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Your Guide to Staying Active in Downtown Austin

July 22, 2021
Fitness in the Park

The benefits of regular physical activity are nearly endless, among them lowering your blood pressure, improving your mood and reducing your risk for a variety of health conditions. Once you find the motivation, you can go down our list of all of these ways to get fit in downtown Austin to resume your fitness routine, or mix things up. We’ll look forward to seeing you around!

Hop on a MetroBike

During the pandemic, residents took to their bikes and used downtown’s bike lanes more than ever before. Congress, San Jacinto, and 4th Street all have excellent bike lanes to help cyclists get around safely. If you don’t have a bike, but want to get into cycling, download the MetroBike app, and borrow a bike from the next kiosk you see. Stations are located throughout downtown and along the Ann & Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail.

Explore the Ann & Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail

The Ann & Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail might be Austin’s worst-kept secret. This ten-mile-long recreational trail is great for cyclists, runners, walkers, and tourists, and you can avoid the crowds on the longer loops or by going early in the morning or on weekdays. Enjoy beautiful views of Lady Bird Lake and the downtown skyline while you get in some physical activity.

Take Free Outdoor Fitness Classes

The Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation hosts multiple weekly fitness classes at Republic Square with its partners. Classes have included yoga, dance cardio and barre, just to name a few. Check out the event calendar to RSVP for a class.

Yoga in the Park

Get Your Om on at YTX

YTX, formerly known as Wanderlust, is a yoga studio downtown that offers a wide variety of classes. The studios are very spacious, with no mirrors and low lighting so you don’t feel self-conscious. Yogis can choose their practice based on their schedule and what their body needs that particular day. Unwind and relax with a warmed yin yoga session or get the blood pumping in a hot vinyasa class. The majority of the downtown classes are warmed or heated, so be prepared to get sweaty!

Work Up a Sweat at Soul Cycle

Everyone walking out of Soul Cycle always looks like they just had a great workout. If you want an intense ride with some really motivating instructors, this studio is a great place to try. Classes take place in rooms which are lit by candles that match the mood of the inspirational messages delivered by your assigned cycling instructor. Hop on a stationary bike and tackle some crazy terrains while you improve your cardio enduarance.

Try A Class at Powercore Yoga

Grab a water bottle and your mat to and head to Powercore Yoga downtown. This studio offers a few staple classes and rotates through special classes. The staples are Powercore 1, Powercore 2, Yoga Sculpt and Hot Power Fusion. Powercore 1 is unheated and highly recommended for beginning yogis to learn the fundamentals. Hot Power Fusion is also beginner-friendly, but is, as the name suggests, quite warm! Powercore 2 and Yoga sculpt are recommended for more experienced yogis that prefer heated classes.

Lift Your Way to Greatness at Gold’s Gym

If you’re looking to tone or build your muscles, there’s a multi-level Gold’s Gym downtown that will help you get your workout and steps in. When you walk in, you’ll pass a cardio theater and cardio machines. Here you can choose from a stationary bike, a stair-climber or on a treadmill, or try them all! You can also work up a sweat with kettlebells, TRXs and your machines. Gold’s also has an area for stretching, core and bodyweight exercises. Or, you can take a couple of swings at a heavy bag or take a cycling class. We highly recommend relaxing in the cedar dry sauna after your workout for an extra sweaty session!

Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail

Take a Stroll Around Downtown

Looking to get some steps in and see the good sites? Take a stroll down Congress while you are listing to the audiotour developed by the Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Or, take a self-guided tour of the artworks downtown in the Austin Art in Public Places collection. If you’d rather have less of an agenda, simply could start on the Ann & Roy Butler Trail and power walk to the Capitol or window shop on 2nd Street.

Get Your Blood Pumping at Rō Fitness

Looking for a full-body workout that will improve your cardio and your strength? Try Rō Fitness! The best part about this studio is the location. Rō Fitness is located at Waller Creek Boathouse, which means you can stare out onto Lady Bird Lake as you’re working out on your rowing machine. The team pulls the machines out onto the patio overlooking the lake, meaning you can get in some Vitamin D as you row your way to better health.

Hit the Water with Austin Rowing Club

If you’re looking for a fun and functional arm exercise, we recommend renting a kayak from Rō Fitness’s downstairs neighbor, Austin Rowing Club. The staff is friendly and will help you get into a kayak quickly. If you want a fun, full-body workout, try out a standup paddleboard. Paddleboarding requires a fair amount of core strength to keep your balance while standing. Keep a slight bend in your knees. Your legs will also get tired holding you in place while your arms do the paddling to guide you through the waters of Lady Bird Lake.

Find Your Community at RIDE

Looking for a ridiculous amount of fun on a bike? Jam out to some killer playlists and enjoy themed rides at RIDE. This cycling studio is all about welcoming you into their tribe and making you feel good off the bike and on.

Whew! Hopefully, you’re not too exhausted from just reading about some of the fun ways to get sweaty downtown. Grab a workout buddy and have fun while getting fit!

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