Getting exercise and staying in shape isn’t always cheap. There’s gym memberships, class fees, and not to mention: the cost of that awesome new workout accessory and synthetic threads.
However, thanks to Portland’s active lifestyle and plethora of free workout groups or classes, you can crush your goals (but not your wallet). Whether you want to get your Om on at yoga, try Tai Chi, or join a great run club, you won’t go wrong with these 15 free ways to stay fit.
Hit the road with Portland Running Company and one of their free weekly group runs. Runs take place all over town; choose between options such as the Willamette Riverfront run on Monday nights or the beer-centric Thirsty Thursday course. Even better: runners can participate in fun giveaways or test out the latest PRC gear.
Shopping for the latest athletic apparel at Nike can add up, but at least joining their run club doesn’t have to – yeah, it’s free. Reserve your spot on their website and choose the run and pace that’s right for you. Completely new to running? Try their NRC Ready, Set, Go Run, geared to coach new runners as they run their first mile.
One of the most popular free run clubs in town, the NoPo Run Club, lives by their motto: Where Social Running Meets Competitive Drinking. Their weekly Beer Run meets every Wednesday night at Mississippi’s Bar Bar and ends with (you guessed it) lots of beer.
See Mommy Run offers a ton of groups throughout Portland, Gresham, Beaverton, and beyond geared towards helping moms get and stay fit. We know how hard it can be to work out when you have kids, but free groups and plenty of support make it easier.
Foot Traffic is way more than just a shoe store. This company hosts group runs, events, and races all around town. Foot Traffic has weekly run/walk groups at all four of their stores, including downtown, Cedar Mill, Northeast, and Sellwood. Their fun and scenic courses are even better thanks to raffles and prizes and free post-run beers.
This popular Portland group asks the question “who are we?” and answers with: “Awesome.” Runs, walks, and sports are all organized by their members, and you can also organize your own! There’s plenty of free workouts and events to take part of: scavenger hunt runs, yoga, hiking, basketball, kickball, boxing, tennis, and more! And like the name suggests, you don’t need to be an all-star to come play.
This Meetup hosts nine different yoga classes all around town, from yoga studios to churches to schools. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join the classes, absolutely free of charge. Whether you’re new to yoga or a headstand veteran, come get your Om on for free!
Living Yoga offers free and donation-based classes at studios all over town. Their Living Yoga Recovery Yoga is specifically for individuals that are impacted by or healing from addiction and recovery.
Have you always wanted to try yoga but were turned off by the price? Yoga Union offers completely free classes for beginners looking to give yoga a go. This class is offered on Tuesday and Saturday afternoons.
The Movement Center makes the list because they offer a ton of very low donation-based classes. The suggested donation for all of their yoga and meditation classes is $5 (that’s still pretty cheap), but no one is ever turned away due to lack of funds.
Alphabet District’s Prana store provides stylish yoga and athletic apparel. They also offer free yoga and barre classes every week in addition to inspirational speakers and events. Check out their website for their weekly schedule.
Downtown’s Athleta offers plenty of free monthly fitness classes, such as group runs or yoga. They also host a “featured studio of the month,” such as a cycling or yoga studio, that you can try completely complimentary.
Portland State University offers free Tai Chi classes to the general public. Classes are drop-in and don’t require registration. Try Tai Chi for free on Mondays at the PSU Library or on Wednesdays at Pioneer Square downtown.
The City of Portland hosts Fitness in the Parks in dozens of city parks during the summer. This 12-week exercise program runs from June through September and offers a variety of classes completely free. Choose between boot camps, circuit training, 5Ks, yoga, pilates, Zumba, and more.
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