Memorial Day weekend may be the unofficial start of summer most places, but in Dallas as soon as the mercury begins to rise, so do skirt heights. To get you ready for exposing a little more flesh, here are five local workouts that will get you in shape, stat.
1 Camp Gladiator DFWImage via Camp Gladiator
The company’s motto is “Take it Outside,” and their workouts—held at parks, fields, and even parking lots throughout the DFW metro—remind anyone who has spent their workout life in an air-conditioned gym what it’s like to really sweat. The four-week-on, one-week-off program offers varying cardio and strength exercises through themed weeks such as HIIT (high-intensity, interval-training) week and endurance week. But it’s the trainers that make CG workouts stand out, like Missy Cheatham, a CG trainer at Grapevine’s Parr Park, who has amassed a fanlike following of campers with her nonstop energy and contagious enthusiasm.
2 Cooper Fitness Center DallasImage via Cooper Center
Since 1970, the Cooper Clinic has been committed to getting people healthy through their preventative medicine and executive health programs. The Cooper Fitness Center in Dallas is an extension of that, offering classes and fitness activities on its sprawling campus. There’s plenty of space outdoors to run or walk amid the 30-acre meticulously landscaped grounds, and with its two heated six-lane pools, it’s the best place in the city to get a water workout.
12200 Preston Rd., Dallas
3 Equinox FitnessImage via Equinox
If ever you wanted to show off your Lululemon workout wear, Equinox is the place. With locations in Preston Hollow and Highland Park, Equinox Fitness is known as a see-and-be-seen gym. From the Kiehl’s in the showers to the Tata Harper skincare products in the spa, the gym is putting chic into the sweat zone. But more than that, the facility is clean and inviting and the workouts are challenging and effective. Try MetCon3 or Barre Burn to get your body bikini ready.
4023 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas; 8611 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas
4 The Katy TrailImage via Friends of Katy Trail
Though fairly new (it was completed in 2007), the Katy Trail has helped the city shed its indoors-only-workouts reputation. Running through Uptown and Oak Lawn, the Katy Trail is a 3.5 mile landscaped trail that offers a place for fit-minded Dallasites to run, walk, bicycle or inline skate. It’s become so prized and popular that property values near the trail, which runs along the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, have risen as a result.
5 Pure Barre
It’s almost to easy to spot the Pure Barre bodies around town: they’re the lean, taut ones—strong without being too muscular. In short, they’re the bodies we crave. But don’t let the name fool you into thinking you’ll be gently plie-ing your way to a new body: These workouts may be gentle on the body but they an all-over challenge. The University Park location was the first in Dallas, but many more are beginning to pop up around the metroplex.
5919 Greenville Ave., Dallas