On any given week in Austin, you can tag along on a group run, take a yoga class, join a group bike ride or sweat it out in a boot camp session, all without dropping a dime.
We scoured the city, looking for free fitness classes and workout sessions, and found them. Lots of them, actually. So if you’ve been pulling the old “I can’t afford a gym membership” card as an excuse for not exercising, your cover is officially blown.
Some of our favorites are listed below. The list is far from all-inclusive, and we didn’t include gyms or studios that offer the first workout on the house, which is standard practice at many places.
Remember, if none of these fits your schedule, you can always go for a walk on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail or hop on your bike, gratis.
BOOT CAMPS, ETC.:
• Body by Frame, 6709 Burnet Lane, 402-2554, www.bodybyframe.com. Body By Frame hosts a free Mix3r Series Weekend Workout at 9 a.m. Saturdays. The sessions focus on strength and cardio, and are set to the jams of a live disc jockey.
• CrossFit Rep, 10609 Metric Blvd., Suite 108, 574-2812, www.crossfitrep.com. A free boot camp with a CrossFit flair takes place at 9 a.m. Saturdays at this North Austin CrossFit gym.
• FIT Systems, 12800 Hill Country Blvd., Suite G-111, 296-5677, www.fitsystemsatx.com. Expect a CrossFit style workout with a focus on isolated muscle training at these all-level 8 a.m. Saturday workouts. Donations benefit The Wounded Warrior Project.
• Fit and Fearless CrossFit, 3435 Greystone Drive, Suite 100, 779-2099, www.fitandfearless.com. Head whip cracker Valerie Hunt advises participants to come prepared for anything at this free 9:30 a.m. Saturday session. Reserve your spot by emailing Hunt at email@example.com.
• Roamfit Movement, www.roamfitmovement.com. This free workout squad meets at 6:30 a.m. three days a week: Monday brings a hill/obstacle run, Tuesday’s “Seize the Garage” workout has participants climbing stairs at a downtown parking garage, and Friday means working out on the lawn of the Capitol. No signup required.
• Saturday Sweat Club, location varies. These “crazy people who like to sweat” take the best of what they learn in yoga classes, group fitness classes, CrossFit workouts and track workouts during the week and blend them into a single workout at a different location every Saturday. Think track, trail running and outdoor adventure training. Medicine ball and kettle ball needed. To join, look up Saturday Sweat Club on Facebook and request membership.
• Synergy Fitness Bootcamp, 4005 W. Parmer Lane, Suite D, 773-9451, www.synergyfitnessbootcamp.com. A canned good for the Capital Area Food Bank is your admission. Choose from an outdoor boot camp session (bring your own dumbells) at Ramsey Park, 4301 N. Rosedale Ave., or an indoor session at 4005 W. Parmer Lane. Both start at 9 a.m. Saturdays. There’s also free yoga at noon Saturdays. Register in advance via the website.
• The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 471-7324, www.blantonmuseum.org. Free Yoga in the Galleries takes place at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of every month inside the museum. Bring your own mat. Attendance limited to 28 people; passes provided on first-come, first-served basis at the visitor services desk starting at 5:30 p.m.
• Lululemon, 1016 W. Sixth St., 474-2659, and 11600 Century Oaks Terrace at the Domain, 339-2067, www.lululemon.com. The downtown store offers free yoga at 7:30 p.m. Mondays and a free running program at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays to prepare participants for the SeaWheeze Half Marathon in Vancouver on Aug. 10. The Domain store offers free yoga at 10:45 a.m. Sundays.
• Austin Cycling Association, www.austincycling.org. This nonprofit club hosts an array of free group rides every week. Classic rides are pedal at your own pace. Hosted rides are categorized by pace and difficulty level. Helmet required; obey rules of the road. Schedule posted on the website.
• Jack and Adam’s Bicycles, 1210 Barton Springs Road, 472-5646, www.jackandadams.com. Choose from core classes every Monday and Wednesday in the parking lot, running on Tuesdays, and on-deck spinning on Thursdays (bring your own bike and training stand). There’s also a group ride from the shop at 8:30 a.m. Sundays; every third week it starts at Steiner Ranch Steakhouse, 5424 Steiner Ranch Blvd. Attendance earns you half-price brunch afterward.
• Austin Runners Club, austinrunners.org/GroupRuns. This nonprofit club offers free group runs five days a week. The slate includes early-morning jaunts on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail, evening runs from Murchison Middle School and more.
• Hill Country Running Co., 215 S. Lamar Blvd., 294-2866, and 9900 W. Parmer Lane, No. 215 , 716-0967, www.hillcountryrunning.com. Take your pick — strength work, speed sessions or weekend long runs. Plus, Dr. Seth Wagonblast leads a free Trigger point class to work out the kinks at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the Parmer location.
• Luke’s Locker, 115 Sandra Muraida Way, 482-8676, austin.lukeslocker.com. The downtown store offers a Wednesday fun run followed by food, music and free beer, a Tuesday morning taco run, a Thursday quality workout, a Wednesday morning core class and a Wednesday evening social run. And did we mention free yoga at 10 a.m. Sunday?
• No Excuses-Except Lightning, www.noexcusesrunning.com. This group meets twice a week, even on holidays, for a free run unless — you guessed it — there’s lightning. All levels of walkers and runners invited. Sessions start at 6 p.m. Mondays at Cedar Valley Middle School, 8139 Racine Trail in Round Rock, and 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Brushy Creek Lake Park, 3300 Brushy Creek Road in Cedar Park. Warmup starts 15 minutes earlier. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Texas Running Company, 1011 W. Fifth St., 474-0022, and 9901 N. Capital of Texas Highway, Suite 160, 795-2022, therunningcompany.net/austin-group-runs. Both branches of this running store offers a lineup of group runs (check website), but we’re most excited about the 30-minute core training class for runners at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the downtown location.
• The YMCA of Austin, www.austinymca.org. A free six-week Couch to 5K training program aims to prepare people for the Texas Round Up 2013. First-timers are encouraged. Groups will meet twice a week, starting in mid-March (varies by location), at the North Austin YMCA, TownLake YMCA, Southwest YMCA, East Communities YMCA, Hays Communities YMCA, Springs Family YMCA and Bastrop YMCA.
• Capital of Texas Team Survivor, www.teamsurvivoraustin.org. The lineup of free fitness programs for women who have cancer and cancer survivors includes triathlon training, rowing and running or walking.
• SUP ATX offers free stand-up paddleboard sessions at 6 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. Sundays starting at the Texas Rowing Center, 1541 W. Cesar Chavez St., across from Austin High School. No equipment needed, but sign up in advance at www.meetup.com/sup-austin-texas/. For more information call 866-478-7289.