Local fitness providers adapt workout plans to COVID-19 realities
Getting enough exercise during this unprecedented period of social distancing is important to both your physical and mental health.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests these fitness guidelines: “Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals; exercise regularly; get plenty of sleep; and avoid alcohol and drugs.”
The good news on the exercise front is threefold: most of the gyms are offering online options and classes; Daniel Island and the surrounding communities have plenty of open spaces for running, walking, cycling, and you can do bodyweight exercises at home or in the yard or garage. And now, not having time is no longer an excuse.
Here are some ways local fitness-related businesses on Daniel Island and in the Cainhoy area are helping people stay active while staying at home:
Barre Method Daniel Island: Offering free online classes to members and non-members at barmethod.com/bar-online. Studios across the country are putting out live streamed classes throughout the day, every day.
CrossFit Charleston: Providing members with daily workouts they can do at home without equipment. Members stay connected through their Facebook group and by scheduling virtual meetings with trainers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CrossFit Discovery Daniel Island: Offering at-home workouts, accountability check-ins via tex message, individual coaching calls, and equipment rental to members. Contact owner Robert at email@example.com for details.
Fit Culture: Providing on average five live workouts every day, including workouts for adults and kids. The gym also provides nutritional guidance and mindset advice. For more information on how to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 843-377-8865.
Gaia Fit: Offering virtual training packages or Transformation Counseling via Zoom. The local fitness center is donating a box of food or items of need to one of Charleston Hopes COVID-19 response drop-off locations with every training package purchased.
Japan Karate Institute: Offers a free “Earn Your Yellow Belt Video Series” through their Facebook page, with plans to roll out daily classes for members to do their training at their own home or in the yard.
Health Yourself by JP: The local wellness program offers online membership, which includes a meal plan and online cooking, fitness and health coaching videos; Health Yourself for College, which includes strategies for college kids to stay healthy and fit; and Health Yourself online nutrition courses.
Next Level Fitness: Using Zoom to provide live virtual classes with clients and small groups where the trainer can see clients and personally cue them on the spot and still customize the workout and tailor it to the individual. For boot camp, the gym provides a daily Facebook live session for members.
O2Fitness: Offering online classes via Facebook live.
Peace Love Hip Hop: Subscription to classes is available online at peacelovehiphopshop.com.
Revive Yoga: Live streaming select yoga classes daily taught by Revive Yoga teachers using Zoom. Sign up online through the Revive Yoga schedule at reviveyogadanielisland.com.
In addition to these options, most of the listed businesses offer inspirational postings and encouragement on their social media pages.