9 Calgary-based virtual fitness classes to work up a sweat

Jan 27 2021, 1:31 pm

With fitness centres closed, Albertans are once again thrown into the world of home workouts.

It can be difficult to motivate yourself at home without the motivation of the group, or the lack of equipment. For many, it isn’t that they don’t feel like working out, they just don’t know where to start at home.

Calgarians have access to so many of their favourite fitness classes that now offer their help and expertise for people to join in on at home. These online sessions have become a great way to connect with others, receive instruction, and get a much-needed sweat on.

Here are nine virtual fitness classes from Calgary based fitness centres, gyms, and studios to check out for whatever type of workout you’re looking for.

Perfect your downward dog

Studio 85

 

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Although virtual, participants can choose from a variety of teachers, styles, and class lengths — just like visiting the studio in person. Studio 85 offers a monthly membership program with no strings attached so you can cancel anytime. There are a number of different high-intensity workouts to choose from, as well as yoga classes, such as flow, yin, and power. It’s a great membership for a morning stretch or an afternoon full-body workout.

Price: $15/month

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Yoga MCC

 

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Lately, we’ve all had a reason to find a zen-like space at home. Treat your body as well as your mind at the Yoga & Meditation Centre in Calgary. Book your spots quickly because these classes tend to fill up quickly. Drop into a slow flow yoga class, treat yourself at an after-work mindful meditation, or register for one of their popular weekly series focused on things like mental health, or pelvic floor health. Most of their classes are offered through Zoom, with suggested prices based on what you’re able to pay.

Price: Varies

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Brave the barre

Balletiques

 

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The Balletiques offer two types of classes to take virtually, both on Mondays and Thursdays. There’s the Balletiques Fitness Class, which is a high energy barre class welcome to absolutely everyone. Expect a total body workout, using ballet techniques that will have muscles you didn’t know you had burning. The second is the Silver Swans Ballet Class. It’s fun, low impact, and designed for those over 55 years of age. The drop in price for classes is $15, but the first one is free!

Price: $15/class, first class free

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Barre Belle

 

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The Barre Belle has various locations across Canada, and the one in Calgary has an extremely devoted following. You’ll have access to their on-demand classes, as well as live stream classes for a better sense of community. For only $25 a month, you’ll have an unlimited membership, with full access to every video, anytime. The first week is free, so try a few classes and see if it’s right for you.

Price: $25/month

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Challenge yourself with a bootcamp

Movement U

 

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Movement U really feels like a tight community in Calgary, with trainers who like to have fun as much as they love kick butt. With a dedicated training staff who teach spin, HIIT, row, yoga, mobility, and meditation, they’re able to offer hundreds of classes on-demand. They also do live stream virtual workouts, personal training, and even bike and row machine rentals. A monthly pass is far less than $1 a day at $18.99/month, and an extremely helpful first two weeks that’s completely free.

Price: 18.99/month, $199/year

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Crush Camp

 

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Crush Camp is always the place for Calgarians to get active, motivated, and connected. They’re still doing that, only virtually. They have three amazing workouts to choose from (flow, crush and lift) and pride themselves on creating an inspiring community. They offer motivating workout challenges, weight rental, and twice-daily Zoom classes. Don’t worry if you miss any — they’re available for 48 hours. Classes are $10 each or dive right in for an unlimited two weeks for only $50.

Price: $10/class, $50/two weeks

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Keep your fists up

Undrcard

Virtual boxing classes are a great way to get a workout in, try something new, and punch out some of your frustrations. Undrcrd has been Calgary’s favourite boxing studio to do just that, and they’ve been doing their “Undrcrd Anywhere” for anyone needing it at home. You can still throw the gloves on and work out with your favourite trainer, whether you’re gearing up for a HIIT boxing class, or a technical one. They even have yoga classes, boot camps, and more to switch things up. They have four brand new videos uploaded every week!

Price: $29/month

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Rumble

 

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Get your punches in some online sweat sessions with the energetic Rumble trainers. Calgarians have loved the fun workouts where “fight club meets night club” for years, and Vancouver is obsessed with their new studio. Everyone can live stream the sleek, dark rooms filled with hype music in these offered classes with personal training options and plenty of different boxing styles. Classes go as long as 50 minutes, and as short as 10. It can be intimidating to jump into the ring, but give it a try — the first class is free. 

Price: $10/class, various tiered monthly packages

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Play around at Pilates

Pilates Place YYC

Pilates uses your own body’s movements, making it an intense workout that suits any body type and any age. You can practice these controlled, precise movements literally anywhere and for free, because Pilates Place YYC posts new video workouts to their Instagram account every day — for free! Each video is a new list of different movements, showing proper and improper form to help you along the way. Check out their page, follow along, hop in the comments, and join them in person when they re-open.

Price: Free on Instagram

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