Vail Valley gyms offer alternative when weather spoils your workout |

Vail Valley gyms offer alternative when weather spoils your workout

Katie Coakley
Special to the Daily
The Minturn Fitness Center is a full-service public facility that also serves as the training facility for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. It offers spin fusion, power yoga and circuit training classes, as well as cardio and weight machines.
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Where to work out

The valley is full of places that can help you take your fitness to the next level, whether you’re looking for yoga, Pilates, weight training or more. Check out these places to further your fitness goals; please note this list is not exhaustive.

• Vail Racquet Club, 4695 Vail Racquet Club Drive, Vail, 970-476-4840,

• The Vail Vitality Center, 352 E Meadow Drive, No. 3, Vail, 970-476-7960,

• Aria Athletic Club and Spa at Hotel Talisa, 1476 Westhaven Drive, Vail, 866-899-1915,

• Minturn Fitness Center, 1000 Maloit Park Road, Minturn, 970-790-5090,

• Crosstraining Fitness of Vail, 41199 U.S. Highway 6, Eagle-Vail, 970-274-6515,

• The Club at Allegria Spa, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, 100 E. Thomas Place, Beaver Creek, 970-748-7500,

• Revolution Power Yoga, 101 Fawcett Road, Avon, 970-748-3176,

• The Athletic Club at The Westin, 126 Riverfront Lane, Avon, 970-790-2051,

• Synergy Center for Wellness, 160 W. Beaver Creek Blvd., Avon, 970-748-1911,

• Avon Recreation Center, 90 Lake St., Avon, 970-748-4060,

• WECMRD Field House at Edwards, 450 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards, 970-766-5555,

• Dogma Athletica, 137 Main St., Edwards, 970-688-4433,

• Pure Barre, 216 Main St., Unit C-103, Edwards, 970-306-1310,

• Mountain Soul Yoga, 56 Edwards Village Blvd., Unit 204, Edwards, 970-446-6485,

• The Sonnenalp Club Health & Wellness Facility, 1265 Berry Creek Road, Edwards, 970-477-5370,

• Live for Balance, 97 Main St., Unit W104, Edwards, 970-926-9060,

• Eagle Pool & Ice Rink, 1700 Bull Pasture Road, Eagle, 970-328-5277,

• Eagle Ranch Fitness Center, 717 Sylvan Lake Road, Unit A, Eagle, 970-328-5770,

• Yoga Off Broadway, 717 Sylvan Lake Road, Eagle, 970-328-9642,

• CrossFit Down Valley, 101 Airpark Road, Gypsum, 720-299-1415,

• Gypsum Recreation Center, 52 Lundgren Blvd., Gypsum, 970-777-8888,

Welcome to May, that mercurial time of year that necessitates dumping your entire closet onto the bed in order to find a combination of clothing that will work for sun, rain, snow, hail and possible sleet. And that’s before lunchtime.

This unpredictable weather not only impacts our wardrobe choices, but it also creates a conundrum for outdoor pursuits. A mountain bike ride can be derailed by a sudden snowstorm blanketing the trail, a trail run can be cut short by a fast-rolling thunderstorm and a golf game can quickly go south when lightning threatens. Sure, the desert or warmer climes beckon, but that’s not always an option, so what’s an athletically inclined individual to do?

Luckily, the Vail area is full of indoor places perfect for some spring training. Whether you’re into a specific sport, want to tone up for a new season or perhaps want to exercise your mental faculties, there’s a spot in the valley that will appeal to you.

Why join a gym?

“Each (gym) has its own community of people. I think they all have their own identity, and each is different. It’s comforting going into each one, seeing some familiar faces.”Debbie King Ford

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In a recent study from a team of Iowa State University researchers, published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE, the group found that people who belonged to a health club not only exercised more — for both aerobic activity and strength training — but they also had better cardiovascular health outcomes. Additionally, they found that gym members had an overall healthier lifestyle. These benefits can be attributed to several things: being around like-minded people, having access to professionals who can help lead you to success, social support and even the financial commitment.

It’s the social aspect and the people you meet that appeal to many gym members. Nate Hall, a member at the Athletic Club at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, said he joined after several friends told him about the facility. He goes for the peloton bikes, which allow him to compete virtually with riders around the world, but also enjoys the fact that you never know who you might be training with.

“Today, I was working out next to an Olympic athlete,” he said. “It’s nice to see that if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me. I’m not a professional athlete, but I like to stay in shape.”

For Debbie King Ford, finding her place means belonging to several gyms. She lives in East Vail, so the Vail Racquet Club is her go-to for a quick workout. As a cyclist, she said she loves the CompuTrainer room and the trainers at Dogma Athletica in Edwards. She also attends yoga and meditation classes at the Vail Vitality Center, citing yoga studio director and instructor Karen Anderson as her main draw.

“Each (gym) has its own community of people,” King Ford said. “I think they all have their own identity, and each is different. It’s comforting going into each one, seeing some familiar faces.”

There are a wide variety of workout facilities spread throughout the valley. From specialty studios to facilities with extensive class schedules, there’s an opportunity to play Goldilocks with gyms, searching and sampling until you find the right fit.

Spring training packages

Living in an area that has such seasonal activities means transitions. In addition to packing up the snow equipment and breaking out the bikes, running shoes and other accouterments, it also means getting your body ready for these warm-weather activities.

“Many people are interested in de-bulking from the winter season,” said Morgan Nyberg, club manager of The Club at Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. “It’s nothing along the lines of losing 15 pounds — it’s about getting your body ready with more lean muscle and shedding that winter weight.”

It seems to be a common feeling around springtime, and several of the valley’s clubs are offering specials for a bit of spring training. At the Club at Allegria, their six-week spring training program started on April 24 and will continue to June 5, offering a diverse set of classes and discussions designed to address summer sports needs.

Aria Athletic Club & Spa, which has remained open during the renovations at the new Hotel Talia, is hosting a six-week Get Fit for Summer Challenge, incorporating a little good-natured competition into the mix. Starting May 22, each minute you work in the club gets you a point; the goal is to earn 1,600 points by July 3. The first 30 people who hit their points are entered into a drawing for prizes that include spa treatments, hotel stays and even free memberships.

One facility that might have flown under your radar is the Minturn Fitness Center, a full-service public facility that also serves as the training facility for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. Offering spin fusion, power yoga and circuit training classes, as well as cardio and weight machines, the Minturn Fitness Center also recently added more performance circuit-training classes.

These classes, which are a combination of cardio, circuit, resistance and free weights, vary daily according to the decision of the trainer. Free for members and a $10 drop-in fee for nonmembers, you can get your circuit on Monday through Saturday at 9 a.m.

Beyond the bikes

While there are plenty of somewhat obvious reasons to join a gym, there are also some additional elements that might be running below the radar. For example, the Avon Recreation Center not only has a robust schedule of group classes, including something called POUND Fitness that incorporates weighted drumsticks and lets you “drum your way to a stronger, leaner physique,” according to the description, but it also has an aquatics facility that includes a 140-foot water slide, aqua-climb climbing wall and a lazy river.

The Vail Vitality Center offers the only indoor climbing wall in Vail, and Aria Athletic Club & Spa has an indoor golf cage where members can practice their drive, even if the fairways are still white.

If you’re a Diamond member at the Club at Allegria, then you’ll have 24-hour access to the facility to work out at your leisure, as well as access to Aqua Sanitas, the spa’s water sanctuary. The Athletic Club at The Westin not only provides classes and equipment, but it also has infinity hot tubs that overlook the river and have views of Beaver Creek Mountain. Already a member at a gym or recreation center? Talk to the helpful folks at the front desk: There may be additional perks that you didn’t realize you were missing.

The weather should figure itself out for the most part in the a few weeks, but in the meantime, there are plenty of options for activity and camaraderie in the Vail area. So if you’re looking for a bit of competitive cycling or perhaps some mindful meditation, then these enclaves of exercise are happy to help you out, even when summer finally arrives.

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