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London's best free fitness classes

Keeping fit doesn’t need to cost a bomb. Head to one of London’s sports shops or parks for free fitness classes and get that workout in on a shoestring budget

If you’re short on cash, you don't have to splash out on a pricey gym membership to get in shape. From running clubs to yoga workouts, there’s all sorts of exercise classes taking place around town. And the best bit? They don’t cost a penny. Here’s our pick of the best free fitness classes in London.


Asics Bootcamp

6.30pm-7.30pm every Wednesday

For the more experienced runner, Asics’ free Bootcamp is a great choice, focusing on strengthening, preventing injury and improving the efficiency of your run. It’s a balance of high intensity cardio drills and technical training, with an emphasis on stride length and cadence (that’s running speak for how you move).

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Lululemon Run Club and Yoga

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays, various branches

There’s a lot more to a Lululemon shop than pretty exercise gear. On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings you can rock up to their flagship store in Covent Garden, King’s Road or Spitalfields to join a weekly run club. All abilities are welcome for a fun jaunt around town, but if you prefer a more zen-like start to the day, try a yoga and chill session at the Spitalfields branch on Sunday mornings. Call up the branch in advance for times.

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Covent Garden

Nike+ Running Club and Nike+ Training Club

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, various locations

If you’ve clocked a solid posse of runners breezing through King’s Cross, Battersea Park or Niketown in the evening, you’ve probably spotted NRC – Nike’s free run club of buff coaches and pacers open to anyone who wants to learn how to run like the pros. Alternatively, there’s the Nike Training Club for all fitness levels, covering interval training, core workouts and cardio drills. It’s not one for blokes, though – the classes have a women-only policy.

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Covent Garden

Our Parks

The next time you just want to ‘turn up and tone up’, head to Our Parks – that’s the motto of this brilliant initiative that works with local communities to bring free fitness group classes across the city. They’re led by qualified instructors and you can join anything from BoxFit at the Olympic Park to yoga in Victoria Park – just remember to register online and book ahead.

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Reebok Fithub

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8pm

Reebok’s Covent Garden Fithub runs freebie workouts twice a week in partnership with Gymbox and 100% MMA. Have a go at a class delivered by the hip gym’s PTs on Tuesday evenings, or try out a heady combo of HIIT and bodyweight exercises on Wednesday, delivered at the Jubilee Hall Gym. Whatever you choose, just expect to sweat (a lot).

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Covent Garden

Sweaty Betty’s in-store classes

Daily, various locations and times

With over 70 classes to pick each week, it’s no wonder yummy mummies flock to Sweaty Betty to keep their fitness on track. But to sign up for a class, it’s fastest fingers first – places can be booked up to a week in advance so simply register online and keep your eyes peeled for a free spot.

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Sweat Shop running communuty

Sundays to Thursdays, various locations and times

Running can be a lonely old slog. Sweat Shop’s run clubs, held at branches across London, aim to make it a little more sociable. We’d recommend this for more experienced runners – the entry level distance is 5K – but a pace keeper at the back means you won’t be left lagging behind. Each session logged earns you a stamp which can be redeemed against products in store, like a cardio Boots card.

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Dasha A
Dasha A

Free Yoga to Celebrate Summer Solstice on Sunday, June 18th at 10 am (location) Join us for gentle one-hour vinyasa flow from NYC! Bring your own mat, open level, boys and girls welcome. RSVP to reserve your spot !

Meeting location is Crystal Palace Park, thicket rd carpark entrance. Meeting spot in grass area next to the old Café. Near 77 Thicket Rd, London, SE20 8DS





Ian M
Ian M

For free fun fitness and an awesome community in London check out Project Awesome on Facebook.. not sure how they're not top of your list! (Truly friendly, accepting and with no commercial undercurrent - a wonderful community)

April M
April M

Check out Ourparks.org.uk they provide free exercise classes in Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, the Olympic park and Village, Haringey, Hackney and Brent. Most classes are held in parks but they have introduced more indoor classes for the winter. All completely free as they are in partnerships with local authorities to get people health.