I love trying new workouts and mixing up my routine to keep me motivated but… my bank account is not such a huge fan. Casual class passes get expensive and multiple memberships add up FAST.
But you don’t always have to spend a pretty penny on keeping fit when there are free options!
Kick start your fitness routine with these free or cheaper alternatives.
Join free workout programs
To help keep the community active and healthy, lots of councils and communities offer free fitness programs. There are also run clubs and walking groups in most areas that are usually free to join and a great way to meet new people!
Brisbane City Council hosts Active and Healthy Events across the City. With a variety of times, locations and workout types, there’s sure to be one for everyone! Medibank are also hosting a series of workouts in Southbank. You can check out the schedule here.
If you’re in Melbourne you can even check out The Melbourne Healthy Lifestyle group that hosts a number of classes and fitness meet ups across the City.
Sydney-siders can pop along to a lunchtime class with Live Life Get Active.
To promote a healthier lifestyle, HPB is offering all kinds of fitness classes under their Sunrise In The City programme. Whether you enjoy dancing to K-pop, HIIT, or yoga, there’s an option for you.
It used to only be held in the morning, but now there are lunchtime and weekend sessions too! With more than 60 different kinds of workouts at over 30 locations, there’s no excuse not to work out.
Work out digitally
There are so many free resources like the Lorna Jane App, Instagram and YouTube which allow you to get away without signing up for a gym membership.
You can find all sorts of workouts from yoga to HIIT. If you have access to equipment, there are tons of gym-based muscle building workouts too.
Just remember that Instagram and YouTube are free platforms for both the user and provider, so make sure the person you follow is a trained athlete or personal trainer. The programs on the Lorna Jane App are with qualified professionals 💪🏼
Get your company involved
Maximise your time and your finances by getting your company involved! Sign your company up to Fit Friday to encourage your whole team to get fitter with you. Fit Friday is the last Friday of the month where we encourage businesses to bring wellness to the workplace. We arrange to attend a different class or get active together every Fit Friday. You can arrange a trainer to come to your workplace or visit a new studio.
This is a great way to try new classes and potentially look at opportunities to negotiate ongoing corporate rates to save you cash longterm too!
Make use of those free trials
Most gyms and fitness studios offer a free trial for interested customers. If you’re someone who likes varying your workouts, this is a perfect way to not spend a single cent. Class Pass is a great option as they offer a one week free trial.
Of course, you might have to start travelling outside your neighbourhood once you exhaust the options, but paying for the bus is likely cheaper than paying for a class.
Ask your friends to refer you
Besides signing up for free trials, you can also find cheap gyms to go to either by going to a community centre or asking your friends to introduce you to their gyms.
Usually, friends and family of current members are offered discounted prices. You can save even more money if your friend agrees to split the referral rebate with you!
How do you look after your savings as well as your fitness? Share your tips with us!
Carissa is a freelance writer who is based in Singapore. You can find her scuba diving underwater and doing yoga when she’s on land. She also writes about beauty, lifestyle and wellness. You can contact her here.