Don’t let an empty wallet stop you from keeping your New Year’s resolutions…
By Kelly Henderson (follow Kelly on Twitter @kellythekiwi)
You don’t need to spend a load on gym memberships or on a personal trainer – there are various free fitness classes taking place in sports shops and parks all over London and loads of great mobile apps that track and monitor your fitness levels.
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Free Running Clubs in London
Running on your own can be a pretty lonely (and sometime dangerous) activity. Push yourself, meet likeminded people and stay safe by joining one of these running clubs.
#1 | Sweatshop Running Community
SRC operate on the belief that running should be free, fun and inclusive. There is no fee to become a member and no fee to run. Every store offers a beginners level running group and if you attend regularly you can earn rewards like nutrition packs or running shoes. There are locations all over London including Notting Hill Gate, Clapham and Holloway Road. If you want to get involved then pop over to the website and register now.
#2 | Nike+ London
Nike+ London offer different events for all levels of runners. At the moment there are 2 on their websites that have registrations opening soon. NRC Home Run is a run for everyone on the 9th of January. You can pick your pace and your distance (5km, 7km or 10km). NRC Ready Set Go Run is on the 10th of January and aimed at the more inexperience runners. The session is 60-90 mins long and experts will help you prepare mentally and physically for running your first kilometres. Keep an eye on their website for future dates – you will also see fitness classes and skate events that you can join up to.
#3 | Asics Running Clinics at Asics London store
The flagships Asics store on Oxford Street holds weekly running club. They are free to join and designed to help you improve your running (no matter what level) – experts are on hand to motivate you and offer advice. Follow the Asics Running Club group on Facebook to keep up-to-date.
#4 | London City Runners
Based near London Bridge, the London City Runners are affiliated with the London City Athletics Club. They meet on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with each day offering a different course. It doesn’t matter if you’re fast paced or you like to take it a bit slower, if you want to join the club then sign up online.
Not a runner? Try a free fitness class
If running isn’t really your thing, then why not try one of these alternative free fitness classes.
# 1 | Sweaty Betty Clubs
There are Sweaty Betty boutiques all over the country selling women’s workout gear. But did you know they also offer free fitness classes too? All you need to do is sign up to their website and book your classes in advance. The London locations include Shoreditch, Soho, Canary Wharf and Wimbledon and classes range from Body Attack to Yoga, Boot Camp to Dance.
#2 | Friday Night Skate and Sunday Stroll
If you prefer to exercise with wheels on each foot then join the skaters leaving from Hyde Park every Friday and Sunday. As long as you can control your speed, stop and turn on your skates then you are welcome to join the group as they make their way around the streets of London. The Friday Night Skate is for those who are more advanced, whilst Sundays are more relaxed. Check out the website for more information.
#3 | Reebok FitHub
There are two Reebok FitHub stores in Central London (Covent Garden and Kings Road) that have been designed to inspire people to train and have fun getting fit. After you’ve got all the expert advice you need, take part in one of their free fitness classes. There are loads of classes to choose from including Body Balance, Grit and Functional Fitness – keep an eye out in store or on the Facebook pages to find out the schedule.
Fitness classes and running clubs are a great way to meet new people and gain added advice and motivation. And the best bit about these ones is that they are absolutely free! Finally don’t forget about the The Great Outdoors Gym (TGO) which offers free gym facilities in an outdoors space near you and to check out our page on free yoga in London too.
#4 | Our Parks
Our Parks, is an great free outdoor fitness programme offering regular group exercise classes and sport games in 80 parks around London, all year round. Our Parks provide a wide range of classes, from Bootcamp and Boxing to Netball and Volleyball and from Yoga and Tai-Chi to Brazilian Dance and Capoeira. Find out more here.
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