Three fun at-home fitness trends to try during quarantine
By Celia Richardson
October 26, 2020
Image Credit: Coco Li for The Campus Trainer
Let’s be honest - in the crazy world we live in, it can be hard to make fitness a priority. Not everyone feels comfortable going to the gym and wearing a mask to work out outside can feel suffocating. Luckily, thanks to the internet, there are tons of fun fitness challenges you can do safely, right from your own home! Here are some of our favorites:
The Chloe Ting Challenge
Chloe Ting’s high-intensity interval workouts and bubbly personality have made her one of the most well-known fitness channels on Youtube. She routinely posts new challenge videos on her channel - the most popular of which is her two-week abs challenge. She also puts together more long-term programs on her website, complete with built-in rest days.
“[The workouts] were intense and you could do them anywhere,” said junior criminology and public policy major Meagan Weidan, who tried out Ting’s workouts over the summer. Weidan said she would recommend the challenge to anyone who wants “an intense workout with quick results.” For most of Ting’s workouts, she includes low-impact alternatives to her exercises - perfect for students living in dorms or apartments who don’t want to bother their downstairs neighbors.
305 Fitness Dance Workout
Squats and crunches are great, but they can get a little boring after a while. Luckily, 305 Fitness’s fun, fast-paced dance workouts are perfect for shaking up your normal routine. The studio’s Youtube channel is full of high-energy workouts from a host of lively instructors.
“During COVID it can be so easy to just not exercise since no one’s holding you accountable, but their workouts are just so much fun,” said sophomore animal science major Joddie Zeng, a 305 instructor and long-term client. 305’s dance workouts are easy to follow, even if you’re not a dancer. But don’t let the fairly simple moves fool you - these routines are sure to make you break a sweat!
For anyone looking for a more ambitious fitness program, this month-long advanced challenge from “He and She Eat Clean” could be the perfect match! The daily exercises outlined in the calendar above fluctuate in intensity as you progress through them and your body becomes stronger. “I like that the challenges can be done by anyone - beginners to advanced. Those more advanced can add weights to make them more challenging,” said Amanda Eberly, a personal trainer based in Columbia, Maryland. Eberly tried this challenge with a remote “accountability group” she formed during quarantine. “It’s something that can be done as a group so we still feel connected.”
This challenge is designed to be done in addition to your usual exercise routine, but even just doing the short set of exercises each day is a great way to wake up and motivate yourself before or after a long Zoom session.