Exercising in the No-Touching Age; Soccer Lessons Go Online-Only and ‘Six Feet Apart’ Workouts Start in Central Park


A Super Soccer Stars coach.

From running clubs to youth soccer teams, exercising is often a group activity in New York City. Not anymore. People who coach sports, or workout in groups are having to improvise as new social distancing restrictions become commonplace. (Yes, you can also exercise alone, but that doesn’t work for everyone!)

At Super Soccer Stars on 90th and Columbus, the coaches are now teaching kids by video.

As soon as the City shut down the school system on Sunday night, Super Soccer Stars turned its newly refurbished playspace on the Upper West Side into a 24h content studio.

Their most popular coaches are hosting interactive soccer classes for kids of all ages using Facebook Live and Instagram (the medium of choice for their competitive soccer program) to reach their audience.

“We want to impact as many children as possible during this time. We are asking our coaches to adapt, using a variety of distance learning initiatives, so that they can continue to interact with every player in our program”.

Parents can comment and wave at the coaches during class then follow up by sending in pictures and videos of them learning soccer skills or simply dancing, moving and having fun!

Later in the day , the older players are invited to join challenge the coaches to speed and agility drills from the comfort of their own living room.

And a workout group called Six Feet Apart has started up to help people do a group workout without getting too close. One of our readers tells us she’s heard it’s a good experience (though we haven’t spoken to the organizers). The group has been meeting at the Bethesda Terrace stairs in the middle of Central Park around 72nd Street. There are morning and evening workouts.

SIX FEET APART Fitness brings fellow New Yorkers FREE small-group workouts  based on guidelines from the CDC, WHO and New York city and state authorities,” the website says.

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    1. Suz says:

      Cuomo said today that all exercise should be solitary. Any group fitness class gathers too many people, even at 6 feet apart.

    2. Marilee Wyman says:

      FYI http://www.uwsyoga.com has moved ALL their classes on-line via ZOOM. Website has info.

    3. Karen says:

      Hey you guys should try Kari Pearce’s PowerAbs program. It’s awesome! 10 minutes and can be done at home.

    4. Jodi says:

      People have to adapt if they want to make sure EVERYONE is safe. Is it inconvenient? Perhaps. But come on. A little sacrifice isn’t going to kill you. But not sacrificing could.

    5. ST says:

      The park has turned into a Mosh Pit of exercisers. Hardly social distancing.

    6. Griff says:

      I could maybe understand the logic behind this if all participants were tested negative and measures were taken to put up strict boundaries ensuring the 6-ft spread. But that’ll never happen so this is absolutely insane, nothing but a selfish vanity attempt by some no name idiots that want to get their 5 minutes of fame. West Side Rag, you should be ashamed of yourselves for promoting such careless behavior at such a critical time, and six-feet apart, get a grip on the reality of this situation and just stop this nonsense, you’re putting all of our lives at risk.

    7. B flat says:

      I appreciate the effort, but it’s stll a terrible idea. We need to stay at least 6 feet apart outdoors, and keep moving *away* from each other. Iow,walking opposite directions. The virus floats in air before eventually settling on a surface. Let people pass you, give them wide berth. Maintain distance at corners, waiting for light changes. Do not let pets play with other pets, dogs may not get the virus, but may be able to pass it from owners to other humans via cuddling or petting.