We like to do things a little differently in Austin. After all, our motto is “Keep Austin Weird.” Not satisfied with the standard exercise machine mills, the Capital City boasts a variety of specialty gyms. There’s bound to be one that’s just perfect for you!
Mecca Gym & Spa
Luxury meets vitality at Mecca, a natural fusion of training and pampering for the body. Located in the ultra trendy North Lamar/6th Street area, Mecca serves urbanites of discerning taste.
A basic gym membership entitles the patron to use of the gym area, locker rooms and steam room; complimentary classes; and discounted rates at the spa. Initiation fees run $250-$500, and monthly dues run $85-$150 depending on your plan (they offer volume discounts for families and companies).
Members can work out seven days a week: Monday-Thursday, 5:30 am – 9 pm; Friday, 5:30 am – 8 pm; and weekends 8 am – 6 pm.
Spa services include: facials, body treatments, waxing, massage, manicures and pedicures. Mecca offers some noteworthy specialty services such as: an Italian limoncello pedicure (lemons all around), tai massage and a Sonya Dakar acid peel. You can also book the facility for parties or grab a bite at the café.
If you’re looking for a more traditional style workout without all the exercise machines, Crossfit Central may be the right fit for you. Members seek to achieve “general physical preparedness” through activities like: climbing rope, sprinting, jumping rope, weightlifting, pull-ups, medicine ball exercises, and flipping tires.
Here they have “coaches” instead of “trainers.” The atmosphere is old school classic gym. In lieu of open “hours” where patrons come and go randomly, members attend classes held at specific times according to their weekly schedule.
Getting started is somewhat complicated. You have to attend a beginner class called a “Elements,” which consists of three 60 minute sessions all completed within one week. The cost is $190, but they’re small group sessions (only three students per instructor) with intensive one on one evaluation and instruction.
If you’d like to add a bit of good old Southwestern salsa to your work out, n’Caliente Fitness is just the place. Half dance, half exercise, n’Caliente offers classes in Zumba, Dance-Fit, n’Barre, Yoga and Pilates.
You can purchase a punch card for five classes for as little as $27 or a one month unlimited card for $67. They also have “drop in” rates of $8-$10 per class. Book a 2 hour party with one instructor for $150.
True to its name, BigTexGym caters to bodybuilding enthusiasts and weight lifters. A Bodybuilding.com Gym of the Month, BigTex specializes in powerlifting and strongman, with the friendly, welcoming atmosphere of local neighborhood gym.
If you just want to check it out, a one day pass is $10. The weekly rate is $25. Monthly access is available at a discount, but you have to call for pricing.
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