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Free ways to work out: Fitness classes & events for the budget-minded

Free ways to work out: Fitness classes & events for the budget-minded

October 31, 20173120Views1Comment
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We can work out for free anywhere. We can curl jugs of laundry detergent in our basements or sprint the stairs at our 12-story office building during lunch hour. But even when we’re on a budget, it’s still awesome to work out with a group, in an actual class or with instruction from smart teachers who’ll tell us when our detergent-curling form isn’t quite right.

Here are some free ways to work out and be active in Maine, from running, hiking and cross-country skiing to upcoming events that don’t cost a dime. Because a lack of cash shouldn’t keep us from gettin’ ripped! (Or at least sweating heavily around other people.)

Free upcoming events

Feb
24
Sat
Free community fitness class @ The Distance Project
Feb 24 @ 8:00 am
Free community fitness class @ The Distance Project | Freeport | Maine | United States

We offer a free community fitness class in Freeport every Saturday morning!

Join us at 8 am every Saturday for a fun, free, community workout.

FMI: www.facebook.com/distanceathlete

Fit Maine went! Read more: Lift and learn: Free community class Saturdays at The Distance Project, Freeport

Feb
27
Tue
Yoga and Cancer class @ New England Cancer Specialists
Feb 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Yoga and Cancer class @ New England Cancer Specialists | Kennebunk | Maine | United States

Yoga and Cancer classes are different from regular yoga classes you would typically find at your local studio. They are even different from classes that are called “gentle” or “restorative.” Yoga and Cancer was specifically designed to provide therapeutic benefits to cancer patients and survivors in a relaxed and supportive environment. Specific movements and postures along with mindful breathing and meditation techniques help manage stress and support the immune system. Yoga and Cancer will help you build strength, improve flexibility and range of motion and support the health of the cardiac and lymphatic systems.

FMI: www.yogaandcancer.org/classes

Shine Dance Fitness @ SHINE DANCE FITNESS - ALL CLASSES @ AQUARIUS BALLROOM DANCE
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Shine Dance Fitness @ SHINE DANCE FITNESS - ALL CLASSES @ AQUARIUS BALLROOM DANCE | Portland | Maine | United States

1st class is FREE!!! Shine Dance fitness incorporates Jazz, Hip Hop, and Ballet all while dancing to today’s hits (think 97.9). My two favorite things about SHiNE: It’s FUN, and it’s YOURS! Every routine is easily modifiable to ANY fitness level. If you need low impact and small range of motion, SHiNE can be that. If you need killer cardio and deep booty squats, SHiNE can be that! If you need a great workout that feels like a party, SHiNE is definitely that! What are you waiting for??

Join me at Aquarius Ballroom dance it Portland every Tuesday night at 6pm and Saturdays at 10am. Introduce a friend to SHINE & you get another free class. Promotion is 50% off classes 5 classes for $25 & 10 classes for $45. Drop in anytime and follow our Facebook page for special events.

FMI: www.facebook.com/shinefitnessme/

Feb
28
Wed
Full Moon Hike @ Hidden Valley Nature Center
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Moon Hike @ Hidden Valley Nature Center | Jefferson | Maine | United States

Explore the wonders of nature under the light of the full moon at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Let your eyes adjust to the ambient light, enjoy the shadows and the sounds of coyotes, owls, and the trees blowing in the wind. We’ll end the evening with a hot drink and camaraderie at one of the heated cabins. Meet at the gate promptly for a 2.5 mile trek to the pond for the full moon rising. Please no dogs. If you are borrowing our snowshoes, please make arrangements and arrive early for a fitting.

FMi: https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/full-moon-hike-4/

Mar
1
Thu
Full Moon Walk on the Eastern Trail @ Eastern Trail
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm
Full Moon Walk on the Eastern Trail @ Eastern Trail | Saco | Maine | United States

Don’t miss this! The Eastern Trail Alliance will host two evening walks to see the full moon from the trail. It’s FREE and an experience not to be missed. Walks are 60-90 minutes. All ages welcome (but flashlights and furry friends are not).

Meet at 7 p.m. at either location below:
1.) Southern Maine Health Care, Biddeford. (back parking lot off W Cole Rd) with Biologist & Trustee Joe Yuhas
2.) Pine Point Rd, Scarborough-Eastern Trail crossing parking lot with Executive Director Carole Brush

Full Moon Hike @ Emmons Preserve
Mar 1 @ 8:00 pm
Full Moon Hike @ Emmons Preserve | Kennebunkport | Maine | United States

Enjoy the magic of winter with a full moon hike at the Emmons Preserve! KCT Board Member, Russ Grady, will lead the group on a moderate 3 mile hike on the Trust’s trails. There will be several opportunities to stop along the way and enjoy the glow of the moon. Weather will dictate gear (snow shoes, poles, winter clothes, etc…). While we hope to use the moon light, bringing a flash light or headlamp is always a good idea. Feel free to bring your beverage of choice to enjoy in the headquarters after the hike. Meet at our headquarters located at 57 Gravelly Brook Road in Kennebunkport at 8pm. Free, all welcome!

Thanks to C.A. Smith Photography for his full moon photo taken in the Smith Preserve.

https://www.facebook.com/events/284288665426671/

Mar
3
Sat
Free community fitness class @ The Distance Project
Mar 3 @ 8:00 am
Free community fitness class @ The Distance Project | Freeport | Maine | United States

We offer a free community fitness class in Freeport every Saturday morning!

Join us at 8 am every Saturday for a fun, free, community workout.

FMI: www.facebook.com/distanceathlete

Fit Maine went! Read more: Lift and learn: Free community class Saturdays at The Distance Project, Freeport

Mar
6
Tue
Yoga and Cancer class @ New England Cancer Specialists
Mar 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Yoga and Cancer class @ New England Cancer Specialists | Kennebunk | Maine | United States

Yoga and Cancer classes are different from regular yoga classes you would typically find at your local studio. They are even different from classes that are called “gentle” or “restorative.” Yoga and Cancer was specifically designed to provide therapeutic benefits to cancer patients and survivors in a relaxed and supportive environment. Specific movements and postures along with mindful breathing and meditation techniques help manage stress and support the immune system. Yoga and Cancer will help you build strength, improve flexibility and range of motion and support the health of the cardiac and lymphatic systems.

FMI: www.yogaandcancer.org/classes

 

Free ways to get active & work out

The people of OPPR. Photo courtesy Old Port Pub Run

Free run groups in Portland
For runners who appreciate the camaraderie of a run group, there are a few options in Portland. Check out Old Port Pub Run‘s group runs on Thursday nights, which start and end at Liquid Riot Bottling Co. Thick Quad Squad leads group runs on Sundays and trail runs on some Tuesdays, and The Runaways leads group runs a few times a week.

The Distance Project
Deadlifting during a free community class at The Distance Project, Freeport. Shannon Bryan photo

Lift and learn: Free community class Saturdays at The Distance Project, Freeport
Trainer David Bidler isn’t simply there to lead us through a string of burpees and deadlifts and lunges (although he’ll do that, too), he wants us to really understand the mechanics behind what we’re doing.

The Trail Dames of Portland, Maine at the start of a hike. Shannon Bryan photo

Trail Dames of Portland, Maine: A hiking group for curvy women
It’s a welcoming, no-hiker-left-behind group, where the goal is to enjoy the outdoors, not race to the summit.

Emily and Beth running the trail during Monday Night Dirt. Doesn’t the light look splendid?! Shannon Bryan photo

Monday Night Dirt: Into the woods with Trail Runners of Midcoast Maine Monday Night Dirt happens every Monday night all year long. It’s free and open to all levels. TRoMM also meets for regular runs on Wednesday mornings and sporadic groups runs, which are posted in the Facebook group.

Nordic skis and poles, along with snowshoes on the wall at Roberts Farm Preserve in Norway. Shannon Bryan photo

Ski & snowshoe (borrow gear for free) at Roberts Farm Preserve in Norway
There are 7.5 miles of trails winding through the woods, which are perfect for trail runners and beginner mountain bikers in the summer and cross-country skiers and snowshoers in the winter. And you can borrow cross-country skiing and snowshoeing equipment out of the warming hut for free.

Paddleboarding group in Casco Bay led by Portland Paddle SUP instructor Matt Palmariello. Shannon Bryan photo

Wake-up SUP! Free Wednesday-morning group SUP paddle on Casco Bay
Weekly early morning SUP paddles started this week and will continue all summer, from 7-8:30 am. every Wednesday. Portland Paddle SUP instructor Matt Palmariello will lead the group, but it’s worth noting that this isn’t a guided trip, so everyone is responsible for their own safety.

Bike Ride Maine Coast
A bike ride on Maine’s coast. Shannon Bryan photo

Find the perfect Maine bike ride with Explore Maine’s searchable bike tours
The site – sponsored by the Maine DOT – features a searchable database of rides all over the state – from easy-going rides along Maine’s southern coast to a challenging 50-mile “Potato Blossoms” route in Aroostook County.

Mountain biking with the Single Track Sisters. Shannon Bryan photo

Mountain biking with Single Track Sisters: Beginner-friendly Monday Night Rides
Single Track Sisters is a group of women riders from greater Portland (and beyond!) who meet a couple times a week. The Wednesday night rides are perfect for experienced riders looking for a cool group of women to ride with every week. And for us beginners, there’s the Monday night ride (lovingly called MNR).

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Tennis, anyone? Photo courtesy Maine Pines Racket & Fitness, Brunswick

Learn tennis (get started for free!) with Tennis 1-2-3 at Maine Pines in Brunswick
Maine Pines Racket and Fitness in Brunswick offers a Tennis 1-2-3 program every month that includes three weekly clinics plus weekend court time, access to fitness and yoga classes for the month, and a social tennis mixer.

MissFits of Maine
The MissFits of Maine. They run together, and skate, bike, hike, and wine. Shannon Bryan photo

Meet the MissFits of Maine in Kennebunk: Group runs, weekend fun & happy hour
The MissFits started as a running group. but since then, they’ve expanded their horizons. They hike mountains and go ziplining. They paddleboard and kayak, ride bikes, ice skate, and float on tubes on the Saco River. And they happy hour (because all that activity is worth it)!

The Winter Warriors is a free winter run group. Shannon Bryan photo

Be a Winter Warrior: Free run group with Fleet Feet Maine Running
Winter Warriors run groups depart from both of the Fleet Feet locations in Maine: Marginal Way in Portland and Maine Street in Brunswick. It’s free to participate. In fact, each time to show up to a run – whether it’s once a week or three times a week – you’ll accrue points that might even score you some free stuff at the end of the season.

Outdoor workout with Portland Sweat Project. Shannon Bryan photos

Portland Sweat Project: Free Wednesday morning workouts worth waking up early for
Free fitness every Wednesday at 6:29 a.m., all year long – even in the winter, come snow or cold! The location changes weekly (Back Cove, Eastern Prom, Deering Oaks) and each week’s location is posted on Portland Sweat Project’s Facebook page and Instagram.

Moms and babies hike together at Baxter Woods in Portland during a Hike it Baby meetup. Shannon Bryan photo

Hike it Baby! A hiking group for parents and babies in Cumberland County
Hike it Baby is a national effort to encourage parents to get outside with their babies – and there’s a local chapter in Cumberland County. The hikes are free and anyone is welcome to lead.

Post-game photos with the Volleyball for All crew. Shannon Bryan photo

Volleyball for All in Portland: It’s free & open to anyone who just wants to play some volleyball
The Volleyball for All group meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on Canco Road in Portland. It’s as informal as informal can be – just show up in comfortable clothes and you’ll be welcomed with open volleyball arms.


And let’s not forget things like kayaking and paddleboarding and hiking, which are often free, and Facebook and Meetup groups, which are generally free AND are great ways to meet other people who like doing the things you like doing.


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Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan

I don't like "exercise" any more than you do. But you know what I do like? Paddleboarding with a friend all afternoon (and then sitting in the grass to drink chardonnay). Bike rides and nachos, hikes, yoga classes held in breweries, group paddles to Fort Gorges, you get the idea. Because Maine is my gym.

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