7 Ways to Work Out in NYC Without Going Broke

7 Ways to Work Out in NYC Without Going Broke
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Just because your friends are willing to pay sky-high gym membership prices or shell out big bucks for a one-hour cycling class doesn’t mean that you have to. After all, this is New York City, where workouts of all types are available for any given budget. To prove that scoring sweet abs doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg, we’ve rounded up the best ways to work out without going broke. So get going, champ!

Fitbit Local

Break a sweat without breaking the bank by taking advantage of Fitbit Local’s free monthly workouts, each led by a local fitness ambassador. At the next session in the series on January 13, join Josh Martinez for a full-body HIIT bootcamp class with boxing fundamentals. People of all fitness levels are invited to join, so no worries if you’re brand spanking new to this kind of workout. It’s also not necessary to own a Fitbit, so just show up ready to work out and have fun!


Yoga to the People

In a day where the average rate for a drop-in yoga class in the city is near $20, find comfort in the fact that Yoga to the People offers classes that are strictly donation-based, encouraging people to give $10 a class if and only if that’s a reasonable amount. With multiple locations and the ability to choose from power vinyasa flow, traditional hot yoga, and hot vinyasa classes, it’s easy to find a yoga session that suits your schedule and style. Given that the suggested donation is only half the going rate at most studios, make sure to show up early for class because it gets super crowded!


New York Road Runners Open Run Series

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Based on this weekend’s severe weather forecast, and in consultation with our NYC agency partners, we are cancelling this weekend's scheduled NYRR #FLMH and #NYRROpenRun. Here’s what the cancellation means for registered half marathoners: • You have the option of receiving either your 9+1 and Four out of Six credit OR • Complimentary entry to one of the following races, as space permits: NYRR Gridiron 4M / Longest Football Throw, NYRR Al Gordon 4M, NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K, or Scotland Run (10K). Whichever option you choose, you may pick up your NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half hat and medal at the #NYRR Running Annex ( from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Monday, January 25. Here’s what the cancellation means for registered volunteers: We won't need your volunteer services for this event, though we thank you again for signing up to help.You will still receive your +1 credit for this event. Thank you for understanding!

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If you’re tired of running alone or are looking for some extra motivation to keep putting one foot in front of the other, join New York Road Runners for their Open Run series, a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative that hosts free weekly runs across all five boroughs. Runs are free to participate in, and occur in local neighborhood parks like Brooklyn Bridge Park, Crotona Park, and Canarsie Park. The runs, which average about three miles long, are open to all experience levels and don’t end until the final person or pup finishes. That’s right—dogs and even strollers are welcome, too, so feel free to make it a family affair! Official invites can be found here, but for a good idea of the weekly Open Run schedule, head here.


adidas: Art & Yoga

Experience yoga in a whole new way by taking part in this series at the Brooklyn Museum, with the next class happening January 13. Local instructors lead an hour-long flow and mindfulness meditation class inside this cultural institution, where yoga mats are provided. When class is over, explore the museum’s galleries and exhibits all you want, since your $10 yoga ticket also includes general admission.

November Project

Whether you’re a self-described couch potato or a gym rat, the November Project was founded to encourage people to stay in shape during the colder months. With workouts taking place in Fort Greene Park, Carl Schurz Park, and others, this free workout movement motivates dozens of people to wake up before the sun and sweat it out on the reg. For the calendar of workouts, go here. If you’re interested but not convinced that this is the workout for you, the folks behind the November Project encourage you to come out and see what all the fuss is about.


Jordan Metzl’s IronStrength Workouts

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Sports medicine doctor and fitness enthusiast Jordan Metzl is so passionate about working out safely that he hosts free workouts in Central Park throughout the year. His unique IronStrength Workout focuses on a full-body class for all fitness levels that works all muscle groups while also focusing on injury prevention. Although the schedule for 2018 has yet to be posted, you can stay tuned to Metzl’s calendar for more info. If you’d rather not wait and want to try one of his workouts from the comfort of your own home, peep this video and prepare to feel the burn.


The Rise

You can reap the benefits of group fitness every day without paying a dime with The Rise, which offers a different high-intensity interval training session every day of the week in various locations around the city. The only catch? Workouts begin at 6:30 a.m. sharp, so you better be an early riser or prepare to become one. There are three rules for all members of The Rise to follow, but they’re easy: “Anyone can do this. Everyone is welcome. We will have fun.” Game on, everyone!