By Anna Stephenson
Health and fitness during lockdown certainly isn’t quite as we know it. Mr Motivator and the Green Goddess have returned to our TV screens, Joe Wicks has gained something of a cult following with his free PE lessons online and parkrun has gone ‘virtual’.
These are just some of the nationwide initiatives designed to combat the mental and physical challenges associated with the current government guidelines to reduce the spread of Covid19, but we mustn’t forget the many local businesses in and around St Andrews, which are still operating by offering online opportunities to keep fit.
With gyms, studios and swimming pools closed, and team sports off the cards, instructors are having to diversify by offering remote workouts via Facebook, Zoom and other channels, and if we want our favourite coaches and clubs to resume trading post-lockdown, now is the time to show them some support.
With options to suit all ages and abilities, the list below aims to provide a one-stop-shop for keeping fit whilst supporting our community.
C.K Fitness St Andrews
Join Chiara Kirkcaldy for virtual fitness classes throughout the week at C.K Fitness St Andrews. On Mondays it’s Aerobic Burst from 7.00pm-7.45pm; Monday Stretch from 8.00pm-8.45pm; Tuesdays it’s HIIT Barre from 7.00pm-7.45pm; on Wednesdays there’s Barre Fit from 7.00pm-7.45pm; and Thursdays it’s Aerobic Burst again from 7.00pm-7.45pm. Classes cost just £3, with more details on Facebook at C.K Fitness St Andrews.
East Fife Triathlon Club
East Fife Tri Club is offering unlimited online sessions for members, and the good news is it costs just £20 to join! There are turbo sessions on Zoom (similar to spin), strength and conditioning classes, and “in your own time” run, bike and swim sessions.
The Club is also organising community group activities, where members can complete certain distances to contribute towards a combined total. Already, members have run distances individually, adding up to the length of the Fife Coastal Path.
For budding young athletes, there’s also a Juniors section.
All details can be found on Facebook at East Fife Triathlon Club.
Fife Sports and Leisure Trust
Ten live workouts as well as recorded classes are streamed online each week by the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust. Split into two categories, there are ‘home workout’ classes covering Pilates, Yoga, Step, HIIT, Combat, Aerobics and Bodyweight, and ‘Forever Young’ sessions which are suitable for less mobile members of the community.
Functional Fitness St Andrews
A full timetable of CrossFit, Gym and Functional Fitness classes for all ages is continuing, albeit virtually, for members. Sessions run at 8.00am, 10.00am, 12.00pm, 4.00pm and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday, as well as 10.00am on Saturdays. Find out more at Functional Fitness St Andrews.
Hot House Yoga
The full Hot House Yoga timetable has moved online! There are classes seven days a week, including some additional lunchtime sessions whilst many of us are at home.
With 24 classes a week, there is something for everyone, from beginners to the more experienced yogi. Styles include Hatha, Vinyasa, Power, Yin, Restorative and Meditation, as well as Barre.
Classes can be booked online at www.hothouseyogastandrews.com or via the GloFox app (search Hot House Yoga). For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or find Hot House Yoga St Andrews on Facebook.
Julie Brooks – Pilates
Pilates instructor Julie Brooks is running online classes on Tuesdays (5.30pm) and Thursdays (6.30pm). For more information, email email@example.com
Love your Pilates Body
In addition to her mid-week sessions, instructor Ana Simic Campbell is offering free 30-minute Pilates classes on Fridays at 11.30am via Zoom, with a focus on stretching and breathing. Full-length live classes are held on Tuesdays at 6.00pm, Wednesdays at 9.30am and 4.00pm (adjusted standing/seated Pilates), and Thursdays at 5.00pm and cost £7 per class.
More information is available on Ana’s Facebook page Love your Pilates Body.
Natasha Haresign Pilates
Natasha’s virtual Pilates classes run on Wednesday mornings at 10.00am and 11.15am, Thursdays at 10.00am and Fridays at 10.00am. More classes still to be announced. For more details, visit Natasha Haresign Pilates.
Virtual classes with PeaceFit, based at Peacehill Farm near Wormit, are available to book online via the MINDBODY app. The timetable includes free classes designed specifically for teenage girls, a family workout and PeaceFit Life, which is aimed at the over 50s. For more information search PeaceFit on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pilates with Nicola
Join instructor Nicola McLachlan for mixed ability, physiotherapist-led Pilates classes online. All classes are streamed live on Facebook at Pilates with Nicola on Mondays at 10.30am, Tuesdays at 6.30pm and Wednesdays at 7.45pm. A six-week block costs £42 and can be booked by contacting Nicola directly via her Facebook page, Pilates with Nicola.
Based in Leuchars, Rhynd Fitness is offering a range of online classes each week, from stretch to intense workouts, designed to cater to a wide audience. All are free to try out, after which an unlimited membership for £25 gives access to all 28 classes each month, working out at less than £1 per class.
Join coach Jason Grant for ‘Strength to Run’ every Tuesday evening, designed for runners of all abilities who want to increase strength and reduce injury, have a go at Farming Fit or release tension with stretch and core.
In addition to the usual timetable, a new Wednesday evening Wellness Webinar is held weekly from 6.30pm-8.00pm.
The University Sports Centre have launched new online fitness classes available through Saints Sport called Stay Home I Stay Fit. Its all free and new content is released each week on our YouTube page. There is more information on the webpage.
Sam Mace Wellness
With nine different online classes covering Pilates, Barre and Prenatal Pilates, experienced instructor Sam Mace has options to suit beginners, improvers, seniors and mums-to-be. In addition to her weekly timetable, Sam’s online course ‘Your Pelvic Matters’ starts on 8 May 2020, and focuses on taking a full body approach to pelvic floor repair.
For more information on classes and courses, contact Sam at email@example.com or visit Sam Mace Wellness on Facebook.
Warm Hearts Yoga
Sarah Brannen of Warm Hearts Yoga specialises in classes for adults and children, including Online Kids Yoga Adventures, Ashtanga Yoga and Gentle Yoga For All. Prices vary depending on the length and type of class (all are currently half price for those with reduced income as a result of the coronavirus situation), with sessions taught live via Zoom, after which they are available for download.
Please note, we will continue to update this resource as and when we are made aware of any changes or additional opportunities.
If you are an instructor or run a local fitness business, and would like to be included on this page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details.
A former print and digital journalist, Anna Stephenson is currently on maternity leave from her role as PR & Marketing Coordinator at St Leonards School.