6 Virtual Exercise Programs to Stay in Shape

Niki D'AndreaJuly 8, 2020
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Since Governor Doug Ducey ordered all gyms to close (again) through the end of July, home workouts are back in the quarantine circuit. Here are half a dozen regimens from local fitness gurus that can help make you stronger, faster and maybe even saner.

Nike Master Trainer Nikki Metzger was named Women’s Health magazine’s “Next Fitness Star” in 2015. After running a successful group fitness gym in Chicago, she followed her exercise entrepreneur dream to Scottsdale, where she opened BODI in 2014. And she hasn’t let quarantine kill her routines – every day, a new workout is uploaded to the gym’s website, with bonus live workouts scheduled each week. “Strength” and “Sweat” classes will build your muscles and spike your cardio, respectively. Access costs $40. Visit BODI’s Facebook page or website to sign up.

Nicole Ann Yoga
Nicole Fonovich, founder of mobile yoga and holistic wellness company Nicole Ann Yoga, leads virtual yin yoga and sound healing classes on Facebook Live to help people heal and relax. She also conducts meditation sessions as well as providing yoga classes for kids that teaches them the basics through a fun flow focused on the principles. Virtual classes are donation-based but free for all health care workers and veterans. Learn more on the Nicole Ann Yoga Facebook page.

Arizona Sunrays
If the kids are going stir-crazy and need to burn off some energy, Arizona Sunrays’ virtual gymnastics, dance and Ninjazone classes might be just the thing. No special equipment is needed for the parent-friendly children’s classes, which can be done indoors or outdoors. The cost is $109 per month for unlimited virtual classes. Visit arizonasunrays.com for a full schedule.

ASU LiveWell Stadium Yoga
Taught by yoga instructors from around the Valley, the ASU LiveWell Stadium Yoga Series is one of many offerings from 365 Community Union, aka Sun Devil Stadium. Before large gatherings were a no-no, the stadium hosted concerts and outdoor movies. Now, it’s the site of the free weekly virtual yoga sessions, which take place on Zoom at noon on Tuesdays and 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

Kizomba Phoenix
Bust some exotic moves with Kizomba Phoenix dance company’s online classes. Kizomba, a dance and musical genre that originated in Angola in 1984, is all about sensuous rhythms, fleet footwork, smooth body movements and attitude. There’s a new course at 5 p.m. every Tuesday. Register on the Kizomba Phoenix website.

CIVANA Weekly Virtual Guided Meditation
Meditation might not seem like exercise, but these days, trying to relax can be a real challenge for some people. CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa in Carefree wants to help make it easier with free guided meditations and the occasional barre workout on its Instagram channel.


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