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At River Place Country Club, a championship golf course designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Kite, winner of the 1992 U.S. Open, invites golfers to launch balls over sand bunkers and twisting creeks that wend their way through the landscape’s hilly contours. The course’s superintendent draws on experience at Baton Rouge Country Club and Colonial Country Club, as well as a degree in Plant and Soil Systems, as he ensures that the greens and rolling Bermuda grass fairways are more carefully manicured than a prize-winning pet wooly mammoth. The course’s PGA professional instructors are on hand to improve individual games, and a driving range lets players practice at 15 hitting stations.

Adjacent to the course, eight lighted tennis courts abut a 40,000-square-foot clubhouse with an outdoor pool, fully equipped fitness center, and locker rooms whose dry saunas and whirlpools melt tension quicker than butter melts on the calves of a sprinter. The Grille invites clubgoers to sup on steak or seafood, and a pair of outdoor decks let guests drink in scenic views.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 71 course
  • Length of 6,611 yards
  • Course rating of 72.0
  • Slope rating of 128
4207 River Place Blvd
Austin,
TX
US

When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.

6302 Shadow Valley Drive
Austin,
TX
US

The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.

4534 West Gate Boulevard
Austin,
TX
US

At PureRyde, you're moved not by the bike beneath you, but by the music around you. The class's soundtrack—an ever-changing playlist of PureTunes—provides energizing beats that encourage students to pedal aboard revolutionary RealRyder bikes. As riders near an imaginary turn, the bikes bank to one side, activating the muscles in their torsos.

Though everyone seems to be cycling as one, the workout is actually customized to each rider. Guests alter the bike's resistance according to their experience level, and instructors remain on-hand to help beginners clip their rental cycling shoes to the pedals. During standard sessions, groups burn calories atop the bikes for 50 minutes. The studio also offers a PureRyde + Pilates program, which combines the cardio work of cycling with core-toning stretches and weight exercises.

507 Pressler Street Ste. 900
Austin,
TX
US

Music, motivation, technology, and expert trainers. At CycleFit Sports, that’s the recipe used to whip members into shape during cycling and circuit-training classes. CycleFit Sports’s cycling classes distance themselves from standard spin classes with the help of CycleOps indoor cycles, which feature power meters that display how the user’s body performs under stress while relaying heart rates and calories burned. Classes are scaled to all levels, starting beginners out with 30-minute sessions and challenging experienced participants to 90 minutes of pedaling fury. To round out fitness regimens, CycleFit Sports also leads customized circuit-training courses that incorporate everything from TRX resistance bands and kettlebells to sandbags, plyometric boxes, and medicine balls.

11905 Bee Caves Rd.
Austin,
TX
US

RIZE Urban Cycling is an indoor-cycling studio dedicated to helping clients burn calories and build lean muscle in exciting and fast-paced workouts. This upscale studio features a dramatically lit instructor stage and Schwinn stationary spin bikes. Experienced teachers lead students in heart-pounding, constantly changing cycling routines as upbeat music motivates guests. Come in to sweat during a RIZE 45 classic session, or join an Intro to Indoor Cycling and the RIZE Experience class to have an instructor lead you through indoor cycling basics during a 30-minute ride.

3301 Steck Avenue
Austin,
TX
US