With almost 40 million visitors each year and a constant influx of new residents, Las Vegas is the hip place to be right now. No matter if you’re here to stay or just visiting – chances are at some point you’ll want to take a break from the city buzz, skip a few events, and recharge. And what better way to boost your energy level than by sweating out the extra calories?
There are endless indoor and outdoor options for keeping fit and working out in this Nevada hotspot. To get a better glimpse of where to go and what to do, we’ve scoured the city for some of the best venues for flexing your muscles. From amazing swimming pools to state-of-the-art fitness centers, Pilates studios, climbing walls, or open-air hikes, there’s a lot to choose from when deciding to work out. Have a look at these 13 calorie-burning activities and discover some of the best venues in Vegas to get fit:
Community & Family Sports
For a community-oriented sports destination, head over to YMCA of Southern Nevada. This amazing non-profit organization is on a mission to promote healthy living inside communities. Regardless of age, income, or background, everyone is welcome to join. The Y enriches the lives of 65,000 Southern Nevadans each year, as they gain access to countless fitness, aquatic, and sporting activities led by trainers and volunteers in four different locations. The most important thing of all is that you will never be turned down, even if at some point you’re having a hard time paying for the membership. Unlike other gyms, you can spend quality time with your kids and family here through programs like Family Night, Family Funday, or Parent’s Night Out. Focus on your own wellness goals for two hours, while your little ones between the ages of 3 months to 7 years have fun at the Kids Gym. Swimming lessons and water fitness classes are also available.
The nation’s largest premium Pilates franchise, Club Pilates is waiting for you in four Vegas locations: Summerlin, Green Valley, Spring Valley, and Henderson. Book a free intro class before you sign up for a membership, especially if you’re new to Pilates. There are four levels of difficulty, starting with Level 1 – Foundations, and reaching progressively to Level 2.5 – Mastery. Also, choose from various classes: Intro Class, Reformer Flow, F.I.T. (a heart-pumping Functional Interval Training), Cardio Sculpt (energetic cardio Pilates), Suspend (suspension training), Center+Balance (stretching), Restore (Pilates massage), Teen (14-19 years old), and more. You will benefit from the best-trained experts to guide you along the way.
Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness
If you’re a mom or a mom-to-be, book a class at FIT4MOM Las Vegas right now! A great team of experienced instructors will support and empower you to discover your best self in all stages of motherhood. This amazing prenatal and postnatal fitness program brings together specially designed classes and a network of moms sharing a common love for fitness and kids. Bring your baby along to a Stroller Strides class – a great workout for any level of exerciser – or to Stroller Barre, a workout that blends ballet, Pilates, barre, yoga, and stroller-based exercises. The first session is complimentary, so select your preferred location and book your spot. Other available workouts address pregnant moms, moms with older kids, running moms, and more. On top of it all, ladies’ night out gigs and fun playdates are always a good idea!
We all know mental fitness is just as important as the physical shape. On the corner of Sahara and Durango in Las Vegas, you’ll stumble upon Raise Your Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Founded by Cosmin Mahadev Singh, RYK is the first center to specialize in the Kundalini Yoga form – touted as the most effective and complete yoga practice. There are various morning and evening group yoga and meditation classes, such as Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, Tai Chi, Gong Meditation, Reiki Circle, Yin Yoga, and more. Private classes and Reiki healing sessions are also available.
Boasting clubs in all 50 states and five more countries, Planet Fitness is on any sports buff’s list. The company takes pride in their “100% Judgement-Free” non-intimidating philosophy, friendly and encouraging staff, and affordable fitness options. With 12 locations in Vegas and Henderson, you’ll surely find a club close to you. Enjoy the first workout without any down payment, by requesting a day pass. Monthly membership is also affordable, but it’s the PF Black Card membership that will bring you the best value and incredible perks, including access to all 1,500+ Planet Fitness locations, massage beds and chairs, free tanning, hydromassage, fitness training, branded T-shirts, and much more. They will even treat you with pizza on the first Monday of every month, so your cheat day is also covered! How’s that for non-intimidating?
Biking & Running
For the outdoor enthusiasts, the Mojave Desert offers more than anything you can find inside the city. The nearby River Mountains Loop Trail is a non-motorized 34-mile trail, surrounding the River Mountains and connecting the Lake Mead Recreational Area, Hoover Dam, Henderson, Boulder City, and the rest of the Las Vegas Valley. If you’re a runner, a biker, a hiker, or even a horseback rider, this 12-foot wide paved/concrete path is your best option to burn calories, while enjoying some scenic views and the desert’s wildlife.
Still, for beginners, it’s usually safer to explore the surroundings with an expert. So how about you contact Adam Bautz from Outdoor Travel Tours, to show you “the better side of Las Vegas”, as he calls it. He has years of experience in guiding adventure tours, striving to bring the outdoor lifestyle to the forefront in Las Vegas. All you need is comfortable clothing, athletic shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. And most of all, enthusiasm! You can choose between a shorter Valley of Fire Half-Day Tour (six hours) or Full-Day Adventure Packages (ten hours).
Embark on an adventurous experience in a safe and fun environment at Nevada Climbing Center. If you’re into hiking and climbing, the facility will challenge you with over 7,500 sq. ft. of climbing surface, 27 top ropes, and a lead climbing cave. All-day passes are $14 for adults and $10 for kids, while for only $40/month you will gain unlimited access to NCC plus a guest pass per month to bring a friend along. Bonus, enjoy a complimentary belay lesson, that includes orientation and top-roping belay instructions. To learn more about basic or advanced climbing techniques, you can also take private lessons. A professional instructor will introduce you to bouldering, top-roping, traversing, slacklining, and more
Any CrossFit enthusiasts around? CrossFit Las Vegas is waiting for you, regardless of your fitness level. This high-intensity training program is adapted to everyone’s abilities, keeping members healthy and injury free. Owned by power couple Allison and Brendan Gilliam, they offer the first 1-on-1 session, including your fitness assessment, free of charge. For kids and teens aged 10-17, there’s the CrossFit Teens strength and conditioning program available.
Dancing sounds like Friday night out, but what if you could combine working out and having fun? At Jazzercise Las Vegas Southwest Fitness Center you will burn up to 800 calories while blending dance with Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, and stretch training – all in a 55-minute session. There are also two other Henderson locations nearby. The music playlists are selected to keep you motivated and push your limits, because “when the music starts, you start transforming.” Classes vary, from LO – that has no impact on your joints, but still guarantees a total body workout – to Strike, Core, Fusion, or Dance Mixx high-intensity classes. So if you want to carve your body into the shape you strive for, then turn on your dancing mood. Also, check out their Community Blog for some amazing recipes to help you keep fit.
With 2 locations in Vegas, Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu Academy is a mixed martial art training facility, where people can learn and practice jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, as well as strength and conditioning classes. You will learn self-defense skills by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to neutralize even bigger or stronger opponents. While practicing these techniques, you will not only get into better shape and lose weight, but also boost your self-confidence. Beginners are paired from the start with an advanced student who can guide them and explain the basics of jiu-jitsu, under expert supervision. Classes are one-hour long.
Las Vegas’ glam hotels boast some amazing pools, but they’re usually rather expensive, or available mainly to their guests. To enjoy a full swimming workout, the Municipal Pool is a great option. Open nearly year-round, this 50-meter by 25-yard pool features 14 lanes, two one-meter springboards, and one three-meter springboard. Another public swimming facility to try out if you want to learn how to swim or just practice is the Desert Breeze Aquatic Facility, operated by the Clark County Parks & Recreation Department. With low daily admission fees ($3 for adults, $2 for children 3-17 years, and only $1 for seniors 55+ years) or season passes, you get access to both indoor pools and an outdoor water park, depending on the season. The center offers private swim lessons or buddy swim lessons with qualified instructors, various youth programs, and stroke classes. Water temperature ranges between 79-83 degrees. Make sure to read the pool rules, for your safety.
Jumping & Trampolining
How about getting a full-body workout in a totally different way? Get Air Las Vegas is an amazing trampoline park. The center offers intense calorie-burning activities, like jumping on thousands of sq. ft. of side-by-side trampolines, dodgeball, and slam ball on the trampolines. The activities are suitable for kids – even those under 46’’ in height – as well as grown-ups, but children under 10 must be supervised. To prevent you from slipping, Get Air socks are recommended. Don’t be a stranger to their blog – it’s packed with interesting facts about health and entertainment.
What’s your favorite sports activity? What keeps you motivated, and helps your body get in shape fast and stay fit? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments below. Also, feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know any other Las Vegas-area activities or sports facilities that should be on this list, and we’ll add them in no time!