The buzz at the moment seems to be around virtual gym membership, having the opportunity to workout and get fit without even having to leave our own front door. Well it certainly sounds appealing… So what are the plus points for going virtual? Firstly, no astronomical monthly gym membership fees (I’m listening…), secondly, no need to leave the comfort of our own homes (so no parading self consciously in our lycra if we’d rather not) and finally, and probably the most importantly for me, no need to fit in our workouts around the timetable of work and children. But does it really enable us to get fit and are the virtual offerings on the market motivating and exciting enough to encourage us to get off our sofa? Well I think it might be time to find out, but where to start?
Of course, there’s lots of choice on the market, with a long list of celebrities happy to endorse their virtual fitness sites for our delight. Lucy Mecklenburgh promises that it’ll be like working out with her in the studio and celebritytraining.co.uk allow you to “follow Sam Faiers every rep of the way through her live workouts“. But, is there anything out there that will allow me to get inside access to some of the most diverse, innovative and exclusive workouts that the fitness world has to offer, without costing me a penny. Surely there’s no such thing?
Well actually…there is! Welcome to the world of the addidas #workit series. Each month throughout Spring/Summer 2015 adidas is teaming up with different training experts, giving it’s followers a virtual membership (via their adidas woman Facebook page) which takes them inside some of the most sought-after fitness groups – for free!! Yes you heard me correctly – free! The beauty of it is that each month you get to try a new workout regime from the comfort of your own home. You can try out their signature moves and include them into your own workout routine from the comfort of your own home.
The #workit series kicked off in January with The Skinny Bitch Collective – one of London’s most stylish and exclusive workout regimes. There were a series of bespoke SBC workouts that were housed on the adidas women’s Facebook page which allowed followers to try out the signature training moves adopted by celebrities and models around the world. Then, in February, we had instructional videos from Frame, which focused on their signature classes including Frame Method, Frame Work and Body by Frame. And now…yes ladies brace yourselves because there’s more… For the month of March adidas will give their Facebook followers exclusive access to the barre-based fitness group, Barrecore, offering fans a virtual membership which allows them to #workit from the comfort of their own homes. As an ex dancer myself, I know the huge benefits of mixing dance based training into your workouts, especially if you want strength and flexibly in equal measure.
But I wanted to know if following a virtual fitness class was possible and would help me achieve results. My first worry was space. Would there be enough of it in my mid terrace house to be able to maximise the workout? Thankfully, the answer was yes! I began with the Barrecore basics. I was encouraged to master each move individually and then try them in combination. There’s step-by-step instructions that run alongside a short demonstration video, so that you can see how the movement is meant to look. So, here we go then…
Kneeling Lift Begin in a kneeling position, take left arm up to the ceiling and bring left leg forward turned in. Lift leg up as high as possible. Bringing leg down, slowly tapthe floor twice. On the next leg raise, hold at the top and pulse up 10 times. Repeat 3-5 times.
Standing Split Start with legs together and bring arms down to the floor. Lift left leg as high as you can and lower to the floor. On the last leg lift hold at the top and flex your foot. Repeat this 3-5 times.
Full Range Vertical V Start with heels together, toes open making a small V shape with feet. Lift heels 2 inches off the floor, keeping back vertical, bend knees all the way down. Lift up half way. Repeat 3-5 times until you feel that burn.
The exercises were great and challenging (which I like), so I also took the opportunity to try out some of the previous workouts too. They are still available on the adidas women/s Facebook page and are easy to access and follow. I’ll certainly be going back for more and it’s reassuring to know that on the days I can’t make it to the gym there’s a host of varied virtual workouts just waiting at the tap of a button.
Each month, throughout Spring/Summer 2015, adidas #workit is teaming up with different training experts, giving its Facebook followers a virtual membership. This means we get to try some of the most sought-after fitness groups in London. So why not get involved, after all, you’ve got nothing to lose and there’s sure to be a fitness style that tickles your fancy.
To access exclusive adidas #workit content go to Facebook and like the adidas Women page. You can also follow @adidasuk on Twitter and Instagram. To shop the brand new SS15 collection, visit the website or call the adidas Customer Careline on 0845 240 4204 to locate your nearest stockist.