10+ free weekly fitness classes

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Break a sweat without breaking the bank

We’re rounding out the end of the second week of 2019, which begs the question: how are those resolutions coming along?

If your plans for self-improvement have already started fizzling out, you’re not alone. According to U.S. News & World Report, 80% of New Year’s resolution-ers will fail by the second week of February. That means, even if you’re hanging onto your ‘new year, new you’ grind, the odds are still against you.

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The good news? As fun as it is to ring in the new year with a list of resolutions, healthier habits + better decisions don’t have to start when the clock strikes midnight. And even if you fall off the wagon– or even if you haven’t even hopped on the wagon yet– it’s not too late to get back on track.

Another secret to success in 2019: New habits don’t cost a thing. This is particularly true when it comes to getting fit, which, year after year, remains one of the most popular resolutions to make.

Yes– as alluring as a signing up for a 12-month membership to a boutique gym can be, you actually don’t have to commit to spending thousands of dollars just to get in shape. Instead, we recommend establishing a workout routine elsewhere (read: somewhere free) before committing to any kind of membership.

Don’t believe that it’s possible? Scroll for the details on 10+ weekly fitness classes around Charleston that are free of charge.


Group runs

Fleet Feet Monday Runday
🗓 Every Monday
⏰ 6:30 p.m.
📍 Both Mt. Pleasant (881 Houston Northcutt Blvd.) + Summerville (117 E. Richardson Ave.) stores
3- and 5- mile route options beginning + ending at the store.

Fleet Feet Pub Runs
🗓 Monthly. More details here.
⏰ 6:30 p.m.
📍 Both Mt. Pleasant (881 Houston Northcutt Blvd.) + Summerville (117 E. Richardson Ave.) stores
3-mile run beginning + ending at various restaurants/pubs. Each run will have a different theme + sponsor.

Park Circle Pacers
🗓 Sundays at 8:15 a.m., Thursdays at 6:15 p.m.
📍 Commonhouse Aleworks | 4831 O’Hear Ave., North Charleston
❓ Either a 5- or 8- mile route on Sundays, 1 mile or 5K route options on Thursdays. All paces welcome, 5K experience encouraged.

Sullivan’s Island Run Club
🗓 Every other Thursday
⏰ Meet at 6 p.m., run starts at 6:15 p.m.
📍 Meet at Sullivan’s Island tennis courts | 2114 Middle St.
🍻 Followed by happy hour + trivia at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina- Sullivan’s Island.
❓ Hosted by lululemon Mt. Pleasant + coached by Cam from Orangetheory Fitness Mt. Pleasant. Open to all fitness levels.

Run For Your Lunch (and Beer!)
🗓 First Sunday of every month
📍 Times + locations vary
❓Hosted by FIT4MOM Charleston. You don’t have to be a member to join. Register here.



Folly Beach Community Yoga
🗓 Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.; every other Monday at 4 p.m.
📍 River Park (warm, clear weather) | Folly Beach Community Center/Library (cold months/rainy weather)
💰 Suggested donation: $10*
❓ All levels and physical abilities are accommodated. Bring your own mat + props.

Mission Yoga
🗓 Sundays
⏰ 11 a.m.
📍 Mission Yoga | 125 Spring St.
💰 Donations encouraged*
Registration required. You must create an account in order to sign up.

Community Practice
🗓 Tuesdays + Thursdays
⏰ 4 p.m.
📍 Holy Cow Yoga | 10 Windermere  Blvd., West Ashley
💰 $5 donation suggested*
❓ An all-levels yoga hour.

Flow Yoga
🗓 Tuesdays + Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m, Tuesdays, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
📍 St. Julian Devine Community Center | 1 Cooper St., Downtown
💰 Donations encouraged*
Ages 18+.  Activity #581614.


*Donations differ from admission costs in that they are not required in order to attend. In most cases, you’re encouraged to pay what you can (with a suggested amount sometimes included). If you can afford to pay, you should– so that those that really can’t afford it can keep participating.


Boot Camp

🗓  Days, times + locations vary
❓  F3 is a network of free, peer-led workouts for men. There are several weekly workouts in the Charleston area offered through F3. Check out the map of locations, days + times here.



🗓 Tuesdays
⏰ 7:30-8:30 p.m.
📍 MUSC Wellness Center | 45 Courtenay Dr., Downtown
💰 Access to MUSC is $5
❓ Both beginners + experienced dancers welcome. Hosted by the Charleston Argentine Tango Society.

🗓 Tuesdays
⏰ 8 p.m.
📍 Prohibition | 547 King St.
❓One hour of salsa lessons followed by live Cuban jazz.

🗓 Sundays
⏰ 7 p.m.
📍 Prohibition | 547 King St.
❓ Swing dance lessons followed by live music.


One-time or limited time only

🍷 Vino & Vinyasa | Every Thursday, Jan. 10-24 | 5:30 p.m. | Napa Mount Pleasant | 1324 Theater Dr., Mt. Pleasant | Stay after class for a $5 happy hour wine by the glass. Registration required; sign up here.

💪 Free Class Saturday  | Saturday, Jan. 12 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Charleston Krav Maga & MMA | 1250 Wappoo Rd., West Ashley | A variety of one-hour classes will be held throughout the day. Attend as many as you’d like.

💪 Free Barre South Class | Sunday, Jan. 20 | 10-11 a.m. | The Container Bar | 2130 Mount Pleasant St., Downtown | Bring your own mat.

🧘‍ Sunday Sweat | Sunday, Jan. 13 + 27 | 10 a.m. | lululemon Charleston | 279 King St. | A 45- minute power flow for all levels.

🌤 Commit To Be Fit in 2019 | Saturday, Jan. 26 | 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. | Nexton | 106 Greeting House Rd., Summerville | Kick off 2019 with a variety of free fitness classes, food trucks, + sunshine. View all of the available classes + sign up here.

🧘‍ All Levels Flow | Every Saturday, Feb. 2-23 | 9 a.m. | lululemon Mt. Pleasant | 1236 Belk Dr. | Registration required. Sign up here.

🧘‍ Yoga Before Brunch | Every Sunday, Feb. 3-24 | 9 a.m. | The Yacht Club at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina | 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mt. Pleasant | All levels welcome. Mats provided if needed.  


Gym memberships can be great, but buyers beware: 67% of them go totally unused. If you’re thinking of making the commitment, consider the following before signing the dotted line:

✔ Make sure you’re already working out on a regular basis before you make the commitment. If it’s already a habit, you’re more likely to go.

✔ Check the gym’s location + operating hours to ensure it’s convenient to your workout routine. If it’s four miles in the opposite direction of your commute home, are you really going to go after work every night?

✔ Try before you buy. Many gyms offer free weekly or monthly passes or allow you to take your first class free. Take advantage of those offers + shop around a little before making a decision.

I’m rooting for ya, Charleston.