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
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.
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.
Free Group Run every Thursday at 6:15 p.m. with after-run libations at Liquid Riot.
Meet at Liquid Riot.
Sweat and Sweets! Take our free pop-up class at East End Cupcakes and go home with a 1/2 dozen cupcakes for 20% off! BYOM (bring your own mat) email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
It’s the most wonderful meeeeeeeeet of the year!!!
It’s time for the annual Dyna Maxx Christmas Meet/Christmas Party! A sign-up sheet will be up in the gym for anyone who wants to “compete”, and for everyone else, swing by and watch your friends set some PRs!
We use the term “compete” very loosely. There will be no weigh ins, no entry fee, no singlets. There will be judges. But they probably won’t notice if you lift your ass off the bench.
There will be a pot-luck so please feel free to bring a food or beverage of your choice!
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.
Fit Maine went! Read more: Lift and learn: Free community class Saturdays at The Distance Project, Freeport
Hike the strenuous 7.6-miles round trip to Old Speck. One of the Second Nature Adventure Challenge Hikes. Join us to earn your badge. Meet in Fare Share Parking Lot, Norway at 8AM to drive together to the Old Speck parking lot in Grafton Notch. Pre-registration required by emailing email@example.com. This is a winter hike and some hiking experience and winter gear is required. Event photo taken by Derrick Whynot.
Learn to ski, on us.
Waterville Parks & Rec, with support from Friends of Quarry Road, will be providing free trail passes, free rentals, and free learn-to-ski clinics at Quarry Road Trails on Saturday, December 16.
Clinics run from 10 am to noon, and noon to 2 pm. We will provide equipment for all clinic participants.
Already a skier? Bring your own equipment and enjoy a day on the trails for free all day.
Free ways to get active & work out
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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)!
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.
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.
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.
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.