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19 Donation-Based Workout Classes You Can Do Online

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Even as some gyms start re-opening across the country, many will remain closed indefinitely. If you're looking to supplement your current membership or support your favorite instructor, donation-based online workout classes can up your fitness game and support small businesses all at the same time.

Just like pay-what-you-can fitness classes IRL, filling studios' virtual tip jars can go a long way toward keeping gyms in business. And since you're probably not getting that oat milk latte every day anymore, you might have some extra change to slide towards your favorite studio.

The coolest thing about the abundance of gyms offering donation-based workouts is that you can spread the love far and wide. Maybe your local gym doesn't offer the virtual boot camp you've been looking for, but a fitness center two states away might. You might be looking for a livestreamed boxing class at that awkward hour between your two daily Zoom calls, and a boutique on the other side of the country fills that slot. It's also easier to find classes by and for POC, by and for queer folks, and maybe even form connections in those virtual communities if your local community isn't that diverse.

Try these 19 donation-based workout classes you can do online, and see how your fitness horizons open up.

1
Black Girls Breathing

All forms of exercise start with breathwork. Black Girls Breathing is a space for Black womxn to de-stress and dive into community-based emotional and spiritual health through meditative breathwork. Build your sense of self-love and prepare for your next great mental and physical workout with sliding-scale virtual breathwork circles.

2
Nonnormative Body Club

Whether you're a Tuesday at 6 p.m. or a Thursday at noon type of exerciser, you can jog your way into the Nonnormative Body Club's virtual bodyweight strength and cardio fitness classes. You can give a sliding scale donation (which includes a zero dollar option) or just settle in for the closed-captioned virtual fitness classes complete with the exercise modifications you might need.

3
The OUT Foundation

You've got no choice but to work from home, so you might as well #WerkFromHome. Whether you're looking for donation-based boxing, CrossFit, or yoga classes, LGBTQ health and wellness organization The OUT Foundation serves up something for you. Each week, the Foundation will feature two or three LGBTQ fitness instructors to lead workouts for a $7 donation.

4
Liber8Fit

Sometimes you just have to HIIT it at home. Liber8Fit offers power yoga, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and recovery yoga, all through the comfort of Zoom. The studio updates their weekly livestream schedule on Instagram, and donations can be made to @liber8fit on Venmo.

5
Hot Asana Yoga Studio

Don't worry, you won't have to crank your thermostat up for these hot yoga online sessions. Hot Asana Yoga Studio is bringing all kinds of yoga classes for all levels into your living room, from 30-minute flows to specific videos teaching you how to do a pike handstand. You can donate right on their site.

6
Village Yoga

If you've been looking for a longer yoga practice, Village Yoga hosts hour-long sessions for suggested donations. Their videos are labeled with levels so you can find the right amount of challenge for your own body. You can even plug your practice into curated Spotify yoga playlists. Donations can be made through Venmo on their website.

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Barry's

Fitness studio Barry's is looking to raise at least $10,000 for global medical equipment provider Direct Relief, and they're doing so by bringing workouts into your home every Saturday morning. These classes are free for first responders and healthcare workers, and everyone else can donate, with the proceeds going to Direct Relief.

8
Tough Mudder Bootcamp

It turns out that you need neither mud nor boots to work out like you're about to run an obstacle course. You can get your first seven days of community-based at-home workouts from Tough Mudder Bootcamp for a $1 donation, which will go to Americares' COVID-19 relief efforts.

9
Yoga To The People

Yoga to the People has always been donation-based to improve access to yoga year-round. Whether you tune into their workshops, their virtual yoga sessions, or their podcast, you can donate right on the site.

10
Forward Fitness

If you want your donation to go directly to healthcare workers, Forward Fitness will help you give back and up your Pilates game. Their weekly Instagram Live fitness classes have been putting your donations toward feeding healthcare workers at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.

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The Yoga Studio 24

When Monday is looming and the Sunday scaries hit, why not Zoom your way through a yoga session? Weekly Sunday morning classes from The Yoga Studio 24 are donation-based and aimed specifically at reducing your anxiety.

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Soul Fire Collective

The physical doors might be closed, but the yoga studio Soul Fire Collective is still bringing your practice to you. Since you can mute yourself through the 30-minute classes, you're encouraged to blast your own tunes. These yoga classes use a pay what you can system, with all transactions made through their site.

13
Union Street Yoga

No matter what level of experience you bring to your mat, Union Street Yoga will have a quarantine session for you. Because they're offering classes at many different times of day, you have a better chance of squeezing in some livestreamed yoga to your new WFH routine. All virtual classes are donation-based during the pandemic.

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Gold Country Yoga

Gold Country Yoga's live class schedule comes complete with recommendations for how to set up your living room for your Zoom yoga class. Each time you donate to one of these sessions, they'll give 25% of their profits to the business-assistance nonprofit Sonora Area Foundation's local pandemic response.

15
Cambio Yoga

Focused on being accessible to all kinds of bodies and experience levels, Cambio Yoga makes it clear that every pose is optional ⁠— it's more about forming community than what poses you're comfortable sinking into. Donations are encouraged, but payment is optional. "Come as you are," Cambio's site says, "and let your heart and personal financial situation be your guide as to what you choose to contribute."

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Sacred

You don't have to be in NYC to become a part of the community of yogis at Sacred. With their set of free, sliding scale, and donation-based classes, you'll be able to find a flow that suits your emotional, physical, and financial needs.

17
Archipelago

Looking to fuse your yoga practice with some Pilates moves? That's exactly what you'll get from Archipelago's virtual classes. To join their yoga fusion online community, you can opt to give a suggested donation when you "buy" tickets.

18
Union Yoga

Union Yoga offers trauma-informed yoga classes for all. If you work in health care, are a first responder, or are in recovery from an eating disorder or substance use, these classes are offered at a sliding scale.

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Third Root Community Health Center

With everything from yoga classes for queer and trans folks to donation-based meditation classes, Third Root Community Health Center is bringing affirming yoga practices into your living room. Donations can be made through Paypal.

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