21 Free Workouts, Fun Runs, and Other Fitness Events in April

Every event you need on your April workout calendar.

Spring Training at Dilworth Park is back this month. Photography by Peter Tobia.

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FREE WEEK OF MAHA YOGA CLASSES There may be no such thing as free lunch, but Maha’s Rittenhouse studio is proving that there is such a thing as free yoga. The week-long celebration of free classes is here to promote Maha’s new and improved Yogahour, which traditionally provides professional, alignment-based yoga classes for only $8.  Check out more on Yogahour and its schedule here. Free, various times.


FREE DILWORTH PARK’S OUTDOOR WORKOUT SERIES The Center City District is bringing back free, pop-up exercise classes at Dilworth Park with their Spring Training Program. Starting April 3, there will be at least one workout every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday until May 24. Local trainers coming from the likes of Optimal Sport Health Clubs will teach classes in everything from yoga to boot camps in heart of Center City. There’s no need to register ahead of time, but you can check out the schedule here. Free, various times.


TRANSCENDENTAL YOGA This fundraiser kicks off the Spring Yoga Series hosted by Colorspace Labs. Both beginners and experts are welcome to this all-level yoga class taught by Ashley Tryba and set to some transcendental tunes from DJ Dave P. Hang around after your workout for the after party, complete with Reiki sessions from Victoria Powell, kombucha from Funky Fresh Ferments, and salads from Honeygrow.  All proceeds will go to Roots2Rise, a local organization whose mission is to make yoga and mindfulness accessible to all Philadelphians. Get your tickets here. $20, 6 p.m.


80’S BARRE: ROLLING THROUGH THE DECADES Bust out those old leg warmers in the back of your closet for this 80’s themed barre class held by Tuck Barre & Yoga). Barre instructor Elise Feibush created a decade-inspired playlist for the event; scrunchies and nostalgia are encouraged. Grab your tickets here. $15, 5:15 p.m.


ALLSTATE HOT CHOCOLATE 15K/5K This national half marathon is coming to Philadelphia, and it’s a pretty sweet one. Sponsored by Allstate, this race benefits the Make-A-Wish foundation. Runners in both the 15K and 5K races are met at the finish line with a chocolate goodie bag. Yum! Register here. Prices vary, 8 a.m.

BEGINNERS AERIAL BUNGEE WORKSHOP Not to be confused with bungee jumping, aerial bungee has you fastened into a bungee cord — which you’ll remain attached to as you move and dance. The bungee cords will give you an extra spring in your step, plus great core workout. This introductory workshop held by Awakenings Pole Dancing Fitness in Manayunk will teach you all the basic bungee skills, drills, and techniques. Reserve your spot here. $49, 2:30 p.m.

IN THE CLOUDS Here’s another opportunity to work out in front of those gorgeous views from the One Liberty Observation Deck. In honor of World Health Day, Daybreaker is holding an early morning yoga class and dance party to start off your day. The theme is “In the Clouds,” so dress in all white to fit in at to this heavenly workout. Tickets are available here. $35, 6 a.m.


YOGA WITH CATS Spinning with puppies not your thing? Stacia Nero from Amrita Yoga has a yoga equivalent for those of us who are cat people. Held in the PSPCA Fishtown Center, adoptable kitties will be in the session to provide stress relief and general adorableness. Sign up here. $20, 9 a.m.


BOLLYWOOD WORKOUT In the first of four consecutive Wednesday classes, instructor Sapna Patil teaches a workout class inspired by the movies and music from India’s capital of film, Bollywood. This upbeat workout combines traditional choreography with intense workout movies. Held in the Wissahickon Valley Public Library, you can reserve your spot here. $40 for all four classes. 7 p.m.


THE MIDNIGHT SOCIETY SWING SOCIAL You’ll feel like you’ve just been invited to one of Jay Gatsby’s parties with this 1920’s dance party held at the Olde City Cabaret. Brush up on your fox trot with traditional swing lessons at 7:30, then you’ll be ready for the “wild period dance party” at 8:30. Roaring 20’s music will be provided by jazz band Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society. Get your tickets here. $7, 7:30 p.m.


RIDE, RUN, AND RESCUE A spin class with puppies — need I say more? This life-changing idea is the joint effort of rescue organization The Monster Milers and the indoor cycling gym Body Cycle Studio. Instructors Jess Sullivan and Russel Carter will teach a 45-minute spin class, followed by an appearance of adorable (and adoptable!) puppies for much needed post-workout snuggles. All proceeds will benefit The Monster Milers. Sign up here. $25, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

POP-UP YOGA BRUNCH Following the success of their yoga brunch with a build your own avocado toast bar, Namaste Nourish’s Hava Rose and Ashley Law are teaming up again with Teranga Yoga for a second yoga brunch. An hour-long class in Queen Village will be followed by the “Nama Top It Bar,” where you can decorate your vegan waffle with an assortment of fruits, jams, and several flavors of vegan ice cream. Register here. $40, 10 a.m.


ROSE & SLAY Bring your best Beyoncé impression to this dance class, which will feature an hour of dance cardio, choreography, and strength movements with Alexis Rose Artis of the Alexis Rose Xperience. Afterwards, you’ll reward your efforts with a glass of rosé. Sunday Funday, indeed. Register here. 11:30 a.m., $15.


BARRE-OKE Looking for something a little more creative than grabbing drinks for your next girl’s night out? How about Y2B Fit’s barre class followed by group karaoke at the Tango Karaoke Lounge? The tickets are a steal: the price covers your class, transportation via Uber, a private karaoke room, as well as appetizers. Now that’s something to sing about. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up here. $30, 7:15pm.


NAMAS DAY SPRING YOGA CELEBRATION Namas Day is bring their mission to support and promote local wellness and yoga businesses to Philadelphia.  The day-long celebration held at the WHYY building will included healthy food trucks, 12 different workshops, and a wellness market place (but really, they had us at healthy food trucks). Register here. Prices vary, 8 a.m.

YOGA & BEER Certified yoga instructor Trina Shumsonk teaches this hour-long vinyasa flow yoga class at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company. It’s bring your own mat, but drinks will be provided. Pay for your ticket here. $20 for the one-hour class and one beer; $25 for one-hour class and two beers. 12 p.m.

BOOT CAMP FUNDAMENTALS Corefitness is trying to take the intimidation factor out of boot camp with their latest workout class. This class is first-timer friendly, and an instructor/physical therapist will give you one-on-one attention and feedback. Did we mention this is all being held on the Art Museum steps? Use coupon code  ‘bewell10’  for $10 off the walk-up fee. Sign up here. $20, 9 a.m.


SIP AND CYCLE The Positive Charge is offering the only thing that could get me to a spin class: snacks. In partnership with Body Cycle Studio, The Positive Charge is offering an hour-long spin class with a sampling experience afterward. What exactly you’ll be having is yet to be announced, but in the past they’ve had Zen Smoothies from The Plantie, so you know it will be something good and good for you. Tickets are available here. $20, 11:30 a.m.


FREE RUN CLUB WITH HONEYGROW Held on the final Tuesday of every month, the running crew returns this April for another three to five mile run. Starting on Samson Street, this run takes you right through the heart of Center City. Afterwards, you’ll get some discounted Honeygrow at the eatery’s 16th Street location. RSVP on Facebook here. Free, 6:30 p.m.


RUN WILD FOR THE ZOO 5K Take a walk on the wild side, or you know, through the wild side. This 5K at the Philadelphia Zoo makes its way through the zoo’s campus, winding through the all the different animal enclosures. Proceeds go toward providing funds for nutrition, habitat enhancements, medical care, enrichment activities, and more. Register here. $45, 7:30 a.m.


FREE TWILIGHT YOGA As your Instagram feed will soon let you know, Philly’s much beloved Yoga on the Pier series is coming back. As famous for being scenic as they are for being free, these classes are taught by local yogi Malik Wilson right on the Race Street Pier. This summer’s series kick of on the twilight of the last day in April, because there’s no better way to welcome in your May than with moon salutations. Free, 8:30 p.m.

Correction: A former version of this post had One Liberty Observation Deck incorrectly listed as Liberty One Observation Deck.

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