Top 5 Ways to get fit for free in London!

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London Calling looks at the Top 5 ways to keep fit in London for free.

We all go on about it a lot, but London can be a bit on the expensive side. So to help you get your fitness fix on a budget, we've put together the top 5 ways to get fit for FREE in London! So get your trainers on and get out there, spending your entire wage on artisan-pop-up-immersive-burger experiences is no longer an excuse to hibernate till payday...


GoodGym brings fitness and volunteering together in one easily accessible package, with sessions taking place almost daily across London. The main aim of the organisation is to focus volunteer’s energy into activities which benefit their local community whilst having fun, meeting new people and improving their fitness. Each session typically involves running in a group from the meeting point to a community venue, which needs help with a physical task. This could be anything from helping to lift boxes at a food bank, to gardening or painting a community centre. Personal trainers and coaches are on hand to offer free fitness advice and you’ll leave knowing that your workout also had a positive impact on your community. Click here to sign up and see upcoming sessions in your area.

Sweaty Betty fitness classes

Sweaty Betty is a popular boutique activewear brand with stores across London, but did you know they also run free in-store fitness classes? From Barrecore to Pilates and Bootcamp to Circuits, there’s plenty to choose from to get your fitness fix. Although they’re available to book one day in advance only, click here to find your nearest class and get sweaty, Betty.

Track Mafia

Track Mafia is more of a lifestyle choice than just a running crew. Meeting at Paddington recreational ground every Thursday 6:30- 8:30pm, coach Cory takes the group through warm up, activation drills and timed group running exercises around the 400m track. Warning: this workout is not for the faint hearted, the warm up typically involves a casual 2-mile run, and if you’re not in some kind of discomfort after the drills then you weren’t there. For long distance runners looking to improve their form and pacing technique, here’s the place to meet like minded folk who are always on hand with words of encouragement to help you push past your limits. There’s no need to pre-book, just turn up and join in the #MADNESS.

Lululemon Yoga

Say goodbye to your Sunday morning lie in, because Lululemon Athletica has a treat to get you up and at ‘em. Each of the five London stores offer free yoga classes taught by a roster of local yoga professionals, running weekly 10:30 - 11:30am (but check the website here for up to date details). These sessions are popular so make sure you get down early to reserve your mat space.


Parkrun is a community of people who put on free, weekly timed 5k runs, which take place in parks all around the world. Events are open to adults of all ages, you just need to register on their website here, print off your unique bar code, find your local event and turn up. The bar code is used to record your run time and send you the results via email, meaning that you can join any Parkrun anywhere you go!