is also offering YMCA Camp Hope for children of essential workers at five YMCA locations around the Triangle, where kids participate in activities like arts and crafts, gym games, outside play, kid fit classes, brain games and STEM activities anytime from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. now through May 15.
The YMCA of the Triangle also recently launched a food-distribution program called Delivering Good – YMCA Mobile Services in conjunction with local agencies.

Photo courtesy of YMCA of the Triangle staff

“At the YMCA of the Triangle, we’re committed to serving our neighbors, especially in tough times like these,” Nelson said. “We encourage our friends to visit the Virtual YMCA to seek out those resources and to stay in touch with us. We can’t wait to see everyone in person sometime soon.”

You Call This Yoga

In keeping with its mission to help those who might have difficulty getting to a gym, You Call This Yoga has a library of yoga classes on its YouTube channel. Most classes can be done with minimal equipment and from anywhere, including your backyard.

Because many of the nonprofit’s events have been canceled, including the annual YogaFest fundraiser, many classes have moved online. Information on upcoming live Zoom classes, podcasts and supportive articles can be found on the group’s Facebook page. Most classes are free or cost a nominal fee.

In a free video on the nonprofit’s YouTube page, Howie Shareff, founder and director of You Call This Yoga, takes viewers through a chair yoga practice.

By inviting yoga teachers and other health practitioners from the Triangle to contribute, the organization is continuing to help physically challenged and underserved people in the community.

Other gyms and fitness centers offering online streaming:



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