Free + Cheap First Visit Fitness Classes - Chicago

Please note: these specials are current as of Dec 6, 2018. If you know of an update or an addition that should be made, let me know! 

One of my favorite aspects about living in Chicago is the access there is to a huge variety of fitness studios and classes. I absolutely love trying out new studios and finding workouts and instructors I love. But it can get expensive. I don't have tons of money to spend each month, so I want to make sure my money is well spent. I decided that before I commit to a monthly membership or class package at a studio, I wanted to be able to test the gym out. I've found most studios offer specials for first timers/new clients. By testing out new studios for free or cheap, I've found places and workouts that I truly LOVE. I'm sharing the deals I've found so you can find your favorites workouts too!


These are classes & studios I've personally taken and are absolutely obsessed with. I'm not affiliated with or being paid to mention any of these, I just get a real kick ass workout every time I go there!

ClassPass - $40 off 1st month!
     Take classes at a variety of studios all over Chicagoland!
     Membership Details: $40/mo for 24 credits, $60/mo for 35 credits or $120/mo for 75 credits.  Classes average from 4-9 credits depending on type + time but go as high as 19 for prime hours
     LOVING RIGHT NOW: Yoga Squad, Solidcore + Ritual Hot Yoga!

SWEAT Fitness Studios - 5 classes FREE or $125 30 days unlimited
     Class Type: High Intensity Interval Training
     Locations: Gold Coast + Lincoln Park (newly opened!)75
     LOVE: Total Body Strength (Thursday!) w/Tim or Butt & Legs (Wednesday!) w/Paul or Alex

Studio Three - $15 first class
     Class Types: Cycling, Yoga + Interval
     Location: River North
     LOVE: Cycling w/Sayre

SoulCycle - $60 3-class starter pack + free shoe rental
   Class Types: Cycling, Yoga + Interval
     Locations: Old Town + The Loop
     LOVE: Cycling w/Aya

*Ritual Hot Yoga - $50 10 days unlimited yoga + FREE private session or $35 2-class pack
     Class Types: Yoga
     Location: River North


If you see a star (*) next to the studio, that means I've personally tried it out. If it doesn't have a star, I have no experience there but if you do, I'd love your input on it! 

9Round Fitness - 1st session free
     Class Types: Kickbox
     Location: Lincoln Park

Atlas Performance - $75 2 week unlimited
     Class Types: Interval Training + Crossfit
     Location: Cabrini Green area (edge of Near North, Goose Island + Old Town)

*Bar Method - $20 first class or $99 1st month unlimited
     Class Types: Barre
     Location: Several locations - see here
     Read about My Month at Bar Method!

Bare Feet Power Yoga - $45 1st month unlimited
     Class Types: Yoga
     Location: West Loop

Barre Code - $12 1st class or $89 1st month unlimited
     Class Types: Barre, Interval Training, Boot Camp + more
     Location: Several locations - see here

*Body R+D - $10 1st week or $159 1st month unlimited
     Class Type: Megaformer Pilates
     Location: Lakeview

Body Shot Boxing Club - $15 1st class
     Class Types: Boxing
     Location: Pilsen

CHI50 - $15 1st class or $175 1st month unlimited
     Class Types: Megaformer Pilates
     Location: Bucktown/Wicker Park

Chicago Primal Gym - 1st session FREE
     Class Types: Kettlebell
     Location: Lakeview

Club Pilates - 1st session FREE
     Class Types: Pilates
     Location: Lincoln Park, North Center + West Loop

*CorePower Yoga - 1st week FREE
     Class Types: Yoga
     Location: Several locations - see here

Crosstown Fitness - $60 14 days unlimited, $30 2-for-1 day pass or $99 4 personal training sessions
     Class Types: Strength + Yoga
     Location: West Loop + North Side

CycMode - $15 1st class
     Class Types: Cycling
     Location: South Loop

*Cycle Bar - FREE 30 min intro class
     Class Type: Cycling
     Location: West Loop

Cycle X - $15 1st class, $39 10 day unlimited or $99 1st month unlimited
     Class Types: Cycling
     Location: West Loop

*ENRGi Fitness - $50 14 day trial or $99 1st month
     Class Types: Strength, Endurance, Barre, Yoga + more
     Location: River North

Exhale Spa - 2 classes for the price of 1 ($25)
     Class Types: Barre, Cardio + Yoga
     Location: Gold Coast

F45 - Buy 1 class - get 2 FREE
     Class Types: HIIT + Circuit Training
     Location: Lincoln Park North

Fit36 - 1st class FREE
     Class Types: Interval Training
     Location: Lincoln Park

*FlyWheel Sports - $15 1st class
     Class Types: Cycling + Barre
     Location: Old Town + River North

*Full Psycle - $39 2-weeks unlimited
     Class Types: Cycling
     Location: Lincoln Park

*Hardpressed - $15 Conditioning class, $35 Strength session or $65 2 weeks unlimited Conditioning classes
     Class Types: Strength + Conditioning
     Location: River North (HP Strength) + New East Side (HP Conditioning)

*Hustle Fitness - 1st week FREE
     Class Types: Interval Training
     Location: Lincoln Park

Iron & Oar - $40 3-class pack (must create account & reserve a spot in class for pricing to show)
     Class Types: Rowing + Weights
     Location: Lincoln Park

Lateral Fitness - $33 3-class package
     Class Types: HIIT, Yoga + Pilates
     Location: River North

LightSpace Pilates - $10 1st mat class or $20 1st equipment class
     Class Types: Pilates
     Location: Lincoln Park

Mazi Dance Fitness - $30 1st week unlimited
     Class Types: Dance Based Strength + Cardio
     Location: Lincoln Park, Wicker Park + South Loop

On Your Mark - 1st week FREE
     Class Types: Cycling, Strength, Rowing + more
     Location: West Loop + Bucktown

OTG Bootcamp - 2 weeks FREE
     Class Types: Kettlebell, Bootcamp, Spartan + TRX Training
     Location: River West

*OrangeTheory - 1st class FREE
     Workouts: Interval Training
     Locations: Several - see here

Power Sculpt Fitness - 1st class FREE, $40 8-class package or $99 30 days unlimited
     Class Types: Pilates
     Location: Lakeview

Pure Barre - 1st week FREE
     Class Types: Barre
     Location: Several - see here

Runn Chicago - 1st class FREE
     Class Types: Running
     Location: Noble Square

*Runner's High Studio - 1st class FREE
     Class Types: Running, Yoga + Strength
     Location: River North

SALT Fitness - $79 for 3 weeks unlimited
     Class Types: Barre, Cycle + FIT
     Location: Bucktown

Shred415 - $149 1st month unlimited
     Workouts: Interval Training
     Locations: Several - see here

The Space Between - $75 30 days unlimited or take 1 class, get 1 free
     Workouts: Yoga
     Locations: River North

SPROING Fitness - 1st week FREE
     Workouts: High Intensity Interval Training
     Locations: Lincoln Park

*Solidcore - $39 2-class package
     Workouts: Megaformer
     Locations: River North + Boystown

Stiletto Dance Studios - $50 1 week unlimited
     Workouts: Pole. Dance, Yoga
     Locations: West Town

Studio Lagree- $15 1st class, $180 10-class pack or $79 3 classes in 30 days
     Workouts: Megaformer
     Locations: Lincoln Park, River North, Old Town + West Loop (coming soon!)

*Title Boxing Club - 1st class FREE
     Class Types: Boxing + Kickboxing
     Location: West Loop, South Loop, Lincoln Park + Wicker Park

*Training Revolution - 1st week FREE
     Class Types: Interval
     Location: Wicker Park + Lincoln Park

UFC Gym - 1st class FREE
     Class Types: Boxing, Kickboxing, TRX, Interval Martial Arts + more!
     Location: River North, South Loop + Wrigleyville

Yoga Now - $49 1st month unlimited
     Class Types: Yoga
     Location: River North

Yoga Squad (formerly Yoga Six) - $20 1st week
     Class Types: Yoga + Boot Camp
     Location: Gold Coast, South Loop + Lincoln Park

Read some of my Chicago studio experiences here: