It’s never cliché to start the year with intentions to focus on health, because health is always relevant. As our public service we have online workouts, until we’re back in person classes at the gym, to switch up your routine. So bring on the hip hop yoga and start out the year having fun again.
Y-7 Hip hop yoga – Maybe you were part of the cult pre- pandemic so you remember the candle lit hot rooms filled with NYC’s coolest celebs and influencers who came to downward dog to Chance the Rapper for 75 minutes. Or maybe you’re just getting into it now that the pandemic has forced you to be sedentary. Regardless, even as you’re confined to your apartment, you should check out the most hyped yoga studio in NYC, LA, and Chicago even if it is online. Y-7 isn’t like normal yoga. There is no chanting or Om-ing. Instead, there are fun high intensity vinyasa flows set to the latest hip hop music to keep you amped and in the zone. Also unlike some of the other more intimidating studios (we’re looking at you, Corepower) flows are taught in easy to learn formulas and nobody cares if you can’t hold your seated chair pose for the full count. Classes are decidedly unpretentious. Teachers welcome you to take a break and relax into a child’s pose when your muscles turn to jelly. It’s addicting and the best part is it doesn’t matter if you’re a newby. The studios themselves boast dark walls and wood floors which mercifully contain no mirrors because it’s all about your inner journey. The same sentiment carries over to their new online membership which you can enjoy from the safety and comfort of your living room. Y-7 yoga isn’t about mastering an utkatasana, but rather, is about improving your life in a fun and stress free way. A Y-7 membership grants members access to weekly live classes taught by beloved Y-7 teachers and selected pre-recorded classes with custom playlists. After your morning nespresso or after an afternoon spent in your office chair, Y-7 a Y-7 class will kick your butt in all the right ways to beat of your favorite artists.
Zombies, Run! App – Some people can go for a jog and truly enjoy it. Most of us, however, would rather not put ourselves through that. It’s not that jogging can’t be enjoyable – it’s definitely good for you, it’s just that running a steady state alone can go from being boring to downright painful. With Zombies, Run!, that all changes. Zombies, Run! Is an App and game that will trick you into working out by challenging you, one of the last remaining humans in the all too close to home zombie epidemic, to gather supplies as you make your way to humanity’s last remaining outposts. No longer will you endure any more monotonous slow and steady jogs. When you listen along to their stories, this game will push your pace by instructing you to run faster to beat the zombies that start chasing you on your journey to collect your supplies. Your success is dependent on your ability to outrun your predators and make it through each journey, which double as incredibly effective high-intensity interval workouts aimed at improving your cardiovascular strength and stamina. But we’re pretty sure you’ll forget you’re working out. With over 200 award winning stories, we have no doubt you’ll get lost in your own zombie universe and you’ll get obsessed with saving humanity. As you progress through each course you’ll become stronger and more driven to keep humankind from dying out. We’re warning you, you may become a runner.
Future – Classes are great and all but sometimes in the depths of your pandemic depression days, the camera-off zoom classes, or pre recorded video format is not enough to kick your butt into gear and get you sweating. That’s where Future comes in. Future connects you to a real personal trainer who can take you through your paces one on one with high intensity body weight workouts from your living room. When you really don’t feel like slipping into your spandex, your trainer will be there to keep you working on your new year’s resolutions even without the gym environment. Personal trainers are always great sources of encouragement. They provide you with tailored training to your needs and goals, and won’t make you feel alone while you’re working out from home. Don’t like squats? No problem. Your trainer can give you lunge variations instead. The one on one personalized training is perfect for picky exercisers or those with injuries that normal classes would otherwise irritate. And with an Apple Watch, Future’s trainers can receive stats on your heart rate and rep counts to keep you held accountable for the workouts they give you. The difference between Future and other apps is that you will develop a personal relationship that will carry through to your daily life. At a time where we are not going out and seeing people, building a personal connection can be the push you need to get moving.
Peloton App – We’re sure you know the uber expensive bikes that end up doubling as coat racks. Peloton bikes are notorious for their allure, and some people love them, but now you don’t need to invest in all the equipment (or put in the months long wait to purchase) to get your sweat on. The Peloton app which is partnered with their bicycles and treadmills not only teaches you to run or cycle, but is also one of the most comprehensive at home fitness platforms there is. With thousands of classes in strength training, yoga, stretching and even meditation, you’re bound to fall in love with working out in some form as you follow along with incredibly toned instructors who are as much eye-candy as they are exercise professionals. Live classes allow you to connect with (and fawn over) your favorite teachers and fellow fitness fanatics alike, and a large library of classes gives you an entire backlog of past sweat sessions to choose from. Whether you have 15 minutes, or over an hour, we’re sure you’ll find something fun that will get your heart racing. And you’ll be rewarded for your efforts. The app tracks your progress and workout metrics to let you know when you have successfully achieved your goals.