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We love the outdoors in Phoenix. Most of the year, it’s hot. In summer? Just forget it — we’re talking cook-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk kind of hot.
So for those in the Valley of the Sun trying to stay active, we look for a sweat sesh indoors. There are a lot of options, but some gyms and studios stand out among the rest. A few even use the heat to their advantage!
Keep your summer bod fresh (and your routine just as fresh) all year long with our favorite gyms in Phoenix.
EXOS in North Phoenix knows that one size doesn’t fit all. Their specialty is creating a program built just for you, and they’ll put you to work in their massive facility (over 31,000 square feet!) that includes a pool, field, massage room, lounge, batting cages, and training area. Your office looking for a corporate retreat? Grab your co-workers for some sweaty team-building at EXOS!
Don’t want to fry like an egg? Climb in the cool, air-conditioned temps at AZ On The Rocks — Arizona’s largest indoor climbing gym. The Scottsdale spot has over 14,000 square feet of climbing wall, catered to all ages. Plus, guests have access to fitness equipment and even an on-site yoga studio! And definitely change up your standard fitness class with Rockfit — a fun fusion of functional exercise and rock climbing to build strength and burn fat.
With multiple locations across the Valley, CycleBar offers the most innovative (and most fun!) way to Rock Your Ride. Get ready to climb and sprint to the hottest tunes in a state-of-the-art studio complete with videos, disco lights, and personal data monitors for your competitive side. Performance and themed rides, post-ride treats (yeah, even beer, wine, or mimosas).
Busy schedule? Swing by Chandler’s Vibetality for a super-quick sweat sesh and the good vibes (wait for it). Guests are lead through an intense workout on a vibrating pad. Yes, vibrating — get it now? These classes will really test your stability and core strength. They promise such a great workout that you can get in and out in just 15 minutes!
The owner of Bodi, Nikki Metzger, has some impressive accolades: Nike Master Trainer, Mike Boyle Certified Functional Strength Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, fitness nutrition specialist, and the 2015 Women’s Health magazine’s “Next Fitness Star.” So yes, Nikki will kick your butt. Head to Old Town Scottsdale to try this station-based hour-long class. You can choose from the Sweat class if you’re feeling more of a cardio day, or you can take the Strength class if you’re trying to get those #gains.
Three words: yoga, barre, spin. Or, as they say at Sweatshop on Central, Breathe, Burn, Bike. Seriously, this is a boutique fitness-lover’s dream. Head to Uptown Phoenix for a toning barre class. Feel like doing more cardio? Take a ride at the 45-minute Spin class. Sore from barre and Spin? Get your butt to the 90-degree heated yoga flow class to stretch it out. The last perk: Sweatshop is next to Flower Child, so you can really let your fit flag fly.
This beautiful Arcadia-based hot yoga studio is a great option for those of you who prefer a 65-minute class to the very common 80-minute hot yoga class. There are two classes to choose from here: radi8HOT (blends traditional poses and a power flow) and radi8FLOW (which is heated Vinyasa). Regardless of the class you choose, it’s going to have loud music, fun teachers, and happy yogis.
The Body Lab’s Megaformer is more like a mega-warrior. Literally, every class is designed to work your muscles to failure. But… you will be more toned than ever. This method works by using slow and controlled movements with constant tension, creating strong, slim muscles. No bulk here, ladies! Don’t be fooled by the stationary machine though — you will sweat. A lot. And grippy socks are required! Give it a go at the Arcadia or Desert Ridge locations.
CorePower Yoga is more than just yoga — it’s yoga fitness. Classes include different levels, combinations, and temperatures of power yoga, but the most popular class is definitely Yoga Sculpt. CPY likes to think of the Sculpt class as muscle meeting yoga. In a slightly heated room, you’ll be doing power flows followed by planks, squats, burpees, and more fun sculpting moves, with or without weights. To give you an idea of how CPY gets down, we’ll tell you that “Turnt Up Tuesdays” is the recurring Sculpt class at The Old Town Scottsdale location. But don’t just take it from us; check out what other fun themes the Chandler, Central Phoenix, and Tempe locations have!
MIC’s Arcadia location is popular for having both Party on the Bike and Phenomenal Flow classes to choose from. And, if that wasn’t exciting enough, they just introduced Buti Yoga to the schedule of fun. Described as a dynamic yoga class with plyometrics and tribal dance, you will certainly be chanting, sweating, and practicing your Lion’s Breath for sure. And so you know, The Madison in Tempe is just as high-energy and fun.
If there was a fitness cocktail you could order to make you feeling amazing… you’d be ordering it at TruFusion in Scottsdale. They are mixing some of the best exercise formats to give you fitness happy hour around the clock. Tru Barefoot Bootcamp is a mix of yoga, Pilates, and kettlebells in a heated room. Tru YinFused yoga combines the heating elements of a hot Vinyasa class with the relaxing qualities of Yin yoga to serve your muscles a deeper stretch.
A husband-and-wife team are the masterminds behind Aptitude Performance Center in Arcadia. With custom training and recovery programs, their members are learning what it takes to be and feel like an elite athlete. Take a peek at Aptitude’s FB page and you’ll see for yourself. Ready. Sweat. Go. Fitt Tip: both the strength and conditioning classes have a strict 12-person cap. Plus, the strength classes are split into four-week programs so you can truly track your progress.
**Updated by Heidi Malano, October 2018