Get Fit During the Pandemic: Local Studios Offer Online Classes
We’ve put together a roundup of virtual fitness options from locally owned small businesses.
In this time of COVID-19, it would be all too easy to flick on Netflix while eating your stock of quarantine snacks from the comfort and safety of your own couch (no judgment if you do), but if getting fit — or relieving stress and improving mental health through exercise — during the pandemic is part of your plan, there are a variety of virtual classes available.
Although their physical locations are closed, many locally-owned fitness studios are offering online classes via Instagram, Facebook and other sources. While some have online memberships, other studios are asking for donations. Either way, you’ll be supporting a small business through unchartered territory.
With that in mind, here’s our roundup of online options.
This is an evolving list, so if you know of a local business offering virtual classes, give us a head’s up and we’ll add it.
It’s also worth noting that although there is a stay-at-home mandate in place for Allegheny County, residents are still welcome to take a walk, go to the park or visit other green spaces to take in a breath of fresh air with their fitness. Just, you know, stay a respectable distance from each other, OK?
The Garfield-based yoga studio is offering online classes on its website under the tab “1.1 at Home.” Users may subscribe for $20 per month or rent individual classes for $5 each. “Either way, you’ll be helping keep a small business alive in these scary times, and get to move and breathe while doing it,” a note on the 1.1 website says.
Located Downtown, Altus-HPO has online classes through its mobile app. “During this time of need everybody needs to do their part to help where they can,” a message on the website says. “We’re really good at coaching people towards getting real results so that’s how we figured we can help.” The first two weeks of classes are free. Users can sign up on the Altus-HPO website.
The yoga studio — which has locations in Wexford, Shadyside, Oakmont and the South Side — is offering practitioners a free 14-day trial of online classes, which include power flow sessions, meditation and “short and sassy” 30-minute classes. Sign up on the Amazing Yoga website.
Amarah Studio and Boutique
The fitness studio and retail shop in Brookline is hosting virtual pay-what-you-can, donation-based classes for practitioners. You also can still shop Amarah’s selection of purses, trays, jewelry and other accessories through its online shop. Items may be shipped or you can schedule a local pickup or delivery.
California Cycle Path
The North Side-based studio — which offers indoor cycling, rowing, dance fitness and more — is hosting virtual classes on Instagram and Facebook live. “The Workout of Shame – 10,000 meters same clothes as last night, hair not did, teeth not brushed, this is me!!!,” said one comical Instagram post from owner John Bratton after a home-based rowing session.
The Pilates studio — which has locations in Shadyside and Murrysville — is offering virtual face-to-face classes where students can receive correction and feedback from instructors. Students will need to set up a camera and tripod. Class size is limited to four to allow for individual instruction from the instructor. Dragonfly Pilates home kits, which include bands and balls, also are available for $25.
Elevate Fusion Fitness
The Strip District-based fitness studio, which offers versa-climbing classes and boxing as well as full-body classes, is hosting virtual classes on Instagram Live. Visit Elevate’s Instagram page for a schedule of upcoming classes.
Elite Custom Fitness
Although you aren’t expected to use turf, sleds or irons — training items typically used at Elite Custom Fitness in Ohio Township — users can still receive training virtually using Zoom. Virtual personal training sessions are available for $25. There also are free virtual group training classes. To keep things fun, Elite is hosting weekly social media challenges such as #tabatatuesday and #flexfriday.
The barre and TRX studio in Carnegie is hosting live classes all week in its private Facebook group. “From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for participating in the workouts and staying connected as a community,” the studio wrote on its Instagram page. Visit the studio’s Facebook and Instagram pages for a schedule of classes.
Equilibrium Pittsburgh Movement Studio
The studio in Wexford is hosting a variety of virtual classes — including Pilates Mat, Embodiyoga, Movement Mix, bootybarre, Somatics and Meditation — through Zoom. Each class i$14 and there are single-, three- and five-class packages available. There also are free 30-minute movement classes for kids.
I am Yoga
The Squirrel Hill-based yoga studio says it will have “most” of its regular schedule available through Zoom. Classes are free for the remainder of March. To see the schedule of classes, visit the I am Yoga website.
Moxie Mind and Body, Pilates Studio
Moxie, which has locations Downtown and in the South Hills, is offering live, online private, duet and group classes throughout the pandemic. Pricing varies depending on the online package purchased. A more detailed list is available on the Moxie website.
Prana Veda Studio
The yoga studio in Dormont — which also offers holistic nutrition programs and supplements — is hosting live classes on its Facebook page. Donations are appreciated.
Pittsburgh Fitness Project
The customized fitness and wellness center in Lawrenceville is hosting daily workouts through Instagram and Facebook Live. Members also can sign up for online classes via MindBody. As for personal training clients, they can do virtual workouts through Zoom, Skype or Google Duo. These are charged the same as regular training sessions. “We’ll all be stressed mentally and financially during the pandemic period. We hope exercise will be an outlet to maintain everyone’s sanity!” a note on the Pittsburgh Fitness Project website said.
Pittsburgh Kettlebell and Performance
The kettlebell and more training facility in Greentree is offering a daily live workout and a recorded workout. Non-members may sign up for these classes for $5 through the MindBody app. Non-members may also rent a kettlebell from the gym for $20 per week. There is no fee for members.
The Greentree-based boxing and kickboxing studio offers live full-body classes under the “live” tab on its website.
Salt Power Yoga
The hot yoga studio, which has locations in Seven Fields and Sewickley, has more than 40 free podcasts available on iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud and will be adding more content throughout its closure. It also is live-streaming classes on Instagram. Check Salt’s Instagram page for upcoming schedules.
Yoga students at Schoolhouse Yoga, which has location in Squirrel Hill, East Liberty and the North Hills, have two options. They can use their class passes to join a live class through Zoom or view a pre-recorded video any time.
SThiel Pilates & MOVEment Center
The Friendship-based pilates studio, which also offers AntiGravity Fitness and yoga, is offering online, donation-based classes through Zoom. Visit STheil’s Facebook page or website for more details.
South Hills Power Yoga
The yoga center is offering live-streamed classes through its virtual studio. These are “face-to-face” classes where you will be able to see and hear the teacher and the other students — and vice versa. If that’s not your thing, you also can block your camera and microphone so that only your name shows to the group. Classes are $6 per session.
The Om Lounge
Go to the East Liberty yoga studio’s website under the tab “Om Online Videos” for class videos and recorded live streams. For $12, users will have unlimited access to content. “Even if you don’t watch or want to do yoga, you will be helping out a small business and it’s teachers. You can cancel anytime! Let’s get through this together. Even from cyberspace,” a note on Om’s Instagram page says. omloungeyoga.com
The North Shore fitness center — which offers cycling, yoga, fusion and boot camp classes — has a full schedule of Instagram Live classes on its Instagram page, where there also are a number of posts showcasing shorter home workouts.
Yoga Factory Pittsburgh
The Lawrenceville-based yoga studio has a number of online options available. Online content is included for those with All Access or All Access Plus memberships. Online Only memberships also are available for $45 per month. Single livestream classes are available for $9. There also are a few free online videos on the Yoga Factory website.
A $20 monthly fee gets you unlimited access to Yoga Flow’s online class content. The studio — which has locations in Aspinwall, Irwin, Murrysville, Shadyside and South Hills — also is hosting Facebook Live classes and mediations. “Please feel free to donate to keep your yoga home going during this difficult & uncertain time,” a note from owner Dominique Ponko on the Yoga Flow website says.