Get lean in lockdown – 14 online fitness classes
Gyms may be closed but you can still get your fitness fix from your front room with these brilliant local online classes, from dance and yoga, to circuits and HIIT.
The one for your inner tiger
Fast becoming Haddenham’s go-to gym for adults and teens, FitLife specialises in weight loss and training tailored to your age and fitness goals. It is now live streaming its impressive range of classes, with up to five classes a day. With names like ’fire’, ‘fury’ and ‘fast’ you can expect to sweat. We want to try animal flow – a chance to let out some of that lockdown angst and let the animal in you loose. Roarsome. A single class costs £10 and a pack of ten is £45 or you can get unlimited classes from £44 per month.
Want to get your tweens and teens moving too? Then check out FitLife Academy – the first session is FREE, plus we have an exclusive Muddy discount of 10 classes for just £40 by using the code MUDDY21 at checkout – handily, that’s enough workouts to keep your kids moving until the end of Half Term!
The hip swivelling dance party
Fancy incinerating up to 800 calories an hour and busting some foxy moves while you’re at it? Jazz Bucks has taken its dance-based cardio classes online and now offers streaming through closed Facebook groups. There’s dancing, strength training and stretching, with a hot playlist to distract you from the burn. It costs £9 per session or from £40 per month for unlimited access.
The just-like-us one
In Sarah’s own words, she is not a size 8, she doesn’t eat salads all day, and she doesn’t avoid social activities, but she’s a fabulously fun and energetic fitness instructor who has countless marathons to her name and an extensive following in Oxfordshire. The classes are usually Watlington-based but are now online with kettlebells, circuits, bootcamp and more. Book online, paying £6.50 for one class, up to £40 for a month unlimited.
The yoga with a physio one
Who better to help you work through that twingey back than a trained physiotherapist? Short of reaching through the screen, the instructors can work their magic to tweak that downward dog or adjust that plank to avoid injury and niggles. As well as clinical yoga, there’s pilates, barre and tai chi, and you can opt for one-to-one if you’d rather go 100% bespoke. You can try it out with the free 9.30am yoga class on Wednesday mornings, otherwise it’s £10 per class.
The sweaty one
You can take your omm’s elsewhere – this Milton Keynes-based yoga studio is about fitness, flexibility and fun. The big thing here is inclusivity and accessibility – forget willowy yogis in super tight leggings, it’s about clients in all shapes and sizes. There are workout, stretch out and chill out classes, as well as beginners, pre and postnatal. You can join a live class on Zoom for 45-60 minutes or for the time-poor there’s classes from ten minutes in the library. There’s an introductory offer of £10 for unlimited classes over ten days and you can use the code GETMEONLINE for a free taster class, then it costs from £39 a month unlimited.
The one for wild women
When James Griffiths isn’t bringing out the animal in his clients at his Buckinghamshire gym, he’s recording the highest altitude workout ever atop Mount Kilimanjaro. And if you’re not inspired by his record-breaking feats or his passionate animalistic approach to training, then perhaps you’ll be won over by his pure physical splendor. A bod like that for £8.85 a month? Where do I sign? Wild Online Workouts gives you access to a massive range of video content via the Wild X app including 15 minute workouts, coaching and nutrition guides. The gym is so popular that it’s membership is full, but there’s no limit to the online membership and there’s a seven-day free trial offer.
The one for bad backs
Pilates with Kate founder Kate Clark was plagued by unbearable lower back pain for years due to scoliosis and hypermobility but finally cracked it with pilates. The South Buckinghamshire-based instructor has a Level 4 qualification specialising in lower back pain and helps men and women to tackle pain, flatten their stomach and tone, all at once. Membership is £20 per month for unlimited access. All sessions are pre-recorded and one hour long with a new session going online each week. So clients can watch – and repeat – classes and don’t need to worry about internet signal issues, or indeed unflattering camera angles… Kate is offering Muddy Stilettos readers two free classes – just mention us when you contact Kate.
The one for women of a certain age
The one that kicks ass
Whether you’re inspired by the surprise Netflix hit, Cobra Kai, or you just need to kick some proverbial, the classes with Taekwondo4Fitness will tick your box. The family-friendly martial arts club is Aylebury based but now runs its Tuesday and Thursday evening classes on Zoom. The classes are a mix of fitness, discipline and self-defence. The maximum number of participants is 15 so everyone can get the advice they need and anyone over the age of 13 can join. You can try two taster classes for free, then it’s £35 a month for one class a week.
The boingy one
Bounce your way to a buffer body with this mini trampoline-based workout. Boogie Bounce includes a HIIT cardio blast followed by a toning section, working bums, tums and thighs. Every muscle in the body is worked, even the facial muscles. What’s not to love? A low impact, full body workout with banging tunes. If you don’t have a trampoline, there’s a rental scheme, which costs £35 per month and includes a weekly live session on Monday evenings at 7pm and unlimited access to catch up videos.
The good toes, naughty toes one
Barre is a workout class combining ballet-inspired movements with elements of pilates, dance, yoga and strength training. The aim is to build lean muscle, improve strength and flexibility, promote weight loss and relieve stress. Exercises work the whole body through matwork as well as using resistance bands and light hand weights. And… this is no ordinary Barre – variations include Barre Blast, Barre Pilates and Barre Trapeze. The group class is Mondays at 9:30am and cost £7. There’s also an option of one to one sessions for £45 per hour.
The one for ravers
Glowsticks at the ready – this is the night out you’ve been waiting for all year… Expect epic 90s dance tunes, club anthems and chart hits to keep you gyrating through the mix of dance, tone and combat moves. In the studio the lights would be off, the volume would be up and the sweat pouring, so do your best to mimic that at home. It’s clubbing, minus the sticky floor and mean bouncers…what’s not to love. Monday and Thursday evening classes are now online with Aylesbury-based Abigail Haynes, at £4 a class, or you can search for classes across Oxfordshire and Bucks at clubbercise.com.
The one that’s a complete yoga studio
Lisa’s yoga classes cater for every level of yogi from wobbly warriors to accomplished head-standers. Since the start of the pandemic, Lisa has taken her Oxford-based business online with a range of live Facebook classes and a library of sessions from ten minutes to one hour. She also features guest teachers, workshops and ‘learn a pose’ tutorials, all for £8 a week. Her meditations offer the perfect excuse to find a dark corner and escape homeschooling.
The one that feels like a meet up with friends
Claire has a loyal and devoted following across Oxfordshire with pilates classes for all levels. There’s more gentle chair-based and remedial options right up to classes for runners and triathletes and private one-to-one sessions that would normally take place in her Benson studio. Claire is constantly broadening her knowledge base and classes might focus on anything from belly breathing to ankle flexibility. The community feel of Claire’s classes hasn’t dwindled despite the switch to Zoom, with plenty of amiable chat and frequent interruptions by kids and pets, as well as screen-bombing by Claire’s own two feline friends. Classes cost around £30 a month.