Local Gyms & Instructors Offering Ways to Exercise Outside the Gym

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Has your gym shut down? Are you finding it harder to make healthy choices? Right now, it’s more important than ever to care for your health both for the physical and mental benefits.

But, how do you keep healthy when your kids keep begging to make cookies and the activity of choice seems to be binge watching Netflix? Wearing comfy pants for weeks on end presents its own sets of dangers.

If you are like me and connection with others and daily gym habits help you stay active, then you need this list of local places that are providing virtual live classes and online accountability groups for the Greenville/Spartanburg region.

You might even find yourself dancing to a video with a lady in a hot dog costume. I have.

Greenville & Spartanburg Gyms Offering Free Live Classes

The Kroc Center is providing at-home workouts via their Facebook page. You can check in with them each week to get the complete schedule so that you can even tune in while they are live. The classes range from options for particular ages (including kids) to Yoga and Les Mills classes.

The YMCA of Spartanburg and the YMCA of Middle Tyger Y both have live classes for adults posted on their Facebook pages.

Local fitness instructor Jennifer Garcia is posting exercise videos on a schedule on her personal Facebook page including Barre and Dance. You can friend Jennifer to follow along.

Local Groups Offering Accountability and Connection for Exercise

Hub City Runners is running a “Quarantine 25 Day Challenge” on their Facebook page that anyone can join.

Kid Venues Offering Free Exercise Classes

Swamp Rabbit CrossFit Fitness is running virtual exercise classes right now and has a free class for kids posted on Facebook.

The Little Gym of Greenville is posting regular videos on their Facebook page with some dance and exercise videos mixed in with bedtime stories and more. These videos would be great for exercising with small children.

Dance Without Limits is offering a FREE online story time ballet class Fridays at 9:30 am. The class is most appropriate for ages 2 -6, but all are welcome! Use this zoom link to attend ballet story time! Don’t forget to bring your twinkle bear or favorite stuffed animal to class.

Ballet Spartanburg is partnering with Spartanburg Little Theatre to upload a new instructional video each day at 10 am on their Facebook page. These videos will include ballet instruction.

Other Popular and Free Online Exercise Videos

Our readers suggested some other online resources that while not local are still helpful right now.

GoNoodle has tons of videos including dancing with a moose and dodging products from the 90s with a lady dressed in a hot dog suit. Beyond the goofiness, you will also find meditation exercises to help kids (and adults) with stress.

Cosmic Kids Yoga combines yoga moves with fun characters and stories that your kids will love. Their videos are a great way to destress before bed or energize before schoolwork.

Les Mills has made over 100 of their workout videos available for free right now due to the number of their participating gyms closing. If you are used to workouts like Body Flow, Body Combat, or Barre, you can find those classes here. Many of the workouts are taped in magnificent outdoor settings too.

Peloton has extended their free trial period to 90 days in an effort to make their classes available for those stuck at home right now.

If you like exercise without the frills, Fitness Blender has a full library of videos that are sortable by amount of time, goals, and even equipment.

For those that are pregnant, one of our readers recommended the Baby Fit by Amy YouTube channel for pregnancy related exercise videos.

We are sure that there are many other local options. Please send us an email at bethany@kiddingaroundgreenville.com and tell us what we missed!

Please excuse any errors. I’m attempting to write this while a child is giving me the full rundown of Five Nights at Freddy’s.

About the Author
Bethany Winston is the owner and editor-in-chief of Kidding Around Greenville & Kidding Around Spartanburg. She enjoys exploring parks, discovering local events, and meeting the people who make Greenville an amazing place to live. You can contact her directly at bethany@kiddingaroundgreenville.com.

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