Usually some sort of gym membership is required if you are wanting to attend a fitness class, right? Well, recently I discovered that St. Louis has a variety of FREE fitness classes! (I may have jumped up and down a bit with excitement.) Based on my research, these classes usually take place outside (though there are still a few that take place indoors), which gives you opportunity to get outdoors, soak up some Vitamin D, and get some exercise. Because they are outside, most of them only take place during the spring, summer, and fall months. So, take advantage of these classes while they are available. Whether you’re into yoga, interval training, core strengthening, or boxing, there is a class for it.
The St. Louis County Library also offers free/donation based yoga at various branches. Who knew? I certainly didn’t! All ages and abilities are welcome! Website: https://www.slcl.org/events-search/yoga
During the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market there is an instructor-led, free/donation-based yoga. Yoga is offered starting at 9 AM every Saturday morning during warmer months. All ages and abilities are welcome! Website: http://www.tgmarket.org/
Yoga Buzz hosts yoga events in the St. Louis area. Check out their website for a list of free (and affordable) yoga events. Website: http://www.yogabuzz.org/events/
Tower Grove Co-Ed Fitness Group is a class that concentrates on interval training, core strengthening, and cardio-fitness. The class is instructor-led and takes place every Sunday on Magnolia, across from Tower Grove Park. The Sunday class is always free and is available for any person that is committed to improving their fitness. Website: https://www.meetup.com/towergrovefitness/
Fit and Food Connection.
The Fit and Food Connection offers various fitness classes throughout the year. In the past they have offered pilates, gyrokinesis and yoga. They currently are offering free boxing classes for beginners! Check out their event calendar for which classes are being offered and which classes are coming up on the calendar. Website: http://fitandfoodconnection.org/events/
The bad news is that YMCA does require a membership to attend their fitness classes, but the good news is they offer financial assistance for those who qualify! The YMCA offers a wide range of great fitness classes year-round including: BodyPump, Cardio, Cardio and Strength Combination, Cycling, Kickboxing, Insanity, Martial Arts, PiYo, Pilates, Strength Training, Yoga, Youth Fitness Classes, and Zumba. To see a more detailed description of their classes and to fill out financial assistance application go to their website. Website: https://www.gwrymca.org/program/group-exercise-classes
Make a commitment this summer to improve your fitness by attending one of these FREE fitness classes, I know I’m going to. Exercising has countless health benefits, including improved digestion, stress relief, and decreased risk for many diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc. Hope to see you there!