Best Tips for Doing Virtual Workouts at Home

Best Tips for Doing Virtual Workouts at Home

Working out at home can be hard, especially if you’re used to do group fitness classes, working with a trainer or having an accountability partner. Plus, you’re likely staring at a computer screen where there’s softer or less stimulating music. It can make the workout seem boring and unlike the experience you’d often expect when exercising in a group setting or at a busy gym. Yet, you can get into the groove with virtual workouts as long as you find workouts that appeal to you, instructors you enjoy, and the proper equipment needed for the exercises that are chosen. Here are the best ways to shape your mindset and feel prepared for virtual workouts at home. Have Your Equipment Ready It’s a good idea to invest in a pair (or even a few pairs) of weights, as well as any other equipment you’d need for the types of classes and... Read More
Barre Workout at Home: How to Get Started

Barre Workout at Home: How to Get Started

As more and more people forgo fitness studios to exercise at home, one workout is gaining renewed buzz: barre. Not only does a barre workout work muscles you didn’t even know you had, it’s also easy to do at home. “Joining a barre class online is a great way to stay in shape at home,” says Andrea Fornarola, CPT, ACE, and AFAA, founder and director of Elements™ Fitness Studio. Here’s everything you need to know about doing a barre workout at home. What Is Barre? Barre is a full-body strength training workout that incorporates moves from ballet, Pilates, and yoga. Most of the exercises use bodyweight resistance — with the exception of light weights for arm exercises — and require you to balance with a hand on a ballet barre or sturdy chair for support. There are dozens of different barre classes, but most barre workouts alternate between isometric holds and compound exercises (like... Read More