For a Fort Worthian, hitting a weight loss goal may seem daunting – especially with all the new eateries arriving to the area.
But exercise doesn’t have to be dreaded. In fact, with the right workout, it can become the highlight of the day. Of course, everyone’s workout preferences are different. Some people need someone yelling at them to work harder, others need energizing music, and still others need a slow, soul-driven sweat sesh. Fortunately, Fort Worth has all that and plenty of others to choose from.
It’s time to get sweaty, Fort Worth.
Smartbarrre, photo by Andrew Jennings
Barre is a combination of ballet, pilates and yoga. Generally, expect uplifting music, a motivating instructor, a full-body workout, a little cardio, and a lot of sore, but toned, muscles. Fort Worth is packed with barre studios, but here are two for starters.
The studio provides props, such as a mat, weights and rubber ball. While some of the class is spent at the barre, except to spend time in the center of the room and on the mat. A general Pure Barre class starts with a warm-up in the center. After, expect to sculpt arms, tone thighs, lift seat, flatten abs, and at last, cool down.
New Client Price: First week is free.
Duration: 45 or 55 minutes
Fit Tip: Make sure you bring socks.
3400 West Seventh St., Suite 101
Smartbarre is a Texas-based barre studio. The workout is similar to any traditional barre workout, and the studio provides the props. Class is taken in socks and features moves at the barre, in the center, and on the matt.
New Client Price: Varies by location
Duration: 30 or 60 minutes
Fit Tip: Wear workout leggings rather than shorts.
3515 Bluebonnet Circle
6080 South Hulen St., Suite 320
3911 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Photo Courtesty of CorePower Yoga
Yoga can vary in temperature, style and speed. While it is known for its meditative properties, it can also be a great fitness outlet.
When it comes to yoga, some like it hot, and that is exactly what CorePower offers. CorePower recently opened a studio in the newly constructed WestBend area. A handful of classes are offered, from a variety of levels of traditional CorePower hot yoga to less traditional Sculpt – a combo of cardio, yoga, strength training and high heat. There are also classes such as Hot Power Fusion, a meditative power yoga class with temperatures as high as 103 degrees. If looking for something more restorative, Core Restore is also an option.
New Client Price: First week is free.
Duration: 60 minutes
Fit Tip: Drink lots of water before, during and after the class to make up for all the water lost due to the high heat.
1621 River Run
Urban Yoga is a great workout for those who are looking for yoga without the added heat. The studio offers a variety of yoga styles, from foundations in yoga, to vinyasa and even prenatal.
New Client Price: $59 introductory month
Duration: 60-120 minutes
Fit Tip: Urban Yoga also offers barre and Nia workout classes, a mix of Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, jazz dance, modern dance and yoga, to name a few.
1706 Eighth Ave.
Photo Courtesy of ZYN22
Indoor cycling, or spinning, is a great way to torch calories and tone up. Every spin studio has its own approach to the simplified idea of spinning on a stationary bike. Many studios set their workout to upbeat music in a dimly lit room. While the instructor will likely encourage participants to turn up the resistance, everyone is able to customize the workout. And don’t worry, the arms get a workout too during the short but plentiful arms session. Don’t overestimate the weights – starting with one or two pounds will be plenty.
At ZYN22, Zynners ride to the beat. The workout is more than just spinning, as the instructors throw in added choreography to maximize the workout. So yes, your abs get a workout too. The ride is set to fast-paced tunes, plus it’s in the dark, with color-changing lights surrounding the room. Toward the end of the ride, there is a short arm section, followed by a few more minutes of spinning. The instructors are known for their motivating and inspirational words throughout the entirety of the class.
New Client Price: First ride is free.
Duration: 45 or 60 minutes
Fit Tip: ZYN22 provides free shoes and a scented towel to wipe away all your sweat.
3236 West Seventh St.
CycleBar is new to Fort Worth, located in the recently constructed Waterside district. At CycleBar each rider's stats are recorded and can be accessed online. The ride takes place inside a dark room with uplifting music to motivate every rider.
New Client Price: Free 30-minute intro ride
Duration: 50 minutes
Fit Tip: CycleBar provides free cycling shoes and is always having new member promotions available each month.
5924 Convair Drive, Suite 440
Photo Courtesy of Nicole Schouten
Boxing is a great way to burn calories, get stronger, and simply learn how to fight. It is also a great stress reliever. Every boxing gym has its own approach on how it coaches clients, but regardless, get ready to wrap up and workout.
Title Boxing offers personal technique training, boxing and kickboxing classes, and no previous boxing experience is required. A 60-minute workout at Title consists of a 15-minute warm-up and eight, three-minute rounds of combinations, finishing off with 15 minutes of ab work. At Title, boxers get their own 100-pound heavy bag to punch out their worries on.
New Client Price: Prices vary
Duration: 30-75 minutes
Fit Tip: Title will provide the boxing gloves.
400 West Fourth St.
5270 South Hulen St.
9Round is a kickboxing gym that hosts 30-minute sweat sessions. There is always a trainer there to motivate and push anyone who wants to work out. The nine rounds include strength, kickboxing and core stations.
New Client Price: First session free
Duration: 30-75 minutes
Fit Tip: There isn’t a schedule; there is a workout waiting at all times.
3049 Greene Ave.
Basswood Boulevard and Park Vista Boulevard
5411 Basswood Blvd., Suite 221
Photo Courtesy of BodyBar
From pilates to HITT workouts, there are tons of other fitness options outside those listed above.
Bodybar is a pilates studio with workouts designed around the principles of high intensity training. The workout is meant to build strength without bulking up, as well as build stamina and increase flexibility. Bodybar offers a range of classes, from Abs & Arms to Reform & Refine. The variety of classes enables all fitness levels to enjoy a workout and avoid a body plateau from repetition of the same workout.
New Client Price: $18 for first class or $149 for first month
Duration: 45-60 minutes
Fit Tip: Don’t forget to bring your non-slip grip socks. Don’t have any? Buy a pair onsite for $10-$20.
3232 West Seventh St.
Orange Theory is an hour-long, heart rate-based interval training program. The hour consists of a heart-pumping high-intensity interval training, or HIIT. While it is a group exercise class, every class is led by a personal coach who motivates and aids participants.
New Client Price: First class is free.
Duration: 1 hour
Fit Tip: The estimated calorie burn of one class is 500-1,000 calories, depending on intensity.
2600 West Seventh St., Suite 131
SW Fort Worth
5701 Bryant Irvin Road