If you’ve been using the, “I can’t work out because I’m broke” excuse, your days of skipping out on your sweat sessions are over.
Philly is packed with free fitness options. Whether you’re looking for some partners for your speedwork, a place to get your down dog on outside, or some adventures to mix up your workouts, Philly has you covered. Get after these absolutely free fitness options in this city of brotherly love. So go ahead, get that extra mimosa at brunch – you can afford it.
Fishtown Beer Runners
Running and beer might not seem like a natural combination, but according to the Fishtown Beer Runners, they do it for science. Test the theory and join the run club every Thursday at 7pm to run to a local pub, raise a glass, and toast to ‘The Professor’ yourself.
City Fit Girls
Join the ladies of City Fit Girls on Wednesdays at Dillworth Park for an all-levels 3-5-mile run starting at 6:30pm. And when marathon season kicks in, you can expect these women to amp up their mileage on Saturdays. Check out their full schedule on their website.
There’s nothing like blowing off steam with a workout and some retail therapy. With Philadelphia Runner’s run club, you can do both. The club meets Thursdays at 6pm at their Center City store and heads out for a 3-5-mile run. They also often have events at the shop after runs, so you can outfit your next workout. Bonus: jump on a run out of their Manayunk and University City locations too.
Every Sunday you’ll find this group running trails in the Wissahickon, taking selfies, and eating snacks (YES!). They host plenty of fun events, so be sure of keep up with them on Facebook. And bring donuts if you want to make a great first impression.
Back on My Feet
Run with a purpose with Back on My Feet. Here, you’ll help Philadelphia homeless earn education, employment, and housing opportunities just by showing up and running with them. Runs happen three days a week at 5:30am at multiple locations around the city.
Passyunk Beer and Java Runners
Into breakfast and beer? Well the PB&J runners have you covered. They meet several times a week for fun runs in the morning or evening that always end in a refreshing beverage (like beer…or java).
Fairmount Running Club
Need a running club with some variety in their workouts? Tuesday nights at 6:45, the Fairmount Running Club meets at the Art Museum for a brutal step workout. Wednesday nights at 6:45, the crew runs a comfortable jaunt from the shop. More of an early bird? You can join the group on Thursday mornings at 6am from Lloyd Hall. If that wasn’t enough, hit the trails on Saturday mornings – you can catch a ride to the Wissahickon to get in 5-7 miles in the woods.
Pennypack Trail Runners
Did you know this city is surrounded by trails? Check out some trails you maybe haven’t tried yet with the Pennypack Trail Runners. They meet at 8:30am every Saturday for a 4-6-mile run.
Yoga at the Art Museum
Every Wednesday at 6pm, you can inspire your yoga practice in the sculpture garden. The museum is pay-what-you-wish on Wednesdays, so after savasana, feel free to explore the exhibits.
Yoga on the Pier
All summer long, you can practice your poses on Race Street Pier. Classes are held Monday through Friday at 7am, Monday through Thursday at 6pm, and 930am on the weekends. Special classes are held all the time, so stay up to date on their Facebook page.
Yoga on the Banks
Practice your boat pose next to the Schuylkill River. Enjoy pay-what-you-can yoga all summer long – weekends at 11am and Tuesdays at 6pm. Also new this summer, Yoga at the Market is held Wednesdays at 6pm at the Schuylkill River Park’s market. So after you practice your handstand, you can head over to the food stand. Nothing like healthy multitasking.
CorePower Yoga on the Roof
Every Saturday morning through September, join CorePower Yoga for free Vinyasa on the roof of the ICON building. They ask that you meet at the front desk of the studio at 745am to walk up together for an 8am start time, so be there bright and early. Talk about Vinyasa with a view.
Brewerytown Bikes Mountain Bike Rides
Every Sunday, Brewerytown Bikes hosts a different mountain bike ride. The rides are lead by a seasoned rider with a full repair kit, should anyone need any assistance on the trails. Don’t have a bike? On the second Sundays of every month, rentals are FREE so you can shred with the best of them.
CKO Kickboxing at The Oval
CKO Kickboxing is back again for its second year at the Oval’s Wellness Wednesdays. Every Wednesday until August 17th, you can go get your sweat on with heavy bags and a boot camp-style workout. Classes are from 7-8pm, all fitness levels are welcome, and CKO Center City even provides the boxing gloves.
If you need some accountability for a Wednesday or Friday morning workout, this is your group. Meet Wednesday at 6:25am at the Art Museum for an hour-long session that can include anything from running the steps, to hoistees, to partner planks. Fridays are all about hills; NP meets at Lemon Hill at 6:25am for a workout that’s part hugs, part sweat, and part running. All you have to do is #JustShowUp.
Community Bikes and Boards Group Ride
Community Bikes and Boards hosts a free family-friendly ride around their Haddonfield shop on Tuesday nights at 6:30pm. They also host tons of demo days so you can try sweet new bikes. Follow along on their Twitter to get updates on what’s coming up.