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Keep ACTIVE with free virtual fitness this May!

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In these difficult times, it’s never been more important to stay active—both for your physical and mental health.

Thanks to some amazing Canberra businesses we’re making it easy to keep active with virtual fitness activities!

For the last six months or so, we’ve been hosting HerCanberra’s Get ACTIVE with the support of the ACT Government’s Participation Innovation Fund. It was planned to be an entire year of free fitness activities to not only help you get active, but to facilitate social connection.

Well, these times demand we shake things up a bit, so we’ve joined with local fitness providers to offer a range of free virtual fitness activities.

Before we unveil what’s on offer for May, we’d like to encourage you to support your local fitness industry in a paid capacity, if you can.

So, if you get a taste of an activity you love in our free series, please consider joining in as a paid member in future—it could make a real difference to a business surviving the current COVID-19 crisis.

Before we begin

Please note that by choosing to participate in a class, you do so at your own risk. Take a class that is your level and if at any time you feel a class is beyond your strength, level of skill and overall level of flexibility then only proceed with caution.

If you have an existing injury seek advice from a medical practitioner. If you have any questions with regards to a specific fitness provider’s insurance, please contact them directly, as they are individually responsible as the deliverer of the session.

The instructor may require you to sign a health waiver at the beginning of the session. HerCanberra accepts no liability for any injuries that may occur.

Here’s what’s on offer for May


Relaxation Class

From Freak-out to Chill-out is a 30min Relaxation, inviting you to release the stress and anxiety of living in a COVID19 world, so you can emerge restored and rejuvenated, ready to face the world again.

All welcome and make sure you have all supports you need to make yourself comfortable—cushions, light blanket and light scarf for your eyes.

When: Friday 1 May
Time: 11 am-12 pm
Your instructor: Lynnette Dickinson
Online link:


Let’s Exercise Together!

Avoiding stress is almost impossible but we can reduce the impact of stress on your body. A great way to reduce stress is Exercise!

Even better—a live at-home workout for parents and children to do together. You have less stress and kids are worn out. Win-Win!

When: Saturday 2 May
Time: 9:30 – 10 am
Your Instructor: Nikki Knieriem
Online link:


Cardio Barre

This class is appropriate for all fitness levels and ages. Your glutes, legs and core will get an amazing burn whilst giving you a cardio workout At the same time.

You will be required to register for the session by 6pm Tuesday 5th May so that the required waiver form can be emailed through to you and filled out before the session.

When: Wednesday 6 May
Time: 9-9.45 am
Register in advance: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Family Friendly Cardio Boxing

Family Friendly Cardio Boxing is designed so mum/dad and the kids can all do a 45min fitness session together.

Alternate activities for the kids, heart-pumping movement for the parents.

When: Every Wednesday in May: 6, 13, 20 and 27
Time: 10-10.45 am each Wednesday
Your instructor: David Cooper
Online link: Instructions will be emailed to those who register and a link to the class provided on the day to those who register.


Introduction to Pilates Online

In this 30-minute session, we will take you through some of the basic concepts of Pilates including the importance of the use of breath, an explanation of the core muscles and how to engage properly.

Limited to six people, we will observe your technique, offer modifications and also allow time for questions.

When: Every Wednesday in May
Time: 2:30 – 3 pm
Your instructor: Belinda Hogh
Pre-register:—please indicate in notes section ‘Friday 1 pm class’.
Online link:


Resistance Band Class

Like dumbbells, barbells, or any other free weights, resistance bands provide external resistance that your muscles have to work against. When you’re pushing against a resistance band during an exercise, your muscles have to engage to fight the tension

Hosted by Canberra Southern Cross Health Club

When: Thursday 7 May
Time: 11am – 11.30 am
Your instructor: Kate
Online link:


Kids Yoga

An opportunity for children to learn yoga poses to connect with their bodies and develop strategies to ‘calm the farm’ by managing stress and anxiety.

When: Friday 8 May
Time: 9-9:30 am
Your instructor: Rach
Pre-register: You will need to complete a waiver before commencing class and then the login details will be forwarded to you
Online link: Join us on Zoom


Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a gentle, nourishing practice that supports our physical, mental and energetic bodies. You’ll hold poses for a few minutes supported by pillows, blankets and cushions allowing you to sink into the practice.

When: Wednesday 13 May
Time: 7-8 pm
Your instructor: Rach
Pre-register: You will need to complete a waiver before commencing class and then the login details will be forwarded to you
Online link: Join us on Zoom


Mums and Bubs Yoga class

Yoga Mums Fitness offers a range of classes for all Mums during pregnancy, postnatally and beyond.

This class is safe for all Mums who are 6 weeks (for a vaginal birth) or 8 weeks (for a c-section) post-birth. The class will include some baby massage and baby yoga and yoga for Mum to reconnect with her core and start to build some overall strength.

When: Thursday 4 May
Time: 10-11 am
Your instructor: Sharn Watts
Online link: To join the class, please make sure you register here. For more information about Yoga Mums Fitness, visit their website:


Yoga Sculpt

Yoga sculpt is a 50-minute class that is all about lengthening, toning and learning to activating muscles you may not have known you had.

We work with slow and controlled movements that are inspired from yoga and pilates which also target specific areas of the body, this class will especially focus around the hips, thighs, butt and abs create tone and deep definition.

Ankle and hand weights can also be used if you have them and want to really feel the burn!

When: Friday 15 May
Time: 12.30-1.30 pm
Your instructor: Cheyenne Novak
Online link: Meeting ID: 791 937 7469


Mindful Movements 

Qigong (sounds like Chi Gung) is a powerful mindfulness movement practice which can help you to relax, recharge and regain a healthy and active lifestyle.

During this class, presented by Piniri Wellbeing, you will be guided through a series of gentle flowing movements to help reduce stress and anxiety, and improve your strength and flexibility.

When: Saturday 16 May
Time: 10:30-11:30 am
Duration: 45 minutes
Your instructor: Angie Liu
Pre-register: Interested participants should register via email at
Online link:


Gentle Dru Yoga

Gentle Dru Yoga is a gentle class to get the energy moving in your body and bring balance into your emotions. Suitable for beginners, people with mobility issues and anyone wanting to find stillness in movement.

There will be no floor work and the class can be done in a chair.

When: Monday 18 May
Time: 11am – 12 pm
Your instructor: Lynnette Dickinson
Online link:


PowerFlow Yoga Class

A contemporary powerful flow class run by Change Yoga & Wellness, allows students to practice a dynamic flow sequence aimed at improving fitness, strength, flexibility and mindset. Beginners through to the advanced yogi are warmly welcomed.

When: Tuesday 19 May
Time: 5:15-6:15 pm
Your instructor: Kellie, Change Yoga and Wellness
Online link: Join the Facebook event for details on booking into MINDBODY, the Zoom link and the health waiver form.


Kanga training

Playground Training is offering virtual Kangatraining classes allowing you to participate in classes at home. Kangatraining is a whole body, low impact, interval workout that includes cardio and strength exercises while you wear bub in an approved baby carrier!

The program is designed by health professionals and provides physical and mental health benefits to both parents and babies in this time of isolation!

When: Thursday 21 May
Time: 10am – 11am
Your instructor: Alicia Cummins
Online link:

They will have to register either on the website or via the Facebook page first and then the Zoom link will be sent to them—a health questionnaire and waiver needs to be signed before they can participate (a legal requirement for all insured PTs).

Are you a fitness provider interested in joining the Keep ACTIVE movement?

We’re calling for expressions of interest from those interested in running free virtual fitness sessions over the next couple of months.

You might live stream a yoga class via Facebook Live, host a Google Hangout bootcamp, or even lead a dance class via Zoom. We just need to think outside the square.

These classes do need to be free for participants, but they offer host businesses a chance to build their community during a time when we’re all looking for connection.

We’ll promote your classes to our readers (there are around 150,000 of them!) and you’ll be playing a valuable role in keeping Canberra bodies and minds healthy.

Simply fill in the Google form below and we’ll do the rest! Still have questions? Simply email

We can do this, together.

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