The Best Free Workout Resources

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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

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With my babes Erin & Angela hiking last summer. Miss these girls so much.

  • 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.
  • Apps
    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!
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Yoga in the park (except I paid for this yoga in the park, whoops).

  • 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?

24 comments on “The Best Free Workout Resources

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Heather @Fit n Cookies on June 25, 2015 7:14 am

There are seriously so many free resources that it’s harder to just say you can’t make it work because of money. I’ll just laugh at you. Gyms are nice, but you can get discounted weights and such at TJ Maxx and Marshalls, not to mention all these free resources you don’t even need weights for!
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Cassie on July 3, 2015 1:29 am

Totally agree – and those are such great resources for gear/clothes, too!

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on June 25, 2015 7:35 am

Totally with you on the not having a budget but just trying not to blow things. A huge reason for us just trying to live based on the overall scheme of things rather than week to week is some weeks, I make all of our food and others I make none of it (based on when Alex is working). And then bills. Womp womp
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Cassie on July 3, 2015 1:29 am

Being an adult is not fun all the time! $$$ :(

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Erin @ The Almond Eater on June 25, 2015 8:07 am

I LOVE THESE–thanks for including my workouts and I love going on “hikes” aka walking in the woods :D I currently don’t pay for a gym membership or any membership for that matter and I’m loving it. Seriously, it saves so much money!
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Cassie on July 3, 2015 1:28 am

Your workouts are so killer… thanks for being such an amaze blogger.

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Sarah @pickyrunner on June 25, 2015 9:21 am

NOVEMBER PROJECT

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Cassie on July 3, 2015 1:28 am

Need to make that my August goal – get there!

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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on June 25, 2015 10:23 am

Get this: I’ve worked in fitness for so long that I’ve NEVER paid for a class or gym membership in the past six years. And I’ve been to nearly every studio … :) But hey, it takes my blood-sweat-and-tears to be able to gym hop for free heheheh!
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Cassie on July 3, 2015 1:28 am

So jealous of your fitness instructor life!! But you’re right – it’s not an easy one!!!

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Pamela Batson on June 25, 2015 1:40 pm

I need to check out some of those fitness bloggers for new routines. I don’t have time or money to go to a gym so I am always exercising at home. Thanks for the helpful tips.

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Cassie on July 3, 2015 1:27 am

Glad they helped!

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Alyssa @ RenaissanceRunnerGirl on June 25, 2015 1:52 pm

I second Sarah: NOVEMBER PROJECT! #freefitness (and if you come to NYC, you’ll hear the NY chapter screaming that while people who paid $50 to workout are working out literally right next to us near Gracie Mansion)
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Cassie on July 3, 2015 1:26 am

Okay I have to try Nov Project ASAP!

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Shashi at RunninSrilankan on June 25, 2015 3:28 pm

I love Erin’s pinnable workouts too! I also use http://www.bodyrock.tv/workouts/ for some HIIT alternatives!

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Cassie on July 3, 2015 1:26 am

ooh gonna have to check that one out!

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Mags on June 25, 2015 3:50 pm

Great resource. I’m book marking this for the next time I decide I really need to get in shape (happens a few times a day lol)
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Cassie on July 3, 2015 1:27 am

Glad it helped!

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Jasmine Watts on June 25, 2015 4:53 pm

I seriously keep my gym membership until it gets warm outside again. It’s free and I feel like i get a better workout being outside than I do indoors. Thanks for sharing this list.
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Cassie on July 3, 2015 1:26 am

Yes, totally agree!

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Nutrition a la Natalie on June 26, 2015 10:34 am

Fitness Blender is my favorite YouTube workout channel. It’s mostly cardio and HIIT, but the workouts are not easy by any means!
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Cassie on July 3, 2015 1:13 am

I have to try that one asap!

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Cara's Healthy Cravings on June 26, 2015 12:36 pm

I do have a gym membership as I love the classes that are provided there, so it’s worth it for me. I also really enjoy the community of friends that I have established in each of my classes. That being said, I also really like working out at home via youtube channels or fitness dvds. I like to mix things up a lot, as it keeps me motivated.
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Cassie on July 3, 2015 1:16 am

The community is something you lose without a membership, that’s for sure!

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