Your favorite New Orleans fitness studios and exercise groups have gone remote like the rest of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lucky for us, many have begun to offer virtual workouts that you can stream on your phone, computer, or tablet and do so in the comfort of your own home. Relieve some stress and meditate with The Ohm Well, or turn up the heat with a Friday Night Shakedown from Big Freedia. There’s a NOLA workout for everyone.
Jazz singer Robin Barnes has another passion in life, and it involves fitness. Move Ya Brass typically offers everything from hip hop dance classes to group runs, free of charge. Now, group classes are available via Instagram and are 30 minutes or less. Check out signature classes, such as Bounce Ya Brass, Stretch Ya Brass, and Move Ya Brass available for free this week. Venmo donations will be accepted, and paid classes are coming soon.
With multiple locations in New Orleans, Romney Studios is known for workouts spanning cycling, boxing, Pilates, yoga, and trampoline-based workouts. Romney Studios Streaming features a wide variety of workouts that you can do from anywhere. Start with a free seven-day trial for access to their many classes to keep you feeling strong.
This beloved dance studio located in the Bywater might be shut down for now, but they’re still providing a service to the community through free dance classes. Their full online schedule includes Afro Grooves, Barre Above®, the Ballet Condition, Bounce n' Line, Caribbean DanceHall, Contemporary Flow, Gyrokinesis® , Hip Hop Heat, and Queer-Friendly Pilates. New choreography and workout videos will be posted every week and up permanently on their IGTV channel and Facebook page, as well as kids classes on Fridays. Consider making a donation to pay staff and teachers as they continue their work.
Sculpt, an intimate Pilates studio in Lakeview, has gone online and is now offering free classes through their Facebook page. These quick workouts don’t take much time or space, but you’ll definitely feel the burn. Try barre, mat Pilates, and other muscle-sculpting classes that are adaptable to every skill level.
Now on Instagram Live multiple days a week, DJ Raj Smoove is bringing the beats into your house via the internet. He’s gone live from Gallier Hall, the House of Blues, and the Foundation Room, and we never know where he’ll be next.
Twerk NOLA typically takes over the Carver Theater for weekly Girls Night Twerk Outs, but they’ve since gone virtual, offering everyone a taste of their high-energy classes, but in the comfort of your own home. Join in the movement via Instagram, where classes will be available for free and donations are accepted through Cash App.
This yoga studio in Gentilly has gone virtual and is now offering prenatal and postnatal yoga classes, meditation for the busy yogi, fuego flow, black and brown bodies in motion, plus more yoga classes via the online video conferencing service Zoom. Classes are $12 for a drop-in or $50 for the unlimited monthly yogi package.
To keep the community moving, Magnolia Yoga is virtual as of April 1. Magnolia Members can enjoy several live online yoga classes weekly with their active membership through Zoom. Their classic yoga classes will be offered, as well as new classes that will be rolling out in the coming weeks, such as yoga for runners and yoga en Español. Classes will also be offered on Instagram by donation to support the studio’s teachers.
Domango Training is a fitness company focused on transforming the lifestyles of individuals through fun workouts. Their latest online special is $3 for 30 minutes of cardio available on their Facebook page, Monday through Friday at noon. Additional cardio classes and barre classes are available on Instagram.
Wild Lotus Yoga has launched online and is now offering new classes, along with special interactive courses and workshops, available through Zoom. Different flow yoga classes, as well as mindfulness classes, will be offered. Continuing their ongoing effort to help make yoga accessible to the community, there will be free access to certain classes via their YouTube channel. Memberships, as well as drop-in classes, are available.
Joining in the movement to #StayHome, this local bounce legend is broadcasting Friday Night Shakedowns every Friday at 9 p.m. for the duration of the coronavirus lockdown. Equal parts dance party and equal parts workout, you’ll be working up a sweat. Tune in via Facebook or Instagram, free of charge. Participants are asked to donate to the Disaster Relief Fund at GNOF or to Big Fredia’s touring crew via PayPal.
Body B Fit, known for their boxing and VersaClimber classes, is offering equipment-free workouts through MindBodyOnline. Head to their Instagram for a preview of the workouts and a free sweat to get you started.