Burn Those Calories

The best places in Austin to get a killer workout for free

The best places in Austin to get a killer workout for free

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You can get a killer workout without spending a dime. Camp Gladiator/Facebook

Austin consistently ranks among the fittest cities in the country — and last year, it was even deemed the fittest city in Texas. Step outside or drive around Lady Bird Lake and you'll see runners, dog walkers, stroller pushers, and more. Want to get in on the action and burn some calories?

We've compiled the places in Austin where you can get a free workout (and have fun too).

Get fit on the plaza at Whole Foods
The downtown Whole Foods hosts fitness classes on its rooftop weekly, everything from yoga to barre to boot camp. The schedule changes frequently, but through the end of April, The Barre Code is providing barre classes on Thursdays at 7 am and Outdoor Voices provides yoga classes at 10 am on Saturdays.

Make sure to keep an eye on the calendar for what's coming up in May.

Take a class at The Domain
Each month, the Athleta and Lululemon stores at The Domain designate a “studio of the month,” which then hosts free workout classes. April’s studio of the month at Athleta is Define Body and Mind, which has barre/yoga/Pilates fusion classes, and Camp Gladiator is hosting free Sunday workouts at Lululemon through the end of the month.

May’s studios haven't been announced yet, but you can look at Athleta’s website and the LuluLemon website for updates to the calendar. Past studios include Kor180, CorePower Yoga, Dane’s Body Shop, Pure Pilates, and more.

Join a community workout
Alta's Cafe on Lady Bird Lake frequently hosts yoga on the dock on Sunday nights, though there's no regular schedule. Early risers can head to Cherrywood Coffeehouse for free yoga at 8 am Monday through Friday. 

Dane's Body Shop hosts complimentary workouts every first and third Sunday of the month. And Luke's Locker offers a range of events such as yoga, social runs, and a Taco Tuesday workout (count us in!).

Go for a group run
Obviously running is the ultimate free workout, but it always helps to have people around to motivate you to push harder and run faster. The Austin Runners Club and No Excuses Running groups meet several times a week at various places across town, so pick the group closest to you and give it a shot.

If you prefer to run solo, you can always hit up one of Austin’s famed trails.

Cut loose on the dance floor
If traditional workouts aren’t your thing, dancing is a great way to burn some calories (and learn a new skill too). There are plenty of places around town that will teach you how to move your feet.

The White Horse hosts two-stepping lessons on Saturdays at 7 pm and free Cajun and zydeco lessons at 7 pm on Fridays. Dance Across Texas, Wild West, Mavericks, and Graham Central Station will teach you how to two step too. If you want to learn some salsa moves, The Oasis is a popular stop on Sunday evenings. For more Latin flavor, check out tango lessons at the Russian House.