Home Fitness

Given social distancing, we’re finding new ways to take care of our health and fitness. We’ve seen local studios, including JoyRide, Kaia Yoga, OrangeTheory Fitness and the Westport YMCA (sixty days of free digital on-demand programming) getting clever and generous with online videos and/or live-streaming classes. As you find your go-to source or check out a few, we thought you might find it helpful to consider these tips, as seen in our January issue. They’re offered by Suzanne Vita Palazzo, CEO of Upper Deck Fitness in Stamford and Westport, which offers no-membership live-streamed workouts; see upperdeckfitness.com. Things are changing rapidly, so be sure to confirm information with each business—check out their websites or social media posts. Are you a local gym or studio live-streaming? Include a comment. OK, let’s jump in…

1 . Get tech ready.
You’ll need a good Internet connection and a laptop, tablet or phone enabled with a camera. Download the app VidyoConnect and ask UDF about access to the #UNation guide.

2. Set up your workout space 
The live-stream classes are done without equipment, though you can eventually add dumbbells or Kettlebells.

3. Make room
Plan to do your workout about six to eight feet away from your device so that your virtual coach can see you (see #4). You’ll also want enough space to lay down for floor work.

4. Meet the coach 
[At UDF] a coach will watch and guide those working out virtually with the class in the studio. This coach will provide feedback to make sure you’re workouts are both safe and effective. [Updated March 2020: check website for updates.]

5. Pay up
There is no membership for the live-stream classes [with UDF]. Choose either $20/class or $100 for 30 days (auto renew) of unlimited classes. You register online, and your first workout is free.

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