Every few months, I feel the urge to add some spice and variety to my fitness routine. The only challenge is finding affordable ways to do so.
Here are a few of my favorite ways to break the fitness monotony, without breaking the bank.
Free trials: Nearly every local fitness boutique offers a free one-week trail to potential clients. During this time, you’re able to attend as many fitness offerings as you’d like in the hopes that you’ll become a member.
Using these free trials is one way that I experience new classes with no financial commitment. Some of my favorite classes I’ve tried on a free trial include a kickboxing circuit class and a CrossFit-inspired workout.
Guest passes: When it comes to commercial fitness centers, not all are created equal. Purchasing a one-day guest pass allows you to experience the amenities and offerings of the locations you’re most curious about.
A typical guest pass will cost no more than $10 to $20, a reasonable investment.
Local fitness events: I often look at community event websites to stay informed on the fitness events in the area. These events are typically free, family-friendly and open to the public.
Next weekend, I plan to attend a free dance fitness class at a nearby community. This class is not available at the gym I currently attend, so I’m looking forward to the new experience.
Partner up: When I’m lacking creative inspiration to vary my workout routine, I prefer to hit the gym with a friend.
My friend’s training style and workout preferences typically differ from mine, so this is a welcome change of pace.
Outdoor boot camps and fitness classes: Many personal trainers and group fitness instructors seek to earn additional money and gain exposure by holding boot camps and other classes in outdoor locations. Turner Park, Elmwood Park and Memorial Park are some local hot spots for such offerings.
The typical cost for these classes is anywhere from $5 to $20 for a single session or package of classes.
In the past, I’ve both led and attended outdoor fitness classes, so I can personally attest to the positive aspects of training in this environment.
Brittany Baldwin is a certified personal trainer with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Creighton University. She writes regularly for livewellnebraska.com.