We all know that one of the hardest things to do after a long day of work or day drinking, is to have the motivation to get our bodies back in check by doing some exercise. The only thing holding you back is YOU because we have done the hard part for you and provided you with some local, FREE workout events that are offered throughout the month which means you can save that gym membership fee for doing what we love (exploring #everythinglocal).
Sunday mornings never felt so good than after trying a free yoga class at Lulu Lemon Athletica in Hyde park Village. Usually at 9am or 10am right in the store, this is a smaller event (due to location), but it’s definitely relaxing and a great way to begin your Sunday Funday. If you hit it on the right week, you may even be able to walk out right into the Hyde Park Sunday Market!
In addition, check out their latest event Bootcamp and Brews coming on Saturday, March 21st (see below).
If Sunday Funday hasn’t knocked you on your booty, you do not have to be a pro to try Yoga in The Park (Curtis Hixon Downtown Tampa). Just come prepared with a mat, water bottle and towel. We attended a few weeks ago and as you can see, it was PACKED!! All Levels and ages are welcome.
If you are close to Harbour Island or just looking to change up your routine, then stop in to Brew Camp hosted on Monday’s at 6:30 at Cafe Dufrain! And if that’s not enough, a free beer should seal the deal!
Curtis Hixon Park Downtown also is host to a complimentary group exercise class on Mondays. If you head downtown from 6:00-6:45pm on Monday Nights, you can check out a Pound the Park class for free! Pound Fit Rockout Workout is a high energy, full body, group exercise class. This free community activity is sponsored by the Tampa Downtown Partnership.
Zumba In The Park at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa on Tuesday Evenings at 6pm! This free group exercise class is presented in collaboration by the Tampa Downtown Partnership & Downtown Tampa YMCA.
Four Green Fields Running Club is another weekly running crew that meets between 5:30-5:45pm to sign in and then hits the ground running promptly at 6pm. Come by every Tuesday and enjoy a 5K with friends, followed by a pint of your favorite brew from Four Green Fields! Note: There is a one-time $5 fee to join the running club. Here is a map of the running route:
If you loved the Monday night on Harbour Island, you might as well get some sweatin’ done at Cry Baby Cafe at 6:30am which also provides participants a free coffee after completing your bootcamp workout.
Another Wednesday option would be Bamboozle Fit Club in Curtis Hixon Park downtown. This collaboration between Bamboozle Cafe and Sweatshop Urban Gym and Fitness Studio. Class starts at 6:00 pm every Wednesday night, but participants should meet at Bamboozle Café prior to class to sign-in or fill-out/turn-in waivers. What makes this different? Well, participants receive 20% off their tab that evening for dinner. So, you can order before class starts and have your dinner ready to go when you complete your workout!
If you are a yoga fan, then you should probably check out Saturday Yoga in Ybor . Hosted every weekend at 9:30am at the Ybor City Museum garden, this class donates any proceeds to the Ybor City Museum Society. It’s actually three fold, you get a great workout, you can donate to a great local cause AND you can hit up the Ybor City Saturday Market afterwards.
Our new favorite healthy spot, Fresh Kitchen, is offering Paleo Bootcamp and yoga classes in Bern’s Park outside of their location on weekends. Led by coaches from Result Cult, the most recent bootcamp was a great success. Some of our FK friends were recently there for the first class and said it was a great way to detoxify after a rough night partying in SoHo. So be sure to check out Facebook for the next event! #sweatoutthedemons #giveaFK
If you are an avid runner and want to find others like you OR you need to get your lazy butt off the couch because the only marathons you participate in are ones from Netflix (House of Cards obviously), then you may think about joining Running For Brews. What we love about RFB is that there’s no pressure to be done first and no slack if you are last. It is a group of passionate runners, joggers, walkers, young and old, looking to get in some exercise and enjoy each other’s company. Back when we first tried RFB years ago, they were only hosting runs two nights a week. Now, they have expanded by popular demand and have a running club each night of the week (Friday is the weekend in our book)! Whatever night you choose, there are drinks specials and often food deals after the run. A great way to get out and meet new people or enjoy a beautiful Tampa sunset as you work out. Mondays and Wednesdays at Pourhouse in Channelside, Tuesdays at Macdinton’s SoHo, and Thursday at Yard of Ale SoHo.
Whatever it is that you choose, make it a goal to at least get out to one event per week. We are not the most fit people around (clearly), but we do love the social side of these free workouts around Tampa. So bring a mate or find a date, grab your gear and have a great time!