In 2017, you no longer have to sign up and spend for a gym just to get fit

By Romeo Moran | Photos courtesy of Nike

For athletes, people into fitness, or beginners looking to start their healthy journey, it may be a little intimidating to realize that you might have to spend some money to join a gym and hire your own personal trainer. After all, if you’re going to undertake a personal transformation, you’ve got to do it the best way possible, right? And sometimes, that just has to mean extra cash.

And sometimes, you might not have enough money to spring for a gym or trainer. That’s fine—truth is, if you’ve got extra time, quite a bit of space, and a lot of commitment, you don’t need one. You can totally slash your budget for fitness and put it elsewhere. Here are a few tips on how to maximize all the free resources around you to work out.

Google and YouTube are your friends

The most basic move you can do to get fit: Google everything you need to do. Need a strength workout to increase your leg power for running and cycling? Need to get stronger on the swim? Just type in those exact keywords and there will be hundreds of different free resources, websites, and YouTube videos showing you exactly what you need to do and how to do them, regardless of what your needs are. This very website even has programs to help you out.

The only risk with Googling workouts is that you don’t usually get feedback on whether you’re doing it right or wrong. It’s up to you to police yourself and while many people are savvy enough to know when they need correction, some may not be able to change until it’s too late. Nevertheless, there’s a whole universe of free resources online, eliminating any excuses you might have.

Mobile apps

Putting everything you need on your phone is actually more convenient. For one thing, you don’t have to carry around a laptop or a list of workouts you have to do wherever you are; all you need to do is consult your smartphone to find out what you need to do and how to do them (some of them easily come with demo videos). There are apps out there like Fitocracy and Strava, and sometimes they come with entire communities of like-minded people just trying to achieve the same goals as you. It’s like having an entire gym all in your phone.

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Free training sessions

Believe it or not, there are a bunch of free training sessions happening around the city every week. If you still want that sense of actual community in the flesh, there are groups out there like Run 365 that take on new members to go run with them as well as companies like Nike that go out on a limb to hold free sessions with their Nike Run Club and Nike Training Club (NTC), taking what’s originally mobile phone apps into real-life classes in the metro.

You already know that Nike Run Club has free runs every Tuesday and Thursday nights that you just have to sign up for via the app, but they took it a step further by actually starting to hold Nike Training Club classes like they do in the US. NTC’s now doing twice-a-week classes at 8:30 pm on Wednesdays and 10:30 am on Saturdays at Kerry Sports Manila, Shangri-la at the Fort, if you’re looking for that team training experience. Like the Run Club, you just have to sign up through the Training Club app. It’s the best way to train with feedback from people who know what they’re doing without spending too much.