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The Best At-Home Workouts to Get You Through The Pandemic

During the first round of quarantine and lockdown, Chloe Ting was the queen of the at-home workout. People everywhere were tuning in to her YouTube channel to do ab workouts when, quite frankly, there was nothing better to do. Now, a lot of gyms are starting to close again (if they even reopened to begin with!) If you’re someone who loves the physical and mental health benefits of working out, but worries about how to continue your fitness journey while gyms are closed, look no further – here are some of the best at-home workouts to carry you through the next few months!


Peloton is most popular for its spin workouts, but its app – which includes a variety of workout classes – deserves more attention. The app offers more than ten different types of workouts, including yoga, running, strength training, meditation, and stretching. 

The Peloton Digital Membership subscription (for users who don’t already have their bike or treadmill) is $12.99 per month, and they’re currently offering a free 30-day trial for new users!

Obe Fitness

Obe Fitness offers daily live classes to motivate you through those at-home workouts. They also offer on-demand classes, so you can have access to workouts whenever you want them! 

The classes range from ten minutes to an hour and are taught by a variety of different instructors. There are 14 different classes, from pilates to HIIT (high-intensity interval training) to barre to boxing to dance. 

Obe has a monthly plan, quarterly plan, and annual plan for your specific needs! 

Melissa Wood Health

The Melissa Wood Health (MWH) program is geared toward people who prefer more low-intensity workouts. Its yoga and pilate-esque workouts focus on creating lean muscle mass. The workouts target different muscle groups and areas of the body, but they’re all at a similar intensity level (other than specific workouts labeled “power.”) You can choose from both live workouts and more on-demand classes.

The MWH program is $9.99 per month, or $99 for an annual subscription. They’re offering a 7-day free trial for new subscribers as well!

Orange Theory

If you’re looking for a free option, there are some great choices out there! Orange Theory is one of the best free options found on YouTube.

Orange Theory is a one-hour, in-person boutique fitness class that focuses on overall fitness through both cardio and strength training. While some of their studios are open, they’re offering online classes for those who are quarantining. Orange Theory's workouts are made to elevate your heart rate while simultaneously focusing on building strength. Be prepared to break a sweat!

Orange Theory’s YouTube workouts can be done with minimal equipment; often, the trainers in each video improvise and use household items – the channel recognizes that the average person doesn’t have a variety of weights to choose from at home. 

No matter what you do to work out, be sure to incorporate some rest days! Your body needs to rest to recover, especially during finals, when stress is at an all-time high. With that being said, working out is a great way to relieve some of the stress you might be carrying. Both the physical and mental health benefits of exercise are great! 

Rachel is a first year student at UPenn. She is planning to double major in Communications and Health & Societies. She is from Long Island, New York. She loves celebrity gossip, everything health and fitness related, and a great book.
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