5 Easy Ways to Use the Gym for Free

Are you ready to hit the gym but don’t have a lot of money to spend on a membership? There are many legitimate ways to workout in the gym for free, especially if you’re flexible with your schedule and workouts. From hotels to free trials, this list of five easy ways to use the gym for free will have you sweating in no time — and with no money.

1. Free Trials and Free Classes

Take advantage of free trials. This is particularly useful if you’re traveling and will be in one place for a few days. The following gyms offer one-week free trials:

Be firm about canceling when your trial is up so they don’t charge you. Watch out if you visit different branches of the same gym – they may eventually notice the same name and address signing up for memberships and then leaving after a week.

Do a search of the YMCA, rec centers, and other local facilities that offer free one-day passes and classes. Some CrossFit boxes offer a monthly free class to entice new members. The YMCA often has community events for people to come in and try out a new class or workout. If you can be flexible with your workouts, you can have a lot of fun trying out new activities.

2. Gift Memberships

When people ask what you want for your birthday or Christmas, tell them you want a gym membership. Buying experiences rather than physical objects is the latest gift-giving trend, so don’t be afraid to tell someone what you want when they ask. To say, “Thank you,” offer to take them to the gym with you sometimes on your guest passes.

3. Hotel Gyms

If you travel often, ditch the membership at your neighborhood gym – go for a run and use a free app like 7 Minute Workout Challenge instead – and stay at a hotel with a gym. Use of the hotel facilities is usually included in the price of your room and many hotels have state-of-the art gyms with sauna and massage therapy services as well.

4. Apartment Gyms

Ask around with your friends and family members who live in apartment buildings with gym access. Offer to become a workout partner and set up times when you can go to the gym together. They’re doing you the favor so be flexible with their schedule. Having a workout partner is a great way to reach your fitness goals. A plan to meet someone at a certain time keeps you accountable because you won’t want to let them down.

5. Part-Time Gym Jobs

It may not be an option for everyone but if you’re looking for work or a side income, see if the YMCA, rec centers, or any other facilities in your area are hiring. Many gyms offer free use for staff members because it’s great publicity for them. It’s like they’re paying you to use the gym instead of the other way around.