Virtual Workouts and Socially-Distanced Fitness Events to Try This Week

Get ready to sweat, learn, and eat healthier.

AXL Boston instructor Heather leads an outdoor spin class. / Photo by Adam Amundson

Energize your body for the week ahead with a Kick it By Eliza Class tonight in Franklin Square or an Afro Flow music and yoga class hosted by the ICA on Tuesday evening. If you’re in the mood to try something new this week, sign up for an outdoor Tai Chi or Gong Fu class, or an online martial arts workshop. Lastly, don’t miss out on a free, in-person Down Under yoga class on Saturday morning, featuring three popular yoga instructors and a whole lot of green space to spread out.

Monday, August 10

Beauty Meets Fitness: Grab your girlfriends and get ready for an evening of well-deserved pampering. After a 13-round Kick it By Eliza workout set to high-energy beats, you’ll cool off with essential oils and ice before snagging a glass of white wine to sip on. While you mingle safely and enjoy your drinks, watch a Beauty Counter product demonstration and score an exclusive discount on their line of toxin-free beauty essentials.

$10, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Franklin Square, 11 East Newton St., Boston, eventbrite.com.

Mobility Monday: Doctor of physical therapy and yoga teacher Jessica Mangan designed this hourlong, virtual Metreat yoga class to improve flexibility, prevent injury and create balance in your body. As we age, our muscles, ligaments and joints grow accustomed to our routines, resulting in a decrease in our range of motion. During this yoga practice, you’ll guide your joints through an optimal range of motion and help bring efficient, healthy and functional movement back to your body.

By donation, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., eventbrite.com

Outdoor Yoga by the Charles River: Because practicing in-person in their small studio space is still unsafe, instructors at Spira Yoga Shala host weekly outdoor workout sessions instead. Meet instructor Justin by the water in Cambridge’s North Point Park for an evening all-levels class. Bring sunscreen, a towel to protect your mat and any other props you’d like to use.

$15, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., North Point Park, 6 Museum Way, Cambridge, eventbrite.com

Tuesday, August 11

Movement with Afro Flow Yoga: The Institute of Contemporary Art hosts digital wellness workshops twice a month to help connect the Boston community through art, movement and mindfulness. This week’s guests are the talented Afro Flow Yoga instructors. Their meditative and inclusive yoga experience mixes a vinyasa with vibrant dance movements inspired by the African Diaspora, all tuned to the rhythmic sounds of live drumming.

Free, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., icaboston.org

Intro to Sky Breath Meditation: Control your emotions and find peacefulness and joy with guided breathing from Art of Living meditation instructor Latika Menon. This digital workshop starts with simple breathing exercises to calm your mind. Then, work through a guided meditation before ending with an introduction to the Art of Living Happiness program.

Free, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m., eventbrite.com

Wednesday, August 12

Online Accessible Martial Arts: There are two opportunities each week to build your martial arts skills online with Easterseals Massachusetts. While the nonprofit specializes in providing opportunities for the differently-abled, this class is open to anyone interested in learning more self-defense, stretching, exercise and relaxation techniques. And if you fall in love with the class, check out their Facebook page for more content to practice with outside of the weekly meeting times.

Free, 4 p.m., facebook.com

Embody Your Breath: Spare a moment in the middle of your hectic week to reconnect with your body and mind. This virtual workshop from The Wild Ones includes a grounding meditation, intuitive movement and guided breath work led by meditation coach Christine Singh. Benefits of guided breathing include emotional release, reduced stress, improved sleep and more.

Free, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., eventbrite.com

Thursday, August 13

Gong Fu in the Park: Join YMAA Roxbury for an instructional outdoor workshop on Shaolin Gong Fu, a challenging and intense form of martial arts. Gong Fu focuses on practicality, purposefulness and application with every move. You’ll learn the foundations of the practice, including kicking, stepping, hand forms, tan tui and conditioning, as well as the principle Shaolin techniques.

$45, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Franklin Park Shattuck Side, Boston, facebook.com

Tai Chi/Qigong Class: The movement of Qi—or energy—throughout your body is the foundation of the tai chi practice. Learn all about this and other simple standing and agility movements in the Chen practice style during this all-levels class, part of the Loring Greenough House’s “Get Movin’ on the Lawn” series. Class will cap at 20 participants, and social distancing will be strictly enforced.

$5, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Loring Greenough House, 12 South St., Boston, eventbrite.com

Friday, August 14

Flow and Restore: Cap off a difficult work week and prepare for the weekend ahead with Coolidge Yoga instructor Elizabeth Heller’s combination vinyasa and restorative yoga class. Start with a lunar-themed flow to get grounded in your body and sweat out some stress. Then, relax into a restorative sequence and savasana to find peace and renewed energy to close out the day.

$12, 4 p.m.-5 p.m., union.fit

Saturday, August 15

Yoga at Cafe JuiceUp: Head to the lawn outside Mattapan’s Cafe JuiceUp for an all-levels yoga class with instructor Johnathan Patterson. After your flow, cool off with a natural juice or smoothie—it’s included in your ticket price.

$25, 9 a.m.-10 a.m., Cafe JuiceUp, 1290 Blue Hill Ave., Boston, eventbrite.com.

Waterfront Ride: Axl Boston’s outdoor classes are so popular, the studio had to add extra ride slots on the weekend to meet demand. Secure your spot soon for a power spin with instructor Jen Powers or Britt Kerrigan on the waterfront in East Boston. There’s nothing like a gorgeous view of the city to motivate you through a killer cardio ride.

$30, 9 a.m. or 10 a.m., LoPresti Park, East Boston, axlboston.com

Outdoor Morning Yoga Practice: Down Under Yoga’s Hannah Adams, Sami Lea Konczweski and Sabbi Lall are packing up their studio mats and unrolling on the Greenway for a free awakening-themed yoga practice Saturday morning. Pack a mat and a full water bottle for an all-levels outdoor yoga session with some of the best instructors in the Boston area. Class tickets will cap to promote social distancing, so register in advance.

Free, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Dewey Square, Rose Kennedy Greenway, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston, downunderyoga.com

Sunday, August 16

Build x Bodyweight: Every Sunday morning, Healthworks Fitness instructor Maria Vachon hosts a strength class in the parking lot of the gym’s Chestnut Hill location. Make sure you don’t miss out on this powerful outdoor workout before the series ends in September. Class is free to Healthworks members, and class size will cap to ensure adequate social distancing.

$12.50, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m., Healthworks Chestnut Hill Lot, 1300 Boylston St., Chestnut HIll, eventbrite.com