Start 2011 getting fit for free

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Work out for free Jan. 2 through Jan. 9 at any of the Chicago Park District’s 70 fitness centers, including several in Austin.

New members who sign up for the winter session during the promotion get a complimentary Nike fitness gift while supplies last. Plus, if you register next week for the winter session (which runs from January to March), you’ll receive a free Nike cinch bag while supplies last.

The Chicago Park District’s 70 new/improved fitness centers offer a high-quality, low-cost alternative to private gyms. Membership rates range from $30 to $75 for a three-month session, a fraction of the cost of commercial gyms.

These centers feature state-of-the-art equipment, such as computerized treadmills, cross trainers, upright bikes, recumbent bikes, free weights and benches, cable cross-overs, multi-station weight machines and core-focused weight equipment. Many parks also offer a variety of classes, including circuit training, conditioning, kickboxing, Pilates, yoga and aerobics.

Here are the participating fitness centers in and near Austin:

Amundsen Park at 6200 W. Bloomingdale Ave. (312.746.5003)

Austin Town Hall Park at 5610 W Lake St. (773.287.7658)

Columbus Park at 500 S. Central Ave. (773.287.7641)

Garfield Park at 100 N. Central Park Ave. (312.746.5092)

Homan Square Park at 3559 W. Arthington (312.746.6650)

LaFollette Park at 1333 N. Laramie Ave. (312.746.5316)

For more information about this promotion, watch this video.

To check out our fitness center hours and fees for the current program session, click here.

ADA accessible equipment is available at 35 fitness centers.

Click here to download a Fitness Log to help guide you through your workouts.

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