Fitness: Home workout programs to try in 2023
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For those who need the convenience and flexibility of virtual fitness services.
Virtual fitness classes have been around for a while, but grew significantly in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Dario Ayala /Montreal Gazette files
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When the pandemic hit and gyms closed, virtual fitness programming was the only game in town. Yet as novel as it seemed, people have been working out in front of a screen since the early 1950s when Jack LaLanne debuted the first exercise class on TV. Thirty years later we popped in a VHS tape and sweat alongside celebrities like Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons. Fast forward to 2020 and a whole new generation of exercisers started sweating it out via Zoom, with the American College of Sports Medicine naming virtual fitness programming the top fitness trend of 2021.
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By 2023, it dropped to No. 21 on the ACSM’s annual list of fitness trends.
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