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6 Online Workout Programs That Actually Feel Like a Workout (Plus, My Favourite Free Online Workouts)

Lifestyle, Movement, Natural Living, Rituals, Wellbeingdanielle coppermanComment

Online workouts have a bit of a bad rep, with many people finding them either hard to follow or hard to commit to without the motivation of a real trainer or a group class environment, or both.

I’ve been dipping in and out of online workouts for years as, sometimes, when I’m traveling a lot or living in temporary accommodation, it is sometimes the easiest and most accessible option for me. However, I always found it inevitably hard to motivate myself, and at times got easily distracted. Not to mention, there was sometimes a lack of genuinely good programs or videos available, and the ones I often most enjoyed involved subscription fees that I didn’t want to commit to long-term.

For the past few months, I’ve been splitting my time between living with my parents back in Bath for some peace and quiet, and with friends in London since I’m traveling and working abroad a lot. In Bath, there are only a few gyms local to me, but they are all a good 10-20 minutes drive away and, for me, that just requires too much time and effort out of my day. For this reason, online workout classes and free youtube videos have been my saviours. I have been researching and rediscovering some of the best online programs and, to my satisfaction, there is so much out there these days. The following list is a combination of the online programs, virtual training programs and free videos that I have been trying out and that have been totally life-changing for me. I’ve found it really easy to incorporate these things into my busy schedule, and have seen some of the best physical results of my life.

I’m due to be traveling for most of the summer, and spending some time abroad and on-the-go for work and other projects, so these programs and video classes will be my go-to, on-demand workouts until I am back and settled in London with access to my usual gyms and classes. I’m super excited to share these with you, just in time for summer, if you cant get to a gym or are bored of your classes or current regime, and want to save some money.

P.volve

P.volve is a smart, science-backed fitness program that helps you achieve your best body without strenuous strength training or intense cardio.

Their approach to fitness is to elongate your shape and builds strength without bulk, to help you carve out the most perfect body that’s right for you. While other programs rely on reps, the P.volve method is based on mastering precise movements that activate hard-to-reach muscles. Because when every movement is meaningful, you can create visible results in less time, using less energy.

The workouts are unlike anything you’ve done before, because the movements are not like anything you’ve tried before. They’re based on the kinds of movements you use in your everyday life (as in, not bicep curls) then carefully developed over time, incorporating neuromuscular science and functional science expertise. In other words, P.volve works with your body, not against it.

P.volve offer a 7-day free trial online and then the program is just $29.99 per month (and available worldwide). They also recently launched in the UK and host regular pop-up classes, so keep up-to-date with their next events online or on social media.

* Use code “COPPERMAN30” to get 30 days free streaming, too.

Fiit App

I have been using the Fiit App for a few months now, and love their on-demand, trainer-let workouts. The app contains all kinds of workouts, from pilates and yoga to hiit and cardio circuits, each one lead by one or several trainers specialised in each particular style and method. The videos are all consistent, too, filmed in the Fiit studios in the same format so that you are able to get used to using the app and following along effortlessly.

Some workouts are longer than others but most are around 20-30 minutes, meaning you can squeeze them into your day pretty easily.

Fiit also have a wearable activity tracking device, too, which you strap around your waist and connect to the app on your phone via bluetooth to track you effort, number of reps and progress from one class to the next.

In June, they also launched Fiit Club - a workout event on the app where you can train with others, and compete against your friends. Fiit Clube is a new kind of HIIT class where you compete on a live leaderboard, based on the premise that working out with others makes you work out harder. You have to upgrade to the premium membership (which includes a free Fiit device!) in order to enjoy this aspect of the app.

Otherwise, the app contains a few free classes, so take a look and perhaps try a few out before deciding whether to sign up to the monthly subscription.

* Get £20 off your membership here.

Megan Roup’s The Sculpt Society

I adore Megan Roup’s method, a mix between dance, cardio, barre, ballet and pilates. Megan's signature class brings an athletic approach to follow along dance cardio and light weight sculpting. This full body, non-stop workout will challenge you with everything you need in 50min to create a lean, sculpted, strong body. Sadly, Megan is US based, and evening her online program is currently only available to stream in the US. However, I have found a few free digital workouts on her website as well as on Popsugar, Youtube and Amazon.

Movement for Modern Life

Movement for Modern Life is a great website for all things yoga and, as they dub it, “yoga made easy”. Their online platform offers a vast selection of varied approaches to yoga, from gentle beginner classes to more intermediate / experimental classes - all guided by actual teachers. I find the videos super easy to follow, and at times just want I need to get motivated to start moving. You can also take part in challenges online, which help to further your practice and keep things interesting. Learn more about their unlimited-access membership, here.

Kayla Itsines

I used to follow Kayla Itsines workout regime a few years ago, before she had an app. I’d have print-outs of her PDF’s and would take them to the gym or the park to workout. I loved the ease of doing just a 20-30 minute workout but that genuinely felt challenging and demanding. Since then, I’ve used the app and other digital videos, and can’t recommend it enough. I saw results instantly and found it easy to do anywhere, with little to no equipment. At the moment, I prefer slightly gentler workouts, less weights and less intense Hiit sequences, however, from time to time, I dip in and out of Kayla’s programs still, especially before a big shoot (or holiday).

Model Fit Streaming

When I lived in New York for a few months, I visited the Model Fit studio a few times as had heard great things about their workouts. It was super challenging but in a controlled way, and wasn’t too intense or stressful, but more focussed and refined. I recently learned that they now have a streaming program, which offers easy-to-follow digital classes you can do anytime, anywhere, and for a length of time that works for you. “We pioneered and customised an approach to mindful and dynamic movement that builds graceful strength and confident presence. Our studios work with members to move with purpose and on purpose by marrying mindful nutrition with mindful exercise”.

The workout involves relatively light weights, and is considered low impact, focusing more on stabilising muscles and engaging them until they shake, working deeply into muscles that usually get overlooked, for the best definition you’ve ever experienced.

Enjoy a free 14 trial and learn more, here.

My Favourite Youtube Trainers and Free Youtube Videos

Madfit
Joe Wicks
30 Minute Barre Class
Pop Sugar
Pvolve
Megan Roup
Barre (ab focus)
Pilates
Tara Stiles
Cardio & Hiit


Links

The Equinox Effect

Anytime, Essentials, Lifestyle, Movementdanielle coppermanComment
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Equinox gym is unlike any other gym. At Equinox, they believe that results come from the right balance of movement, nutrition and regeneration - not just intense workouts and protein shakes, which was a big turn on for me. With my 360 degree approach to well being, I was drawn to the way Equinox promote such a balanced formula for getting fit and living well.

Facilities

With locations all over America and with two in London, every Equinox club is curated with each component of this formula in mind; a gym filled with the latest equipment and a selection of separate studios (pilates, boxing, group classes, pilates and yoga); a lounge complete with a highly nutritious food offering (think shakes, smoothies, juices, breakfasts, salads, protein snacks and more) and even personalised nutritional coaching; and a spa (including a sauna / steam room in each changing room).

The gym is the focal point of Equinox in Kensington, where I have been spending most of my time. They have every machine you could dream of, and such a vast selection of weights, bands, kettle bells and other floor equipment that you'll never find yourself waiting from someone else to finish with something; there's plenty to go round. Including ice cold eucalyptus sweat towels. Definitely one of my favourite perks, and the perfect thing for cooling down and calming down between reps.

You can also use the large studio, boxing studio or yoga studio when there are no classes taking place, which again are filled with all the equipment you could need. The freedom to use these spaces is an added luxury as, if you go at the right time, you're likely to find yourself completely alone with no distractions.

Equinox also offer a selection of exclusive club classes, from jump rope, studio cycling, ballet barre, treadmill workouts, yoga, tabata and many more, as well as their own signature classes such as The Pursuit, Anthem, Pure Strength, Boot Camp, Precision Running, Definitions, Elevate, Formula, Metcon3, The Muse, Adrenaline, The WorkX, Tread & Shred, Whipped and many more. You'll struggle to find something they don't do. 

They also hold regular events - both private members-only events and also open events - to keep things fresh and interesting; you'll find it pretty impossible to get bored here.

The changing rooms and the spa serve as the perfect restorative spaces post-workout or no workout at all. Upon entering, you are greeted with an aroma of essential oils from the spa and steam room combined with the Kiehl's products they have practically on tap. If you don't have a spa appointment or treatment booked in, a powerful shower (try alternating between hot and cold to boost circulation), a session in the steam room and / or a slow ritual of face and body cleansing and moisturising is more than enough to calm even the sharpest mood, workout or no workout. Equinox is like a second home; it's not all about hitting the gym.

At Equinox, there is a strong community vibe, where like-minded people - either members wanting to achieve higher health, or welcoming staff wanting to assist you in getting there - come together and create a positive, pleasant and inspirational environment to workout in and to thrive. Joining Equinox, you become immersed in this powerful energy, and it's hard to leave. 

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My Experience

My experience began with an Equifit introduction, which is ultimately an in-depth chat followed by a movement assessment, which helps you to learn more about your body and set some goals, and helps the team of trainers to personalise a training plan for you. This was a really nice touch, as I really got to know myself on a deeper physical level (things like body fat %) and had a chance to really think about my goals and what I wanted to achieve from my time there. During this assessment, the trainer discussed my diet with me and made some suggestions, and also recommended certain areas I should consider working on given my goals. We then went onto the gym floor and worked through a few movements which were measured by some really old school equipment. They assessed things like flexibility and range of motion, and also made suggestions and adjustments if my form was off in any exercise / position. After this, once the trainer had gotten to know my goals and my current strengths and weaknesses, he outlined the areas he thought I should work on and strengthen, and why, and we booked in a one-to-one session for the following week, to design some personalised workouts together and so I could become familiar with all of the equipment.

During my time at Equinox so far, I mostly workout independently, purely because I struggle to make it to on-schedule classes as work / meetings / castings / shoots tend to be booked quite sporadically throughout the week. I feel incredibly motivated whenever I visit, surrounded by hard working yet not intimidating others.

I have also been doing private one-to-one pilates sessions, which involves a combination of work on the Gratz mat, reformer machine, cadillac, chair and other classical pilates apparatus. I've been working with Marcela who is a really calm and knowledgable teacher. She has taught me so much about my body and how to move it and use it, and she always makes tiny adjustments to my form which make the world of difference, intensifying each posture or movement far more effectively than I could have done on my own. 

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I've attended a few classes, and love the Precision Running, Jump Rope, Boxing, Tabata and Barre classes. With the members app, it's super easy to book a spot a few days before a class, and if you're on the waitlist, it's likely with a few no shows that the trainers will always make space for you.

Alongside working out, I spend a lot of time in the Lounge before of after a workout. With lounge seating as well as a more formal shared desk area with plug points, and free wifi, it is an ideal place to work from, not to mention super convenient. I've also become addicted to several of their smoothies, and if I need something more filling, they do the best poached sesame salmon, poke bowls and fresh daily salads. I'm also excited to announce that Qnola will soon be available on the breakfast menu and also in single-serve takeaway pots. 

For more information on the clubs and to find your nearest one, explore here.

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#Equinox #EQXPartner

April Essentials ~ 2018

Monthly Essentials, Lifestyle, Inspiration, Natural Living, Essentialsdanielle coppermanComment

Eco-friendly, biodegradable, plant-based phone cases, made from starch-based biopolymer, recycled materials and flax shive. And this bamboo phone case is also renewable and for each case bought the company plant a new tree. All shipped in plastic free packaging too 💯

Lily of The Detox Kitchen just released a new book, an homage to vegetables.

This app. I'm planning to start using it to recycle old or unwanted clothes that I don't have time to eBay or Depop, or that just aren't worth much anymore. 

My favourite smoothie just had an upgrade. I tend to make some variation of a banana, nut butter, spinach, innermost vegan protein, maca, rhodiola, ashwaganda, ice and a pinch of himalayan pink salt most days before or after a workout. Last month I got my hands on a batch of The Well Co's Super Elixir, and have been adding it to my daily smoothies, or stirring it into a glass of water if short of time. Hands down my favourite greens powder. Much lighter, more tasty and less earthy than the others I've tried.

A friend just introduced me to the idea of using one of these for lose leaf tea. 

Last week, I visited Santorini for the first time. It instantly became one of my favourite places, with its unique and effortlessly chic architecture, warm weather, beautiful views, black beaches and friendly locals, to name just a few pros. We stayed at the Santo Maris in Oia; an idyllic resort perched at the top edge of the island, with beautiful architechture, a spa, a buffet of fresh, local produce, 4 private pools and the best sunset watching spot on the island.

These swim pants.

Obsessed and can't wait for my next chance to wear mine.

This Artisan Artifacts ceramic pitcher with driftwood and cane handle. 

Rediscovered this song which was on my first ever ipod. Listening to the words properly now, it really resonates deeply and stands as a reminder to live fully and evade 'the system'.

This LNDR sports bra and shorts set doubles up as a swim suit. That means you can transition straight out of your workout into the ocean / pool.

Currently addicted to Equinox. Last week I joined their flagship gym in Kensington and have been navigating their huge selection of apparatus and other facilities every since. I also tried their WORKX class - a combination of treadmill intervals and weight work - which almost killed me. Full blog post to follow shortly.

Last week someone on Instagram asked me how I found time to read. My answer was, I make time. I rarely succeed, but recently I have become more conscious of taking time to do not only something for myself, not only something relaxing and meditative, but also something nourishing for the mind, brain and soul. Learning is expanding, and even if you prefer fiction to factual, reading stands as an (if only momentary) escape from the stresses of modern life. Do it! And if you're into spirituality, holistic teachings and traditions and the power to heal, I'd highly recommend this already and I'm only just past the preface.

Time to take a holiday and stop feeling bad for it.

Just finished reading 'The Power of Now' by Eckhart Tolle which I bought years ago and have only just gotten around to opening. Highly recommend it for anyone intrigued by or already embarking on a more spiritually influenced journey.

Finally got to wear this incredible swimsuit.

Mango Committed. Nice to finally see some high street / mainstream brands making small conscious changes. Hopefully it will help educate the masses about the ramifications of fast fashion, and evolve to make up the majority of their collections in the not too far future.

The Mind Body Green podcast; most recently enjoyed their episode The Biggest Myths About Gut Health with Dr Vincent Pedre.

Have loves incorporating Wild Nutrition supplements into my daily routines. Their Premenstrual complex is incredible for reducing PMS, and I've also been taking Magnesium to help sleep whilst travelling as well as Ashwaganda for general stress and tension reduction. 

I almost can't wait for some rain so I can wear these Ilse Jacobsen boots.

Living in these Zara jeans.

New natural beauty find.

My mum sent my sisters and I this a few weeks ago. Cheesy but thought provoking. Moral of the story: don't work your life away.

Since my agency decided I look much better with a tan, I've been working my way through some self tanning products; some more natural / organic or ethical than others. If you want a pre holiday glow, I've most enjoyed Tan Luxe / Espa / James Read Tanning Mist, so far.