15 Free Workout Groups And Fitness Classes in Portland

15 Free Workout Groups And Fitness Classes in Portland

Sometimes you just want to do it all. Like train with your cycling crew, run sprints along the Willamette, and take a Tai Chi class in the park, all before an hour-long, evening Vinyasa flow. We get it. We want to do it all, too. But all those membership fees (and that equipment) add up quickly.

Luckily, Portland offers a variety of free classes that allow you to be the best cycling, headstand-mastering trail runner of them all. Go ahead, eat bike trails for breakfast. Guzzle coffee after your sunrise run to Pittock Mansion. Just make sure you properly digest everything before your 6:30pm meditative flow. We’ve warned you.

  • Athleta

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    Vinyasa sequences, therapeutic poses, dance classes, group runs, HIIT workouts. The Downtown Athleta hosts a number of free weekend classes that will freshen up even the stalest workout routine. Enjoy a Sunday morning group run this week and a meditative Vinyasa flow the next. We promise you won’t get bored.

  • NoPo Run Club

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    The NoPo Run Club is everything we want from a running group. As in, it marries our love of running and beer drinking. One of the more popular running groups in Portland, NoPo Run Club encourages participants to stimulate their thirst with a 5K around North Portland before quenching it with beers on a patio. Wednesdays at 6:30pm? Yeah, we’ll be there!

  • lululemon

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    Need an excuse to rise earlier on the weekends? Stretch it out among other semi-early birds at lululemon’s Sunday yoga classes in the Pearl. The yoga flows begin at 9:30 and 10:30am on Sundays. That means you can breathe, meditate, and sweat— all before noon. Namaste.

  • Yoga Union

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    Whether you’re a first-time yogi or just need a refresher on the basics, this is the class for you. Held on Tuesdays and Saturdays in Southeast Portland, this free, beginner yoga class reviews fundamental yoga postures and breath awareness. These mid-afternoon flows make for a perfect lunch break.

  • prAna

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    Sometimes you need retail therapy. Other times you just need a gentle reminder to breathe. Depending on your stress level, you might require both. Luckily, prAna in Northwest Portland can fill both those needs. The outdoor clothing store welcomes yogis of all levels to their weekend Vinyasa flow classes. The free classes (which include mats and blocks) begin at 8:30am on Saturdays and 9:30am on Sundays.

  • Tai Chi

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    Often described as “meditation in motion,” we get why this practice is so popular. Join Tai Chi newbies and regulars alike at Portland State University’s weekly Tai Chi classes, and reap the health benefits of this longtime practice. Classes are typically held on Sundays, but check the online calendar for changes.

  • Portland Running Company

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    Whether you want to pound pavement or maneuver among winding trails, this group has a run for you. Portland Running Company hosts several weekly runs through the greater Portland area. Enjoy a four-to-six-miler through Beaverton, a casual jog near the Willamette River, or a gritty trek along the trails of Lower Macleay Park. This group has something for everyone.

  • Foot Traffic

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    Lace up those sneaks. This Portland shoe store hosts so many group runs and races that you’ll be busy nearly every day of the week. With weekly runs at each of its four locations (Cedar Mill, downtown, Northeast Portland, and Sellwood), you might have to cancel a couple happy hours to fit them all in. Lucky for you, two of those weekly runs include post-run beer and food. Cheers!

  • Friends on Bikes

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    This Portland biking group is about more than cycling around town — it’s a way of unifying women of color. Friends on Bikes promotes diversity in Portland by encouraging women of color (whether trans, femme, or binary) to join two cycling outings each month. Want to hear something even cooler? These bike rides include everything from moderate 10-milers around the city to two-day, overnight “bikepacking” trips. Women of color are encouraged to join, but all females are welcome.

  • Women’s Group Ride

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    This group is for the true riders. We’re looking at the person who can keep a pace of 15 mph while maintaining a casual conversation. If riding 30 to 40 miles (with a few hills) sounds like your cup of tea, then check out Sorella Forte Cycling Club’s women’s group. These women-only rides are geared toward experienced riders, though they won’t turn anyone away for trying. Oh, and you don’t have to be part of the club to join. Simply show up with your bike and a helmet.

  • The Movement Center

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    Sometimes life is really busy. So busy, in fact, that it’s hard to remember what it feels like to slow down and just breathe. The Movement Center can help with that. With a variety of donation-based meditation and yoga classes, you can de-stress without the financial strain. The suggested donation for classes is $5, though no one is ever turned away.

  • Free Fitness in the Parks

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    Zumba in the grass. Peruvian dance under the sun. Tai Chi in the fresh air. If exercising outdoors (for free) is your thing, then check out the city’s Fitness in the Parks program. This two-month, summerlong program takes place in dozens of parks each year and includes everything from meditative yoga to full-body workouts.

  • Living Yoga

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    Living Yoga offers a number of free- and donation-based classes throughout Portland. Whether you’re new to yoga or a long-time yogi, you can find a practice to suit your ability. With classes that make a difference, Living Yoga is especially supportive of people who suffer from addiction. Volunteers lead a class specifically geared toward those in recovery.

  • Territory Run

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    Coffee tastes better when earned, right? That’s our logic for this sunrise run to Portland’s Pittock Mansion. This run begins in the dark and ends with a colorful sunrise over the city. Enjoy a cup of well-earned (and free) coffee upon completion. We can’t think of anything more gratifying than sipping a cup of joe with a view. Don’t forget to bring your own mug!

  • Full Lotus PDX

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    At Full Lotus PDX, you can begin your work day with morning meditation and end it with a happy hour flow. This donations-based studio offers several classes each day, ranging from classical hatha to a more-intense power yoga practice. Added perk? It’s located inside the Carioca Bowls cafe, so you can grab yourself a treat on your way out.