What’s better than making new friends, workin’ that body, and trying something new? Well, nothing! That is unless you can do all of that for free. And you can, fitness fiends, any day of the week.
We scoured our great city of Austin to bring you this list of awesome — free — fitness groups and classes all over the city. Whether you’re an avid runner looking to improve your personal best, or you’ve always wanted to do a downward dog under the full moon, this list has you covered.
When you need a dose of exercise but don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, block off a portion of your Friday for Fresh Friday. Fresh Friday’s goal is pretty simple: they want to make Austin the fittest city in the US. And they’re doing that by working with over 40 different ATX sweat spots (like Pedal Hard, FIT Austin, and CorePower Yoga) to offer us a FREE class every Friday. Feel out a new fitness scheme while you sweat with fellow Austinites. But don’t forget to schedule!
Saturday’s workout is brought to you by the letter ‘S’. It’s then that these Austin outdoor fitness coaches host the Stronghorn Saturday Sweat Sessions (or “#SSSS” if you internet). These donation-based classes (your donation can be sweating and complaining if you choose) held in Zilker Park give you the jump-start you need to a Saturday. Everyone is invited and everyone will be challenged.
No matter what some people say, Saturdays are for everyone. And apparently, it’s the perfect day to sweat. The Saturday Sweat Club meets around the city in places like Zilker Park and their home base, Titan Evolution, in Old West Austin. Two things are for certain when you attend an epic sweat sesh: you’re going to work really hard, and you’re going to have fun (both is the goal).
Every week Whole Foods downtown hosts different yoga and fitness studios offering a bevy of free classes from barre to boot camp. Their Yoga on the Plaza is the perfect blend of relax and revel, set to a 60-minute playlist of fresh beats. Even better, they all take place on the rooftop so you can soak in the scenery for motivation.
On the third Thursday of each month, bring your mat to the Blanton Museum for free yoga at noon. The atrium becomes your studio as you’re taken through an all-levels, 60-minute flow. What better way to appreciate art than from a zen-like state of mind?
Create a cosmic connection between your body and nature at Charles MacInerney’s monthly free full moon yoga class. Locations always vary, but the dates are simple: whenever the moon is full, your body is called to the mat.
You keep hearing about it, but still have no idea what The Box, WODs, or AMRAPs are? Then check out one of the free, monthly community classes at CrossFit Central. With locations in downtown and North Austin, there’s every reason to become a part of this cult classic. You might just hit a new PR.
Every Monday night Austin running enthusiasts are invited to get down on a three- to six-mile run in North Hills. Paces range from beginner to elite, so regardless of your experience if you enjoy getting your running jaunt on, you’ll fit right in.
Eastsiders rejoice! Your favorite coffeehouse also offers free yoga at 8am every Monday through Friday. You don’t even need to bring a mat — just show up. If you clear your mind and energize your body at these classes, you might not even need that caffeine fix after all.
If you consider yourself an early bird or need to find a way to become one, November Project Austin is for you. Formerly NP pledge Project Austin, they’re the real deal now. And they’re going to invite you to workout with them two times per week at 6am. It’s not that crazy… it is a little weird though (as Austin should be). This tight-knit group of all abilities and backgrounds meets Wednesdays at the State Capitol steps, and Fridays at the Federal Courthouse steps (by Republic Square Park).
Find an accountabili-buddy because Dane’s Body Shop holds community workouts twice a month. They alternate locations — the first Sunday of the month is held at the Hyde Park gym, and the third Sunday of the month is held at the Manor Road gym. Expect variety —workouts are held by any one of the coaches from Dane’s.
Get your butt on a bike and hit the road — we’re going to socialize! Social Cycling Austin is a great group that’s bringing together all kinds of people (and bike riders). Whether it’s mountain biking or road cycling, they definitely have an event on their schedule that’s perfect for you.
It doesn’t matter if you’re from Austin — if you’re going to be in Texas for an extended amount of time, you need to learn to two-step. No excuses, because you can do it for free at The White Horse in East Austin. Texas Two-Step classes are held on Friday and Saturday nights, and as a bonus they are also offering a Cajun and swing dance classes throughout the week.
Coffee and yoga on a Sunday evening — it’s hard to think of a more relaxing way to welcome in a new week. Alta’s Cafe regularly hosts free classes on the deck at their cafe overlooking Lady Bird Lake. Bring your mat, buy a cappuccino, and settle in for a nice flow.
The name says it all. This club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays around 5:45 pm. There’s an informal warm-up, and then the fun begins: drills, choice of short- or long-distance workouts, cool-down, and group stretching. Monday’s workout is held at the Cedar Valley Middle School track, and Wednesday’s is at Brushy Creek Lake Park. FYI: In nine years they’ve only cancelled three times, and they’re even out there on holidays. Be prepared for a focused group!
Free bike rides for everybody! No seriously, this mellow group is for all levels of riders. Their Scout-a-Route meetup is co-hosted with Bike Austin, and is the perfect way to exercise while learning about commuting through the city. Just bring a helmet, check the calendar, and you’re ready to ride.
FXFit is a network of trainers that work out of luxury apartments. In Austin, they’re up at the Domain — if you live there, it’s completely free. But if not, you can drop in on any class for $10. Classes include H.I.I.T, yoga, martial arts, dance, and cycling. Fitt tip: on Wednesdays at 7PM, they offer a free yoga class on the turf in front of iPic; it’s free every time to the public.
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