If you have been thinking about joining a gym, but just haven't been able to free up the cash for the membership fee, the City of Reno is offering free exercise classes every week.
It is part of the Shape Up Reno initiative. Organizers said they hope that offering fitness classes for free will encourage locals to embrace a healthier lifestyle.
"We are just out here trying to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles and just have fun," City of Reno Recreational Manager Andy Bass said.
"We want to contribute to helping people understand nutrition and exercise," 24 Hour Fitness Manager Steven McCormack said, "and [keeping] that balance in life to live longer and happier."
The first group of motivated souls showed up for a free Fitness Boot Camp class put on by 24 Hour Fitness trainers. It was just one of the options the city is offering four days a week, along with zumba, kick boxing, and yoga. Each class takes one hour, and most of them are held at noon so people can stop by on their lunch break.
That is exactly what brought Reno resident Glen Daily out on Friday.
"I came out here today because it's a beautiful day," Daily said. "It is a great opportunity to get a workout in during my lunch hour here, downtown by the river."
Here is the schedule:
Monday: Fitness Boot Camp, 12 PM, Reno City Plaza
Wednesday: Zumba, 12 PM, Reno City Plaza
Friday: Kick Boxing, 12 PM, Reno City Plaza
Saturday: Yoga, 9 AM, Wingfield Park
All classes are free, and organizers encourage bringing water and a towel. They hope to keep the classes going all year long, weather permitting.