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Where to Find Free and Cheap Workouts in New Orleans

Getting in shape shouldn’t mean breaking the bank, but sometimes the only motivation you need is knowing where to go to get fit for less. To help you stick to those resolutions you declared as the ball dropped, we’ve compiled a list of free and cheap fitness classes for you to finally get yourself in gear this year. Whether you’re a local trying to add something new to your fitness routine, or if you’re a visitor wanting to drop in on a class that won’t deplete your vacation money, there’s something for everyone here.

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The New Orleans Healing Center houses Wild Lotus Yoga. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Free and Cheap Workouts in New Orleans

Pilates and Yoga

Romney, a beautiful Pilates studio and wellness center Uptown, offers a $5 community Pilates class every Saturday at 11 a.m. Get there early because this class fills up quickly. Another Pilates studio to try is NOLA Pilates, which offers first timers a $5 specialty class of either Pilates mat, piloxing, spin, SurfSET fitness, TRX suspension, or barre. Check their website for a weekly schedule.

There also are several free or cheap yoga classes held all over the city. When the weather is right, visit the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden for a $5 yoga class every Saturday morning. Or, end your day with the Tai Chi class on Monday evenings, also $5.

Ever dreamed of doing yoga to the sounds of a jazz piano? Get yourself to the Jazz Park Visitor Center to stretch out those jazz hands. Set right on the edge of the French Market in a section called Dutch Alley, this venue hosts free yoga and meditation every Saturday at 10 a.m.

New Orleans has no shortage of beautiful settings, so why not get zen in the light-filled gallery of the Cabildo, one of cities most historic buildings. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. for $12, which also includes admission to the museum.

Another free yoga class we love is held at the Propeller co-working space on Washington Avenue and Broad Street. This all-levels vinyasa class, free and open to the public, is perfect after a long day of networking and hustling. Class is held every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.

Wild Lotus Yoga, which has locations in Uptown and downtown New Orleans, offers a sliding scale community yoga class starting at $5 that are available throughout the week. They also have a deal for those who are new to the studio: 30 days for only $33 dollars, a great way to try out a variety of classes and teachers.

Higher Power (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Cardio and More

Maybe you want a kick-in-the-pants kind of workout. Bootcamps are a great way to get in shape; just ask the hundreds of people who come out to the November Project workout each Wednesday. This free fitness movement is held at the Superdome at 6 a.m.

Can’t commit to an early wake-up call? Try the $5 No Doubt Workout, held every Monday and Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. or Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Led by certified fitness trainer and award-winning body builder Cedric Duplessis Jr., this bootcamp will kick you into high gear toward your goal.

Cycling or spin classes offer a surprising full body workout with upbeat music and an even more upbeat instructor to motivate you. Besides Pilates, Romney also offers a $10 community Ride class Saturdays at 11 a.m. Higher Power NOLA has a great deal right now: If you take the $20 9 a.m. cycling class on Sundays, you get the 10 a.m. yoga session for free. That’s essentially $10 per class for an entire body workout.

Working out can provide an extra boost of endorphins, and giving to a charitable cause can also do the same. You can pair those two activities together at Salvation Studio‘s Community and Charity spin class: Every Friday at 5:30 p.m., a $5 donation to the charity of the week gets you in the class for free.

Liz Beeson is an adventure-seeking marketing manager in New Orleans who loves the great outdoors and a good cup of coffee. When not plugging away at one of her many side projects, Liz can be found taking in a comedy show and exploring and photographing the many unique neighborhoods in the city.

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