Exercise doesn’t have to be an expensive habit, as long as you do it right. Gyms can charge up to $100 or more a month and private trainers are even more, so what can I do to workout? Well, You definitely don’t have to break the bank to get a good workout in. There are plenty of options out there for the budget conscious people out there. As long as you do some research, you can find some pretty sweet deals on gyms, classes and workout equipment.

Here is my guide to working out without breaking the bank and some free exercise options.

 

The Y

Great workouts at great costs, try these old school options out.  The YMCA has been offering free or very cheap gym memberships to members of its communities for as long as they’ve been around. The Village People weren’t singing about nothing. Find out where the nearest YMCA is to you and make some inquiries. Depending on your income, the YMCA will work with you on fees, making gym membership affordable. You won’t see cutting edge technology here but the gyms are maintained pretty well.

 

Free Classes

Check out your local fitness retailers, because often they hold free classes to further their brands. Nike and Lulu Lemon have been known to do in store experiences where you get a free class and possibly free workout gear. Swag bags are sweet and who doesn’t love free stuff?  Workout for free you say, I’m listening.

 

Outside is a giant free gym

Oh, outside, our giant free gym. The world offers plenty of ways to workout for free. Take a hike, jog or stroll up some steep hills to work o your glutes. Oceans and lakes make great swimming pools, just make sure you are an experienced swimmer and never swim alone. I prefer to workout outside, the air is fresh and the scenery is always better than inside a gym.   Nature is an astonishing gym that has a plethora of ways to kick your butt.

 

Membership deals

Get a great deal on your gym membership by finding online deals. Websites like Living Social and Groupon regularly have gym deals and often will save you more than 50% or more. I love deals and would never pay full price to join a gym, sorry, that’s a sucker’s game. The gym will give you huge discounts if you just spend some time researching it.  Workout on your own budget, not theirs.

 

First Time Deals

First time deals are how gyms get you in the door, but it doesn’t mean you have to stay. Newbie deals are a great way to test out a gym or workout to see if it’s for you. Give a Crossfit gym a try and see if that kind of extreme physical activity is for you. The last thing you want to do is getting locked into a long-term deal and not like the gym.

 

Train Yourself

Who needs an expensive trainer when you can find awesomely detailed workout videos online for free? Train yourself and save mucho bucks and still get quality workouts. The motivation has to come solely from you, so plan accordingly.

 

Parks with outdoor gyms

Parks all across the US are adding outdoor gyms and it’s awesome. These cool new machines use body weight as the resistance and offer pretty good results. You can’t beat the price either, as these are all free to use. Just respect your neighbors and share the machines.  These workouts are becoming much more popular, so if your town doesn’t have one of these gyms, contact your local government.

 

Home Gym

Build yourself a kick ass home gym using used equipment. All you need are some free weights and a small area in your home to work out. Slowly build your gym by adding pieces as you go. You’d be surprised at how much used workout equipment you can find on websites like EBay and Craigslist. See if your town has Play-it-again sports, or other used sports retailers.

 

You don’t need an expensive gym membership or personal trainer to get n shape; instead, all you need is motivation and drive.

 

 

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