No more excuses! If you’ve long been relying on the old ‘can’t-afford-a-gym-membership’ thing, then you’re going to need to find a new shtick! There are plenty of fantastic ways to get fit without breaking the bank, or this case, spending a cent. Cape Town, being the beautiful and temperate place that it is, is a great place to workout for free amid some pretty astounding nature, especially now with the warmer weather ahead. Run along the Sea Point Promenade, hike up the forests and mountains, practice yoga on the beach – the options are endless. Going to the gym or hiring a personal trainer, on the other hand, is a costly business, so we’ve found 5 fun free fitness classes for you to join that are totally free in the Mother City:

Lorna Jane Active Living Room

Australian fitness-wear brand Lorna Jane offers a range of ladies-only free classes at their V & A Waterfront studio. The Active Living Room classes are designed for the modern woman in an intimate and beautiful space. It’s a one-stop shop for everything ‘active living’ – get your workout going in the Move studio, followed by a healthy bite at the Nourish bar, and then shop the gorgeous Lorna Jane range in the store. Classes include pilates, yoga and barre.

To book your free spot click here.

Lorna Jane


If you’re a beginner yogi and want to try it out to see if it’s your thing before committing, YogaLife offers free beginners classes three times a week and also gives studio newbies a 1-week free trial. Free beginners classes take place on Monday and Thursday nights from 19:30 – 20:30 as well as Sunday evenings from 17:00 – 18:00. As for the free week, the offer includes seven consecutive days of unlimited yoga – any classes, any time of the day. This allows you to try out the different kinds of yoga on offer, from Vinyasa to Bikram, so you can find the flow that moves you.

To find out more and to see this week’s schedule click here.

Bloc 11

Did you know rock climbing is becoming an increasingly popular workout choice for women? Indoor rock climbing gyms offer a space to enjoy an intense calorie burning and core strengthening workout – believe it or not, grappling on climbing walls allows you to use every muscle in your body and can help you burn upwards of 400 calories in just an hour. Bloc 11, an indoor climbing gym based in Montague Gardens, offers free beginners bouldering classes every Saturday at 10:00. Just book your spot and join in!

For more information click here.

Bouldering at Bloc 11


If hitting the tar is more up your alley, then ParkRun organises free weekly 5km runs in areas all over Cape Town so you can find one closest to you. Taking place in beautiful parks, these runs are open to all ages and fitness levels, from toddlers and seniors to Olympians in training. It’s a fantastic way to get your heart pumping!

For more info on upcoming events click here.


This women’s exercise studio based in Goodwood offers free Bootcamp classes every Saturday morning. Starting at 08:30 sharp, the classes are a great way for newbies to get started on their fitness journey. Sweat it out with like-minded ladies, make some new friends, and get a weekly full body workout that will leave you ready to tackle the weekend.

For more information click here

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