In January, most people are thinking about fitness, whether they made a resolution or not. When you visit Tyler there are a lot of choices for sticking with your commitment to regular physical activity. If you’re one of those people that work out when you travel (guilty), we’ve got you covered.
We made a list of some of the top fitness options in the area. Read on to find out what they offer, when they’re open and what, if anything, it costs for a day pass.
East Texas Gyms
If you’re looking for the traditional fitness facility with treadmills, weights and fitness machines, here are some of Tyler’s most popular gyms.
Elite Fitness Tyler is a good choice for when you want to get in, blast through some cardio or strength training and get out, especially if you want to exercise at odd hours. It’s not a huge space, so it’s easy to find the equipment you’re looking for.
What they offer: They have all the basic equipment for a full-body strength training workout. There’s a cardio area with treadmills, ellipticals, stair machines and indoor exercise cycles. Plus, they offer a rack with hanging heavy bags if that out of town work meeting leaves you wanting to hit something. Just bring your boxing gloves. Work with one of several personal trainers or join one of their group fitness classes if you push harder with encouragement.
Hours: Elite Fitness is a 24-hour fitness facility. If you’re just getting a day pass, it’s good for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.
Cost for a one-day pass: $15
If you Crossfit, they’ve got your workout of the day.
What they offer: Super intense workouts that are different every time. The idea is if you don’t vary your movement, you don’t continually improve. You might alternate heavy lifting with running or focus on core stabilization and agility.
Hours: Their schedule varies by week and month. Most weekdays they have classes at 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Cost for one session: There’s a prerequisite of one month of previous CrossFit experience. Buy one session for $15.
This gym advertises they’re a “judgment-free zone.” That’s nice if you’re nervous about trying out a new facility.
What they offer: They have the usual weights, weight machines, treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes. They also have tanning, hydromassage and massage chairs for an additional cost.
Hours: Planet Fitness is open 24/7
Cost for a day pass: If you’ve never been, they offer one free day pass at their location. After that, passes are $20 each.
Woodcreek Athletic Club
We’re in the middle of the cold weather months, but if you visit Tyler during summer, they have a pool.
What they offer: This is one of the biggest fitness facilities on the list. They have an indoor walking track, several different studios for classes and a variety of fitness and cardio equipment.
Hours: They’re open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 pm. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Cost for a day pass: $10
Fly & Love Yoga Lounge
If you want to do something completely out of the ordinary, this is an intriguing option. Aerial yoga uses fabric to support yoga postures, so you do them suspended instead of on a mat.
What they offer: In addition to aerial yoga, they advertise an AcroFitness class with more strength and advanced moves than the basic class, a stretch and relax class, gentle floor yoga, and bellydance. Floor yoga with cats is just what it sounds like — adoptable foster cats roam around during your yoga class.
Hours: Their schedule includes morning, afternoon and evening classes most weekdays, morning classes on Saturday and afternoon yoga on Sunday.
Cost for one session: $15
Outdoor Activities in Tyler
You may not want to spend time exercising inside four walls. We get it. Here are a few of your best choices for taking your sweat session outdoors.
Visit Tyler State Park for more than 13 miles of hiking trails that meander through the Piney Woods. Alltrails rates them as moderate in difficulty. Download the Tyler State Park Trails Map or view an interactive version here.
For a more laid-back hike, Faulkner Park has a 5.6 mile loop that’s rated an easy hike year-round. Lindsey Park also has an 8.5 mile loop rated as moderate. All the trails we’ve listed allow dogs, but they must be on a leash.
Cycling When You Visit Tyler
Faulkner, Lindsey and Tyler State Park all allow biking on some of their trails. Faulkner Park has six miles of twisty, tight trail that gets pretty narrow in some places. It’s mostly flat, with a moderate climb and several switchbacks near the water treatment plant.
Lindsey Park has the newest trail for bikes in the Tyler area. It’s 10 flowing miles with wide lanes for passing. It has some tough portions with climbs, descents, high-speed cornering and sandy segments. Be especially careful on turns after a descent. Ride this one if you’re up for a challenge that gets your heart pumping a bit.
UT Tyler has what might be the toughest trail, with steep climbs that will have new and seasoned riders out of breath in a hurry. Watch for exposed roots in high-speed areas.
Other Outdoor Exercise Options
No matter what you do for physical activity, you can probably do it at Rose Rudman Park. The recreational trail provides a wide concrete pathway through downtown Tyler, but for most of it you can’t even see the local traffic and businesses. Walk, jog or bike the continually-expanding trail system. Make it as hard or as easy as you want, sticking to the flat areas or veering off the path on steep loops.
For an additional challenge, check out the exercise stations dotted along the trail’s main section. Each has instructions for working a muscle group. Pick three or four of your favorite, then add a sprint back and forth between sets.