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Best Gyms in Las Vegas + Fun Alternative Fitness Classes

Looking for the best gyms in Las Vegas? Here are our recommendations.

With the start of the new year, it’s time to make new resolutions. If you’re anything like us, we have a hard time sticking to any particular workout schedule or routine. Partly because anytime we do get into one, we travel and end up dropping the ball. Or we just get bored. Sometimes, it helps to switch things up.

Since picking up climbing, it’s been more consistent, but we still love trying new things.

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Last Updated: February 4, 2022

The Best Gyms in Las Vegas

There are plenty of general fitness centers and gyms in Las Vegas, including the huge nationwide chains (ie, 24 Hour Fitness, Clubcorp, Life Time, and Planet Fitness.). Here are some of the notable ones local to Vegas.

Climbing Gyms in Las Vegas

Since we climb and moved back to Vegas for climbing, we had to include the local gyms. During the winter months, we spend as much time as we can outside, but when it’s rainy or hot, you’ll find us in a gym.

  • Refuge Climbing Center (6283 S Valley View Blvd Suite C, 89118, map) – This is where we go! Refuge is the bouldering gym that is most central in Vegas and has the best vibe.
  • Nevada Climbing Center (3065 E Patrick Ln #4, 89120, map) – Older bouldering gym. More affordable pricing but doesn’t have AC. We hear they are selling it.
  • The Pad Henderson (7585 Commercial Way J, Henderson, 89011, map) – This used to be the largest and nicest facility, but a bunch of people (including us) left because the new management made it such a toxic environment. You can tell everyone is burnt out.
  • Red Rock Climbing Center “R2C2” (8201 W Charleston Blvd #150, 89117, map) – Some of our friends did not have a good experience with the ‘gate-keepy’ staff there, but they have the tallest walls if you prefer sport climbing. 
  • Red Rock National Conservation Area – not a gym but an outdoor playground for climbers.

There are talks about newer gyms (the massive chains) opening up in NW, but we’ll see when it’s not just talk.

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MMA and Boxing Gyms in Las Vegas

If you’re looking for more hands-on type exercise, check out these MMA, boxing, and fighting gyms you can check out.

Indoor Cycling Classes

If you prefer to get your pump through cycling classes, check these out. We’ve only done one class before and got our asses kicked!

  • SoulCycle, Wynn Plaza (3131 S Las Vegas Blvd Suite 207, 89109, map)
  • The Ride (4245 S. Grand Canyon Dr. #116, 89147, map)

Alternative Fitness Classes

6415 S Tenaya Way Suite 100, 89113, map

Shine Alternative Fitness was started by Cirque du Soleil performers, focusing on ‘The Art of Fitness.’ You have a lot of fun, and it’s a beautiful way to stay in shape. I did the Aerial Silks Level 1 class while my girlfriends were in town. They also have anti-gravity yoga, pole, aerial hoops, and aerial silks.

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707 E Fremont St Suite 3300, 89101, map

I’ve always wanted to try a pole class so we took an intro class at Sunny’s and it was so much fun. I just found out a few of my friends do it regularly, so I may need to get a pole for home too (this is the one they recommend).

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2530 St. Rose Parkway Suite 150, Henderson, NV 89074, map

With multiple locations in Vegas, Barre seems to be a trend that is all over the nation. It’s a toning and body weight workout focused on precise movements to strengthen the muscles. The workout is a lot harder than it looks. Jacob thought it looked dumb until I made him try it.

We took the (Re)shape-Classic Mixt Barre class and definitely felt the burn! I dragged Jacob with me, and he was the only guy in the class, but you could tell he was struggling through the exercises too. If you do plan on taking the class, I recommend getting these socks, otherwise it’s really slippery!

Body Barre Las Vegas Gym with ClassPass.
The Body Barre Las Vegas Gym with ClassPass.

Permanently Closed

It’s so sad to see some of these gyms close due to the pandemic.

SurfSET Las Vegas offered really unique classes on surfboards.

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Big Cat Boxing Gym. As we walked in to meet Dion, The Big Cat, he told us that training with him for 6 weeks will get you in the best shape of your life. After our first workout, I believe it! Also, if you’re a germaphobe like me, bring your own wraps. These are the ones I have.

Map of the Best Gyms in Las Vegas

Essential Tips

  • Before committing to a gym, do a day pass or get a tour to check it out.
  • We found that finding a community at the gym is just as important as the facilities. It keeps us coming back after the excitement of something new fizzles out.
  • If you’re unsure of what you want to do, try ClassPass where you have access to multiple gyms a month.
  • Proximity is key. When it comes down to it, the closer the gym is to you, the easier it will be to make it routine. All our recent moves have been near a climbing gym.

Best Places to Stay Near a Gym

What type of workouts do you like doing? Any other gyms we should check out in Vegas?

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Esther + Jacob

Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.

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