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Virtual gym classes are a great first step for incorporating a fitness regime into your schedule if you don’t have the means or can’t find the time to make it to the gym.

At-home gym classes are also a great option if you’d prefer to workout in the comfort and privacy of your own home!

Whether you’re a regular gym attendee or you’re looking to get started, the virtual classes can help build both confidence and consistency.

With so many classes easily accessible, there are plenty of opportunities for you to explore different workouts, test new exercises, and plan your sessions. If you need an added extra energy boost to get into your home workout, you might like to take pre-workout beforehand to get the most of your training.

What is a virtual gym?

A virtual gym is where fitness and technology come together to offer workouts on the big screen. The aim is to provide ease and convenience so sessions can be planned around specific needs and fit better into your schedule.1 Classes can be prerecorded and undertaken at your leisure, or you can tune in to scheduled live sessions!2

What are the benefits of a virtual gym?

Virtual classes are a firm favourite due to their 24/7 accessibility and ease of access, removing commute time or worries about joining a live fitness class. Being able to go at your own pace and learn new moves without feeling out of sync is another reason many choose this type of workout.

Virtual gym classes to try at home

There’s a wealth of classes that you might like to try at home. Typically, workouts fall into three categories. These include aerobic exercise, strength and resistance, and flexibility.3 Some classes combine a mixture of these.

Types of virtual gym class

Workouts that have been designed by qualified personal trainers or fitness experts will have different aims, so choose a virtual gym class that suits your wants and needs.

  • Aerobic training will strengthen your cardiovascular system and zone in on larger muscle groups over a more extended period. These workouts include step and dance classes as well as HIIT training.4
  • Strength & resistance training focuses more on particular muscle groups with classes designed to work on these specific areas, such as your core, chest, and back, or legs, bum, and stomach. Not only creating stronger muscles, but this training also stimulates bone strength, helps improve posture, and reduces any pain or weakness in joints.5
  • Flexibility training can be used before another workout as a warm-up exercise but is also essential to help reduce injury and improve range of motion. This type of training can also help reduce stress. Flexibility training often means yoga, Pilates, or stretch classes.6

You can also find workouts that cater to specific health problems, although you should consult a doctor before trying to treat conditions with exercise.

The types of exercise involved in virtual workouts

The exercises you complete during your virtual workout will be based on the class you’ve chosen. For aerobic training, expect athletic movements that will raise your heart rate. Strength and resistance workouts will use repetitive movements to tone and work your muscles. Flexibility exercises will include slow and measured action to improve motion and strengthen muscle.7 Consistent and varied physical activity has a range of health benefits and is proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.8 Not only this but engaging in regular exercise can also give you a boost in energy and mood while improving sleep quality.

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Last updated: 22 April 2020