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Fitness in Downtown Columbus (No Gym Required)

Photo courtesy of National Veterans Memorial and Museum.

Who needs the gym? Look no further than Downtown Columbus for free and low-cost fitness — in plenty of places you might not expect (yoga in the museum, anyone?).

Psst — if you think we’re missing anything, send us a DM on @downtowncolumbus!


Photo by Robb McCormick

Yoga and cardio at Columbus Commons
Every Tuesday and Wednesday through September

With an expansive outdoor lawn, Columbus Commons offers free yoga and cardio with classes four times a week.

Yoga and Jiu Jitsu at National Veteran’s Memorial and Museum
Multiple days per week (check website)

NVMM offers free yoga and Jiu Jitsu classes as part of their resilience and wellness program — bringing civilians and veterans together through fitness. Offered Thursdays a 6 pm and Sundays at 9 am, NVMM’s yoga classes are a rejuvenating way to refresh in their sun-filled lobby. Their free Jiu Jitsu program is offered in NVMM’s own dedicated Jiu-Jitsu space.

Photo courtesy of November Project

November Project at Genoa Park
Every Wednesday at 5:14 and 6:14 am

This fun, mega-supportive group meets at the deer statue every Wednesday morning for a free workout on the Genoa Park steps. They have classes at 5:14 am and 6:14 am. Catch the sunrise and get a great workout in.

FREE LifeBALANCE Yoga at Topiary Park
Every second Saturday through September, 11 am

Slow flow yoga in the beautiful Topiary Park, curated by Replenish Spa.


Patio Yoga at Jackie O’s on Fourth
Every second and fourth Saturday

Patio yoga on the biggest patio in Columbus? Sign us up! ($12)

Yoga at the Columbus Museum of Art
Select dates (check website) – next September 14, 2023

Surround yourself with the beauty of the art museum with this slow practice. Could there be a better setting to connect with yourself? ($10)


Columbus Zouk

Dance some salsa on the Scioto Mile with Columbus Zouk, running classes on a seasonal basis.

CoGo Bike Share
Every day

Bike anywhere Downtown with the convenient CoGo Bikeshare service — totally FREE with code DTOWNCOLUMBUS while memberships last. Sign up for an annual membership using the link above.

Scioto Milers Running Club
Seasonal through September 1 (pop up runs through the winter)

This casual group meets every Friday morning at Coleman’s Pointe for a run followed by coffee. Follow along on their Facebook page for updates.

Kayaking on the Scioto
Seasonal rentals available with Windrose Outdoor

The best view of Columbus is right from the water. Bring your own kayak or rent from Windrose Outdoor at the Main Street Boat Launch.

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