Over the years, I've tried everything from the bar, the bike, jump roping, boxing, running, swimming, and surfing. As someone who gets bored of the same workout routine pretty easily, my go-to has always been running - I love how you can pick your own path, your own speed and your own distance each time.
In mid-February, when a 6:30 am jog isn't really something I'm jumping out of bed for, I turn indoors. Below is a selection of gyms and boutique studios in the Dallas area that are worth setting the alarm for:
Beyond Pilates: Founders, Brandi Marino and Bethany Meyers joined forces in Spring 2010, BEYOND was born. They combined their passions and experience to develop a fiercely independent, highly imaginative, determined-to-the-core concept focused on empowering and inspiring people to make changes beyond their wildest expectations.
Cooper Aerobics Center, Boxing: When I was in high school, I worked out several times a week with a personal trainer who knew exactly how to get me to my breaking point. But no matter how hard I worked, I never seemed to be able to get her body. Envious of my trainer's physique, I asked her what else she was doing to get into such great shape. The answer: Derrick James at Cooper Aerobics Center. Derrick is an olympic boxing pro with 35 years of experience under his belt. His boxing classes or simple but extremely intense. If you ever want that extra fitness push, sign up for a 30 minute private with Derrick. I promise you won't regret it.
City Surf Fitness: City Surf is designed for the person who loves an active lifestyle. Building upon the components of natural human movement- foundation training, cardiovascular and strength training, always focusing on building core, stability, balance and body/muscle awareness. The goal at City Surf is to help you improve your body's natural state to the be the best and most beautiful it can be.
The Bar Method: The Bar Method exercise targets the muscles that play the greatest role in body change, then keeps these muscles working intensely and safely long enough for them to change. It then intensely stretches each muscle worked to make it look and feel longer and more graceful.
The Verandah Club: Several years ago, I started working out with a trainer in Dallas named Joe. Joe is known for offering bootcamp classes outdoors at Germany Park during warmer months, but during the winter it's always a challenge to find a great spot indoors where we can all spread out. Recently Joe suggested we all join The Verandah Club at The Anatole Hotel. I was skeptical at first about joining a hotel gym but upon arrival I knew I'd found my spot. The 80,000 square foot facility offers everything from state-of-the-art fitness equipment, to an indoor sauna and steam room to an outdoor track and tennis courts. We take advantage of an racquetball court that we turned into our own personal fitness studio.