We think we’ve found the best way for us to move our classes online. After considering a bunch of options, we think we’ve got a format that meets our requirements of:
- Getting live follow-along classes to you in a way that’s easy to access
- Integrating with our usual booking system and Move GB
- Being reasonably priced
- Including new class types rather than repeating sessions
- Recording and archiving all our live classes so you can do them whenever you’d like
- Keeping us connected and able to chat between sessions
It’s taken a little longer than we expected to adapt to all these changes but we are ready to start again on Monday!!!!!
New online classes four evenings a week
Strength Training A-Z
18:00-19:00 on Mondays
Guy coaches you through an effective whole-body workout requiring no equipment. The programming is periodised in month-long blocks so you can maintain or even develop your strength during at home, and each week the sessions are alphabetically themed around a different aspect of the history of training. We’ll start with Akharas and see how far we get…
(Similar to our Strength Circuit classes)
Low-Impact Strength Training Online
19:00-20:00 on Tuesdays
Isidora adapts our usual Low-Impact Strength Training class to a home setting, leading you through a series of gently-challenging bodyweight exercises to develop mobility and strength.
(Similar to our Low-Impact Strength Training classes)
HIIT From Home
19:00-20:00 on Wednesdays
Develop your fitness through short bursts of activities mixed with periods of rest. The exercises Guy programs use minimal space and no equipment, so you can follow along wherever you are.
(Similar to our Functional HIIT classes)
Stretch and Relax
18:00-19:00 on Thursdays
Isidora leads us in a sequence of calming movements aimed at restoring mobility and reducing stress at this challenging time. Using breath and working towards passive and active flexibility, we will relax into new ranges of motion.
(A new class!)
You can book onto the classes in all our usual ways – pay-as-you-go, with a subscription, or via Move GB.
We will be using Zoom to stream our classes. Once booked on, you will be sent a link shortly before the class starts to join the scheduled call. The coach will go online 10 minutes before the session starts, to welcome you in and make sure everything’s working okay, and then the class will begin as normal at the start time.
It feels a bit odd initially but it’s surprising how quickly you get used to it, and then it’s good fun. We’re really looking forward to training with you again.
None of the classes require any equipment, though you might want something soft to lie on.
All of the live classes will be recorded and then uploaded so you can watch them at times that suit you better or repeat sessions in the week to construct your own training schedule.
A new £15 membership
We have added a cheaper subscription option – Qwop, named after the eponymous runner in this ridiculous athletics game – but you can book onto classes and access the archive with any of the usual subscriptions too. We have left our previous subscriptions up as “solidarity options” because some of you have very kindly said you’ll stay on your current sub to pay a little extra in support
Video archive and discussion forum
We have created a Slack Workspace with Channels for each of the classes. Links to the recorded sessions will be posted, and you can ask questions and discuss the sessions in the feeds below. Our coaches and co-op members will be active on there, so we can hopefully provide answers, iron out any technical hitches, and keep each other company at this strange time.
The link will be sent to all co-op members and subscribers, and posted in the livestream chat for all attendees. You’ll be automatically added to the most important channels but can add or remove yourself from whichever you’d like to engage as much or as little as you’d like.
At the end of the week, we’ll also e-mail out the previous week’s videos to all co-op members and those with active subscriptions.
Workout mixtape exchange
hope we can use Slack in other ways too. For example, in the spirit of
pre-Internet approaches to staying in touch with people you can’t see
IRL, and in keeping with our shared Spotify playlists, we thought we
could set up a Workout Mixtape Exchange!
In our Slack, there’s a #mixtape-exchange channel (linked from the #staying-connected channel) which you can join and post your playlist and a description of the tracks. Guy’s posted his to get things started – have a listen and slate his music taste, and then post your own! If you don’t use Spotify, just post a tracklist and then we can turn that into a playlist and link to it.
Lawn Bowls workshop is cancelled
all this means we’ve got to cancel the Introduction to Lawn Bowls
workshop, of course. We were looking forward to it and will aim to
re-schedule when this has passed.
Related to that, we thought it would still be possible to host some workshops online instead. Let us know if there are any topics you’d like to explore and we’ll try to work something out!
Okay, that’s everything. Thanks so much for your patience. We’re really looking forward to starting training with you again this week!