BY KIMBERLY TRUONG
Las Vegas is known for its fine dining, luxe hotels, and exciting nightlife—so perhaps it’s only fitting that plenty of the city’s gyms and workout studios go beyond a traditional run on the treadmill or a typical spin class. Here’s your essential dossier to the most unique places to squeeze in a solid workout while visiting Vegas.
Dolphin Yoga at The Mirage
The only thing more relaxing than yoga is yoga among the dolphins. And, if you can do so safely, yoga among the dolphins with a little pre-class cannabis dosage of your choice to enhance the experience. The Mirage hotel, located on the Vegas Strip, holds yoga classes in an underwater dolphin viewing area, so you can gaze upon swimming dolphins while you’re coming into your upward dog. Spaces are limited, however, offered only from Fridays to Sundays, so you’ll definitely want to make a reservation in advance.
Sweat 60 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
If you’re staying at The Cosmopolitan on The Strip, you can take advantage of the hotel’s group signature fitness class, which is a hardcore, boot camp-type experience involving boxing, plyometrics, strength training, and core exercises. Who said Vegas was solely about indulgent experiences?
Crash Academy Pole Studio
Crash Academy’s workouts combine pole dance, acrobatics, and aerial maneuvers for a full-body workout. Sound daunting? Don’t worry—the studio offers a “Pole Virgins 101” course for the complete beginner. Just remember to include a snug set of shorts when you’re packing your most comfortable workout clothes pre-vacation. Of all Las Vegas workout places, this easily the most "Vegas" option.
TruFusion’s Battle Boxing Express class goes beyond boxing itself to incorporate battle ropes and various forms of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) for a unique workout experience. Come a few minutes early to get your hands wrapped and get your gloves on for what the studio dubs “a true test of your endurance.”
Body Heat Hot Yoga & Pilates
As the name suggests, most of Body Heat’s classes are hot yoga and pilates classes, with classroom temperatures ranging from 85°F to 102°F. There’s a notable exception, however: this fitness spot offers a candlelight yoga class designed to relax the body, which will be even more relaxing when combined with a mellow edible beforehand.
The Ride’s spin classes are described as “a unique and immersive environment” that urges riders to “disconnect from the outside world and to focus inward.” Need we say more? You’ll need cycling shoes, but they’re free to rent for your first ride (and cost $2 to rent for each ride after that).
Galaxy isn’t your average pilates class—it’s pilates with a dash of aerial arts. No previous aerial or acrobatic experience is required, so don’t sweat it if you’ve never been suspended on an aerial hammock before. Note that jewelry isn’t allowed to be donned during class, and it’s recommended that you don’t eat for at least an hour beforehand.
Aqua Yoga at The Bellagio
The Bellagio’s Aqua Yoga class is done in a pool with warm water, and is enticingly billed as a “buoyant flow” that “liberates the mind and cleanses the spirit.” However, classes are pretty limited—they’re only offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which could come in handy if you’re in town for a long weekend (or as a great way to chill out during a weekday work trip, perhaps).
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