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Ten free workout classes to try this month

Jennifer P

What’s the best way to battle snow and the frigid, fountain-freezing wind in this city? Get your sweaty on. NYC’s best gyms and health clubs offer awesome fitness classes all year round, but that doesn’t stop us from using all sorts of excuses to get out of a tough sweat sesh. One that really comes in handy? Pricey gym memberships and class fees. But this month, get those happy endorphins flowing without spending a dime thanks to these ten free workout classes offered in the city. Better yet? Now you can finally justify purchasing some cute activewear from NYC’s best fitness gear shops.

Wed Jan 14: Lululemon Sweat Shop

Keeping up with New Year’s resolutions (healthier meals, fewer impulse buys, extra workouts) can be tough. But thanks to Lululemon, it’s even easier to achieve the latter. This fitness chain hosts consecutive and complimentary classes throughout the year from 8:15pm–9:15pm. This month, work up a sweat at the Madison Avenue shop where Tracey Pontarelli from Exceed Physical Culture will lead a high-intensity workout.

Lululemon1146 Madison Ave at 85th St (212-452-1909, Wed 14 7:15–8:15pm.

Sat Jan 17: Winter Run Club

If you love running outside during the chilliest time of year, head to Lolë where athletes from Belly’s Running World will lead a 3-4 mile run. 

Lolë, 112 Mercer St between Prince and Spring Sts ( Sat 17 10am–11am.

Tue Jan 20: Free People #FPLETSMOVE event  

The bohemian brand is teaming up with yoga muse Talia Peretz for a complimentary candlelit yoga session, followed by light bites and a special preview of the chain’s latest activewear collection. Check-in begins at 5:30pm and it pays to arrive early: The first 50 people receive a free tote at check-in, which will come in handy if you purchase new items like foil print Bonita bras ($58) and Barre leggings ($88). Classes are first-come, first served, so make sure you R.S.V.P., like, now.

The Green Building, 452 Union St at Bond St, Gowanus, Brooklyn ( Tue 20 5:30–8pm.

Tue Jan 20: Meet-up with Uplift

FYI: Strong is the new skinny. Build your strength during this complimentary toning sesh led by Jessica Mosher.

Lolë, 112 Mercer St between Prince and Spring Sts ( Tue 20 6:30pm–7:30pm.

Tue Jan 21: Meet-up with fitBallet

Ever wanted to know what it's like to be a ballerina? Well, you can sort of find out during this high-intensity workout hosted by Julie Walsh. You'll build grace, muscle and burn fat, too.

Lolë, 112 Mercer St between Prince and Spring Sts ( Tue 21 6:30pm–7:30pm.

Thu Jan 22: Meet-up with the Fhitting Room

The Fhitting Room is all about comprehensive, body-changing workouts. And since the class is free, why not give this calorie-burner a try?

Lolë, 112 Mercer St between Prince and Spring Sts ( Thu 22 6:30pm–7:30pm.

Sat Jan 24: Without Walls

We love Without Walls not only for the brand’s awesome workout gear; the company holds free fitness classes all year long inside the Urban Outfitters in Herald Square, too. Later this month, don’t miss Fitness Boot Camp led by Elvira Yambot and Alonzo Wilson from Tone house NYC.

Urban Outfitters, 1333 Broadway between 35th and 36th Sts ( Sat 24 10am–noon.

Jan 28: Lululemon Sweat Shop

Head to Madison Ave for a sweat-inducing workout hosted by Caroline Klohs from Pure Yoga. FYI: They’ll end out the evening with cups of cheer (if you know what I mean).

Lululemon1146 Madison Ave at 85th St (212-452-1909, Wed 28 7:15–8:15pm.

Jan 29: CheerFIT Superbowl workout party

Football players aren’t the only ones getting game ready. Sculpt your bod during this cheer-inspired cardio class, let by Danielle from CheerFit. And yes, there will be pom-poms.

Lolë, 112 Mercer St between Prince and Spring Sts ( Thu 29 6:30pm–7:30pm.

Fri Jan 30: Without Walls

End the month on a zen note by partaking in some free yoga led by Jessica Messina from Yojo Yoga. Refreshments will be provided, but just make sure to BYOM (bring your own mat).

Urban Outfitters, 1333 Broadway between 35th and 36th Sts ( Fri 30 6pm. 


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