These days, the hottest fitness classes don't just torch calories -- they can burn a serious hole in your wallet, too. But while others might swear by fancy indoor cycling, yoga, and boot camp classes that can cost $40 a pop, new pay-what-you-can classes and other affordable fitness experiences are an equally awesome way to mix up your workouts on a budget.
And since varying your regular routine can help you break through fitness plateaus and beat workout boredom, that’s a very good thing. Even if you belong to a gym that offers plenty of classes, working out in a new environment can help reinvigorate your routine and keep you excited about sweating it out.
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Behold, tons of workouts that won’t empty your wallet:
Yoga to the People: This franchise offers classes like hot yoga and Vinyasa flow to students of all ages and fitness levels. While most locations offer classes for a suggested donation of $10, it's up to you to decide how much your class is worth.
Locations in New York, Brooklyn, Seattle, Berkeley, Calif., and Tempe, Az.
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The People's Bootcamp: In this 45-minute class, founded by Adam Rosante, the producer of Hardcore Pawn and Storage Hunters and a fitness fanatic, students perform high-intensity intervals and bodyweight resistance training in an indoor studio or park. Just sign up and pay what you wish online prior to dropping in.
Locations in Montauk, N.Y. and New York.
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Brooklyn Yoga Collective: Hatha, Iyengar, Jivamukti and Vinyasa yoga classes all cost between $7 and $15 here -- whatever you can afford. If you have more time than cash, you can skirt the fee by volunteering
in exchange for gratis classes.
Volunteering opportunities offered on a case-by-case basis; Brooklyn.
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At its retail locations across the country, the fitness apparel company Athleta offers complimentary hour-long group classes such as Russian kettlebells, pilates, yoga, Dancalates, Zumba, boot camp, CrossFit, and more. No purchase is required -- but post-workout shopping couldn't be more convenient if you want to load up on gear. Check the chain's website to see when a store near you is hosting its next class.
Dozens of locations nationwide.
American Health and Fitness Alliance Passbook Want to compare health clubs and fitness studios in your area? This coupon booklet hooks you up with free passes to local gyms for up to a month, plus passes for tons of fitness classes, personal training sessions, and more. The book costs $85, but you'll be refunded the fee in full if you join any club promoted inside it within a year.
Available for New York, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles.
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