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Free Group Workouts You Should Absolutely Check Out

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Welcome to Fitness Week: five days of workout coverage, so that you can start your New Year's resolutions off right.

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Listen, we know it can be rough poring over luxe class and amenities all week when you have an almost non-existent fitness budget (if you spend it on shoes instead, we won't judge). Luckily, Boston has a ton of free exercise. See? Those resolutions truly are sustainable. All you need to do is show up.

Born in Boston, this widely growing movement was a way to combat rough winter workouts outdoors by warming up alongside a support system of fellow fitness enthusiasts—for FREE. Here's how November Project works: Mondays are called Destination Deck, where each week's location is disclosed on social media; your workout is then dictated by a set of cards. Wednesdays the group meets at Harvard Stadium to run the stadium steps. Fridays they meet at Summit Avenue in Brookline for super hilly run. Workouts are always at 6:30am sharp, rain or shine.

Pretty much every local running store has a run club, as in, a group that meets at the same time each week to run together in the vicinity of that store. Again, for free. Just go. Great for accountability in your workouts, especially when some (for example, Heartbreak Hill Running Company) keep track of your progress.

In that same vein, each and every Athleta and Lululemon store has its own workout programming, including free yoga, Pilates, and barre classes along with group runs, usually right in the store and its surrounding streets. Don't forget to bring your own gear—but if you do, rest easy knowing you can purchase anything you're missing on the spot. Check their websites and social media accounts for more information.

Reebok opened its concept FitHub store at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree just a few months ago, marrying retail with workouts all in the same gym-reminiscent space. Offered in that concept are free fitness workshops, including run clubs, Broga, Zumba, and interval training in the past, with plans for an aerobics class in February. Contact FitHub for future schedules.
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