Working out is necessary. Paying full price to get sweaty? Not so much! In Toronto, there are no shortages of gyms, yoga studios, and wellness spaces that host discounted and free fitness workshops and classes (positive experiences are the best marketing, after all, right?) If you’re looking to get in shape on the cheap, then this list is for you!
Here are 9 free and/or cheap and cheerful fitness classes to keep on your radar this summer.
Lululemon offers a wide range of different community classes throughout the city, including complimentary yoga happening this Sunday, June 30 at its Cumberland location in Yorkville. Now you have no excuse to not actually put those pricey yoga pants to good use!
This yoga studio at the back of Roncesvalles United Church is the city’s only pay what you can yoga studio. Since 2014, all drop-in and pre-registered classes have been run on a totally pay-what-you-choose model with a suggested $15-25 for one class, and come with free mat use. Teens can come practice free, too and if you like the vibe, splurge on a monthly pass for a suggested PWYC payment of $95 – $135.
MEC offers a range of fitness experiences for people who get bored at the gym, especially in the summer. Check out a group trail run around the Brickworks, beach yoga at Ashbridges Bay every Sunday morning, paddles at Rouge Beach Park, and much more. Find your fitness community and make the most of our small pockets of green space this summer.
Notable Toronto mindful movement studio, MISFITSTUDIO hosts free community classes throughout the week. These classes are led by a teacher trainee who teaches a class as part of their final exam from the MISFITSTUDIO Teacher Training program. The classes at MISFIT are often described as therapy sessions, so if you’re needing a little extra love and self-TLC, this is the spot to get it for free!
Natural skincare may be their speciality, but this brand also hosts free weekly yoga classes at its Queen Street flagship. There’s also a Consonant run club which meets weekly on Wednesday evenings for 5-7 KM routes around the city, leaving from the store at 6 p.m. This brand clearly knows about how to get glowing from the inside out!
Each week this running gear brand hosts free drop-in runs for anyone who wants to join. There’s a 10K Friday tempo run at 6:30 p.m., and a Sunday long run around High Park (distance options are between 12 and 28 KM) at 8:30 a.m. Plus, you can stay for post-run brunch with all your new pals!
Hone is a gym with a membership that will run you less than the cost of 2 yoga classes monthly. Pay just $15 bi-weekly for access to this no-frills gym which aims to offer no-contract, low-fees fitness for people who just want to go in, do their thing, and leave. Plus, when you sign-up you get a free assessment with a personal trainer.
It’s totally free to take part in Toronto Outdoor Club’s offering of events and travel excursions in and around the GTA. This is a volunteer-run organization for adults who love nature and want to hike, jog, backpack, cycle, play tennis, or ice skate with a group. Some activities are just more fun with others, right?
Looking for a solid crew to run with on the regular? NTRC meets every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday evenings, and Saturday mornings, rain or shine, so you never have to go it alone. This inclusive, all-abilities welcome crew has been together since 2013. That’s commitment goals.
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