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8 Benefits of Virtual Workout Classes

8 Benefits of Virtual Workout Classes

8 Benefits of Virtual Workout Classes

Figuring out how to navigate your fitness goals during the pandemic has likely felt unfamiliar. Finding creative ways to keep your body moving and stick to a healthy lifestyle is essential to your overall health and fitness journey. As gyms open up and welcome members back, it’s clear that some people aren’t ready to make their way back to the gym in person. There are many valid reasons for why people are waiting to come back, and it’s important to provide another option for continuing workouts from home.

Regardless of whether you’re just starting your fitness journey or continuing your hard work and making new health goals, virtual workout classes are a great option for those who feel more comfortable working out at home. You can still get a great workout in and feel like you are a part of your gym’s community.

What Are Virtual Fitness Classes?

Virtual fitness classes are prerecorded or livestreamed, instructor-led workouts that you can complete at home. Your fitness club may require membership for access to these online classes, and they are a beneficial way to stay safe and healthy.

Working out at home doesn’t have to be limited to going on runs or walks in your neighborhood, although those are a great workout for some people. Going to the gym builds a sense of community and provides a powerful level of motivation. Virtual exercise classes can help achieve that same feeling from your living room, bedroom or any space in your house.

Virtual fitness classes are beneficial for people of all ages. You can find a workout class that matches your fitness level and motivates you from home.

With the power of a virtual platform, you can get the same quality workout you would if you were in the fitness club. It’s important to find virtual exercise classes that are worth the membership and provide quality exercise content that can help provide a gym-like experience at home.

8 Benefits of Virtual Fitness Classes

You might be missing the gym and everyone who was in your group fitness classes, but you can still accomplish challenging workouts at home with online fitness classes from the 5 Bridges Health & Fitness virtual platform. All you’ll need for your next class is a Wi-Fi connection, your membership and a large enough space to move freely in to experience the benefits of online group fitness classes and live virtual classes.

Purchasing an online fitness membership might be a great option for you. Check out these eight group workout benefits that can help further your fitness journey:

1. Expert Instruction in Your Home

You don’t have to worry about getting creative and searching for new workouts to complete. Virtual gym classes allow you to complete professional workouts led by qualified instructors. Having the guidance of a professional instructor helps your workout flow better and provides helpful tips and instructions for completing different workouts.

When you’re physically at the gym for class, you have an instructor present to correct your form and explain different exercise positions. While the instructor may not be able to correct your form at home, a prerecorded or livestreamed workout will have those same instructors giving as many details as they can to perform the exercises correctly. Ensuring you have the proper form during workouts can help prevent injuries. You’ll feel like you’re back in the fitness facility with your favorite instructor from the comfort of your own home.

2. Working Out With a Group

One of the best parts about group fitness classes is being around other people and pushing yourself. Being part of a fitness community can play a significant role in your fitness journey. If you prefer to stay home at the moment, it’s helpful to keep that feeling of community and motivation while you exercise. Virtual group exercise classes can help give you a group fitness atmosphere without having to be inside your gym.

Online workout classes, especially livestream fitness classes, can help make you feel like you’re all in the same room together completing your workout. Whether your goal is to work on your health and fitness or build muscle and stamina, having a support system is valuable.

3. Connecting With Yourself

Life can sometimes become so busy and scheduled that you forget to make time to take care of yourself. Self-care is essential for your overall health, and taking care of your mental health should be a priority.

One of the advantages of working out at home is that you can connect with yourself and sweat through any stress, anxiety, anger or other feelings you’re experiencing. Virtual fitness classes can help release endorphins that help make you feel more positive. Even if you’re feeling great, working out at home is an excellent way to reconnect with yourself and check in with how you are doing.

4. Building Your Confidence

If you’re apprehensive about working out with a large group of people, virtual workouts are a great way to get experience and adapt to the structure of a group fitness class. You can build your confidence by trying different types of workout classes and working at your own pace. Once you feel comfortable with the exercises and are confident in your abilities, you may feel better about trying in-person group fitness classes when you’re ready to go back to the gym.

5. Fitting Your Workout Into Your Schedule

Incorporating workouts into your schedule can be challenging with work, family, hobbies and other life events. One of the benefits of online fitness training is having the flexibility to complete your favorite group workout whenever your schedule allows you to work out. It can relieve a lot of stress knowing you don’t have to hop in your car and rush over to get a good spot at your favorite group fitness class. You can simply wake up and get moving, or step away from your desk and begin exercising.

6. Trying Out Different Classes

Repeating the same workout can become uninteresting and impact your fitness results. A benefit of online group fitness class is there is truly a class for everyone. One of the perks of working out with a virtual fitness class is you are able to try as many different types of group fitness classes as you want. Many gyms will post a variety of group fitness classes like Tabata, cycling, yoga and even stretching. If you’ve always wanted to try a new class but were unsure, now is a perfect time. Give it a shot by taking an online group fitness class.

7. Helping to Structure Your Day

Spending a lot of time at home can make days run together and lacks the structure many people thrive on. Routines help make people productive and feel like they accomplished something during the day. A great way to establish a structured daily routine is to schedule your workouts at the same time every day. Virtual fitness classes can make scheduling this task much easier because you are able to make the classes work with your time frame.

Virtual fitness classes also help hold you accountable for completing your workouts. While there are ways to stream free workout videos whenever you please, there is not as much incentive to complete the workout. Signing up for scheduled fitness classes holds you accountable for the time you selected for your workout and pushes you to stick to your structured schedule.

8. Supporting the Local Community

Signing up for virtual fitness classes can help support your local gym. You’ll support your favorite fitness instructors, employees and everyone that keeps your local gym running from your own home. If you’re not ready to make your way back to the gym but still want to support the business, consider registering for their online group fitness classes.

Types of Online Fitness Classes

Throughout your fitness journey, you’ll likely find specific types of workouts that you like and look forward to accomplishing. The good news is that online fitness classes provide a variety of class options for you to complete at home. Whether you’re more into cardio-focused classes or toning and building muscle, you can change up your workouts or stick to the classes that make you feel motivated and excited about moving your body.

If you’re not sure what to expect when you sign up for virtual fitness classes, here are some examples of the variations of exercise classes you can conquer.

1. Strength

Experts design strength fitness classes to improve a person’s muscular strength and abilities.

These classes may include weight training, bodyweight exercises and other conditioning workouts to tone, sculpt and improve stamina. Some class examples can include:

  • Core Crusher
  • Body Blast
  • Tae Bo Combo
  • Kickboxing
  • Strength and Cardio
  • Resistance Training Workouts
  • R.I.P.P.E.D Workouts

Virtual strength classes can help you build muscle and burn fat with quality exercises from home. If you’ve never tried a strength class before, now is the perfect time with the 5 Bridges Health & Fitness virtual platform.

2. Cycling

Many people refer to indoor cycling as spinning, and it’s a popular workout class that pushes your stamina and tones your legs and glutes. The most important piece of equipment you’ll use for a cycling class is a stationary exercise bicycle. Since you’ll be completing this workout class at home, you’ll need to have your own cycle bike.

Cycling is a fun and challenging cardiovascular workout that can provide a long list of benefits for your overall health. Indoor cycling can help improve your balance, which is a valuable benefit for people of all ages.

A person’s proprioception, the perception and awareness of body movement and position, begins to decrease as they age. This can lead to falls and injury, and cycling is a great class to take if you want to work on your balance and help keep those skills for as long as possible.

3. Beachbody Workouts

Beachbody workouts include numerous fitness programs that the Beachbody fitness company owns. These programs include:

  • P90X: You’ll experience various cardio, ab, resistance, strength training and plyometric workouts with
  • P90X. People of varying fitness levels can complete a P90X workout by using modifications.
    Insanity: Complete a high-intensity cardio workout from your house by taking an Insanity workout class.
  • PiYo: PiYo Strength classes will use challenging and fun choreography to work your core strength and other parts of your body. This program is also great for multiple fitness levels with modifications.

These workout programs are perfect for accomplishing at home. You’ll need minimal or no equipment and enough space to complete various exercises. You can burn calories and work out your entire body with any of these workout programs.

4. Dance

You can enjoy energizing, fun and intense dance workouts right from your house. You can find various dance classes on the 5 Bridges Health & Fitness virtual platform, like Zumba and Hip Hop dance classes.

Zumba is a combination of cardio exercise and upbeat dance that is enjoyable for all ages. You’ll love this effective cardio workout that brings in both aerobic workouts and Latin-inspired moves to burn calories and impact your physical health. Aerobic classes can improve your health by helping prevent diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

You’ll keep your body healthy and your mind active as you learn new choreography and remember dance moves.

Nothing compares to dance workout classes with a large group of people, but the virtual dance classes are a great option to continue your progress and work on your fitness before you head back to the gym.

5. Cardio

5 Bridges Health & Fitness offers a wide variety of cardio group fitness classes that will boost your heart rate and help with your stamina and endurance. These classes are a popular choice for gym members because it helps improve physical fitness and impacts overall wellness. Cardiovascular training can help combat health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease and brain disease. It can also significantly reduce stress levels.

It’s easy to join virtual cardio classes online through the virtual platform, and instructors will motivate you through your workout. Some cardio classes include:

  • Tabata: These high-intensity cardio workouts are interval-based, full-body exercises that can help you become stronger and build up your endurance.
  • POUND: This fun cardio workout includes two awesome features — upbeat music and drumsticks. Two female drummers created POUND when they saw the potential for a class that combines percussion and high-intensity exercises.
  • Cardio Xpress: Cardio Xpress includes various cardio classes that are 45 minutes long and will push you from the beginning to the end of the class. You’ll love these full-body workouts that get your heart rate up and burn calories.
  • Cardio Core: Cardio Core is one of the most popular Cardio Xpress classes. If you’re looking for an intense mix of core exercises and cardio workouts, this class will be great for you.

6. Senior and Boomer

Health and wellness are something we should focus on for our entire lives. As we get older, it becomes more important to take care of our body and keep ourselves active. Building muscle and continuing to condition our bodies is essential as bodies lose bone and muscle density as they age.

This is why 5 Bridges Health & Fitness offers senior classes for older gym members to continue to reach their fitness and health goals.

Everyone should feel welcome at the gym, whether they’re a part of in-person group fitness classes or choose to join virtual workout classes. Active adults can feel motivated to exercise by taking some of the following fitness classes:

  • Boomer Cardio: A low impact, moderately intense cardiovascular workout guaranteed to make you move! Its easy to follow format brings back basic movement.
  • Boomer Cycling: Our Senior Cycling class is designed for older adults from 50 to 90. This 30-minute cycling session will improve your cardiovascular fitness and tone your legs, hips and glutes. Go at your own pace — there’s no rush!
  • Boomer Step: A total body workout using the popular 4 inch “Reebok” Step or using NO STEP at all! Perform BASIC step movements up, down and over the step. Listen for safety tips and cues to improve posture and core strength. Resistance training exercises to improve strength and stretching exercises to improve flexibility complete the workout.
  • Senior Circuit: Increase your cardio-vascular and muscular endurance power with a standing circuit workout. Upper body strength work with hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a ball is alternated with non-impact aerobic choreography. A chair is offered for support, stretching and relaxation exercises.
  • Senior Yoga: A yoga class specifically designed for Boomers and Seniors. This workout is a seated and standing practice with focus on the breath. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, range of movement and balance.
  • SilverSneakers® Classic: Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a ball are offered for resistance; and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support.
  • Zumba Gold®: Designed to meet the needs of the active older participant, as well as those starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. It’s a dance-fitness class with easy-to-follow moves and modified pacing creating a fun filled experience!

7. Pilates and Yoga

It’s beneficial to take a break from rigorous, high-impact workouts and switch it up with something low-impact and effective. You can easily incorporate workouts like yoga or Pilates into your schedule. You can find yoga and Pilates workouts on the 5 Bridges Health & Fitness virtual platform to complete beneficial workouts right from home.

The mindful motions of yoga and Pilates provide multiple health benefits for your physical and mental health.

Using techniques like deep breathing and mindfulness helps you relieve stress and connect with yourself. Some physical benefits include:

  • Increased muscle strength
  • Improved heart rate
  • Injury prevention
  • Easing ongoing pain
  • Improved energy and respiration levels

You can take various yoga classes at 5 Bridges Health & Fitness, including:

  • Gentle Yoga
  • Gentle Flow Yoga
  • Ashtanga Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Yin Yoga
  • Senior Yoga

8. Recovery

One of the best ways to prevent injury and soreness after a workout is to finish off with a recovery. Recoveries are low-impact workout and stretch sequences that help take care of your muscles and body after a strenuous exercise class. You can find various types of recovery videos on the virtual platform to practice. These sessions can also help prevent fatigue and help you cool down after your group fitness class.

Virtual Content Other Than Workouts

Fitness and wellness don’t stop at the typical group fitness classes. 5 Bridges Health & Fitness offers an extensive amount of content that benefits all aspects of health and wellness. You can find extra health and wellness content on our virtual platform, including:

  • Nutrition: Explore different cooking and nutrition videos and healthy food tips to improve your overall health.
  • Education: Learn helpful fitness tips and watch instructional education videos on proper exercise forms.
  • Just for kids: Kids can join in on the fitness journey from home. Watch videos just for kids that include various kid-friendly exercises and story time.
  • Just for fun: These entertainment and fun videos are just to make you laugh or smile!

Try Online Workout Classes From the 5 Bridges Health & Fitness Virtual Platform

While you’re more comfortable exercising at home, continue to be a part of our fitness community at 5 Bridges Health & Fitness. Our virtual platform offers high-quality fitness content that will bring part of the gym experience into your home.

Keep up your fitness and wellness journey by signing up for a subscription to our virtual platform. You’ll gain access to our video library of exercise and wellness content and you can join the livestreams of group fitness classes.