At a glance, fitness programs can look a little bit unattainable. After all, spending $100+ a month is hardly justifiable, especially on a first job salary.
Fortunately the Triangle has so much to offer when it comes to the variety of classes, workouts, and camaraderie we look for in the above programs…for free. You just have to be willing to look for them. Consider this your start to free fitness in the Triangle.
Wellness Wednesdays – Midtown Park, North Hills
Wednesdays during the spring and fall (two twelve week sessions), various fitness studios demonstrate their wellness programs through free fitness classes. Participating studios include Burn Bootcamp, HEAT, and others. Unfortunately, Wellness Wednesdays are over for now but check North Hills event page for these 6:30-7:30 pm sweat sessions once they start up again in the Spring.
Group Fitness Pop Up – Dix Park
Grab your free tickets here for a group fitness pop up hosted by trainers Brittany Guerin and Ashley Liu Kirkman. Experience a full body workout followed by stretching and yoga surrounded by the beauty of one of Raleigh’s prettiest (and newest) parks. The next workout is Thursday, October 19 at 6:30.
Burn Bootcamp Saturdays – West Raleigh
Burn might be notorious for the all women’s kick-your-butt workout, but Saturdays at 9am are for everyone. Join their free, coed camp at their West Raleigh location for a weekend sweat session.
Brewery Runs – Various Locations
When I first moved to Charlotte, I couldn’t get over the brewery run craze. Something about finishing three miles off with a cold one couldn’t be beat. Luckily, this trend hasn’t gone anywhere and multiple Raleigh breweries host their own running clubs each week. Options include Raleigh Beer Garden Mondays at 6:15pm, Bond Brothers in Cary Tuesdays at 6:30pm, Raleigh Brewing on Wednesdays at 6:30pm, and Runologie’s Hanogver Runs Sundays at 11am. Not into running? Try Crank Arm’s Wednesday night cycle ride starting at 6:30pm.
Barre-Up Yoga Flow – Fred Fletcher Park
This 60 minute power vinyasa flow will channel your inner yogi at a convent Fred Fletcher park location. Grab a mat and a friend and head out October 23 at 5:45 for an hour of flow fitness.
Meet Up – Various Locations
You might have heard of meet up for networking or other like minded hobbies, but rarely does it cross your mind for fitness. Meet Up offers various workouts all over the triangle for different groups of people. Like to trail run? Check. Women in their 50s, 60s, and 70s looking to encourage each other’s strength? Check. Always dreamed of participating in one of those stroller mom workouts? Check that one off too.
HEAT Sundays – Glenwood South
HEAT offers FREE community classes every Sunday at 2pm. HEAT promises to offer a new type of intensity and energy to your workout so get ready to sweat.
Free Trials – Most Fitness Studios
Almost all fitness studios offer some type of trial run before commitment. Don’t be afraid to ask! Try as many as you can. If you can’t stop thinking about a particular trial…join! At least then you can justify the expense knowing you invested in something you love.
Greenways – Various Locations
I missed Raleigh greenways. They seem to go on and on and on forever. Whether you choose to run the 3 mile Lake Johnson loop or stick to the Art Museum’s trail, these paved paths are convent all over the city and make for a quick workout in these perfectly cooling temps. Go for a run, grab a friend and take a walk or pull out your bike…whatever it is, there’s no excuse not to move.