Flexibility has become a coveted employment perk, with many workers now seeking out telecommuting opportunities
that afford them the ability to bypass cubicle life in favor of mobility. Technology has kept pace with these shifting priorities, and now some digital tools used in the corporate world are being applied to the fitness sector
. It’s unlikely that they'll replace the gym entirely, but live streaming exercise classes are gaining in popularity.
EMG Live Fitness:
When Joyce Wells, a self-proclaimed fitness groupie, moved to the suburbs from NYC
, she was frustrated with the lack of variety of exercise classes that had been available to her in the city. Not content to settle for an impersonal “big box gym,” she leveraged her technology background to launch EMG Live Fitness
as a way for those living in remote places to receive instruction in their favorite niche workouts. All classes are streamed live, maintaining the community element that motivates participants to sweat harder than they do with static DVDs or telecasts. Among EMG’s diverse offerings
are kickboxing, barre, and spinning.
Ballet Beautiful: Ballet-inspired workouts
have become a favorite among women seeking the lean, sculpted muscle tone earned through yoga, without the hippie philosophy. But unless one resides in a major metropolitan city, classes for students who long ago outgrew their tutus and pointe shoes are scarce. Enter Ballet Beautiful
, a fitness method created by Mary Helen Bowers, a former New York City Ballet dancer (and the woman responsible for training Natalie Portman for her Oscar-winning Black Swan
role). Bowers offers the would-be exclusive workouts to anyone in the world via regularly scheduled streaming classes
designed to shape muscles, improve posture, and enhance flexibility.