It’s 11:45pm on a Tuesday night and I’m ready for my weekly barre workout.
I’m dressed in pyjama pants and an old, scruffy t-shirt. And it’s really cold outside.
But none of that bothers me – because I don’t have to leave my house. I don’t even have to see anyone else during my workout.
That’s because the barre studio is online. I can enjoy my full workout without even leaving my house – all I need is a computer (or a phone, or a tablet) and a wifi connection.
Virtual fitness is the next big thing to take over the fitness industry in Australia. As we become increasingly time-poor, we’re always searching for new and convenient ways to get a workout in – and more often than not, online options are the way to go.
Virtual fitness involves anything that happens on your computer screen rather than a physical gym or fitness class. It might be a series of YouTube videos, or recorded group fitness classes, or even a personal trainer that Skypes you to chat about your personal goals. The Age recently coined the term, acknowledging that the trend is so popular that even traditional fitness franchises are feeling threatened.
So why is virtual fitness the next big thing? Well. I’m so glad you asked:
1. It’s cheap. Most virtual fitness videos are free or will cost you a small fee – nothing like the expensive gym memberships that we’re used to paying. With the average Aussie paying $6,000 a year on health and fitness, many are looking to save that money by going for less-expensive workout options.
2. It’s easy. You can work out anytime from the comfort of your own home. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that.
3. You have options. Don’t want to do a Zumba class? No worries. You can opt for a cardio class, some yoga, some pilates, or… well… anything else under the sun.
4. It’s comfortable. Some might be intimidated by the thought of going to a gym to try a new class – especially when everyone else in the class seems to be an expert. At home, on your own, no one is going to judge you when you miss a step or choose to go a bit slower.
So if you’re a bit bored of the same old fitness options, here are some of the best virtual fitness options out there:
1. YouTube videos
There are endless YouTube videos out there, offering guidance for every kind of workout you could possibly think of. But in case you don’t feel like wading through the muck, go here – it’s our guide to the six best videos on YouTube.