Article by The Telegraph. Full version here
Our worlds have got a lot smaller in the last few weeks thanks to Covid-19, and the more we’re confined within four walls, the more we’re going to be looking for new ways to expend some energy, and keep healthy, active and sane. Which means online workouts look set to be a lifeline, not just for adults old and young, but for children, too.
A few years ago online workouts were often amateurish, consisting of wobbly cameras and half-hearted instructors exercising in their living rooms. Nowadays you can get access to expert trainers on YouTube or, for a fee, subscribe to so me highly bespoke apps and online programmes and there are routines suitable for everyone in the family. And, as a result of the coronavirus crisis, gyms which have been forced to close are taking their offerings online. Which means there are deals aplenty to take advantage of. Of course, your self-isolation-honed new body won’t be built in a day. To ease you in, I’ve picked the 10 best free workouts to try right now.
Love Pilates, but fancy a different challenge now? Try barre – a ballet-inspired resistance workout that counts Jourdan Dunn, Claudia Schiffer and Pippa Middleton as fans. London’s leading barre collective Barrecore is offering two weeks of free online access to its on-demand workout videos. If you’re missing the pull of a live lesson, it is also offering streamed classes (the first one is free; after that it’s £6 per class or £15 for a week’s unlimited access).
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Creating your own personalised playlists on Barrecore is easy - to start, simply find a video you like, then click the button that looks like this:
You can name your playlist, add as many videos as you'd like to it, and remove/reorder the videos in your playlist to suit your training needs.
To remove a video from a playlist, simply click the 'x' on the video in the playlist view that you no longer want to watch, and confirm to remove.
To re-order it, just click the left '<' and right '>' arrows of the video in the playlist, to swap it with the video next to it.
You'll find your favourite playlists saved for you once you have signed in.