You Don’t Need a Gym Membership. Seriously.
It is that pivotal point in the year where we all look at ourselves and think, “I need to start working out.” Well, if you’re like me, you’ve tried the monthly gym membership, went a handful of times and then dragged your feet canceling it. I lost hundreds of dollars buying into a “no initiation fee and one month free” deal. Shameful. Don’t be like me.
After wasting my hard-earned money on a membership, I knew there had to be a better way to find a space to work out without to monthly commitment.
I have also noticed a rise in social posts from friends and family about multi-level marketing meal replacements. I don’t know about you, but paying $45 for a box of protein bars and powder seems a little ridiculous to me.
So here I am to encourage you to seek out free and cheap fitness in Portland.
Without further ado, here’s what I found. Before you sign on for a costly gym membership or subscribe to a weight loss service, take a look at this list of free and cheap fitness in Portland.
- Yoga Union, 2305 SE 50th Ave., offers FREE or $5 classes daily.
- Prana, 635 NW 23rd Ave., offers FREE classes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- Full Lotus PDX — 827 NE Alberta St. All classes by donation. Classes daily.
Here’s a full list of yoga studios in Portland that offer cheap classes.
Sometimes the best motivation comes from working out with others. Portland has numerous meetup groups for almost every type of sport and fitness. Find a group near you.
Want to get into running? Portland has a great running scene. There are so many running clubs in Portland that are completely free. Here are just a few:
Free Fitness at Athleta
Every weekend, Athleta’s two locations in Portland, Brewery Blocks and Washington Square, host free weekend classes.
You can register for classes online, which range from Zumba to yoga to run club. Two days a week is probably not enough exercise, but you may just learn some exercises you can do from home all week long.
Use Your Public Parks
Portland has some incredible public spaces for recreation. Some of my favorite urban parks in Portland offer great places to work out. These are outdoor spaces available to you every day, free of charge.
Another resource available at 12 Portland metro locations is Fitness Zone, program provides free outdoor fitness equipment in local parks. See all the locations near you.
If you’re a self-starter, working out from home may be the best option to get you on the fitness track. Youtube has so wonderful workouts that are completely free. Choose whatever type of workout you’re looking for and you’ll find it.
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