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Where to Workout: 10 Places for Fitness Enthusiasts in Phoenix/Scottsdale

From dance to pilates and spin to Krav Maga, there are drop-in classes to try.

Vacations don't have to mean a total break from your workout routine. In fact, why not view them as a chance to try out a new fitness experience? From Pilates to spin and cardio to Krav Maga, the Valley is filled with fitness destinations.

All of these locales offer one-time class rates, or at some locations, you can purchase a small block of classes so that you can visit more than once—perfect for working off all of those fabulous meals you'll eat while exploring the Valley of the Sun!

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CycleBar Raintree Ranch

As they say here—Rock Your Ride. This boutique fitness studio offers high-intensity indoor cycling classes in a theater-style, rock concert atmosphere. A darkened room, cool music beats and bikes await. Choose from a classic ride, performance ride, connect ride (indoor cycling meets the discipline of yoga) or themed ride (happy hour or throwback Thursday, anyone?). Don't worry about needing anything—shoes, water bottles and snacks are are all complimentary.

2855 W. Ray Road, Chandler, Ariz.

Simply Cardio
At Simply Cardio, it takes just 30 minutes for a complete workout. (Courtesy Simply Cardio)

Simply Cardio

This new locale is known as "the gym for busy people." Located in Old Town Scottsdale, the cardio studio offers an efficient 30-minute workout—a six-minute warm-up and then a self-guided, 12-station cardio and core circuit that features elite, air fit technology machines that are intensive-relative. The boutique gym also features revolutionary CorePump machines, and the founder, Mike Jodscheidt, is the first Certified CorePump coach in the world.  

4207 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Body Lab

Head to The Body Lab to experience a workout that follows the Lagree Fitness Training Method. This movements are done on a MegaFormer during a 50-minute, intense experience that works muscles throughout the body via slow, controlled movements in order to focus on cardio, strength, endurance, core and flexibility. Participants burn an average of 600 calories per class—with their metabolism staying raised for the next 20-24 hours.

4414 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, Ariz.; 20511 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Premier Pilates
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Premier Pilates of Scottsdale

Small classes, personalized attention and well known instructors are big draws at this Pilates studio originally opened by New York's Elin Benson. Choose from an individual class, duet class, group apparatus class or pilates tower class. The program focuses on the core postural muscles in order to provide support for the spine.

LaMirada Center, 8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.

East Valley Krav Maga
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East Valley Krav Maga

Celebs such as Jessica Alba and Jennifer Garner are fans of learning Krav Maga, an Israeli form of self-defense. You, too, can learn some of the moves—which, in addition to being a good form of self-defense also offers a fun and unique way to workout—at East Valley Krav Maga. Multiple classes are offered daily.

1328 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, Ariz.

COR Fitness
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COR integrates Pilates, TRX, Barre, Circuit, Tabata, and more with creatively crazy signature fitness classes that will never have you bored. Get your heart pumping and strengthen your core, build muscle and calm your mind. COR gives attendees the opportunity to mix it up with heart-pumping workouts and the ability strengthen your core, build muscle, and calm your mind all in the same place.

6990 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, Ariz.

Orangetheory Fitness
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Orangetheory Fitness

Get in the zone and burn calories—up to 1,000 in an hour-long class. The science behind this popular heart rate-monitored workout includes keeping your heart rate in the "orange zone," to burn calories during class, and then continue to burn for up to 36 hours after the workout. The group class utilizes everything from treadmills to free weights to rowing machines and more.

Locations in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe

Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center
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Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center

Ability360 is a unique fitness facility, one of only three, created to offer a full range of equipment and support for both people with disabilities and without. Every piece of equipment in the state-of-the-art fitness area is adapted for any level of disability. There's also a climbing wall, spin classes (with special bikes) and a range of sports (tennis, lacrosse, golf) for everyone from disabled weekend warriors to dedicated athletes. 

5031 E. Washington St., Phoenix, Ariz.

Scorpius Aerial & Dance Studio

Strengthen your body as you maneuver various dance poses and moves during an aerial silks class. There are classes for both kids and adults, so everyone can try their skills at this unique dance form. Private classes are also available. 

1700 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, Ariz.

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BodyVision offers a one-hour HIIT workout focusing on cardio and building lean muscle. The ever-changing workouts are split throughout four different rooms, with the transitions offering a one-minute active rest. Giant projector screens to show music videos and scenic tours.

The Shops at Gainey Village, 8777 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.