The boutique studio trend makes finding new ways to workout and quality instructors easy for you, but not so easy on the wallet. Fitness should be a priority – especially a fitness routine you truly enjoy – but going broke over spin class is not worth it. Luckily, there are many places that offer either deals or completely free classes!
Here are a few tactics:
Some health-conscious companies offer a fitness stipend, where you can get reimbursed a set amount for things like gym memberships. Check with HR to see if this is an option! On the flip side, some gyms offer discounts for certain fields like non-profit, teachers, or other health focused companies that are “in the industry”.
Often, when group fitness instructors are new to a studio, their first class or few classes will be free. Check your favorite studio’s schedule for the week to see if there are any new classes or instructors to try out and get it on your calendar!
Many gyms and studios offer a weekly community or donation based-class. It’s a way to allow people to try out the studio in hopes they will join, but with the ones I have done, there has been no limit to how many community classes you can take! Yoga studios do the same, and more often than traditional gyms will offer a donation based class from “pay-what-you-can” to a $5-$10 suggested donation. Simply check their website and schedule to see what their set-up is.
Nike+ Training Club
Nike Run Club and Training Club operates in 11 cities and puts on workout events for free! All you need to do is sign up for the free app and register for events. From long runs, speed-work, to outdoor bootcamps, Nike is all about fitness and accountability. For more information on how the program works, check out this FAQ page (this is specifically for Chicago, but cities operate similarly). Check if your city is a partner here.
The November Project is in 30 cities and counting and is becoming a movement! Members (you’re a member if you SHOW UP!) meet in designated areas for workouts led by group leaders. All fitness levels and ages are welcome and workouts are always free! To find a location near you, check out their growing list of fit communities here.
Retail stores want creative ways to cement themselves into the community, and offering free workouts/meet-ups are probably the most common way to successfully do that. With large retailers that have hundreds of locations, their website can be a frustrating way to find out offerings and times, so I suggest either stopping by the location closest to you, or following their Facebook page for community info.
Stores that I know lead everything from run groups to yoga to bootcamps are: Nike, Lole, Lululemon, Athleta, and Patagonia.
Meetup.com is a great tool for finding your people, from networking events to book clubs to DIY classes, there’s something for everyone. Set your search for 5 miles (let’s be honest, how likely are you to travel 20 miles for a 7am bootcamp?) and search words like “workout”, “fitness”, “health and wellness” to find active groups in your neighborhood. Many are free, and some ask for a donation or small fee.
Do you take advantage of free workouts in your community?
Where have you found awesome free fitness?