Between gym memberships and yoga class passes, working out can quickly add up. Why can’t we feel the burn without burning a hole in our pockets? Well, now we can!
Boston is positively bursting with free fitness groups and classes. It’s no surprise that a city with the world’s oldest marathon would have a ton of awesome running groups that don’t charge you a penny. On top of that, there are free yoga, bootcamp, Pilates, and even CrossFit classes.
And with 39 free workout groups and classes in Boston, you can get fit FOR FREE every day of the week.
Boston’s Newbury Street location of Athleta hosts the weekly She Runs Boston, a run club just for women, as well as free yoga, Pilates, barre, and other free fitness classes at the store.
Plan to log anywhere from three to six miles with the weekly Adidas RunBase Run Club, or check out one of the yoga or cross-training classes aimed at runners. A huge perk of this meetup: Lockers to stash your stuff and showers to freshen up post-run!
This super-friendly running group meets up twice a week in Oak Square for runs of varying distances. The Brighton Bangers are all about balance, so don’t miss the post-run social hour at the Last Drop after Wednesday workouts.
Head to one of Somerville’s most popular Irish bars, The Burren, for a casual weekly 3.1 miles around the neighborhood. Then relax with a pint in the pub or on the patio.
Channel the whippet, a dog that can run up to 40 miles per hour, at the Dashing Whippets run club. They meet for weekly runs on Saturday mornings or track workouts on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Somerville is a laid back kinda city, so it’s no surprise that the Davis Square Runners take a low-key approach to their workouts. Join the group to try new routes or even hit the trails in the nearby Fells.
If you want to get your Saturday run in bright and early, the Dorchester Running Club is the place to do it. The group meets at 7am, so you can get your sweat on and then get on with your day.
This Jamaica Plain running group hosts three social fun runs each week on top of tempo, hill, and track workouts, so there’s truly something for everyone who wants to join the Forest Hills Runners.
Join Frontrunners Boston, the city’s first gay and lesbian running group, for weekly loops along the Charles River followed by brunch.
Free run club at a brewery? Sign us up! The Happy Soles Run Club hosts monthly runs at Slumbrew’s American Fresh Brewery + Taphouse in Somerville. Every run ends with free snacks. Say no more.
Whether you’re a Wunder Under devotee or not (ladies, you get it), you can join lululemon’s weekly Boston Run Club or try one of its other complimentary workouts, like yoga or barre classes.
Most of the run clubs on this list are based in or very near downtown Boston, which is great if you live in the city. But if you call one of the ‘burbs home, you’ll love Marathon Sports’ three- to five-mile runs that happen everywhere from Plymouth to Wellesley.
Join the super-relaxed Most Informal Running Club Ever for a weekly run that starts and ends at Eastern Mountain Sports on Commonwealth followed by a tasty potluck brunch. That too, is fairly informal.
Start your Sunday Funday off right with a three- to five-mile long run with New Balance. Then head to brunch at one of Boston’s many healthy spots to fuel up for the day.
The trip to Night Shift Brewing in Everett is now so much more than a beer run. Meet up for a fun, mid-week 5K run on a nearby bike path. Then unwind after your workout with a tasting in the taproom.
Try not to get distracted by the delicious smells of pizza and pasta wafting out of neighborhood restaurants as you pound the pavement with the North End Running Club. Snag a cannoli at Mike’s after? Your secret’s safe with us.
Probably the most famous free run and workout group in Boston is The November Project. Join the tribe for dawn workouts—like running stairs at Harvard Stadium—three times a week.
If you live south of Boston, there’s a great running group just waiting for you to join. The Quincy Running Dawgs welcome runners of all abilities and put as much emphasis on fun as fitness.
Lace up your kicks and hit the road with the popular RUNFELLOW Run Club. The group now hosts two weekly runs (one in Somerville/Cambridge and one in Boston), so it’s easy to join no matter what side of the river you’re on.
Head to Lir in the Back Bay on Tuesday evenings to run three, five, or seven miles with the Social Boston Sports Run Club. As the name implies, this group is as much about running as it is about having a good time.
Whether you’re training for a 5K or a marathon—or just looking to blow off steam after work—Stephi’s Run Club is for you. Runs takes place at Stephi’s Southie spot and are followed by free apps and a cash bar.
Start your Saturday off right with a free one-hour yoga class on the banks of the Mystic River at Somerville’s Assembly Row all summer long.
There are way more than just books and shushing librarians at the Boston Public Library. Try one of the free yoga or tai chi classes that are held at branches of the library throughout the city.
Start your summer Sundays off right with a one-hour Vinyasa yoga class in the beautiful Minot Rose Garden in Brookline. Coolidge Corner Yoga instructors will be leading the sessions.
Join some of the top instructors from Equinox for a one-hour yoga class in the Courtyard at the Liberty Hotel all summer long.
Unwind after a busy day at one of the most beautiful, and historic, spots in the city to practice yoga — the Frog Pond on the Boston Common. We can’t think of a better way to spend a summer evening.
Get your down dog on every Saturday this summer at Magazine Beach in Cambridge. This beautiful spot is right on the Charles and has a free pool that you can take a dip in after class.
The Point, a new yoga studio in East Boston, will be taking its mat sessions outside on Saturday mornings this summer. Join them for a one-hour class right on the water.
You’ll have to shell out for the ferry ticket to Spectacle Island for this next one, but it’s worth it to do free yoga with views of the city skyline. Bring your swimsuit and a picnic and spend the rest of the day on the island’s beach.
Rise and shine, it’s yoga time! Meet at the Charles River Bistro for this one-hour Saturday morning yoga class that takes place at Fiedler Field. Not only do you get free yoga, but participants also get 50% off Jazz Brunch at the bistro after class.
The biggest offering of free fitness classes comes from the Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series. You’ll find everything from yoga and Zumba to Tai Chi and bootcamp at various locations around the city all summer long.
Join popular boxing gym Everybody Fights for a free outdoor workout every Monday this summer. The BOXFIIT classes take place on Waterfront Plaza at Atlantic Wharf.
Get ready to get fit in one of the prettiest spots in Boston, the Esplanade. Free summer fitness classes include Zumba, yoga, and CrossFit.
Head to the Prudential Center for FIT on the Garden where you’ll find free outdoor yoga and bootcamp classes happening on Wednesday evenings all summer long.
Norman B. Leventhal Park will host seven free weekly outdoor P.O. Fitness classes this summer. You’ll find both morning and evening classes in everything from yoga and Pilates to bootcamp and Zumba.
Get ready to get sweaty on the beautiful Rose Kennedy Greenway. Free summer fitness classes include Pilates and bootcamp to yoga and tango, among others.
There are more than 150 ways to workout with Seaport Sweat this summer, so there’s no excuse for sitting on the couch instead of sweating it out. You’ll find everything from yoga to boxing to HIIT (high-intensity interval training) all season long.
There are several free fitness classes being held weekly this summer at The Street at Chestnut Hill. Sign up for barre, yoga, Summer Body Blast, or Kick It by Eliza to get toned outside.
Military veterans teach these year-round classes and workshops at various Boston city parks. Try the Troops for Fitness one-hour bootcamp this summer for a heart-pumping workout.
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