Free NYC workout classes to try now

*updated August 2019 Summer in the city. Outdoor movies, trips to the beach, freezing offices, and for many, a renewed motivation to get active. Luckily, summer also brings with it countless free NYC workout classes too. There are dozens of gym options but most can put a dent in your wallet. That’s why it pays to keep always keep a list of free NYC workout classes on hand.

City summers might not be super packed, but they do have some pros. An array of affordable and free fitness classes and yoga sessions for all. From outdoor yoga, to running clubs, and fake surfing on a hotel rooftop, there are endless options.

Here’s a list of some of the free NYC workout classes going on now through summer. In many cases, they’re ongoing series that head right into the lovely fall season. Motivation not included.

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Free NYC workout classes to check out:


Core Power yoga with Kimpton Hotel Eventi- Summer fitness series, 6 pm.

Other yoga classes in this partnership are being held at the INK48 hotel rooftop on the West side of Manhattan.

Bryant Park Yoga – Tuesdays at 10 am, Thursdays at 6 pm.

Educators community yoga class – Athleta – Mondays 5 pm.

Community yoga flow – Lululemon at Hub Seventeen – Sundays 10:15 am

Community yoga – Elizabeth St Garden  – Sundays 11 am

Hotel 50 Bowery’s The Tribe – The tribe is a group of professional NYC women who host weekly events like the Acroyoga Basics in Long Island City. 

Sunrise and sunset yoga – Union Square South & North Plaza – Thursdays 7 am, and 7:30 pm.

Laughter yoga – Better Health Chiropractic Clinic (825 7th ave) – Wednesdays, 6 pm. This free weekly class mixes yoga with laughter exercises.

Community yoga at Church of St. Francis Xavier (46 W 16th St) – Tuesdays, 6 pm. Come here for some yoga inside a beautiful church  Suggested Donation.

Central Park yoga – Strawberry Fields – Wednesdays, 6:30 pm. Grab free tickets here.

Healthy on the Hudson – Hudson River Park Pier 46 – Thursdays, 6:3o pm. (Through September 12th). More details on their free NYC workout classes below.


Community classes at Athleta. One of the greatest deals in New York City were the free NYC workout classes in the Athleta store studios. Almost too good to be true. Athleta eventually realized this too and discontinued the program. But they didn’t do away with free classes completely. They still have weekly community classes. Check out the schedule here. They also host a run club every Thursday at 6:45 pm.

Community cardio, barre, and others  – Lululemon at Hub Seventeen, every Saturday 10:15 am

Summer in the Square series – Union Square- Every Thursday in the mornings and evenings. Yoga, Tai chi, and cardio, 9 am. The free NYC workout classes in the evening begin at 5:30 pm. They include dance cardio, cardio HIIT, the Paragon Sports running club, and a sunset yoga class.

The Sweat Sessions – Hudson River Park (14th & 10th) – Tuesday nights from 6 pm through 8pm. Every year the Meatpacking District & Wellth Collective host a weekly workout series. The outdoor classes start in May and go through summer. They include yoga, bootcamp, dance cardio, boxing, and more. Head to the nearby Samsung 837 afterwards for a complimentary cool down with bites and sips.

BollyX Class – Various locations throughout July and August, 6:30-7:30. Bolly X is a Bollywood inspired dance fitness class. To educate people about this cool fitness craze they’re hosting weekly and monthly free sessions. All open to the public. Learn more and get full dates and locations here.

Summer sweat series – New Balance store (Flat iron, NY) – Every Sunday in July, 9-10:00 am. The annual free nyc workout classes include running, zumba, and HIIT workouts.

Cardio Ballet – The Ballet Spot – Sundays, 11:30 am. This cardio ballet class is a revamp of traditional dance fitness. They even provide ballet slippers to early arrivals.

Healthy on the Hudson – Hudson River Park – Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30 pm. The series returns for its annual season to get you fit for free, on the waterfront. Wednesday events sponsored by Lululemon include a variety of challenging classes.

Shape Up NYC – Varied Locations – Tuesdays, various times.  Shape Up NYC is a workout series with the NYC parks. All five boroughs host a variety of free nyc workout classes. They include yoga, aerobics, pilates, zumba and more. Everything is free, plus no prior registration is necessary. Look through all the classes here.

JackRabbit – The store hosts free fitness classes as well as a running club. All scheduling info here.

Run club with Chelsea Piers Fitness – Chelsea Piers Brooklyn – Wednesdays, 6:30 pm. Saturdays at 8 am. For those training, or just looking for a community run, try the run club.


Meditation & breathing techniques – Elizabeth St Garden – Saturdays 1 pm

Mindful Mondays – Lululemon (75th & Bway) – 8:15 to 9pm first Monday of every month

Stoop Meditation – Brooklyn (453 Washington Ave) – Thursdays, 7:30 am. A free guided meditation on a Brooklyn stoop with the local community. You can’t get more New York than that. Find them on Instagram or Facebook @stoopmeditation.

Find more free meditation classes throughout the city here.

Do you take free NYC workout classes? Which ones are your favorite? 

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