If you’re a fitness addict, chances are you love to keep your body guessing with new challenges. But how can you mix up your workouts without paying out the nose for hoity-toity gym memberships? If you’re going to stay fit and actually be able to afford an avocado, you gotta know where to go to get in your killer workouts free of charge. We can help with that part.
Keep that row home rent money in your wallet and check out some of these pro bono classes and groups in the city.
Calling all early birds looking for their latest and greatest workout challenge — November Project is here in Baltimore. All you need to do is #JustShowUp and they’ll be waiting to lead you through a creative, interval-style workout that’s suitable for all levels. Meet up with this tribe of fitness fanatics on Wednesday mornings at 5:30 or 6:30am (ouch, where’s the coffee?) at Fed Hill’s Rash Field Park and on Fridays at 6:30am in Patterson Park.
Shake Shack Track & Field Run with Charm City Run
It’s Tuesday night at 7pm — sounds like the perfect time to pump some endorphins into your busy week by knocking out a run around the city. And you’re in luck, because Shack Track & Field, a free community fitness club powered by Shake Shack, hosts a three-to-five-mile run every second Tuesday of the month throughout the year. The group starts off at Charm City Run Baltimore and ends at Shake Shake. The best part? The first round of beers is on them! Drop your bags/belongings at the Shack and they’ll be waiting when you’re done pounding the pavement.
Pop-up Yoga Baltimore
Spotted: a sea of yoga mats in Canton Waterfront Park on Friday nights and Sunday mornings throughout spring and summer. Join in these free hour-long yoga sessions as many times as you want, and get your zen on surrounded by hundreds of your BMore neighbors. Yoga instructors from different local studios lead yogis through a challenging, yet relaxing, workout where you’ll do everything from a classic sun salutation to howling at the moon from goddess pose — yes, literally. Fitt Tip: come early to get freebies from vendor tables!
Federal Hill Runners
We all need a good refreshing run sometimes — to take advantage of the nice day, to cruise through your city, and to just be outside after the work grind. And there’s nothing like a supportive group to get you up and moving with an extra oomph in your stride. Meet the Federal Hill Runners every Monday at 6:30pm at Federal Hill Fitness for a free 4.7-mile run. Don’t worry if you’re new to this whole running thing, you’ll be paired up with a buddy that matches your pace. Faster folks will trek on while others cut it short when they’re tired… or thirsty. Because, if you’re up for it, some of the runners like to grab dinner/drinks to refuel afterward.
Free City Yoga
Originating in Baltimore and expanding through part of the East Coast, Free City Yoga offers studio-quality, passion-driven yoga classes with “no strings attached”. Find this group flowing through a Vinyasa practice outside in one of the city parks or at the homeland — the Under Armour House. Follow their site’s class schedule for times and locations, no cash needed. Save that for some post-yoga eats.
Looking to get the most out of your Sunday? Start the morning off right with some free mind-body cleansing during lululemon’s community classes and you’ll be ready to take on the day. lulu’s Harbor East and Towson locations both offer a variety of Sunday morning classes including different flavors of yoga, Pilates, and barre. Hit up their Facebook events page for the full lowdown.
The Pacemakers are all about taking in the sights and bites of our city during their runs. Lace up those sneaks and join them on Saturday mornings for routes of varying lengths, options typically range from four to 15 miles — that’s accommodation for sure. Members of all levels and age groups are encouraged to hit their stride and stick around for a local post-run breakfast meet-up afterward.
NCR Trail Snails
Don’t let this name fool you — these runners have slowly and steadily conquered some serious distance runs around the city outskirts. This is the ideal group if you’re training for a marathon — their routes range from four to 20+ miles. However, this social group encourages all levels to join them for some active fun. Their Saturday morning meeting location alternates between the NCR Trail and Loch Raven Reservoir, depending on the weekly schedule.
Waterfront Partnership’s Waterfront Wellness
Looking for a bomb workout that’s both free and outdoors? We’ve got just the thing. Waterfront Wellness partners with some of Baltimore’s best gyms and studios to host free fitness classes from May to September at West Shore Park and Pierce’s Park. Bootcamp, yoga — take your pick from their online schedule. A heads up: make sure you do a quick one-time registration before lacing up the Nikes and heading to a class.