9 Free Fitness Classes To Fuel Your Workout

We’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to getting in shape, we've used all sorts of excuses to try to get out of a tough workout. One that really comes in handy? Pricey gym memberships and class fees. After all, when you're broke, isn't it better to stay home rather than take a hit in the finance department? (The answer is a resounding "no," if you're wondering.)
Now, what if we told you that you could get an awesome sweat sesh without spending a dime? Tons of fitness stores in D.C. offer free workouts — from yoga classes to group runs — that will help you get in shape without wiping out your wallet. We've rounded up the best spots where you can get a great workout, gratis — so, you can put that hard-earned cash toward a beach vacation and a cute bikini or two.
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Photo: Courtesy of Reebok.
Reebok FitHub
Some people are adventurous exercisers — you know, the ones who tried TRX and barre classes way before either became trendy. If new and exciting is your jam, check out the Reebok store in Georgetown, which offers tons of free classes, from WERQ, a fun dance workout, to kettlebell sessions. With so many choices, you’ll never get tired of FitHub. (Well, your muscles might.) Just call the store ahead of time to guarantee your spot, then get ready to try something new.

Find the class schedule here. 1251 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202-333-4348.
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City Sports 19th Street
If you’re the type who needs motivation, a run club might be a more compelling way to get you out on the streets. City Sports' 19th Street location hosts a run club every Tuesday evening, where you can also test out running gear and win prizes. How's that for even more motivation?

Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. 1111 19th Street NW; 202-467-4100.
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Photo: Courtesy of Athleta.
The Athleta store in Georgetown partners with local fitness studios and clubs to host complimentary classes — everything from HIIT to Zumba — so you can try new workouts and see what’s best for you. The schedule changes frequently, and not all of the classes are held at the Athleta store, so make sure to check the online calendar.

Find the class schedule here. 3229 M Street NW; 202-471-4268.
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In addition to selling high-end gear, the Lululemon store in Georgetown offers tons of great fitness experiences — from yoga and barre classes to runs tailored for yogis.

Find the class schedule here. 3265 M Street NW; 202-333-1738.
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Pacers Running Store
For the devotees who love to get in a jog before sunrise, Pacers Running Store in Arlington hosts morning fun runs at 5 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Are you’re more likely to hit the snooze button than the pavement? Don't worry — there are also evening sessions at 7 p.m. The runs range from three to seven miles and are open to all running levels.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington; 703-248-6883.
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Georgetown Running Company
Sometimes, you just need to turn up the music and head out on a solo jog. The Georgetown Running Company has you covered. The store offers great local running routes on its website, as well as group runs on Wednesday evenings. Bonus? Get free Good Stuff Eatery French fries at the end. Because, let’s be honest, you deserve the carbs.

Wednesdays at 6 p.m. 3405 M Street NW; 202-337-8626.
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Photo: Courtesy of Nike.
If you’re hooked on Twitter, then Nike Georgetown is the perfect place for you to get fit. The store's prolific Twitter account @NikeDC will keep you up to date on upcoming Nike+ Run Club and Nike+ Training Club events, so you’ll be ready to rock. Runs are scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, so you have plenty of opportunities to join in. The Nike+ Training Club meets on Mondays at 8 p.m. and includes Nike fitness trainers, a DJ, and chances to try products. Just don't forget to sign up in advance to get a coveted spot.

Run Club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Training Club meets Mondays at 8 p.m. 3040 M Street NW; 202-471-5870.
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Fleet Feet Sports
Fleet Feet Sports in Adams Morgan offers sociable fun runs so you can get in shape and have a good time, too. The store hosts a roughly five-mile fun run every Sunday at 9 a.m., as well as a three-to-five-mile ladies' night fun run on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Wednesdays, 6 p.m.; Sundays, 9 a.m. 1841 Columbia Road NW; 202-387-3888.

Potomac River Running Store
It’s important to prep adequately for a workout, and Potomac River Running Store can help you in that department. The store offers video gait analysis to put you in the right running shoe, weekly bra fitting sessions to help you find the right sports bra, and free injury screenings on Saturday afternoons. You'll be totally prepared for the Wednesday pub runs, where a three-to-five-mile run ends with a trip to World of Beer, where you can partake in some runner specials.

Find the run schedule here; details on services here. 4501 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington; 703-243-2332.