Look, I love SoulCycle, and Pure Yoga, and CityRow, and all the other boutique gyms out there (of which there are a ton — we are in the midst of a boutique gym boom, people!). What I don't always love is the price tag that comes with those classes, especially in New York City — I literally can't afford to be that fit. While there are countless ways to work out for free on your own, sometimes you need the extra motivation of showing up for a class and working out next to other people. Here are five ways to score free fitness classes. Now you have no excuse!
The Nike Training Club app lets you personalize workouts wherever you are. But, even better, certain Nike stores across the country offer free Nike Training Club classes in person (some stores even have built-in studios). If running is more your speed, you can also join their regular Run Club meet-ups.
At Lulu, you can participate in their weekly Gift of Yoga classes, which are led by local instructors. On Sundays, they push aside all their pricey products to let yogis of all levels practice in-store. Check the site or call your local store to find out when you can drop in for free.
All Sweaty Betty boutiques offer free classes for members — just sign up for a membership next time you're in the store (it's also free!), and you can register for weekly classes including core fusion yoga, barre, pilates and high-interval intensity training.
The retailer offers free CrossFit, barre, and cardio classes, just to name a few. Check out the calendar on their website for the monthly schedule of gratis workouts, usually taught by instructors from your favorite (pricier) boutique gyms.
Reebok's opening a number of FitHubs — stores that can be easily turned into studios, for classes from CrossFit to Zumba. Head to their site to find your local store info, then call the one in your 'hood for a complete list of community classes.
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