When You Just Can’t Make it to Class

Most of us clearly like group fitness and actually going to a studio to practice (that’s why we have memberships), but life can sometimes make it difficult for that to happen as often as we might like.  Between work, kids, travel, family and just plain life obligations and random events, even the most dedicated and passionate yogi and barre enthusiast can find it hard to make it to class as often as they might like.  Even though we all know consistency is important in advancing our yoga practice or developing strength through barre work, figuring out how to do that when you can’t make it to class can be difficult, but it can also be an important part of your fitness journey.

I love group fitness classes.  I love that I just need to make it to class… after that I’m kind of stuck with that decision and am locked into the workout even if it’s hard, or I don’t feel good or I don’t really want to be working out.  As someone who has lived in remote locations where there aren’t any gyms, I can know firsthand how much harder it can be to work out on your own.  However, figuring out ways to motivate yourself and finding fitness alternatives for those days when you just can’t make it to class is possible and can make a big difference in your fitness journey.

The first thing to keep in mind is that you don’t have to work out for as long as a typical class might be.  Maybe you only have ten minutes, and that’s okay!  The second thing to keep in mind is that you don’t need a lot of room – you typically only use the space of your yoga mat during a yoga or barre workout at the studio, so you don’t need any more space than that at your house.  The third (and I think biggest thing) is you just need to do it.  Motivation and commitment are extremely important.  Once you find a good place to put your mat and decide to workout at home, it gets easier and easier to do so.

There are tons of different workout DVDs out there on the market you can buy to help you work out at home.  Personally, I have a collection of about 5 DVDs I like and rotate through.  One of the things I like is that they are all different types of workouts: strength, barre, Pilates, and cardio.

If you don’t have any workout DVD’s or want something different, YouTube is a great place to find workouts you can do at home.  There are some great yoga and barre workouts ranging in length and intensity.  Personally, I normally just go to YouTube and search for a specific type of workout like “barre” “yoga” “abs” etc. but I have also found specific YouTube workouts and channels I really like and do those more often.  You can always ask around too and find what other people like.

Again, there are TONS of good workouts and channels on YouTube, but just to list a few:

For yoga, Yoga with Adriene is pretty popular and good.  She has a ton of different workouts to choose from and so does BodyBarre for barre workouts.  Personally, I also really like Jessica Smith, she does a lot of barre/cardio workout videos.  I also really like some of the fitness blender workouts – it’s a guy and girl that post lots of different videos which have count down clocks and instructions.  Sometimes I just put on a video with no sound while I’m watching TV and use the countdown clock to help me keep track of what I’m doing.

Another alternative is just to make stuff up on your own.  Maybe you come up with your own yoga flow or just do 10 minute abs – whatever you do is better than nothing and helps you stay consistent when you can’t make it to class.


Happy Practicing!


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