In this new age of social distancing and shelter-in-place, the doors have closed to the Bay Area's favorite gyms, fitness centers, and yoga studios, leaving citizens with fewer means of getting in a creative workout. And yet, with health now top of mind, keeping up immunity is crucial, and exercise is key.
Good news: With a little motivation and good WiFi signal, we can all virtually stay moving at home, as an increasing number of top instructors and trainers, in the Bay Area and beyond, take their games online, streaming fitness classes, workshops, and more—no tricked-out home gym required.
"Moving is important, but the most important thing is connection," said restorative yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner Ranya Anabtawi, who is taking this shutdown as an opportunity to explore what is possible online, a thing she'd been meaning to do before COVID-19. She's also taking to heart that old adage, laughter is the best medicine, offering free "laughter yoga" classes through Zoom.
It "gets your heart rate up and makes you feel good," she writes on her Facebook page. "You're giving your body the endorphins you need to feel better instantly!"
Feel better instantly? Sign us up. Here are more online workouts you can do from your home.
Online Yoga, Pilates + More Fitness Classes
Mark Morford's Zoom Yoga Classes
The San Francisco Chronicle columnist and hardcore yogi is locally famous for the devoted following that packs into this warm Vinyasa classes at the Castro Yoga Tree. During shelter in place, Morford is offering several classes a week via Zoom. // 9am Tues, Thurs, Sun; 4pm Weds; zoom.us
Nicole Cronin's Yoga Flow Live on Instagram
"We are in this together. Let's keep our bodies moving, breath flowing, heart open and our minds clear," writes the yoga influencer on her Instagram, where she is now offering a daily live video yoga flow class from 5 to 6pm. // For more info on Cronin, go to nicolecroninyoga.com.
Yoga & Mat Pilates at The Pad Studios
Nicole Cronin is among the instructors offering daily live online classes at SF's The Pad Studios, where the offering includes mat pilates, vinyasa, yin, and even pre-natal yoga. // Drop-ins $19; see the full schedule at register at thepadstudios.com.
Yoga Tree + YogaWorks
Yoga Tree, the popular group of Bay Area yoga studios, shuttered its various locations on March 17th but is offering free access to its online classes until further notice through the online platform YogaWorks, which includes more than 60 studios nationwide. If you want, you can add a subscription to MyYogaWorks, which has a collection of 1,300 pre-recorded classes. // When you sign up for MyYogaWorks, you'll get your first two weeks free, or use the promo code ONLINE for free access through Yoga Tree; for more info, go to myyogaworks.com.
Yoga Coaching + Immersion with Mark Gonzales Pura
Mark Gonzales Pura has long been in the virtual fitness game, offering online yoga coaching, customized workout plans, and real-time corrections. Pura has also created a 30-day online immersion program that sets the groundwork for a safe practice ($199) and offers a collection of videos ($9/each) and bundles ($39). // mgpura.com
Peacebank Yoga Studio
Community-grown instructors lead guided meditations from their own homes with this Redwood City–based studio. Join live-streamed yoga for the typical class price ($15-$25), or sign up for guided mediation at no cost at all. // peacebankyoga.com
Yoga by Ranya
Ranya Anabtawi offers Empathic Yoga @ Home—live classes weekly including chair yoga, mindfulness meditation, empathic yoga, distance reiki, and laughter yoga, which engages the body through mimicking laughter. // $59/month unlimited classes; 12:30pm laugher yoga is free daily through March 21st; for more info, go to facebook.com/RanyaAnabtawi, yogabyranya.com.
Pilates & Barre
Pilates & Barre at Move/With Studio
When pilates instructor Kelsey Wiedenhoefer left Maiden Lane Studios to open her own spot in the East Bay a few years back, 7x7's SF-based editors had a bit of a cry. Now we can all take her body-busting classes online (via Zoom) through MoveWith, which is offering a range of options including a single drop-in class ($12), a five-day all-access pass ($55), and 30-day digital studio on-demand ($80). // Get the full schedule and sign up at mindbodyonline.com; movewith.studio.
Burn Pilates + Full Body Workouts
Burn founder Lisa Corsello is on top of it: She's produced more than 100 videos that can be done anytime, anywhere. Classes range from a three-minute exercise (a lunge, say) to a full hour-long workout with options including cardio, abs, total body, and mat pilates. Membership comes with access to past workouts as well as new workouts and playlists each week // First week is free, then $20/month; register at burnpilates.com/burn-on-the-go.
Prime and rejuvenate your immunity with dynamic daily workouts from the instructors at Mighty Pilates. Each live-streamed class offers 50 minutes of mat-based pilates. No props required, though hand weights are recommended. Regulars to Mighty Pilates can use pre-purchased classes and packages, while newbies can purchase one-off at-home experiences. // $14/class or $59/5 classes, mightypilates.com, See online schedule on mindbodyonline.
The Bar Method
Club Bar members get 30 days free access to online classes through their streaming platform, Bar Online. New to Bar Method? Sign up for two weeks of free online classes. // $19/month after trial, barmethod.com/bar-online
Maiden Lane Studios
The stylish Union Square space for pilates, yoga, barre, and breathwork is setting up a full digital studio to offer live and on-demand classes and virtual private sessions. Keep an eye on their Instagram for launch details. // maidenlanestudios.com
Sculpt + HIIT
Yes, working out in Dryft's mobile gym with incredible waterfront views was a big part of its draw. But you can still join the company's virtual bodyweight classes (no equipment needed). Join a 30-minute group class for only $5 (offered three times each day). Small group "sweat squads" are priced at $125, and personalized sessions at $150. // dryftlive.com
Jet Sweat Fitness
Stream unlimited classes from studios around the globe including local hot spots like Salt SF, Bodyrok, and MNT Studios. Filter workouts by studio, class type, body focus, difficulty level, time, equipment and more. // Three-month gift certificates are currently on sale for $50, jetsweatfitness.com
CorePower presents as a yoga studio, but their famous sculpt classes are more like boot camp. Get your blood pumping with online versions of this popular class with CorePower Yoga On Demand. // First week is free ($20/month after), corepoweryoga.com
Are you serious about at-home workouts? P.volve wants to know. Stream more than 200 functional movement-based at-home workouts and create a customized plan to meet your goals. First two weeks are free, plus the cost of equipment (p.ball, light ankle weights, and 2lb hand weights recommended). // $20/month after trial, pvolve.com
Julie's Garage Gym
Fitness trainer Julie Sinner creates high-spirited workouts to keep you moving while you shelter-in-place. Access dozens of targeted exercises and free full-body workouts on her YouTube channel, or check out her Instagram for summarized circuits. Subscribe to to receive two full 20-30 minute dumbbell workouts. // juliesinner.com
Meditation Classes Online
San Francisco–based Within may have shuttered its IRL classes, but you can still connect with others through meditation—and just learn to meditate—with one their 28-day meditation challenges ($28), or join live classes online ($7/class, $19 first month unlimited online) // withinmeditation.com
Need some help winding down? Calm wants to zen you out and get some sleep. The app's entrancing tales and soothing sounds are bound to increase happiness, reduce anxiety, and improve performance sleep. // Free trial ($70/year after), calm.com
Let the lilting voices of Headspace start you on your journey to mindful meditation. Meditate for as long or as little as you like. Choose from a variety of focus areas or none at all. // First two weeks free, $70/year or $13/month; headspace.com
Anchor is offering a 14-day meditation boost that helps you honor emotions such as fear, lack, and anxiety with curiosity, compassion, and non-resistance ($20). // anchormeditation.com
Many fitness and meditation centers are losing much of their income during this time. Your contributions can make a difference. Increase your good karma and make a donation to SF Buddhist Center or a donations-based studio like Yoga to the People.