We’ve rounded up virtual exercise classes, free streaming workouts and fitness apps to get you through Phase 2 while indoor gyms are closed!
With the news of Phase 2, more restrictions are in place including the closure of many indoor gyms (low-intensity physical activities can resume but masks to be worn at all times). These measures will be in place until May 30. Fortunately most of Singapore’s wonderful public parks will stay open (with some exceptions, including the closure of water play features); be sure to visit safedistparks.nparks.gov.sg to see which parks are less crowded if you do want to go out for a jog or some fresh air. Outdoor fitness classes can go ahead (with numbers limited to 30 pax).
However if you prefer aircon; or need to stick close to home to be with your kiddos; we’ve rounded up lots of virtual fitness classes, including live streaming workouts from various gyms and fitness companies right here in Singapore (because it’s way more fun to work out with others live, not to mention you’ll be supporting local businesses!), along with some of our favorite fitness apps and top free global YouTube channels. We’ve included lots of kid-friendly workouts, too – look for this symbol in the list below:
Home Gym Equipment
While most of the online workouts listed below require only bodyweight, a few might call for simple pieces of equipment like a mat, jump rope, resistance bands or weights. You can order these from places in Singapore like Decathlon, Amazon.sg, or Lazada.
Fitness Resources in Singapore
In addition to the online workouts listed below, be sure to check out our roundups of favourite YouTube fitness channels and the top personal trainers in Singapore (many of whom are currently offering e-consultations and streaming workout content).
The Be.Come Project: This body-neutral fitness website introduces a new 25-minute routine on a weekly basis, with the intent that you do that routine each day over the course of the week. Movements incorporate yoga, Pilates and dance, and are totally kid-friendly. Be.Come offers a 10-day free trial, and is priced at US$35/month thereafter.
Billy Blanks Tae Bo: Does anyone else remember doing Billy Blanks’s Tae Bo home videos in the 90s? He’s still going strong with his heart-pumping, martial arts-inspired workouts, but now you can find them for FREE on YouTube.
Bulldog Online: This popular Yoga website creates custom 30-day workout plans tailored to your preferences and fitness level. You’ll find both online classes and an app so you can take your workouts everywhere. Includes a 30-day free trial, and is priced at US$12.99 per month thereafter.
Chloe Ting: Most of the body-targeted “challenges” (“5-Week Booty,” “2-Week Shred” etc.) on this free workout site last for around 25-28 days – the perfect amount of time if you’re stuck inside during a circuit breaker, for instance. Workout durations range from 10 to 50 minutes.
Cosmic Kids Yoga: This free YouTube channel combines kids’ yoga with storytelling, along with a separate channel for mindfulness videos. There are tips to help concentration and visualization as well. Some schools actually use these videos as a brain break and to calm kids down and teach them mindfulness practises. Most videos are a brisk 4-8 minutes long to hold little attention spans.
Fitness Blender: You can access hundreds of home workouts like “8-minute abs” or “25-minute tank top arms” for free with this website and app, although for additional cost you can also get more tailored meal plans and personalised workouts.
Joe Wicks P.E. with Joe” – kept us sane during the circuit breaker with his daily 30-minute free workouts. Kiddos love Joe’s energy as he takes them through squats, push-ups, jumping jacks and more. You can access past videos of his fun workouts on his YouTube channel.
Jump Rope Dudes is a great YouTube channel with a bunch of free jump rope workouts ranging from 6 minutes up to half an hour. They recommend using their own weighted jump ropes but really any jump rope will do. Most of the timed, guided workouts feature intervals where you jump rope, with other exercises like pushups and squats integrated in as well.
Les Mills On Demand: It’s not surprising that Les Mills, the company that seems to have designed just about all the classes you take at the gym (Body Pump, Body Attack, RPM etc.) would launch its own channel with classes taught by master instructors. What we particularly like, however, is that they also offer a full suite of kids’ classes geared toward kiddos from the age of 2 up to 16. New customers can do a 14-day free trial and then pay S$25 per month thereafter.
Yoga with Adrienne: These free online yoga classes, which range from just 10 minutes up to 45 minutes, have an emotional component (“Anchor in Hope”, “Yoga for Vulnerability”) but can also be sorted based on categories like weight loss, and “Yoga for Back Pain.”
In addition to the fact that you’re supporting local businesses, the beauty of livestreaming these classes is that they occur at convenient times and you’re still able to interact with instructors and your fellow fitness junkies.
Barry’s Bootcamp: The popular global HIIT gym (which includes a location right here in Singapore), has a virtual red room you can set up at home where you can stream Barry’s At-Home group classes.
Bolly Dancing has been offering specialist classes for all ages, fitness levels and dance experience here in Singapore since 2008, with Bollywood dance moves straight from Mumbai! They’re offering virtual Bolly Dazz Fitness, Zumba Fitness and various other fitness classes for just $8 each, all bookable via app or their website.
Dance Embassy provides awesome Bollywood dance, Zumba, Yoga, Kids Hip Hop and more, and is offering virtual classes for $15 apiece. Click the link for the full schedule and to book; you’ll receive an email with a password to log in to Zoom, along with a reminder 30 minutes beforehand.
Fitness First: One of Singapore’s most popular gyms, Fitness First is offering virtual workouts at $5 per month for online classes for members..
Singapore Sports Hub has just introduced a daily fitness programme called 7×7 (7-minute, 7 days), which incorporates different mindfulness and high-intensity workouts across the week, including Yoga, Cardio Dance, Boot Camp and more. Over 40 workout videos will be released each month. Click the link to watch each one!
Just Dance: This game, which is compatible with a variety of video game platforms, challenges you to mimic dance moves on screen set to current popular music. You can track your movements with a camera or your phone, and receive points based on how accurately you mimic what’s on screen.
Aaptiv: If you prefer listening to instructions (or being outside) rather than trying to follow along with a video, this app is the one for you, with thousands of classes spanning yoga, weight training, running, and more, with 30 new classes added on each week. Aaptiv has a 30-day free trial, and is priced at US$14.99 per month thereafter.
Centr: Calling all Chris Hemsworth fans! This app combines 20-to-40 minute workouts with professional trainers along with healthy meal plans and guided mindfulness and meditation (led by Thor himself). Workout genres include HIIT, boxing, yoga, strength training, MMA and more. The app has a 7-day free trial and is priced at US$27 per month thereafter (with cheaper rates for a longer commitment).
Couch2 to 5k: Always wanted to run a 5k race but never had the motivation to get moving? There’s no time like a lockdown to change your mojo, mama! This free, no-frills app is nonetheless a gamechanger for anyone who wants to start running; over the course of eight weeks you’ll go from walking and intervals to a consistent running pace. The training program requires just three workouts per week, at 30-40 minutes each. Here’s hoping we’ll have some races to run later this year!
Glo: Choose from over 4,000 on-demand yoga, Pilates and meditation classes taught by leading instructors from all around the world with this top-notch app. You answer a few simple questions about your workout preferences (including Prenatal and Postnatal, among many others) to help tailor the classes to your practice, and can choose from 16 different styles at all different levels. Glo has a free trial (unclear how long it lasts for) and is thereafter priced at US$23.99 per month.
Nike+ Run Club: This free app is great for tracking runs, including GPS maps, breaking down pace by mile or kilometer, and chiming in along the way to let you know how you’re going. The app does fun trophies and badges that celebrate achievements like “fastest mile”, “longest run” or “fastest 10k,” and you can also do “guided runs” led by world-class runners and coaches.
SWEAT by Kayla Itsines: This app is specially designed for at-home workouts, and requires minimal equipment. The workouts may be quick (just about 30 minutes) but they are hard. We have done SWEAT on and off for years and it definitely gets results if you stick with it (12 weeks minimum) and eat well.