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.
Start the day with the champion combination of cardio and breakfast tacos every Tuesday at 6am. Meet at Luke’s Locker for a 4.5- or seven-mile run, and reward yourself with all the tacos from Tacodeli when you’re finished.
Speaking of fitness studios hosting workouts, each month Athleta and lululemon at The Domain open their doors for different studios to put on free workout classes for the public. Past studios include CorePower Yoga, Dane’s Body Shop, and Pure Pilates, so there’s a little somethin’-somethin’ for everyone.
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. 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, Project Austin is for you. The project is simple. They’re going to invite you to workout with them three 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 Mondays at the Pfluger Bridge, Wednesdays at the State Capitol steps, and Fridays at the Federal Courthouse steps (by Republic Square Park).
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