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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

April 9, 20184528Views1Comment
Free workouts maine

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

Oct
6
Sat
Fall Family Fun: Try the Y for Free in October @ YMCA of Southern Maine
Oct 6 – Oct 21 all-day
Fall Family Fun: Try the Y for Free in October @ YMCA of Southern Maine | New Gloucester | Maine | United States

You’re invited to try the Y for FREE this October with a Family Fun Pass* good for 7 visits. Enjoy our exercise classes, youth programs, pools, family recreation, bowling alley (Pineland branch), Squash courts (Portland branch), hiking trails (Freeport and Biddeford) and more! Already a member? Bring your friends!
Plus, if you join the Y by October 31st, you’ll be entered to win a Welcome Basket** (includes a water bottle, YMCA gear, healthy snacks and more)!
*At the Y, family is as you define it. Your household may include kiddos, it may include best friends.
Who: Everyone – the community is invited. You do not need to be a Y member to attend.
How (much): FREE!

FMI: www.ymcaofsouthernmaine.org/fun

Oct
23
Tue
Back Cove Run @ Edward Payson Park
Oct 23 @ 6:00 am – 7:00 am
Back Cove Run @ Edward Payson Park | Portland | Maine | United States

Come on out and join the Runaways Run Club for a free, all levels 3.5 mile group run around the Back Cove Trail in Portland every Tuesday. This is an informal and fun group run, go at whatever pace you’d like, for first placers to first timers! We’re meeting at Payson Park at the parking lot nearest to the trail / Baxter Blvd and we’ll be taking off on the run no later than 6:05am, just FYI. See you there!

FMI: www.facebook.com/runawaysrunclub/

Yoga and Cancer class @ New England Cancer Specialists
Oct 23 @ 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
Oct 23 @ 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/

Oct
24
Wed
Portland SWEAT Project @ Various locations around Portland
Oct 24 @ 6:30 am
Portland SWEAT Project @ Various locations around Portland | Portland | Maine | United States

Portland SWEAT Project
FREE OUTDOOR WORKOUT

there is no better way to wake up and say good morning than with a group of strangers who all happen to be in one place because of an early morning workout

WHO? Good People. [age, athletic ability, social status, ethnicity – not applicable] In other words, this is for EVERYONE.

WHAT? FREE outdoor sweat session. Workouts are scalable and FUN. The sweat session will challenge you, the atmosphere will change you.

WHERE? Various locations in Portland (Baxter Boulevard/Back Cove Trail, Eastern Prom, City Hall.). See www.facebook.com/PortlandSweatProject/ for each week’s location

WHEN? Wednesdays at 6:29 AM – Rain or Shine

WHY? Because sometimes we need a reminder to wake up and get moving. It’s your accountability, motivation and reason to get in shape.

All you have to do is lace up your shoes and show up.
See you there.

FMI: www.facebook.com/PortlandSweatProject/

Oct
25
Thu
Old Port Pub Run @ Meet at Liquid Riot
Oct 25 @ 6:15 pm
Old Port Pub Run @ Meet at Liquid Riot | Portland | Maine | United States

Free Group Run every Thursday at 6:15 p.m. with after-run libations at Liquid Riot.

Meet at Liquid Riot.

I Run.Drink.Socialize

FMI: www.facebook.com/oldportpubrunME

Oct
30
Tue
Back Cove Run @ Edward Payson Park
Oct 30 @ 6:00 am – 7:00 am
Back Cove Run @ Edward Payson Park | Portland | Maine | United States

Come on out and join the Runaways Run Club for a free, all levels 3.5 mile group run around the Back Cove Trail in Portland every Tuesday. This is an informal and fun group run, go at whatever pace you’d like, for first placers to first timers! We’re meeting at Payson Park at the parking lot nearest to the trail / Baxter Blvd and we’ll be taking off on the run no later than 6:05am, just FYI. See you there!

FMI: www.facebook.com/runawaysrunclub/

Yoga and Cancer class @ New England Cancer Specialists
Oct 30 @ 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.

Run Club with Fleet Feet Maine Running. Shannon Bryan photo

Fleet Feet’s Run Club consists of two run groups that 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 this all-levels, year-round run group, which includes coaching, support, and access to Pub Runs, Scavenger Hunts, and more.

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.

Community class at CrossFit Beacon on Marginal Way in Portland. Photo courtesy CrossFit Beacon

Saturday Community Class at CrossFit

If you’ve been wanting to give CrossFit a whirl, most CrossFit gyms around the state make it easy by offering free community classes on Saturday mornings. No CrossFit experience is necessary, all levels of fitness are welcome, and you can attend once or every week (read: This isn’t a first-class-free thing. The class is free. Always). And don’t worry that you’ll be asked to squat 200 pounds or lift heavy weights over your head. The community classes aren’t like that. I checked out a community class at CrossFit Beacon last summer and we did things like planks, box jumps (or step ups), medicine ball tosses and, of course, running! Most CrossFits offer the free Saturday class, this is just a sampling:

9:30 a.m. Saturdays, CrossFit BEACON, 341 Marginal Way, Portland
FMI: crossfitbeacon.com or 207-619-2322

10 a.m. Saturdays, CrossFit Casco Bay, 1000 Congress Street, Portland
FMI: www.crossfitcascobay.com or 207-699-4080

10 a.m. Saturdays, CrossFit Rising Tide, 778 Portland Road, Saco
FMI: www.crossfitrisingtide.com or 207-494-8890

9:3 a.m. Saturdays, Iron EagleCrossFit, 1 Ch, andler Drive, Suite DBath
FMI: ironeaglecrossfit.com or 207-504-4504

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)!

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.