Sweat from home: the local fitness communities you can join from the comfort of your lounge

1 September 2021
By Courtney Joe

With these new initiatives from our local fitness community, it’s never been easier to work(out) from home.

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Feeling a little bored from your current lockdown exercise routine? Missing your workout buddy? Or are you simply feeling a little cabin feverish? It’s a no-brainer that exercise can be an instant mood-booster, which—let’s face it—is something we all need a little more of right now. Thanks to a local community of fitness and wellbeing enthusiasts, there are a plethora of virtual workout clubs to join from the comfort of your own home, and backyard.

Here are FQ’s picks of the best fitness communities that trump any solo walk around the block.

Almighty Recreation Club


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A new space for movement and connection by the Almighty team, Almighty Recreation Club launches this week, with a 5km run around your local neighbourhood and the chance to win an Almighty grand prize pack. Signing up is free—simply tag @drinkalmighty and #AlmightyRec in a post-run pic to be in to win.  For now, the club and its physical activities will remain virtual, but stay tuned as alert levels change for real-life community activations and more.

Studio Box


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The boxing-inspired group training studio by Dwayne Roswell is back with STUDIO BOX AT HOME—free, at-home workout sessions hosted on Instagram Live. Starting at 8am—on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays—the 30 minute high intensity interval training sessions will get your mind and body moving before settling into your WFH day.

Fitness All Together

Introducing ‘Homework’, Fitness All Together’s lockdown workout series hosted on Zoom. For a koha donation, the Fitness All Together team will set you daily ‘assignments’ to complete—from HIIT workouts, to yoga, running, and more! Plus, stay tuned for class collaborations with some of your favourite local brands such as Superette, Batchwell, Ozone Coffee, and All Good, all hosted via Instagram Live.

Neighbourhood Track Club

Neighbourhood Track Club presents ‘Runners High’—with the Auckland marathon set for late October, the club are offering a free 10-week half marathon training programme set to condition your body to long distance running. Hosted by Nike run coach Lydia O’Donnell, prepare to be challenged four days a week with interval, hill, tempo, fartlek, and stride sessions. With prizes from the likes of Nike Britomart and Almighty as training incentives, you’ll be running a marathon out of level 4 and into levels 3 and 2 in no time.

Basecamp Power Yoga

For those in search of mindfulness, power, and strength this lockdown, look no further than Basecamp Power Yoga. Hosted via Zoom, there are classes for all moods and abilities—yin, flow, nidra, and power yoga, plus meditation, yoga for kids, and community connection sessions. Pay by the class, or tune into one of Basecamp’s free weekly classes—all you need to do is grab your mat, and sign up here


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