Finding just the right gym is never an exact science. One size does not fit all, and people have very different criteria for the most important aspects of that perfect fit. Fortunately, health-conscious Austin is home to a multitude of fitness centers with almost as many different personalities as the city. And besides the typical features one might expect – workout equipment, classes, personal trainers, locker rooms – some of them offer a few surprising amenities.
For relaxation and pampering, there’s no more inviting spot than Lake Austin Spa Resort. Named a Top Ten Spa in the World almost annually by Travel + Leisure, this top-notch spa recently received Condé Nast Traveler’s first and only Platinum Circle award for being named to its Gold List five years in a row.
Enjoying a relaxing, rejuvenating massage can be the perfect antidote to stress, tension and sore muscles. And while a traditional Swedish massage is never a bad thing, many Austin spas are going well beyond to offer some unique, specialty body treatments.
As one of the most yoga-centric cities in the country, some say Austin has more instructors per capita than anywhere else in the United States – and plenty of quirky studios to go along with them. In keeping with Austin’s reputation for love of the unorthodox, the city’s yoga scene offers some more unusual ways to get fit through the ancient Indian practice. Check out these top picks for places to hone your yoga skills in a very unique way.