New year, new you. Pledging to spend more time being active is a common New Year’s resolution, but gyms can be isolating.
There are plenty of boutique fitness studios across metro Phoenix that offer classes and structure for workouts if you’re looking to exercise outside of the house and with other people.
The Valley has plenty more than this list, but here are eight spots where you can get a unique workout:
8870 N. 90th St., Scottsdale
Body Politik in north Scottsdale has a mix of Versa climbing machines and Lagree fitness classes.
The Lagree fitness classes use low-impact workout machines that use your own body weight and pulleys for resistance training.
Versa climbing machines mimic climbing with both your arms and legs at the same time for a full-body workout.
People new to Body Politik can take their first class for just $15. After that, individual classes are $30 each and a membership is $230 a month.
9719 Hayden Road, Scottsdale
Peloton helped bring spin classes into the mainstream. The themed workouts and instructors encouraged to show their personality are core to the company’s brand.
Wheel Haus Cycle in Scottsdale is similar to Peloton, except the workouts are in-person and have much more energy.
“Our indoor cycling classes promote a high-energy, mega-fun atmosphere that keeps you moving, motivated, and returning for more,” the company states on its website.
Keep an eye on the Wheel Haus Instagram page, where free classes are occasionally announced.
4515 N. 16th St., Phoenix
Desert Mvmt in central Phoenix has classes that combine parts of Pilates, ballet, yoga, and strength training.
The studio has five different classes, each with its own specific style.
Desert Mvmt’s newbie deal offers three classes for $33 or a month of unlimited classes for $99.
The gym also has a unique retreat called Camp DM, which is four days of working out in Joshua Tree, California.
13402 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
D1 Training is a national sports fitness chain with a 7,000-square-foot facility in Scottsdale.
The chain was founded by former NFL player Will Bartholomew in 2001.
It offers training for adults and children. The workouts for children are divided by age group. Rookie training is for kids ages 7-11, developmental training for kids ages 12-14, and prep training for kids ages 15-18.
D1 boasts that over 100 of its clients have been chosen in the NFL Draft, and many more have had careers in other professional sports.
15029 N. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale
OHM Fitness is a national fitness chain where the hook is electro-muscle stimulation.
Gym patrons wear a black bodysuit and take one of three 25-minute classes. The gym claims that just 25 minutes of working out is enough to engage every major muscle group in your body.
The strong vibrations class focuses on strength through resistance training. The sculpt and sweat class is mostly cardio exercises. The stretch and flow class is all yoga.
The Workshop Pilates
8240 Hayden Road, Scottsdale
The Workshop Pilates in Scottsdale offers four different class types. All are 50 minutes long.
The classes are extremely small, just 10 people each, so make sure to book in advance.
First-timers can get a class for just $10, and unlimited classes a month are $209. Gym members also get to see the calendar of classes before the schedule opens up to the public.
1819 N. Scottsdale Road, Tempe
Fighting against inanimate objects in a controlled environment can be fun, and a great workout.
KBX PHX offers kickboxing classes for adults and kids, with specialized classes for adults 55 and older.
The gym states that no experience is required for the signature class, which lasts one hour and is a total body workout. Students can upgrade to the KBX combat class after 10 classes. That class teaches advanced combinations and self-defense applications.
Like other gyms on this list, KBX PHX offers a free class for your first trip.
Sweatshop on Central
100 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix
Sweatshop on Central in Phoenix offers yoga, spin, and barre classes. Barre is a workout inspired by ballet, yoga, and Pilates.
The studio offers a new student special with two weeks of membership for $49. After that, the membership is $119 a month. That membership includes unlimited classes and two personal training sessions per month.
Individual classes are $20 each without a membership.
Besides the workout classes, Sweatshop on Central offers additional special classes like The Art of the Handstand and teacher training for spin, barre, and yoga.
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