Does recent holiday overindulgence have you starting to think about kick-starting your workout routine for the new year? Whether you’re regretting how all those extra slices of pie have your pants fitting a little more snugly or just want to get healthier, making a commitment to working out is always a great New Year’s Resolution.
It can be especially hard to stay motivated to getting fit during a pandemic when many gyms are either closed or don’t feel as safe as they used to. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of Oakland-based gyms and trainers that are offering virtual workouts. Check them out so that you can be the best version of you in 2021!
Best Free Virtual Workout
Times are hard right now, with the pandemic taking a major toll on the economy. If you’re being budget-conscious, the good news is there are great free virtual workouts in Oakland! Get started at Radically Fit, a “body positive community gym for all queer, trans, POC, big-bodied and fat identified folx and their allies, regardless of experience or ability.” This welcoming space has put out free workout videos on their Youtube page.
Best Paid Virtual Workout
Urban Fitness Oakland
Of course, if you can afford to pay for workouts, you’ll be helping to stimulate the economy and supporting the livelihoods of fitness instructors and gym owners. With a virtual membership to Urban Fitness Oakland, you get daily livestreamed classes (which you can watch later at any time) and access to a community with cooking tips and trivia.
Best Live Virtual Workout
The Queer Gym
One of the things many people miss about in-person exercise classes is the feeling of community and accountability that they foster! One local organization offering live virtual classes is The Queer Gym, a fun, LGBTQA+ friendly workout space. Not only does your membership get you the live classes (which are capped at 8 participants so you get more instructor attention), but it also gets you a full community, with events like Netflix movie nights and zoom happy hours.
Best Recorded Virtual Workout
Left Coast Power Yoga
One consistent throughout this pandemic has been that nothing is consistent. So, if you’re not sure you can commit to working out at specific days and times, you’ll want pre-recorded classes that you can do at any time. Get your fix at woman-owned Left Coast Power Yoga, an inclusive yoga studio in Oakland. They have a large on-demand library that’s included with all memberships, or you can purchase access to just the library for $29.99/month.
Best Unique Virtual Workout
If you’re getting sick of crunches, push-ups, and jumping jacks, it’s probably time to switch up your workout routine. Mixing up your workout is really important to keep things fun and interesting, help you avoid burnout, and challenge your body in new ways. To try something fun and new, dance it out at Hipline, a WOC-owned Oakland dance studio. They have dance classes every day, as well as an on-demand library. You can sign up here.