If fitness doesn’t sound alluring to you, can we tempt you with free fitness instead?
Because let’s be honest, as if gym motivation wasn’t hard enough, the extortionate members prices and exclusive clubs can make working out seem—well, intimidating.
But team, there is plenty of free fitness happening up and down the UK if only you know where to seek it out. Or, alternatively, let us do the hard work for you. That way, you can spend your paycheck on Sweaty Betty’s new power leggings and a pair of Nike React running shoes. Or go all out and book that bucket list flight to Goa for a fitness holiday.
Never fear. WH to the rescue with their extensive UK wide guide to free fitness.
FREE FITNESS IN LONDON
1. Adidas Runners
WHEN? 9am every Saturday
WHERE? Adidas studios, Brick Lane
WHY? Not only does the Adidas Runners run club bag you a steady few miles in the bank before most people have even woken up on a Saturday, it inducts you into one of the friendliest and funnest run clubs in the City. Become part of the running community as Adidas ambassadors pace you across London. Tunes included. Open to all abilities.
WANT TO JOIN? Check the Adidas Runners Facebook page.
2. ASICS Bootcamp
WHEN? 7pm every Friday
WHERE? Asics store, Oxford Circus
WHY? Get your kit on for a an hour long bodyweight workout. Think press ups, jump squats and plenty of burpees as the team put you through your paces.
WANT TO JOIN? Check the Asics London Facebook page.
3. Essence of Good Health
WHEN? 7pm every Monday
WHY? Practice your pranyanga with the yogis at Essence of Good Health, where for fifteen years they’ve been providing free hatha yoga classes for all. Passionate that the benefits of yoga should be accessible to everyone, be prepared for a mixed ability class with a true sense of zen.
WANT TO JOIN? Check the Yoga Nearby website.
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FREE FITNESS IN MANCHESTER
1. Manchester Road Runners
WHEN? 6.30pm every Wednesday
WHERE? The Wharf pub, Castlefield
WHY? Fancy joining one of the friendliest run clubs in the UK, totally for free? Look no further. Manchester Road Runners has been running for years and paces runners of all abilities through 5km, 6.5km or 8km routes. It’s one of the free fitness exercises when going for a drink afterwards is actively encouraged. You sold yet?
WANT TO JOIN? Check the Manchester Road Runners Facebook page.
2. Manchester Happy Bootcamp
WHEN? 10am every Sunday
WHERE? Platt Fields Bike Club
WHY? Get off your sofa and spend your weekend productively with the Happy Bootcamp team. With an hour long HIIT and bodyweight workout, their dedicated coaches will get your heart rate up and your gin hangover a thing of the past. Promise.
WANT TO JOIN? Check the Happy Bootcamps Facebook page.
3. Sahaja Yoga Meditation
WHEN? 6pm every Tuesday
WHERE? Friends Meeting House, Mount Street
WHY? Looking to take your practice to the next level and achieve a higher state of meditation? Sahaja is a worldwide movement promoting self awakening and practices in Manchester take place every Tuesday evening. New to the scene or intimidated to go the full ashtanga-hog just yet? This is the perfect class for beginners, as you don’t even need mats. Practice is carried out on chairs.
WANT TO JOIN? Check the Sahaja Yoga website.
FREE FITNESS BRIGHTON
1. Brighton Runners
WHEN? 7am every Sunday
WHERE? Brighton Beach lifesaving club.
WHY? Fancy running along the coast with seafront views at a regular Sunday morning run? Then join the Brighton Runners for a distance run with a scenic landscape you won’t forget. Breathe in the sea air and let your troubles run (pun intended) away with you.
WANT TO JOIN? Check the Brighton Runners Facebook page.
2. Box HIIT
WHEN? 9.30am every Saturday
WHERE? Woodingdean Central Park
WHY? Make this Saturday special and channel your inner Nicola Adams at this weekly boxing class. Totally free of charges and open to all levels, you’ll get your endorphins buzzing and release all the anger you’ve pent up at lazy work colleagues throughout the week. Follow with brunch for the perfect Saturday morning. You’re welcome.
WANT TO JOIN? Check Meet Up for more info.
3. Hove Early Bird Beach Walkers
WHEN? 7.15am Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
WHERE? King Alfred car park seafront
WHY? Stretch your legs and your soul with the Hove early bird beach walkers and join them to catch idyllic sunsets along the coast. Whether you’re looking to hit your 10,000 steps a day or searching for some new fitness friends, the 50 members will be keen to accommodate you. Dogs welcome.
WANT TO JOIN? Again, check Meet Up for more information.
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FREE FITNESS IN CARDIFF
1. Canton Chargers Run Club
WHEN? 7pm every Monday
WHERE? Cafe Clastan, Llandaff Fields
WHY? Canton Chargers have won several local awards for their friendly nature and fun approach to running. Only just beginning or, on the other end of the spectrum, don’t think it’ll be challenging enough? There are two different runs, one for newbies and one for advanced runners. Something for everyone.
WANT TO JOIN? Check the Canton Chargers website.
2. British Military Fit bootcamp
WHEN? 6.30pm every Monday and Wednesday
WHERE? Cardiff Heath Park
WHY? Prepare to get your butt kicked army style. Whilst not all sessions are free, your first go is worth trying for the endorphin high afterwards. Be pushed to your absolute limit with ex or serving members of the Armed Forces, aka fully qualified fitness professionals. Try the mixture of cardio based training and strength training for a mid-week burner. Suitable for all abilities.
WANT TO JOIN? Check the British Military website.
3. Sports Wales Squash
WHEN? 7.50pm every Friday
WHERE? Sports Wales, Sophia Gardens
WHY? Not quite your stereotypical stretch class but squash will stretch you out and make you sweat. Trying different sports is good for different muscle groups and this class is open to all abilities, so why not give it a go? This sociable Friday evening event will improve more than just your fitness—your hand eye coordination will get a boost, too. It’s £1 to cover administration costs but equipment is free of charge.
WANT TO JOIN? Check Meet Up for more information.
FREE FITNESS IN EDINBURGH
1. Edinburgh Runners
WHEN? 6.30pm every Wednesday
WHERE? Hope Park Crescent, East Edge
WHY? Mix up your Wednesdays and join the Edinburgh Runners on a quick 2.8 mile loop of Hope Park. Expect pleasant company and to be smashing a half marathon in under two hours in no time if you’re consistent with your mileage. Sounds good to us.
WANT TO JOIN? Check the Meet Up for more information.
2. Train Hard Thursday – Sweat With Us with lululemon
WHEN? 6pm most Thursdays
WHERE? lululemon Edinburgh, George Street
WHY? Join local trainers and studios as they showcase their sweatiest workouts for you to try. You don’t even have to sign up–just pop in store if you fancy releasing some endorphins.
WANT TO JOIN? Check the lululemon Edinburgh events page.
3. Vinyasa Yoga at Projekt 42
WHEN? 6pm every Monday
WHERE? Newkirkgate shopping centre whilst they build their permanent home off Leith Walk
WHY? With a vision to build happy bodies and strong minds, Projekt 42 is a not-for-profit organisation and independent charity fundraising to create a Scottish hub for all things fitness and wellbeing. Whilst classes aren’t strictly free, they’re as cheap £2.50 and you’ll be giving back to the community. They also have free childcare for any mums wanting to work out. Ideal.
WANT TO JOIN? Check the Projekt 42 page for more information.
Ally Head is Junior Digital Writer at Women’s Health. Join me on Instagram – @allyyhead
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