How to Keep Your New Year's Fitness Resolutions While Visiting Lubbock
As we are licking the crumbs off of our pecan pie pans, finishing off our holiday leftovers and pouring the last drops of eggnog, we look forward to all the possibilities of a fresh start in a new year. Not only is the holiday season a time of joy, it’s a great time to reflect on the previous year and set our resolutions for the next. If you’ve had a bit too much of the pecan pie or a few too many Christmas cookies, one of your resolutions may be to focus on fitness. While it can be tough to keep up with your gym routine while you’re traveling in most destinations, there are plenty of ways to get moving in Lubbock. Visit and you’ll find a variety of gyms, yoga and cycle studios and healthy restaurants that will help you stay on target with your New Year’s fitness resolutions.
Where to Work Out
There are several gyms in Lubbock that don’t require memberships for you to get a workout in. You can buy a 24-hour visitor pass for $10 at Freedom Fitness (4124 19th St.) and at the three locations of Zach’s Club (4229 78th St., 7105 Kewanee Ave., 1215 Ave. J). For a cycling class, drop in at the CycleBar (7604 Milwaukee Ave.) any day of the week to get your heart rate up during classes like “Classic,” “Dance Party” and “Wine Down Wednesday.” Each class costs $22, or you can buy multiple rides to save for your next visit. You can also get your cycle on at Define Body & Mind (4413 82nd St., Suite 130). This boutique gym offers classes that combine ballet, yoga, Pilates and core strengthening exercises for a total body workout.
Cardinal’s Fitness (6524 Slide Road) allows you to pay per class ($7 online or at the door) and take your pick of an array of fitness classes, from spinning and kickboxing to functional fitness training. Check their schedule for the days you’ll be in Lubbock, as it routinely hosts boot camps and free run club meets at 5 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 7:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
Speaking of Lubbock’s running clubs, there are several that allow visitors to join them for a jog. Not only is it a great way to explore the “Hub City” and discover new trails, it’s a prime opportunity to meet friendly locals. For example, the West Texas Running Club has several group runs throughout the week, ranging anywhere from one to six miles that take you to various places in town such as the Texas Tech University campus and MacKenzie Park.
If you’re a CrossFit devotee, stay on track at the several Lubbock CrossFit gyms that offer special rates for visitors. These include Hub City CrossFit (8806 Valencia Ave., $8 per class), Nuclear CrossFit (3115 34th St., $10 per class) and CrossFit Throne (5152 69th St., $20 per class). Be sure to contact these gyms in advance as some require paperwork before the workout.
Where to Yoga
Along with traditional gyms, there are several yoga studios in Lubbock. Sweat your toxins out with Hot Power Vinyasa Yoga at The Yoga Stand (5903 82nd St, Su.ite 500) or hot yoga at RED Power Yoga (5910 130th St., Suite 109), which offers drop-in classes seven days a week. HWY108 (4410 50th St.) has a wide range of holistic wellness and yoga classes every day of the week, from Restorative and Yin Yoga to Dynamic Hatha Flow and Transcendental Meditation. For a completely free fitness experience, grab your headphones and take a walk or run around one of Lubbock’s parks. With more parks per capita than any other city in Texas, you’re sure to find one that fits your needs.
Where to Eat (Well)
If one of your resolutions is to eat more nutritious food, you’ll find plenty of healthy cuisine options in Lubbock. For something quick, head to Lubbock’s Freshii (7604 Milwaukee Ave.) for a fresh and festive dish like the Sriracha Chicken Chili or the Metaboost Salad with kale and goat cheese. Vitality Bowls Superfood Café (400 Glenna Goodacre Blvd. #106) is another popular spot for nutritious food on the go. Order a customized bowl of wholesome fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains, or try one of the bowls and smoothies made with açaí and other healthy ingredients.
A menu full of simple fresh foods awaits at The Crafthouse Gastropub (3131 34th St.). Here you’ll find dishes that are both tasty and good for you like the Warm Veg Salad with kohlrabi, beets and an optional grilled salmon filet. The restaurant’s menu is seasonal, and there’s always something for everyone here.
Thanks to its abundance of gyms and health-conscious restaurants, it’s easy to keep up with your fitness resolutions while visiting Lubbock. So when you do visit, make sure to bring your workout gear, running shoes and a healthy appetite.
Note: The prices listed in this article may change. Please check each gym and yoga studio’s website for up-to-date information on rates and class schedules.