Where To Find No-Gym-Required Group Workouts

Step off the elliptical and put away the medicine ball. Instead, get #UpNOut with a handful of outdoor fitness groups that offer kickass, scenic workouts with like-minded fitness seekers.

Brooklyn Bridge Bootcamp

Brooklyn, New York

Its tagline is "Butt Kicking Has A View" and it's true thanks to high-intensity interval training said to render results in five sessions—on the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. The hour-long, 25 to 50 person workout utilizes body-weight exercises such as push-ups, lunges and squats as well as resistance bands for muscle toning. Show up at 6 am to catch the sunrise. Five sessions cost $19 a class; session prices drop with bulk orders. Individual classes: $20. BrooklynBridgeBootcamp.com

More: Active City Spotlight: New York

Yoga Rocks The Park/Friday Night Yoga Club

Nationwide

Skip cocktails and go for a healthier stress-reliever with scores of other Yogis in four cities (Denver, San Diego, Los Angeles and Milwaukee) across the country. DJs and live musicians provide the music, local instructors provide the all-levels welcome instruction. You? Sign up in advance for $25, or show up and pay $30 at the "door." FridayNightYogaClub.com

Nike Run Club

Nationwide

Cardio more your thing? Head to your local Nike store and join other runners of all levels in runs of three to six miles, free of charge. Some offer runners shoes and GPS watch trials, post-run refreshments and access to trainers and pacers. Times and frequency vary by location. Nike.com

Vavi Sport and Social Club

San Diego, California

If you're a team player, take a few minutes to consider joining this sporting community, offering everything from Kickball and Flag Football to Tennis and Beach Volleyball (we're talking Southern California here, folks.) Costs depend on the sport. A perhaps priceless bonus? Access to Vavi's socials, including "Player's Parties," "Restaurant Walks," and a Hallows Eve party. GoVavi.com

More: Active City Spotlight: San Diego

Discover Outdoors

Tri-State Area, New York

Forget kicking a ball into a goal. The folks behind this outdoor adventure outfit promise to engage you with day-long fitness challenges like outdoor rock wall climbing, waterfall canyoneering, zipline and high-ropes courses and whitewater rafting. Sprinkled in the mix? Whiskey tasting and pumpkin picking. Cost is per excursion. DiscoverOutdoors.com

Cascade Bike Group

Seattle, Washington

For some cyclists, the open road can be lonely. That's why this group arranges several free, daily (you read that right) group rides for those who prefer to exercise on two wheels. Jaunts cover anywhere from 10 to 60 miles and more. Helmets are required, as is a signed waiver. Cascade.org

More: Active City Spotlight: Seattle

Achilles Track Club

Nationwide

Do good while you work out. While Achilles provides training to all runners, what's unique is its pairing of able-bodied runners, or guides, and those with disabilities, from diseases like cancer and multiple sclerosis, to runners afflicted by strokes, vision impairment or paraplegia. Run frequency is by chapter and membership is free. AchillesInternational.org

November Project

Nationwide

This flash mob/bootcamp hybrid tales place in locations across the country and spreads word of upcoming free, group workouts for all fitness levels via its website and social media feeds. What can you expect? Strength work, stair drills and burpees, and interval training, among other gasp-inducing moves. Participants are members of "Tribes," and as such, some locations even offer babysitting so moms and dads can get their sweat on. November-Project.com

Camp Gladiator

Nationwide

Sign up for one of these total-body, four-week, one-hour bootcamps, and you'll get your fill of interval training, sprint and agility drills, stations, plyometrics, body weight strength drills and cardio. Pricing varies by location and the per-camp fee drops if you buy six months or more at a time. CampGladiator.com

Winter Warriors

Chicago, Illinois

The Windy City is named so for a reason. But in the Winter it also gets cold. Really cold. So die-hard endurance runners turn to the Winter Warriors to get them out of bed so they can maintain their training regimens. The group offers 10K and half-marathon runs at four locations. You'll also get a weekly motivational email, post-workout flexibility sessions and access to team socials, Cost is $159 to $179. ChicagoEnduranceSports.com

More: Active City Spotlight: Chicago

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