5 Socially-Distanced Fit Zones in Madison

After months of being cooped up indoors, many of us are looking to reboot our active lifestyles STAT. These five Madison fitness studios have created COVID precaution-friendly workouts aimed at providing total-body conditioning in a group exercise setting.


In addition to in-studio offerings (limited to 10 students per class) and the LIVESTREAM classes hosted via Zoom daily, Barre3 Madison is holding outdoor classes multiple times each week at local parks in Dane County. “We have been lucky to be able to exercise together in such a beautiful way. The breeze blowing off the lake as the sun shines above…It can really be a powerful way to spend 45 minutes—or an hour on Wednesdays,” says proprietress Missy Dunn. “Also we have partnered with like-minded brands such as Miggy’s Bakes, Crazy Daisy Flower Truck and Crave Coffee and Donuts during these outdoor sessions to help other local businesses and encourage community building during these challenging times.”

Canvas Club Boxing

“Sweat-”focused and skills-based boxing training for adults, plus for youth age 8 and up, are now a part of the revamped schedule at Canvas Club. “We have had to adapt like everyone else since re-opening but, overall the general experience has stayed true to what we have always aimed to deliver at Canvas Club,” says owner Melissa Ernst. “All of our clients have adapted to wearing masks inside very well and we utilize a large outdoor tent for parts of class as well. Boxing teaches resiliency and through this crisis we have seen just how resilient our clients are!”

Club Pilates

On the hunt for a low-impact, full-body workout? These reformer-based group Pilates classes are complemented by TriggerPoint, TRX, springboard, EXO-Chair and other equipment designed to build strength, mobility and stability. “We have reopened our studios responsibly with elevated safety measures in place,” says regional manager Melissa Hargrove. “We are requiring all team members and members wear a mask while in the studio; steam sanitizing our equipment daily; limiting our already small classes to only six members per class; and allowing extra time in between classes to ensure cleanliness and physical distancing of members.”


“I’m grateful to be able to exercise in a way I love while also staying safe,” says CycleBar Captiol East enthusiast Gregg Potter. “I stay balanced through exercise and the severity of COVID-19 has made me concerned about returning to the gym. Thankfully Cyclebar has taken precautions to provide an excellent workout while ensuring my safety and comfort.” Attendees can expect classes to be limited to 12 people per class on 12 spatially designated bikes, while wearing masks during each “the ride” at this spin studio.

little om BIG OM

Need a fitness activity the whole family can take part in? little om BIG OM has been providing toddler, kid and family yoga classes online throughout quarantine. Now these yoga gurus are bringing in-person kids yoga classes to local child care centers—and beginning this fall via a Creative Soul Club at Monroe Street Arts Center. “This in-person program will be a combo of afternoon yoga, art, culinary and music programming for school-aged children following all local health guidelines,” says founder Jamie Gale. Programming will run each weekday and will be a great way for kids to explore their creativity together through unique specialties.

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