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Where to Workout in Red Deer: Outdoor Gyms

Where to Workout in Red Deer

Summertime is officially here. For some of us, that means escaping to air conditioning to stay cool during our workouts, but for others, it means embracing the sunshine while we have it. We thought we’d take a break from the traditional gyms and fitness studios to highlight the beautiful and free outdoor workout spaces our city has.

Red Deer's Outdoor Gyms

About Red Deer’s Outdoor Gyms

There are ten outdoor gyms located throughout our city. They were created in partnership with the Red Deer Primary Care Network to promote active living amongst the city residents. Each gym features 12 machines, designed to use your body weight as resistance and are good for all adults regardless of fitness level or body type.


These machines allow you to get a full body workout incorporating flexibility, mobility, cardio and strength movements. I’ve heard some people say they’ve never used the outdoor gyms because they don’t know how, but each machine has clear instructions on how to safely and properly use it.

You can request an Outdoor Gym Experience for a group of four or more people through the Primary Care Network where someone will meet you at your outdoor gym of choice to lead you through a workout.

Locations

 

  • Barrett Park – 4725-43 St. (next to Kinex Arena)
  • Bower Place – 460 Barrett Drive
  • Glendale Park – Glendale Blvd at Greig Dr
  • Johnstone Crossing Community Health Centre – 105 Jennings Crescent
  • Mountainview Sunnybrook Community Activity Centre – 4316 – 32 Street
  • Oriole Park – 5204 Kerrywood Dr.
  • Red Deer Primary Care Network – 5130 – 47 Street
  • Riverside Meadows Community Activity Centre – 5616 Kerry Wood Drive
  • Rosedale Community Activity Centre – 2 Rowland St
  • Victoria Park – Allan St at Ayers Drive

Red Deer's Outdoor Gyms

What I Loved Most

I love how accessible these gyms are. They give anyone and everyone the chance to workout at absolutely no cost, although it would be weather dependent. You can easily modify your workout however you please, whether you just follow the machines as advised or if you add in other body weight movements in as well. As a bonus, the gym we visited had a community orchard next to it! There really are some cool initiatives in our city that encourages healthy living, what’s not to love about that!?

For More Information

City of Red Deer

Red Deer Primary Care Network

 

 

 

Healthy Living Where to Workout in Red Deer

Where to Workout in Red Deer: Bikram Yoga Red Deer

Where to Workout in Red Deer

I dabbled in a practice at Bikram Yoga Red Deer about six years ago but discontinued my practice there when I became pregnant in 2012 and never went back. I was really nervous to return to the hot room for this series. I remember fending off dehydration headaches and being really intimidated by the rules when I first started. But, I also remember feeling so incredibly good at the end of class and noticed the improvement in my balance and flexibility from a regular, once weekly practice. Bikram has been under new ownership and has since added Inferno Pilates to their class lineup, so Jessica and I were curious to check it out.

Where to Workout: Bikram Yoga Red Deer

About Bikram Yoga Red Deer

Bikram Yoga Red Deer opened their doors about six or seven years ago, originally ran by Josh and Jenna, who have since moved on to their next adventure as the Nomad Yoga Family. It still has the same community feel as it did way back when opening their arms to new students and welcoming back the ones who haven’t visited in quite some time.


BYRD is touted as one of Red Deer’s most spacious yoga studios, featuring at 1,400 square foot hot room. The hot room (or torture chamber as it’s often called) is heated with a devoted forced air heater with fresh air being brought in by a heat recovery ventilator which helps maintain the conditions of the room. The carpeting, installed for it’s slip resistant and acoustic properties, is water (and sweat)proof, and washable, sterilized with tea tree oil after every class.

Change rooms are available, with showers and lockers available for use. Those showers are oftentimes a necessity. There’s also an ample supply of hot room approved apparel and accessories for sale, as well as post-class drinks if needed.

Where to Workout: Bikram Yoga Red Deer

Where to Workout: Bikram Yoga Red Deer Where to Workout: Bikram Yoga Red Deer

About the Classes

Bikram Yoga Red Deer offers two classes, traditional Bikram Yoga and Inferno Hot Pilates. Bikram yoga consists of the same set of 26 postures and two breathing exercises, practiced in a room heated to 34-40°C. It is said that a regular Bikram yoga practice can help improve strength, flexibility, balance, stress relief, energy, concentration and more.

Inferno Pilates is less structured, 60 minutes and practiced in 45° heat. Combining HIIT and Pilates movement, it helps tone and sculpts your body by creating long, lean muscles. It targets your core muscles, right down to the inner muscles that you hardly knew existed while increasing flexibility and circulation. By raising your heart rate, this workout helps you burn fat and combined with the heated room, helps boost your metabolism.

You’ll want to make sure you hydrate well before class. I’m talking, twice as much water as you’d normally drink or else you risk feeling unwell when you’re first getting used to a Bikram practice. You’ll also want to wear as little as possible. This is where you put your insecurities about your body aside because trust me, showing up in crops and a tshirt is going to feel like you went swimming fully clothed when you’re done.

Where to Workout: Bikram Yoga Red Deer

Cost

  • Introductory Special: $39 for 1-month unlimited yoga. Includes mat and towel rental
  • Autopay Crew: $115/month. Includes 3 buddy passes a year, 10% off retail, kids 5-12 practice free, kids 13-18 practice for $5.
  • Annual Crew: $1200. Includes free one-on-one private class, 12 buddy passes per year, 10% off retail, kids 5-12 practice free, kids 13-18 practice for $5.
  • Nomad Yogi Pass: $69 monthly. Includes 5 classes per month.
  • Drop-in: $20
  • 10 Pack: $170

Where to Workout: Bikram Yoga Red Deer

What I Loved Most

There’s something to be said for the feeling that comes after you walk out of the hot room. You spent the last 60-90 minutes cursing yourself for putting yourself through all that suffering but then you walk out of that room, shower off, put on some dry clothes and rehydrate yourself and you realize you feel good. Really good.

Oh and the graffiti wall. More places need graffiti walls.

For More BYRD

bikramyogareddeer.com

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Where to Workout in Red Deer Face-Off: 30 Minute Hit vs 9Round

Battle of the Boxing Circuit Workouts

On the left in pink, we have 30 Minute Hit on the right in blue, we have 9Round. Which will you choose in the first ever Where to Workout in Red Deer Face-Off?

As you can see, we’ve taken a bit of a workout review hiatus, so I thought it would be a good time to compare some of the places we’ve already been. When 9Round first opened and we checked it out as part of the Where to Workout series, I had a lot of people confusing it with 30 Minute Hit and vise versa. Both are boxing or kickboxing-inspired circuit workouts and both are awesome.

For anyone interested in trying out one of these workouts, here’s a side by side comparison to show you some of the similarities and differences between the two.


30 Minute Hit vis 9Round

The verdict?

I loved my experiences at both places. The workouts are very similar, having the same circuit style format and length. The major differences come from the overall vibe of the facility and whether or not you’re looking for something kid friendly and women only. Both workouts are great for the busy individual who needs a quick and effective workout that can be done at almost any time, without waiting for a specific class time. You will receive individual attention and modification based on your experience to help you reach your fit goals, have an absolute blast and feel like a total badass in the process.

30 Minute Hit vis 9Round

Personally, it’s hard to choose one over the other. I absolutely loved the girl power vibe from 30 Minute Hit and having my son be able to watch me kicking butt in the name of health. But I also loved feeling like a Brooklyn badass at 9Round and getting to ring that bell at the end of my workout.

For our full experiences at each facility check out the reviews below.

30 Minute Hit

9Round

So, which one would you choose?

Have you tried either of these workouts before? Which one did you like more or which one do you think you’d prefer?