yoga blackIf your summer shorts were a little tight when you dusted them off this weekend… this post is for you. Luckily, there’s some free fitness options around the city that are not tight on the wallet.

Here’s some free and fun fitness classes and events to get (back) into shape this summer:

Norman B. Leventhal Park: Free Yoga, Pilates, Bootcamp, and Zumba classes offered almost every weekday at Post Office Square in June, July, and August twice a day starting on Monday, June 3, 2013. For the full schedule, please click here.

CrossFit on the Greenway: Get fit with free CrossFit every Wednesday from 6-7pm in June at the North End Greenway. RSVP Required.

Summer Yoga at Frog Pond: Starting on Tuesday, June 4th through the end of August, free yoga classes will occur on the lawn adjacent to the Frog Pond Carousel from 6:00-7:15pm every Tuesday night. Please bring your own mat and blocks if you can.

Free Fitness at Fort Point: Various free fitness programs will be offered around the Fort Point Channel starting on June 25th, 2013 at 5:30pm. Classes and dates vary throughout the summer.

Healthy Fit and Fun from the Esplanade Association: The Esplanade Association partners with organizations across the city to bring fitness and fun from July 10, 2013 to August 30, 2013. Here’s the schedule:

  • Community Walks: Mondays at 6pm (classes begin 7/15)
  • Free Zumba: Tuesdays at 6pm at the Hatch Shell. Sponsored by Healthworks
  • Sunset Yoga: Wednesdays at 6pm at the Fielder Field. Sponsored by Fisher College
  • Run Club: Wednesdays at 6:30pm at Marathon Sports: 671 Boylston Street. Sponsored by Marathon Sports Boston
  • CrossFit: Thursdays at 6pm at Fielder Field. Sponsored by Reebok CrossFit Back Bay
  • Bootcamp: Fridays at 7am at the Fielder Field. Sponsored by Athleta and Fitness Together

Summer Stretch on Saturdays at the Liberty Hotel:  The Liberty Hotel offers free fitness classes on Saturdays starting at 10am at the Liberty’s Private Courtyard. Classes vary each week and are open to the public, but please bring your own mat.

Island Yoga at Spectacle Island: Enjoy a gentle yoga class on Saturdays starting on June 22, 2013 through August 31, 2013. Classes are free (just bring a mat or towel) but you do need to pay for a ferry to get there.

Donation Yoga: Branching Out Yoga offers donation yoga the first and third Sunday of the month at Arnold Arboretum from 9-10am.

Porter Square Run Club: City Sports sponsors a run club for 3 and 5 mile loops every Saturday at 10am, which meets at Porter Square.

Back Bay Run Club: City Sports sponsors a run club every Tuesday at 6pm, which meets at City Sports Back Bay.

Wednesday Run Group: Marathon Sports sponsors a run group for 3 and 5 mile loops every Wednesday night at 6:30pm which meets at their Boston, Brookline, and Wellesley store locations.

lululemon athletica Run Club: Every Monday run 3-8 miles along the Charles River. Meet at the lululemon store at the Prudential Center at 6pm then after the run reward yourself at the Back Bay Social Club for free apps, drinks, and good company.

November Project: Work out with a group of your newest friends every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for free workouts through the November Project.

Free Salsa in the Park: Starting at 6pm on Monday, June 10, 2013, enjoy free salsa dancing this summer at the Blackstone Community Center park in the South End. (Thanks, Jordan!)

I found Little Miss Runshine’s Free Fitness Calendar and Anali’s First Amendment’s Free Yoga in Boston blog post very helpful in writing my post. Check them out– good stuff.

Also, don’t forget to check the Boston Moves calendar for some additional low-cost and free fitness classes and resources.

Disclaimer: I had a bowl of double chocolate chunk ice cream while writing this blog post. Fitness is not my specialty; please do your due diligence and confirm the class with the event organizer before heading out. And run an extra mile for me. Thanks.

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