San Francisco might be one of the most expensive cities in the country (and we feel it) but that doesn’t mean you have to empty your wallet to stay fit. You can fill your schedule Monday—Sunday with any number of group fitness classes fo’ free around the city.
Whether you want to stretch it out at yoga, get your cycle on with like-minded bike enthusiasts, or just have your own cardio party boogieing in the park, there’s a workout for you. Plan to get your sweat on without sweating about your bank account with some of the best bootcamp classes, running groups, and dance lessons in the city — for free.
Yoga on the Labyrinth
If you want an Insta-worthy yoga class, clear your schedule from 615-730 on Tuesday evenings to share your practice with hundreds of other yogis at Grace Cathedral. The class is set to live music to further the ‘cool factor.’ If you’re able, a $10-$20 donation is appreciated to support the cathedral, yoga instructor Darren Main, and the live musicians. Just don’t forget your mat!
Sports Basement Yoga Classes
Grab your mat and head to the Sports Basement on Bryant Street or in the Presidio for yoga each Sunday morning at 11am It’s free, of course, but if you managed to dig up a few dollar bills, you’re in close proximity to some great brunch spots no matter which location you head to. So gather your gang to detox before you retox with a mimosa or two.
SF Midnight Mystery Ride
Looking for a serious adventure ride? The SF Midnight Mystery Ride meets the third Saturday of each month at midnight and takes riders through tours of the city. If meeting at midnight doesn’t get your blood pumping, the ride certainly will. The meeting place is typically a bar — and drinks are a welcome start to the night. Check out their Facebook page the day of the ride for meeting location.
San Francisco Bike Party
On the first Friday of the month at 8pm, get your weekend started with the San Francisco Bike Party. We’re serious about the party, too; You’ll stop along the way for impromptu dance parties and the chance to get to know your fellow riders.Check out their Facebook page the week of the event to see where to meet. Bring your training wheels if you have to – this group ride is for every level of cyclist and they encourage positivity, respect, and fun.
Make a recurring appointment on Sundays at 845 to meet at Sports Basement Presidio for an epic Sunday morning ride. They offer routes ranging between 30-45 miles and average about 13-15 MPH on the flats. Not proficient on hills quite yet? No worries — they wait for every rider at the top of each ascent so there’s no pressure to overdo it.
San Francisco Road Runners
Running is usually free. But running with experienced runners and coaches is priceless. Yeah, the SFRR is $150 a year, but you can take them for a test run for free on Saturday mornings at 745am. That means you can get coaching expertise, race discounts, and cool swag all before brunch. Check their website for the meeting location for the weekly long runs which offer distances of 3-18 miles. Plus, with pace groups from 7:30-12:30 minute miles, runners of every ability will feel welcome and included at SFRR group runs.
Sports Basement Fun Run
Sports Basement, our favorite spot for discounted athletic and sporting gear, also hosts a bevy of free classes for the community. Head to their Presidio location every Tuesday at 630pm and crush a a 3-to-6-mile jaunt. After the run, enjoy drinks and snacks with your new running buddies.
lululemon Run Club
Every Monday at 630pm, lace up your sneakers and make for lululemon’s Cow Hollow outpost on Union Street for a group run. If you’re looking to make other runner friends, this is a perfect opportunity — afterwards, the group heads to the Bluelight Bar next door for some brews and good food.
Nike Run Club
From speed workouts to long runs to recovery runs, you can train for a race of any distance (or just meet some new friends!) at a number of runs sponsored by Nike Run Club, including Saturday long runs every other week starting at their Union Street store and bi-weekly Tuesday night track workouts that meet at Kezar Stadium. Just make sure to register online prior to the event.
The November Project
The November Project might be the most well-known free workout in the country. The workout is so popular on Wednesdays and Fridays they offer two sessions — one at 530am and one at 630am. You can also start your week off on the right foot at 630am at Fort Mason too. Expect running (hills, stairs, intervals, and sprints) along with lots of body-weight exercises. Oh, and prepared to be sore the next day.
North Face Mountain Athletics Training
Want a bootcamp workout without the bootcamp price tag? North Face has partnered with our friends at the November Project to offer hour-long workouts on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 630pm at the Marina Green Park and Mission Bay, respectively, that will get you in shape for any type of outdoor endeavor you might have on the docket.
The Weekend Workout Warriors
You’ll see people scaling the infamous Lyon Street Steps pretty much every day to get their sweat on. Now, you can join in on the fun with the Weekend Workout Warriors who meet weekly on the steps for HIIT-style workouts. Be prepared for stair repeats (obvi) and lots of burpees in-between.
Lindy in the Park
If you’ve wanted to get your moves on like your favorite celebs on Dancing with the Stars, this is the free swing-dance class of your dreams. Every Sunday from 11am to 2pm in Golden Gate Park since 1996, swing dancers of every age and ability have met to dance to live DJs, chat with friends old and new, and just enjoy being outside in the city’s biggest park.