5 Free Community-Based Workouts in San Francisco
Living in San Francisco is pretty amazing. You don't have to convince us. But on top of rent, bills, food, and holiday shopping, gym memberships and fitness classes might be the first to take a hit on your budget. And we know the FOMO from seeing our friends try the newest fitness classes is real. To help offset some of those classes, we've gathered the five free community-based workouts in the city. You'll be sure to find something below that can replace a few fitness classes a month, which means more cash for that post workout smoothie. You deserve it!
Yoga: Grace Cathedral
Taking place every Tuesday night from 6:15 pm — 7:30 pm, yoga on the labyrinth at Grace Cathedral is like a San Francisco yogi right of passage. The class is free and taught by local instructor Darren Main. Each class begins with a brief reflection and is accompanied by live music. Just make sure to bring a yoga mat and any props you wish to use, as there are limited mats available and they are $5 to rent. A $10-20 donation is suggested, and there are no classes offered between December 5 and January 1.
Pro Tip: It fills up, so try and arrive at least 15 minutes early.
Nob Hill (SF) | 1100 California St. | 415. 749. 6300 | GraceCathedral.org/Yoga-at-grace-cathedral
Biking: Midnight Mystery Ride
If you're the adventure-seeking type and comfortable riding a bike through San Francisco, the Midnight Mystery Ride is for you. This secret group hosts midnight rides in San Francisco once a month. The location of the meeting point is known, but the endpoint is kept secret during the ride. Each month, new people from the group host the ride, so no two rides are alike. So if you're up for an adventure, follow their Facebook page for details on the next ride.
Pro Tip: Make sure to dress warm and wear plenty of lights so cars can see you.
Outdoor HIIT: Bounce_SF
This group of fitness enthusiasts bring community-based workouts to a whole new level. Not only do they workout every Saturday in different parts of SF and Oakland, but they also do other fun things together like brunch, BBQs, and even boat parties. The workouts are consistently HIIT focused and are guaranteed to have you sweatin’ and smiling.
Pro tip: Check out their Instagram the week you’re planning to attend, that’s where they announce the time and location for their events.
Bootcamp: The November Project
The November Project is a free weekly bootcamp-style workout designed to promote accountability and get people moving. The San Francisco chapter offers a few locations with varying times, including:
Dolores Park on Mondays at 6:30 am
Alta Plaza Park on Wednesdays at 5:30 am and 6:30 am
Friday hill workout at 6:30 am located at various hills around San Francisco.
As tough as the workout sounds, The November Project is known for being fun, silly, and open to any fitness levels, so no need to feel intimidated.
Running: Lululemon Run Club
For the runners out there, the Lululemon Run Club meets every Monday at 6:30 pm at their Cow Hollow location for a four mile run through the surrounding area. This is a great way to meet new people as the runs are very casual and offer the chance for conversation. You might even find your new workout buddy. After the run, they tend to stop off for drinks at a neighborhood bar for those looking for added socialization.
Pro Tip: We've heard rumors of free gear at some of these runs!
Cow Hollow (SF) | 1981 Union St. | 415. 776. 5858 | info.lululemon.com/stores/us/san-francisco/cowhollow/events/runclub-monday