Palm Springs Summer Fitness: 5 Ways to Get in Shape While Keeping Cool
By Madison Prather
Maybe you enjoy hiking great trails around Palm Springs, but you’re ready to try something new this summer? Perhaps you’ve tried running or biking or water aerobics, but just want to lounge and relax when outdoors? Whether or not you enjoy soaking up the summer sun, Palm Springs provides a plethora of ways to stay active while inside the A/C.
Palm Springs Jiu-Jitsu
Check out the ultimate martial art in no other place than inside Palm Springs’ Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park! Authorized as a Joe Moreira Affiliate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, the masters at Palm Springs Jiu-Jitsu teach sparring and live drilling during their training. Not only does Jiu-Jitsu serve as an excellent way to stay active, but it also shows individuals how to defend themselves against someone who is bigger and stronger. This formof self-defense uses joint locks and choke holds to overpower the other person. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training can also be used for mixed martial arts (MMA), which is practiced on Friday nights for adults. However, regular classes for adults are taught throughout the week in evenings at 6:30 p.m and mornings at 10 a.m. There are also kids’ classes. Individual classes are only $18, so next time you’re at Wet ‘n’ Wild, check out how you can get your belt in Jiu-Jitsu.
If juggling, stilt walking, and fire dancing doesn’t have you wanting to join the circus, then FlowBox will surely make you want to try! With a background in gymnastics, physical therapy, and equestrian vaulting, founder and director, Jenna Lamb has brought her “unique grass-roots performance arts team to the Palm Springs area.”The array of classes at FlowBox ensures there’s something for everyone, even for little ones—there’s a Kids Circus Class for children ages 5-12 years on Sundays from 4-5 p.m. For those who dare to heat things up, FlowBox offers a Fire Dancing Class, which practices safety first and teaches students how to create harmony when dancing with flame. Beginners are welcomed and encouraged to channel any curiosity or passion for circus arts into practicing new techniques and skills. What started as circus-style entertainment has become an educational experience that re-affirms the importance of going with the Flow.
Step by Step Dance Studio
So you think you can dance? Whether or not you’ve got rhythm in your shoes, Step by Step Dance Studio instructs a variety of dance types that are rich with history and culture. For those looking to improve their moves on the dance floor, Step by Step offers classes in jazz and hip hop. Classes for ballroom-blitz, the Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, and Salsa are also offered as lessons taught by professional dance teacher, Isa Lapaj and his crew. Try out Step by Step’s Social Dancing on Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. for just $10 or call today for a free introductory lesson for a private session or with a group. Take a walk down memory lane with the Disco/Hustle or throw on a pair of tap shoes for a shuffle-ball-change; no matter your dancing background, you can surely learn something new while busting a move at Palm Springs’ Step by Step Dance Studio.
Gracefully flying through the air on silk bands sounds like a dream, but at Yoga Bliss, it’s a common occurrence. Aerial Yoga is a therapeutic combination of acrobatics and anti-gravity asana, which benefits spinal decompression and the body’s alignment. Aerial Yoga is just one of several different classes taught by Jenn Smith and her team of yogis. “Yoga Jenn’s” studio teaches classes including Floating Meditation for transformative stress relief, Rock N’ Flow Yoga which brings together music and movement, and Yin Yoga for increasing flexibility and self-awareness. Welcoming all ages and levels of ability, Yoga Bliss is offering a New Student Special of 1 week unlimited yoga classes (non-aerial yoga) for only $35, or if you’re interested in trying Aerial Yoga, you can register for a Single Class at $30. From grounded yoga mats to suspended hammocks, you can find your Zen at Yoga Bliss.
Indoor rock climbing is more than just physically building strength and agility—it’s a fast-growing sport that helps individuals develop important social skills like cooperation and communication between friends or other climbers. After Steve and Kristen Schechtman opened in 2015, Desert Rocks has served as a community-based Indoor Climbing Gym for both locals and visitors. Since teamwork plays in integral part in group climbing,Desert Rocks offers a “Team Building” experience that is meant to challenge and bring together groups of people in wedding parties or even business coworkers.Desert Rocks offers Youth Classes, Rope Classes, and it also entertains for parties (8 climbers or more) of children and adults of all ages at just $20 per climber, which allows for two hours of climbing and includes harnesses and climbing shoes. Climb for fun or as a serious sport; either way, reaching new heights will be exhilarating.
Beginner or advanced, out of shape or ready to run a marathon, young or old—it doesn’t matter. Palm Springs has an endless list of fun activities for everyone that will get you moving, grooving, and even learning something new along the way.