These Canadian gyms are offering free workouts on Instagram, Facebook and more

By Heather Cichowski

Maintaining our mental health and wellbeing is important in these unprecedented times as many are in self-isolation, quarantine or under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Countless businesses, including gyms, trainers, fitness centres and community centres, have been affected by COVID-19. With physical exercise being something to improve our health and immunity, it is important not to totally neglect it.

Thankfully, there are many Canadian gyms, influencers and training facilities using Facebook, Instagram and other apps to offer free virtual fitness classes during these times of change. The sessions are great for keeping the entire family active and sharing a bonding experience among all participants.

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Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness is offering free "Home Work-In" sessions every day at 7 p.m. EST on Facebook Live. The tagline is "United we move" and they promise "surprise celebrity guests" in addition to their trainers. And no special equipment is needed for the classes.

Modo Yoga

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They say delivery is safer than going out, so let us deliver the Tuesday Instagram Live schedule to you!  Eat up all the Tuesday yoga (and pilates!) goodness you want – there's plenty to go around, and we'll be making more the next day律♀️ Feel like tipping the driver, er, teacher? Like so many small businesses right now, we need your support – if you can manage it yourself. Tap the link in our bio, or just share your stories! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 06h30 Modo (IG/FB) with Victoria @modoyogawestisland 08h45 Pilates with Jess @modoyogandg 08h45 Flow Communautaire (FR) with Cynthia @modoyogamontreal 10h00 Modo Flow with Anna @modoyogamontreal 12h00 Centre & Breathe Flow with Sara @modoyogagriffintown 14h00 Recharge (IG/FB) with Tamatha @modoyogawestisland 16h00 Power Flow with Dina @modoyogamontreal 17h30 Modo Flow (FR) with Marie-Hélène @modoyogamontreal 19h30 Flow+Yin with Vanessa @modoyogandg

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Maintain a clear head and focus with Modo Yoga's multiple daily classes on Instagram Live. The Montreal yoga studio has a variety of classes on offer throughout the day.

MOVATI Athletic

MOVATI Athletic typically offers a range of classes across its locations in Ontario, but now all Canadians can get active online. The company is offering a range of free classes on Facebook Live and Instagram Live including Pilates, meditation and Hatha yoga.

Sweat and Tonic

Toronto-based Sweat and Tonic has a full schedule of classes to keep our bodies active and minds clear. There are multiple classes offered throughout the day via Instagram Live and each one is 30 minutes. Options include "Slow Burn" and HIIT.

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Power Yoga Canada

Power Yoga Canada has five daily free livestreamed classes on Instagram and Facebook, beginning at 6 a.m., with the last class starting at 8:30 p.m. There are "Little Pretzels" classes for children and families.

Hoame Meditation

Hoame Meditation, Toronto’s modern meditation studio, has free livestreamed classes on Instagram for those after activities at a slower pace. Classes run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and cover topics such as sleep and visualization.

Formation Studio

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Hello Form-Nation! Welcome to those of you who are new to this community. We are so happy to have you along with us as we navigate this strange time together. More than ever before, Formation is a place where you can turn off all that is going on around you, turn up your own voice and power, and get down with a community who is cheering you on, even when it’s from our own individual living rooms. Over the last week we’ve felt such incredible love and connection from you despite the physical distance and we want nothing more than to keep supporting you. We’ll continue to provide weekly IG Live classes and we’ll also have other online options available soon. Slide through for the schedule and share it with your friends. Join our digital dance parties and take what you need for the time you are with us. We are here to give you that reset, that mental shift and that physical relief. You got this. And we’ve got you. ✊ - #FormationStudio #FormNation #WeGotYou #igers #NoExperienceNecessary #TheSweatLife #live #Vancouver #VancouverBC

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This Vancouver dance-based fitness studio is determined to keep everyone moving with various Instagram Live classes. They focus on different things, like presence and power, and happen at various times. Formation also promises more exciting developments, including virtual dance parties.

YMCA

The YMCA recently launched YMCA 360, on-demand exercise and youth programs that are currently free whether users have a membership or not. There are multiple classes available like barre, bootcamp, tai chi and yoga.

Additionally, YMCA Greater Toronto is offering free classes for the whole family on Facebook Live.

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