Whether for strength, health, or just to look good in shorts, spring is the time of year when people start hitting the gym. But who wants to drop a ton of cash to make gains? Lucky for San Antonians, there are a host of free exercise classes ranging from line dancing to Zumba, all aimed at getting you lean while keeping that bank account hefty.
Fitness in Pearl Park — Every Tuesday at 5:30 pm
The Pearl hosts Fitness in Pearl Park every Tuesday beginning March 6 through the end of June. Free and open to the public, each month is hosted by a different fitness studio. In March, get your sweat on with Energy X Fitness, which will be providing low- and high-intensity training circuits (like rowers and weights), as well as strength and weight training classes. After class, cool down with specials at the Bottling Department courtesy of the Good Kind. Though classes are free, attendees are encouraged to register here before heading to the Pearl.
Aqua Zumba — Every third Saturday at 11:15 am
This super popular workout heads underwater for Aqua Zumba at the San Antonio Natatorium. On land, Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance class. In the water, it becomes a low-impact, cardio intensive workout to help you tone up and get fit. Classes are open to all and available to participants 10 and up.
Fitness in the Park — Daily
The City of San Antonio's impressively robust list of workouts includes yoga, circuit training, line dancing, and something called "chair fitness." These free classes are located in different venues across town and occur often enough to fit almost any schedule.
Gentle Wellness — Monday through Friday
A true San Antonio gem, Mary Martha McNeel and friends offer free yoga, tai chi, and qigong (physical and breathing exercises similar to tai chi) at locations like University Presbyterian Church and St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The classes are sponsored by the Village at Incarnate Word, and they are free and open to all ages. For a full schedule and descriptions of each class, head here.
Troops for Fitness — Daily
If you really want to go hard, consider checking out the city's Troops for Fitness program. Each class is taught by a trained military veteran, and workout styles include boot camps, CrossFit, yoga, interval training, family classes, Zumba, and more. The winter 2018 schedule runs through the end of March and is available here.