Being active is a part of the Austin lifestyle. There are tremendous opportunities in downtown Austin for folks to be active, too. Here at Downtown Austin Blog, we’ve written about several things like dance classes at Ballet Austin and personal training in downtown Austin – but we haven’t really explored a lot of downtown gyms, of which there are several.
Probably the most popular among the trendy set is Pure Austin downtown, right across from Whole Foods at 5th and Bowie. I have several friends who have memberships there, and they love it.
However, to be frank, I’m sometimes a little intimidated by the aura of Pure, so I’ve been going to a place that’s a little less trendy, but I think still pretty awesome. The TownLake Branch of the YMCA. I’ve been doing the Zumba classes, and boy are they crowded and fun! Look at how much fun everyone is having!
What’s even cooler is that the downtown YMCA has been doing some major renovations recently, and it’s really nice. Here are some pictures:
The TownLake branch of the YMCA in downtown Austin has done a lot of improvements to make their facility a first-class, affordable place to work out. The downtown Y has over 10,000 members (according to their 2011 Annual Report) that enjoy facilities like a 25 yard lap-pool, group classes like Yoga and Zumba and Boxing, top notch cardio and weight lifting equipment, and a sauna!
Rates begin at $56/month/person.
YMCA – TownLake Branch
1100 W. Cesar Chavez Austin, TX 78703
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Kevin S says
Since moving to Austin 2 years ago, my wife and I have fallen in love with the city. I can count the number of times we have trekked downtown to explore the part of this fantastic city. Maybe next time we are down there we will run into each other.
I’m not sure what you’re referring to about Pure Austin being ‘trendy’ or have an ‘aura’ to be intimidated by.
Pure Austin is a pretty basic, no-frills Fitness club. I’ve seen gyms that are FAR more trendy, or ‘high amenity’ that Pure; Equinox comes to mind, as well as David Barton Gym.
I’d say go ahead and go to Pure Austin, if the location and the equipment works for you…