In spite of having no real idea what a budget is let alone adhering to one, I do try to not throw money completely out the window. One of the ways I do this is by not paying for a gym membership because I would never use it.
I was in yoga earlier this week thinking about how even with my “buy-in bulk” class rate (I think drop-in is $20?), this class was costing me $13.50. I multiplied it by two in my head, added the $28 I pay a week for SoulCycle (also my “buy-in bulk” rate – drop in is $30) and realized I wasn’t really saving any money not having a gym membership if you took into account all my other fitness classes. So, I really can’t validate the cost of a gym membership.
If you’re on a budget – or looking to save money – use these free workout resources to have a little money to put towards your next trip or pair of jeans.
The Best Free Workout Resources
- Fitness Bloggers
This is my favorite way to find new workout resources. Tone It Up has great weekly schedules that take the planning out of everything. Pumps & Iron‘s workouts KILL me (this is a distance runner saying something is tough). Not only is Erin one of my friends and a barre instructor, but she makes gorgeous, step-by-step pinable workouts.
I have talked about my love for Nike Training Club before. If you’re still in the dark, it’s free, there are over 100 workouts and you can customize most of them.
- Complimentary Classes
Lululemon is amazing because they are all about bringing fitness to the community and giving back in return. Their stores all have run clubs and free yoga classes throughout the week. If you’re traveling or a yoga class isn’t in the budget, I recommend finding a local store and taking advantage of their free classes (and using that money for new Wunder Unders, duh).
Athleta has similar programs (and I’m not just pushing them because they are a sister brand!) to Lululemon. They often have complimentary barre and pilates classes as well!
- Take it Outside
It’s summer in half the world (and the part of the country that isn’t San Francisco) so get outside and take advantage of it. Google hikes in your area, run the stairs at your local track or football stadium (or neighborhood, if you live in a hilly area) or go for a bike ride. A lot of places do free outdoor workouts this time of year, too.Other outdoor exercises include running (duh, have you ever read a post here before?) and swimming as well. Only one of these leaves you with funny tan lines.
- Youtube or OnDemand
There are hundreds of free workout videos on Youtube. Yoga by Adriene is a great resource and I actually started my foray into strength training many, many moons ago by doing Jillian Michaels workouts that were free OnDemand. Just go to the “Fitness” section and you’re bound to find some great ones.
Chat with me:
Do you stick to a budget? Do you pay/use your gym membership? Are there any free workout resources I missed?