Last week, I mentioned cutting your gym membership as a potential method to save more money. If you frequent your gym so often that you’re besties with the instructors, this might not be a good tip for you. But if you only hit the gym once a bikini season, you may want to consider saving the large monthly gym fee.

The good news is there are plenty of free alternatives to the gym. I’ve rounded up a list of my favorite free workout videos, workout apps, and workout resources so you can save money on your gym membership!

[These also work great if you’re too cold in the winter to drag yourself out of bed and into the gym. That also might be the reason I know of so many at-home options…]

Free workouts

Free Videos

YouTube – A complete assortment of workout videos, including multiple free, full-length Jillian Michaels videos

Fitness Blender – A wide assortment of workout types, including yoga, cardio, HIIT, and strength training. You can search by type, length and difficulty to find the video you want.

Jessica Smith – Again, a wide variety of videos handily split by type of workout

Blogilates – Pilates, plus the peppiest workout instructor you ever did see

BodyRock – Short but extremely intense (read: hard) workouts

Free Printable Workout Routines

Prefer to go at your own pace? Almost all fitness bloggers and plenty of other sites have free workout guides that you can work through on your own.

Tone It Up – You can do individual workouts or sign up for one of their 8-week fitness challenges

The Fitnessista – A blogger/group exercise instructor with lots of cute illustrations and even videos. Workouts run the gamut from barre to cardio to HIIT to abs

Peanut Butter Fingers – A blogger/certified personal trainer with illustrations of lots of her workouts. The circuit workouts are my favorite

Pinterest – An easy way to search through all of these sites at once and see what workouts are popular with other users

Free Apps

Nike Training Club – Features over 100 full body workouts designed by Nike trainers and pro athletes. Filter by goal and level of difficulty to get a timed and coached workout

RunKeeper – My absolute favorite workout is running outside, so this is one of my most used apps. It tracks my distance, speed, and time, and I can even set up automatic reminders to go running

Gym-Pact – Set a goal of the number of times you’ll workout in a week. If you meet the goal you get paid, but if you miss the goal you have to pay other users

Do you love any free workout resources not listed here? Feel free to share them in the comments!


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