If you want to shed those winter layers or just step up your exercise routine, fitness classes are a great way to get into action. Sure, there are tons of fitness classes out there, but many of them come with a hefty price tag. If you want to burn the fat without burning a hole in your wallet, check out these DFW places that are offering the best budget classes in some of the most awesome spaces.
Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway
Dallas, TX 75201
This stunning 5.2-acre urban oasis right smack on top of Woodall Rodgers Freeway has truly transformed downtown Dallas into spectacular place to be. The park has areas for dogs, kids, sports, food trucks and an amazing array of free entertainment. Additionally, you'll find an assortment of daily free fitness classes, ranging from boot camps and Zumba to yoga and Tai Chi. Parking is available at any number of meters and garages around the area, or leave the car Uptown at the West Village and hop on the free McKinney Ave trolley which will take you right on down.
Park South Family YMCA
2500 Romine Ave.
Dallas, TX 75215
If you want to get the amenities of a fancy fitness center without having to pay a premium price tag for a membership, then the YMCA is the way to go. You'll find that all of the locations offer a little something different and prices vary as well. But with free use of weight rooms, pools and an array of non-stop fitness classes, including spin cycling, water aerobics, line dancing and Zumba, the YMCA is a real deal at a steal. The Park South branch, in particular, is the best of the rest as far as fees go. An adult one-time initiation fee costs $30 with a monthly cost of only $37. What's great about this place is that the basic membership gives you access to four southern sector branches, or you can pay $70 for a platinum membership to access all of the YMCAs in town, including the exclusive downtown branch. Another perk of being part of the YMCA family is that you can get temporary passes to workout at other Ys when you're on the road.
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City Of Arlington Parks And Recreation
717 W. Main St.
Arlington, TX 76013
With award winning tennis and golf facilities, it's only fitting that the City of Arlington offers state-of-the-art fitness facilities and a host of fitness classes as well. The city's four recreation centers, that houses fitness facilities, offer classes ranging from aerobics and belly dancing to boot camp and Tai Chi. Seniors can also get into the action with their own classes of Pilates, strength training, Tai Chi, yoga and even Wii game exercise. Fitness Plus memberships include unlimited classes, plus access to weight rooms, indoor track, inline skating and rock climbing for $30 monthly or $300 annually.
Chisholm Trail Community Center
4680 McPherson Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76115
The city of Fort Worth has 22 community centers offering an assortment of programs for all ages. The shining star of them all is the new Chisholm Trail Community Center, a 19,995 sq.-ft. facility, set to launch this month. The center will feature a rock climbing wall, a full sized gym, a state-of-the-art fitness room and an aerobics studio. Resident adults can buy an all access membership for only $20 a year or $40 for non-residents. Between all of the various centers, you'll find an assortment of classes ranging from body pump aerobics and totally toned to Pilates and boxing fitness. For those who want to shake it all up, there's line dancing, belly dancing and Zumba classes too.
Frisco Athletic Center
5828 Nancy Jane Lane
Frisco, TX 75035
Hands down, the Frisco Athletic Center offers the most comprehensive line-up of classes and amenities than any other DFW community center. The fitness floor alone measures 22,000 sq.-ft., the largest in the region — and houses a state-of-the-art fitness area, two gyms and two huge aerobics studios. The center offers over 60 classes a week, including fit cycling, turbo kick boxing, hip hop hustle, step, yoga and Pilates. If those don't rev up your heart beat, try the cardio fusion, cardio tone and cardio combat — a mix of martial arts, kick boxing and plyometric drills. Additionally, the aquatics center offers seven different water aerobics classes. Even better, you can leave the kiddos in the supervised kids zone or youth zone — full of toys, games and free of charge fun. There's no initiation fee and you can pay daily, monthly, quarterly or yearly for a membership. The fee for adult residents runs from $35 monthly to $350 yearly, or $53 monthly to $530 annually for non-residents.
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