Whether you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get healthier, you’re starting to feel a bit cagey at home or you’re simply seeking a means of staying strong through this pandemic, a fitness routine is always a good idea. If you’re like most New Yorkers, you probably don’t have a dedicated home gym, but with a little creativity even a small workout space will suffice. And helping a Brooklyn business during your workout is always a plus, so here are some local gyms offering virtual classes right now.
Founded by two women, Alicia Ferguson and Paris Alexandra, this Dumbo-based yoga studio brands itself as body positive so you can confidently attend classes no matter what your fitness level or body type. Select from a variety of $12 virtual yoga classes via Zoom that include Flow, Morning Beats, Soul Sunday and Candlelit Flow.
With three Brooklyn locations serving the Bed-Stuy area, The Fit In is another woman-owned studio that serves a diverse population and prioritizes inclusivity. There are outdoor socially distanced classes and virtual sessions that include Kickboxing Aerobics, Pilates, Resistance Training and Afrobeats-Flavored Dance. Exercise in your living room by choosing from these on-demand workouts which cost around $6 each.
Founded by fitness instructor and Brooklynite Percell Dugger, GOODWRK offers virtual one-on-one training, as well as HIIT, Strength and Performance workouts for $13 each, though you can also select from these workout packages.
Brooklyn’s first and only all-women’s bootcamp studio, The New Body Project serves women from all backgrounds and focuses on Weight Training, Strength, Cardio, Nutrition and Mindset Coaching. They offer a bunch of different virtual workouts with no contract and no commitment.
Aside from their obvious fitness focus, North Williamsburg-based Chalk Gyms prides themselves on being easy and hassle-free to join, and they create fun Spotify workout playlists to help you stay motivated. Their virtual classes include HIIT, Barre, Yoga, Stretch & Release, and more.
Offering a variety of Tailored Individual Sessions, Therapeutic Pilates, and Pre-natal and Post-partum classes in a non-competitive, caring environment, Gowanus-based Pilates Garage hosts virtual Mat classes via Zoom, which are ideal for clients who are injury free.
A Prospect Heights favorite since 2014, SevenBell is a limited membership private gym focusing on transforming people’s minds and bodies through personal training, boxing and pilates. They have a ton of virtual classes including Vinyasa Flow, Pilates, Cardio Kickboxing, and the cleverly named I Got 99 Problems But Abs Ain’t 1 and Booty-Nomics.
This well-regarded Ditmas Park studio has been around since 2016 and welcomes all fitness levels. They provide personal training, bootcamps and virtual classes such as Tone & Sculpt, Yoga, Zumba and Total Body Conditioning.
If a paid workout isn’t in your budget at the moment, check your local library for free exercise classes, such as virtual yoga at Brooklyn Library. Or explore the free fitness options through Shape Up NYC or Downtown Brooklyn.
And when you’re done working out—or even if you decide to forgo the exercise—we suggest treating yourself to a giant cup of Brooklyn hot chocolate.