Life on a Budget: 10 Free Workouts in Boston This Week

In this week’s Life on a Budget blog, find out how to get in a Boston-area workout without breaking a financial sweat. Put your gym membership on vacation! Throughout the city, there are free classes and activities to keep you moving while giving your wallet a rest.

This is just a sample of the free activities available, and we know there are more! If you have information about a free workout in the area this week, please post the information in our comments below.

In the event of inclement weather, we recommend contacting event organizers to get information on possible cancellations.

Daily through September 16
7 to 7:45 a.m.
Tai Chi/Quigong
Basketball court
Jersey Street/Park Drive junction, Boston

This program takes place every morning through September 16. The group meets at the basketball court next to Clemente Field to practice Tai Chi. The program is designed to strengthen the body. No registration necessary.

6:30 to 7:30 p.m., rain or shine
The North Face Mountain Athletics Free Outdoor Workouts
Esplanade at the Hatch Shell
47 David Mugar Way, Boston

Free training sessions are on Thursdays. Registration is requested at

Saturdays through August 29
7 to 8 a.m.
Sunrise Yoga
The Charles River Bistro
47 David Mugar Way, Boston

Free Sunrise Yoga classes take place every Saturday morning through August 29 at the Esplanade next to the Arthur Fiedler Memorial. Bring a mat and get your stretch on while overlooking the Charles River. 

Sundays through November
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Memorial Drive Recreation Sundays
Riverbend Park, Cambridge

Memorial Drive is closed between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street, and the public is invited to use the space for rollerskating, biking, running and other outdoor activities. There are no age restrictions. 

Wednesday, July 29
6 to 7 p.m.
Walk Wednesdays with MassParks
DCR Hemlock Gorge Reservation
Ellis Street, Newton

Through August 12 this summer, the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) offers group walks at various locations on Wednesday evenings. This week, change into your sneakers after work and stretch your legs on a 2-mile ranger-led walk in the park. The program is designed for ages 16 and older. Meet at the DCR parking lot on Ellis Street at 6 p.m. 

Wednesday, July 29
6 to 7 p.m.
Move It! Zumba Night
Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza
361 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Add some mid-week energy with a Zumba class, led by Gerardina Arias-Halloran and presented by ¡Viva el Latin Quarter! 

Thursday, July 30
6 to 7 p.m.
Zumba Party with Healthworks Fitness
Devotion School
345 Harvard Street, Brookline

Get your heart pumping and the party started with one hour of Zumba. The program is designed to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat.

Friday, July 31
7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Park&Pedal Launch Event
Christian A. Herter Park
1255 Soldiers Field Road, Boston

This is the inaugural event of America’s first official Park&Pedal program, designed to encourage bicycling. Park your car for free in the designated lot and ride your bike along the Charles River. As part of the festivities, five new bicycles will be given away. A variety of vendors will be offering free bicycle service, food, drink, water bottles and more. 

Friday, July 31
6 to 9 p.m.
D Street Dance Party
The Lawn on D
420 D Street, Boston

Free line dances and lessons with the MetaMovements dancers will get the party started tonight. DJ Roy Barboza of HOT 96.9 will be spinning music. 

Saturday, August 1
10:15 a.m.
Bootcamp on the Greenway
Republic Fitness
2 International Place, Boston

Meet the group in the Republic Fitness lobby and then walk over to the Rose Kennedy Greenway for Tabata bootcamp. The intense workout is designed to burn calories and strengthen the body. 

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