The upscale fitness facility Fit Republic opened during summer at the Scottsdale Waterfront. From a street-level entrance just south of the relocated Urban Outfitters store, an escalator ascends to an array of spinning, yoga, boxing and high-intensity workout studios, luxe locker rooms and a juice bar. Resident-minded memberships and visitor-oriented per-class fees are available.
Stationary bicycling + energetic leaders and music = spinning. Madison Improvement Club offers 50-minute spinning sessions called “Party on a Bike,” and a few variations on yoga too, in a hip brick building in Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood.
Taking cues from a dancer’s workout, The Dailey Method and Pure Barre offer one-hour fitness classes that tone, condition and strengthen using a ballet barre as a guide. Spinal alignment is key at The Dailey Method, which combines the barre, yoga and orthopedic exercises to achieve results. Isometric movements and gentle stretches at Pure Barre create long, lean muscle.
Fifty-minute group classes at The Body Lab incorporate an updated version of the traditional Pilates reformer apparatus, strength-training exercises, and a cardiovascular workout. The goals: improved tone, posture and strength—as well as utter exhaustion.
A longtime, much-loved Bikram yoga instructor kept the heat but switched up the beat for her independent venture, Hot Yoga University. Operating temperatures still hover near 100 F and 40% humidity, but—unlike Bikram’s repetitious 26-pose/90-minute routine—classes here don’t follow a script, and run 45 to 60 minutes. And the floor here is fascinating: a waterproof webbing material that looks like Silly String!