Outdoor and Active

Stay fit in Tempe, from outdoor activities to spinning classes

There are lots of ways to be active in Tempe, Arizona. It’s a fun college town with hiking and running trails, miles and miles of bike paths, and lots of sunshine to go around. Staying fit just goes with the territory. Here are a few of our favorite ways to do just that, from a cool new spin class to outdoor activities in Tempe.

Spin classes at The Madison

Sometimes it takes a bit of distraction for me to finish a workout. That’s where The Madison comes in. This new cycling studio is located at First Street and Farmer Avenue in Downtown Tempe in The Yard at Farmer Arts District. They have classes daily, ranging in start times from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Their high-energy studio, complete with floor to ceiling bright lights that pulse with the beat of the music, features 60 bikes. Their instructors are top-notch and really know how to motivate you during your 50-minute class. Their slogan “Party on a bike” is really true. It feels more like a dance party than a workout. And, first timers (including non-Arizona residents) only pay $15 per class. And, if you plan ahead, stop by the Culinary Dropout for post-workout nosh. This cool new gastropub is located in the same building.

Paddle boarding at Tempe Town Lake

Stand-up paddle boarding is my favorite way to explore Tempe Town Lake. It’s easier than you might think to balance on these over-sized surfboards. And, it’s a great workout to boot.

Our friends at Tempe Boat Rentals rent stand-up paddle boards (SUPS for short), kayaks, row boats, pedal boats and electric boats. They rent them hourly and in 2-hour increments. Either one will give you plenty of time to glide along the cool water and see everything from Sun Devil Stadium to Tempe Center for the Arts along the shore. Check the Tempe Boat Rentals for hours of operation, monthly specials, and more information.

Fitness Classes at Tempe Marketplace

There’s something about working out outside that’s a little more appealing than a gym.  Fit4Mom classes are held near the splash pad.  The classes are a great way for moms to meet other moms while spending time with the little ones and BONUS – you are getting fit at the same time!  To learn more about Stroller Strides or Body Back Boost visit fit4mom.com.

TenPointe5 Barre Studio

Try something different and get strong at the same time!  TenPointe5 is based on the philosophy that the human mind is the strongest “muscle” in the body.  This class blends ballet, pilates and yoga techniques to achieve long, lean muscles and helps you achieve things beyond that perfect 10.

CorePower Yoga

CorePower Yoga offers classes that range in challenge, range and style to fit every experience level.  If you are new to yoga or you want to mix up your yoga routine, this studio offers many different styles and classes to fit your busy schedule.

Phoenix Rock Gym

Go rock climbing without leaving the comfort of air conditioning at the Phoenix Rock Gym.  No experience is necessary. Just show up equipped with nothing more than your sense of adventure and they will teach you everything you need to know, and  provide all the climbing gear. There is every level of difficulty, so whether you’re a first time beginner or a seasoned climber, there is something that will suit your abilities. The staff is super helpful and will take you to greater heights!

For more ideas about how to enjoy fitness and outdoor activities in Tempe, visit our sports and recreation webpage or call us at 800-283-6734.

Toni Smith
Written Toni Smith

An Arizona native, Toni Smith loves to dine out, conquer hiking trails, go to concerts and survive hot yoga classes. She has also never met a dog she didn’t love instantly. She lives in Tempe with her husband and daughter.