Here are our favourite South African online exercise programmes for lockdown

Business Insider SA
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 07: Dancer and Rehearsal
(Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)
  • Regular exercise plays an important role to your wellbeing, especially under lockdown conditions.
  • It can help with weigh loss, combatting anxiety and depression, as well as improving your memory.
  • It is possible to create a full-body workout from your own home and there are several local options available now.
  • For mores stories go to

Regular exercise, particularly that which gets your heart pumping, plays an important role in health and wellbeing - especially under lockdown conditions.  

Exercise can help with weight loss, combatting anxiety and depression, and even improving memory. And new research suggests that it may also protect against a deadly Coronavirus complication

It’s possible to create a full-body workout in your own home - but if you need the threat of a paid-up, scheduled class to get you off the sofa, there are several local options now available.  

Yoga, pilates, and even ballet studios in South Africa are now offering live-streamed classes, and the country’s biggest gym chains and medical aids have also released pre-recorded workout videos for you to follow in your own time. 

Here are some options:


Ballet for fitness purposes has seen a recent resurgence throughout the world. Barre - a fitness class which is inspired by ballet - gained prominence in the United States in the 1970s, and today it’s a global fitness phenomenon.

Until recently, most traditional ballet classes took place in physical studios, but some local studios have taken their classes live and online. 

You can try:

Cape Ballet Centre (R110 per class)

Ballet on Kloof (Voluntary donation; typically R120 per class)


Pilates is one of the most popular, and effective, forms of group or private exercise - especially if you do it every day.  

It’s an exercise routine developed from a rehabilitation programme that focuses on strengthening the core, and it’s become the go-to exercise regime of many Hollywood A-listers. It has benefits for the common person, too - and there are studios in South Africa now offering live and pre-recorded classes to follow. 

You can try:

The Movement Lab (mat and barre classes - R90 per class)

Basi Pilates (free classes are available)


Regular yoga can have benefits to your mental and physical health - and it’s an easy practice to bring into your home. Yoga studios were among the first businesses in South Africa to pivot into the online space - and most recognised studios now offer online classes with various teachers at the same, or slightly discounted, rates.  

Although born out of necessity, online yoga has some benefits over in-studio classes - including being able to tune in from anywhere in the world, and the freedom to deactivate your web camera to practice without fear of judgement from those more flexible. 

You can try:

The Shala (R140 per class)

The Yoga Room (R120 per class)

Living Yoga (R100 per class)

Ahimsa Yoga and Movement Studio (R70 per class)

YogaLife (R140 per class)

Gyms and medical aids 

Many of South Africa’s group exercise classes take place in gyms. Although the country’s biggest gyms aren’t offering live streaming of classes, they were quick to include pre-recorded workouts for members - and in some cases non-members - to follow. 

Virgin Active has a range of classes available to both members and non-members. They’ve published several free workouts on their blog, including high-intensity interval training, boxing, pilates, yoga, and meditation. But members get access to workouts, via the Virgin Active app, which are curated from clubs around the world.

Planet Fitness, the country’s second largest gym chain, has also introduced pre-recorded online workouts. They include 11 cardio workouts, including cycling, boxing, and aerobics. The workouts are hosted on the gym’s YouTube channel, and are free to use for non-members. 

Discovery Health has also launched a home workout channel for Vitality members. The portal, also available for free on YouTube, has HIIT, strength, yoga and kids workouts offered by trainers from Virgin Active and JEFF.

Receive a daily update on your cellphone with all our latest news: click here.

Get the best of our site emailed to you daily: click here.

Also from Business Insider South Africa:

Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Brent Crude
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo