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5 Winter Workouts To Heat Up Your Mind & Body

By Shayne Benowitz

It’s the dead of winter and we’re dreaming of warmer climes, tropical beaches, and sunshine on our skin. To fight the winter doldrums, we’ve checked out local fitness studios, each inspiring us to move, sweat and get fit because we know summer bodies are made in the winter. Whether it’s luxurious facilities or a novel class concept, we picked unique studios and clubs that even feel like a when you visit.

Surf’s Up in New Orleans

New Orleans might not have waves, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a surf session in during your time in the Big Easy. At City Surf Fitness on Magazine Street, practice your pop ups and perfect your balance on stability-based surf training boards during one of their 35- or 55-minute group fitness classes. The full-body, surf-inspired strength and conditioning training switches up the formats constantly for a lean, strong surfer’s physique.

Find City Surf Fitness at 5924 Magazine St, just a 15-minute drive from Virgin Hotels New Orleans.

A Glitzy Club in Chicago

Snag a day pass at Chicago’s Midtown Athletic Club and the choice is yours between a tennis match on one of their 16 indoor courts, laps in the indoor pool, a yoga class or boxing inside one of their several studios or your own circuit in their state-of-the-art gym. With luxurious locker rooms and a beautiful spa, it’s easily one of Chicago’s glitziest athletic clubs.

Find Midtown Athletic Club at 2444 N Elston Ave, less than a 20-minute drive from Virgin Hotels Chicago.

Get Your Groove on in Dallas

Created by former Dallas Mavericks dancer Cristin Caulfield, who also happens to have choreographed for the likes of Britney Spears and Gwen Stefani, Caulfield’s Dance Fitness in Dallas invites you to dance it out, unleash your alter ego and let your freak flag fly. From cardio dance to cardio hip-hop, every class is like stepping into a dance party.

Worth the drive, find Caulfield’s Dance Fitness at 718 N Buckner Blvd, a 30-minute drive from Virgin Hotels Dallas.

Circuit Training in Nashville

We love Nashville’s Seven Minutes Club for its killer circuits, its streamlined efficiency and the fact that you can drop into a class every seven minutes. With seven stations, you spend seven minutes at each for a 49-minute total body workout that’s on constant rotation throughout the day. Focused on strength, power and speed, they mix up the circuits every day to keep your body guessing.

Find Seven Minutes Club at 600 Main St, just a 8-minute drive from Virgin Hotels Nashville.

Pampering in Las Vegas

While you can always get your sweat on at Virgin Hotels’ onsite gyms, we do things a little bigger in Vegas. After your workout at the fitness center, make an appointment at the spa to unwind. We recommend A Smashingly Good Spa Experience, which includes a body scrub to buff away dull winter skin, a full body massage with hot stones, hand and foot treatments, and a scalp massage. Follow that up with a visit to the steam room and you’re in paradise.

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