Why Join Live Online Movement Classes?
By Dominic Pereira
Why do Live Online Movement Classes?
That’s a good question. The web is filled with loads of free content that you can watch and use at your leisure. So why sign up for a live class?
As a studio owner and movement enthusiast I can only speak from my own experience and share how our live classes have worked during lockdown to keep our clients healthy, sane and strong!
I have been so impressed and honoured by our clients’ commitment to showing up on the virtual mat daily. Some keen beans even TWICE a day. Most of the regulars are doing at least one class a day, whereas in the days of IN studio classes most people did only one or two classes a week. Others have taken up HIIT for the first time and are happy to find that instead of it being scary and murder, it’s just murder! ha! Jokes, if you’ve never tried a HIIT, it’s 30mins well spent. Read our blog on the benefits of HIIT here.
We’ve had Movers from Paris, London, Lisbon, Colorado, Wilderness, Mpumalanga, Maritzburg, Cape Town and Ballito join us – just shows the beauty and blessing of this technology. All are welcome 😀
How an Online Movement Class Can Help You
This enforced STAYcation, known as Lockdown, might have caused some to lose the ability to move and quite possibly their marbles too, but a streaming live class forced others to make a commitment to a specified time when they booked their spot, and show up.
You show up because you’ve paid and the teacher is waiting for you. And you get to wave hello to other faces from around the globe or around the corner. In this way, we stay connected and the live experience makes us feel, just that, alive. We might still be in a virtual world but it’s happening in real-time which is refreshing in a time of so much fakeness and the inability to identify with a buff, half-dressed trainer. Which creates a lack of meaningful contact. There’s only so much Netflix you can watch and then you need real people that you can identify with!
There are lots of online movement options out there. YouTube alone has a gazillion videos. According to MerchDope, 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute and over five billion videos are watched by users a day!
Please use these videos if you can’t afford live classes. Just choose well 🙂
Benefits of Live Online Workout Classes
In a nutshell, these are the benefits of live online classes…
The difference between our live streaming classes and pre-recorded videos are two things:
- The personal connection in this disconnected period. We have a relationship and therefore a trust and we can connect in class, say hello, smile at one another, and then get down to the business of good movement.
- The added attention despite the lack of eyes on your body: Your teacher will check-in at the beginning of every class and if there is a sore knee, shoulder or heart that we need to be aware of we try to address that during the class.
You’re home, bored, frustrated, the days are melting one into the other – Groundhog Day. After day. After day. But with a class booked into your schedule, you have something to do, to show up for. And not just something – but movement – the best gift, other than good nutrition and sleep, that you can give your body. Especially now that we have all this free time, it’s the perfect opportunity to improve your health.
You are able to see and interact with others at a time when many are feeling isolated and cut off.
Form a Healthy Habit
You will end up doing more classes than you would on your own because you’re now part of a community and it becomes a habit very quickly once you schedule it in and show up. A good habit. And wow, do we need more of those!
Access to your favourite class is at your fingertips. So no matter where in the world you are, if your time zone corresponds, or you don’t mind doing Pilates at 2 am! ha! So when you’re travelling (yes, that will happen again!), for work or pleasure you can still keep up with your fitness regime and your connection to your local studio.
Build a Routine
You Can Choose
Post lockdown, when studios are open, you can do a combo of IN studio and live streaming, as we will continue streaming all our classes. This means that if you’re running late for a class or out of town, you can still do it from the comfort of your lounge or hotel room.
Our mantra for this loco lockdown is: Whether together or apart, let’s stay connected 💞
Please join us for live online HIIT, Pilates, Yoga, and Stretch sessions! Your first class is free, which is great if you’re not sure about the online experience but want to give it a try. Moving daily will definitely make your body feel amazing but it will ALSO get the endorphins flowing freely making that decision to be in a good mood so much easier.
We encourage you to join as many classes as you can. We have made the fees wallet-friendly as we know that it’s tough right now but we also know that our collective wellness is vital.
A Few Words From Our Streaming Community
“Thank you for the breath of fresh air you bring to my day when I attend your class.”
“The silver lining of this strange time is that Allison introduced me to Moveon89. If / when I come back to Cape Town I will definitely come to meet you in person, for a big hug.”
“I am really loving the stretch classes and find them super beneficial at the moment! I also really appreciate your positivity, the classes really set me up for a great day!”
“I have so appreciated the streaming sessions, they have been an absolute godsend in these times!”
“Hellooooo- you are such a light in these dark times- feel so much better after the workout.”
“Just want to say thank you so much for these online classes – it is amazing how every class has been exactly what I need on the day!!”
“so good to move, dearest. Thank you xxxx”
“thanks so much for these Pilates sessions. we are enjoying them together as a couple. And my body is feeling great.”
“I had forgotten how much I loooooooove your classes!!! So good to be active on the mat, even only once a week and with kids crying behind the door!”
“thank you for keeping us connected and moving. not once have you shown fatigue or fear – you are always smiling and ready to rock.”
“I loved our session and it made me realise how much I need to move…. looking forward to another class soon.”
“thanks for today. feeling amazeballs. I adapt where you recommend and don’t push beyond my limit…”
“…my core is so fired up now I could paddle the bay!”