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 through Sunday with any number of group free fitness classes that are happening all around the city.
Whether you want to stretch it out in a yoga flow, get your cycle on with like-minded bike enthusiasts, or just have your own cardio party in the park, there’s a workout for you. So plan to get your sweat on without giving a thought to your budget with these bootcamp classes, run groups, and meet-ups that won’t cost you a thing.
Yoga on the Labyrinth
If you want an Insta-worthy yoga class, clear your schedule from 6:15-7:30pm on Tuesday evenings to share your practice with hundreds of other yogis at Grace Cathedral. The restorative class is set to live music, so it’s got that extra ‘cool factor’ you’re looking for. 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 St. or in the Presidio for yoga every 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—you guessed it—midnight and takes riders on a tour of the city. If meeting in the middle of the night doesn’t get your blood pumping, the ride certainly will. Plus, 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 details about where to meet up.
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 not kidding about the party, either; you’ll stop along the route 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 you’ll be meeting (and what the theme of the month is). Bring your training wheels if you have to — this group ride is for every level of cyclist and they encourage positivity, respect, and fun.
Ladies — looking for a ride where you can potentially meet your new BBFF (best biking friends forever)? Roll with Velo Girls! They offer beginner-level, morning road rides each Sunday and mid-week all-levels mountain bike rides on Wednesdays. In addition, there’s fee-based Bike Handling 101 (and 201!) classes for you to work on your skills. And since they meet in the South Bay (Woodside, to be exact) you’ll have a great excuse to get out of the city (and not worry about cars!).
San Francisco Road Runners
Running is usually free. But running with experienced trail blazers 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 7:45am. That means you can get coaching expertise, race discounts, and cool swag all before brunch. Check their website for the meeting location of the weekly long runs, which offer distances of three to 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 Wednesday at 6:30pm and crush a three- to six-mile jaunt. And after the run, enjoy drinks and snacks with your new running buddies.
lululemon Run Club
Every Monday at 6:30pm, lace up your sneakers and make for lululemon’s Cow Hollow outpost on Union St. for a four-mile group run. If you’re looking to make some new runner friends, this is a perfect opportunity — afterward, the group heads to the Bluelight Bar next door for some brews and good food.
November Project might be the most well-known free workout in the country. The meet-up is so popular in San Francisco, that on Wednesdays they offer two sessions at Alta Plaza Park — one at 5:30am and one at 6:30am. You can also start your week off with a 6:30am Monday morning sweat sesh at Mission Dolores Park. If you want to join in on their Friday workout, check their Facebook page for the location. Just make sure you’re ready for running (hills, stairs, intervals, and sprints) along with lots of body-weight exercises. Oh, and prepared to be sore the next day.