You guys, I’m getting all tech-savvy up in here. Last week it was apps that allow me to have better gym workouts (thanks, Nike Training Club). This week? I’m all about Gymagogo. I know, it’s a lot of Gs—G for a great way to get a super-convenient workout in the privacy of your own home.
Basically, you hit up the Gymagogo website, sign up for a class, and download the webcam system to attend your live class. You get an email reminder 30 minutes before class starts. Then you show up to a live instructor who is there to help you and the other attendees get the best workout. I took a yoga class one night and Pilates another, and both instructors were fab. They help each student with form, and encourage and tweak alignment as the class goes along. It feels personal because the instructor can see you, but it also feels private because the other students can’t.
The Pilates class lasted an hour, and in addition to ab work like the standard Pilates “hundred” move and planks that worked the entire body, we did floor work that worked the hips, thighs and butt, and squats that made my buns burn. I got what I consider to be my best alignment tip ever to make sure your hips are stacked when you’re lying on one side: Push down on your top hip until you have a hollow space between the opposite waist and the floor. I’d never heard that tip, and it really helped. The yoga class was 45 minutes and was really good for flexibility work and relaxing at the end of the day. With down dogs and warriors, the 45 minutes was full of both stretching and strengthening, with a lot of focus on opening up the chest and strengthening the back—perfect for moms doing lots of lifting through the day or anyone sitting slumped at a desk for way too long.
This class is perfect for anyone intimidated by a group exercise class setting, as well as anyone who just has a hard time making it to the gym but loves a live-class feel. (After all, workout DVDs are great, but does Bob ever call you by name?) Some of the classes are targeted toward moms, but they don’t make you show proof that you’re a mom—and they’re truly workouts that will work for anybody.
Right now, it’s a free service, so take advantage while you can. And when it becomes a paid service later this summer, it’s a super-affordable way to attend a quality yoga or Pilates class.
Read more about my experience over on Fit Bottomed Mamas, and join me in another class to see what you think! —Erin