Keep fit from the comfort of your own home with these online fitness gurus.
If you and the family are cooped up indoors, you might need a little inspiration to slide off the couch and get your blood pumping. If the kids (and parents!) are ready to climb the walls, letting off some steam by doing exercise will definitely help to lift the mood and get your endorphins going. Not sure where to start? Luckily, there are some great online workouts and fitness influencers, both in Hong Kong and further afield, ready to help you out. We asked around the Sassy Mama office for team favourites, so here are a few picks to get you started (all of which can be adapted to include little ones). Happy jumping jacks!
Online Workouts In Hong Kong
This well-known Hong Kong kids’ class provider knows a thing or two about getting little ones moving and having fun. Though its physical classes have currently stopped, children can now join in with a virtual class via Facebook Live online! There will be two free 30-minute classes taking place on Tuesday 31, March 2020 (one at 9am and another at 4pm) with exercises and giggles with Coaches Ben, Jack and Huw. All you need is a toilet roll still in its wrapping (luckily you can find them in the stores again now!) and a parent or helper. Keep a lookout for future classes that might pop up as well.
If you’re looking for guidance on exercising safely throughout your pregnancy and beyond while at home, Esther at Aqua Terra Performance is here to help. Though you might not be able to go out to a class, this boutique studio (based in Stanley for the Southside mamas) is offering two free online workouts to download. The first, a 30-minute workout for mamas-to-be and the second a 30-minute full-body workout for busy mamas. You shouldn’t need any specific equipment and both are suitable for any fitness level, as each includes modifications to make exercises more or less intense.
SELF Fitness is also offering online classes as the Wellington Street studio in Central is temporarily closed. You’ll find a virtual class schedule from Monday 6, April 2020, focusing on one sport a day during the cardio mat flow. It’s $80 per class, or you can pay $500 for unlimited classes over two weeks (anyone purchasing two weeks unlimited will also get a complimentary introductory package – two mat/barre classes – when the studio reopens!). There’ll also be a couple of “pay what you can” classes where you choose how much you want to pay to support the studio. Sign up via the website and you’ll get a Zoom link to join in. If you have any pre-existing conditions or injuries, make sure to email at least 24 hours before to let the team know. The Barre Flow class is a good option if you’re looking for something that’ll match any fitness level.
Anhao Wellness is now live streaming via Zoom and is offering unlimited classes for $488 till Thursday, 30 April, 2020. Look through the schedule and choose from the Mat Pilates, Mat CORE Pilates and the Hatha Yoga classes on offer and book for when suits you. The studio is also regularly posting tips and tricks to exercise at home on its Instagram feed and stories.
While you’re social distancing, you might like to practice yoga with the kids. Pure Yoga is offering a whole host of videos on its online platform. You don’t need to be a Pure Yoga member to access any of these and there are plenty of sessions aimed specifically at kids. It’s the perfect way to keep the family fit, while staying safely at home.
Hong Kong-based fitness guru and mama, Trixie Velez, launched Defin8 Fitness due to her passion to teach and enhance people’s lifestyles. She has a studio in Wellington Street, Central, but due to the current situation, she is also offering on-demand fitness classes online so you can keep trim from the comfort of your living room. One for the parents (although you can get the kids involved in some of the exercises as well), all you need is a mat, a towel and some water to take part in free workout routines, tips and more (such as the 10 minute Ab workout for 20 Days to get 6-Pack Abs) – yes, please!
Offering pre and postnatal training, HIIT, mobility, strength and movement classes, this studio also provides personal training, workshops, team building and class activities to promote sustainable lifestyles. At the moment, you’ll find daily exercises on its Instagram page to keep you going.
This Hong Kong regular is now offering private Pilates Skype sessions to get you moving at home. With an introductory price of $690 for one session, or $2,500 for four, there’s no excuse as workouts are also available on WhatsApp Video, FaceTime and Google Hangouts. Call the studio or contact your Flex instructor directly to book.
With studios in Singapore and Hong Kong, try the Zero Excuses workout to tune in live via the private Facebook group or join in at your own leisure. Taking place every Monday and Wednesday evenings after the kids have gone bed, you have the option of Fatburn at 7pm (30 minutes), abs at 7:30pm (20 minutes) or sculpt at 8pm (45 minutes). The tag line is, “no makeup, no filters, sweaty and 100% organic”, perfect!
Fitness Influencers To Follow In Hong Kong
This city also has its fair share of fitness influencers that you need to know about. Ziggy, of Zig FitMama, is a personal trainer who specialises in women’s wellness and pre- and postnatal fitness. A certified pre- and postnatal coach, lookout for free virtual workouts (currently Tuesday and Thursday 4pm, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30am via Zoom) and follow her tips and exercises via Instagram.
Another pre- and postnatal fitness coach to have on your radar is Kristen Handford. This mum of one also offers online coaching for when the mama groups are not available. Check out her Instagram page for exercise tips and fitness inspiration or try this 60- minute pre- and postnatal stretch and sweat workout.
Beth Wright works remotely as a lifestyle coach, one-on-one with individual clients. She provides custom home workouts, lifestyle and nutrition plans. On Instagram, she posts tips and recommendations for living a healthier and more balanced life, along with nutrition ideas and transformation successes. In the coming weeks, she will be posting fitness videos on her IG feed.
Online Workouts And Fitness Influencers From Around The World
One for the kids, you can’t chat to a mama in the UK at the moment without hearing the name Joe Wicks (aka The Body Coach). This online fitness coach has single-handedly taken it upon himself to get home-bound school kids everywhere up and at ’em with his live 9am (GMT) workouts (4pm HKT). Recently dubbed “the world’s PE teacher”, he’s making sure children keep up with their physical education with free classes suitable for little ones right through to those of secondary school age. You don’t need a lot of room for PE With Joe and the 30-minute classes are designed for youngsters to have fun with basic exercises. Taught from his London home via YouTube, over one million families have already live-streamed the morning routine, but there are also over 250 other workouts on his channel to choose from (that don’t require any equipment).
Suitable for ages three and up, these 25-minute fun fitness classes are great for the whole family. Using three different game techniques, you’ll burn extra energy, increase endurance, balance, strength and even improve bone density! It also has a huge range of free online workouts for mums and dads (HIIT, Yoga, low impact, strength training and more), detailing the difficulty rating, how many calories you’ll burn and what equipment is needed. There are more than 400 exercises that require no equipment at all.
Your children are probably already familiar with this one! Jaime’s yoga lessons have been popular with kids, parents and teachers alike since she started in 2012. She knows just how to get the young ones doing downward dogs, child poses and Surya Namaskars by weaving a story around them. You can access the YouTube channel with plenty of videos (for free!) or sign up for the Cosmic Kids App (approximately $66/month after a free 14-day trial period) to have uninterrupted commercial-free viewing.
If the man of the house wants to shake his dad bod and become a little more chiselled like, say, Thor, why not take a class from the man himself? That’s right! Chris Hemsworth is offering six free weeks on his fitness app, Centr, for those signing up between Monday, 23 to Wednesday, 31 March 2020. Mamas can get in on the action as well, of course, with unrestricted access to healthy recipes, training exercises, sleep visualisations and meditations. You do need to add your credit card details when signing up, but you can opt out at any time (without being charged) before the 6-week trial period is up by switching off the “auto-renew”.
This is another app that’s definitely worth mentioning. The Peloton team know the struggle is real at the moment so have extended its free trial to 90 days! Whatever your jam, be it cycling (if you have a fitness bike at home, of course), cardio, yoga or strength training, you’ll find something to keep you going. Simply unsubscribe before the end of the trial if you don’t want to continue paying (you’ll get a reminder before the first payment is taken).
More Online Workouts And Influencers To Follow
Daddy or Mommy & Toddler Workout is a 20-minute workout that’ll unquestionably get your tots involved. It’s not so much of a workout for them but it’ll definitely be a lot of fun, as they become your weights! Fast forward to around 3-minutes in for the routine to start.
Shona Vertue is great for daily mobility and controlled articular rotations (CARS). There’s a paid programme if you so wish, but also free workouts via YouTube and Instagram. Her vibe is about movement and exercise for long term health and is doable in a small space.
Two top mama fitness influencers to follow are Kayla Itsines, a personal trainer and creator of the Bikini Body Guides who had a gorgeous baby girl in April 2019 (check out her Instagram page for inspiration), and Emily Skye. This fitness mama (whose Insta following is 2.5 million devotees strong!) is well-known for her Emily Skye Fit Programme and is currently expecting her second baby.