Sometimes, even your gym buddy isn’t enough to get you to work out on a regular basis. Here are a few alternatives to weights and machines that will keep your body and mind in good shape.
Group Bicycle Rides
SmashbrosLV invites cyclists of all skill levels to let loose during Monday Night Rides, the group’s weekly, 2-year-old tradition of hanging out and exploring the best bike routes Downtown. Lately they’ve been meeting behind Hop Nuts Brewing at Crank & Grind Cycle shop. Find their latest exploits and meet-up spots on their Instagram @smashbroslv. BYO flask of whiskey to warm up those muscles before the ride and during breaks.
Best Lap Pools
For anyone with joint pain (or who just doesn’t like running), swimming is an excellent cardio and calorie-burning activity that doesn’t send your joints slamming into the pavement or treadmill belt. Try Pavilion Center Pool in Summerlin, Municipal Pool Downtown or Henderson Multigenerational Center. One-month memberships start at $15 for kids and $30–$38 for adults.
Climbing Around the Valley
Red Rock Climbing Center (8201 W. Charleston Blvd.) may seem small when you first walk in, but crowding isn’t a problem with three floors of routes and a fitness/yoga room. Origin Climbing & Fitness (7585 Commercial Way) in Henderson offers 22,600 square feet of space, cardio, core and weights room and yoga classes taught by TruFusion instructors Tuesday through Thursday. Both Red Rock Climbing Center and Origin offer shoe and harness rentals, day passes for the hesitant but curious and programming for kids.
And there’s the ultimate gym—the great outdoors. Red Rock Canyon is a world-class climbing destination. Bouldering (a form of climbing that uses no harnesses or ropes) is an accessible activity for new climbers, as the only gear you need are a pair of climbing shoes, crash pads (cushions to catch your fall), chalk and a guidebook, all available for purchase at an outdoor store or easily borrowed from your climbing buddies. (Red Rock Climbing Center rents crash pads for $15 per day.)