Fort Worth, once a military outpost, has evolved to become the fifth-largest city in Texas, and it’s rumored that Jesse James passed up his chance to loot and pillage the town because he had such a great fondness for a local chili parlor there. Not to be mistaken for its larger, more citified sibling, Dallas, this town is characterized by world-class museums, funky neighborhoods, and a vibrant art, music and performance scene. Of course, you won’t miss the cowboys and barbecue joints—Fort Worth has plenty of these too.
While you’re in town, here are five unique workouts to get you fit as a Texas fiddle:
Spinning Out: With classes called “Breakfast With Beyoncé,” “Wine Down Wednesday” and “Sun’s Out Buns Out,” who wouldn’t want to pay a visit to Cyclebar, a sassy, smoking hot cycling club, described as a “mind-blowing, heart-pumping party on a bike?”
Surf’s Up: Try an intense, barefoot, surfing-inspired workout at City Surf Fitness. Interval sessions are 30 or 50 minutes and promote toning, strength, balance and increased metabolism. Going barefoot is said to help tone muscles and connective tissues, and better align the entire body.
Work It Out: Inursha, voted Fort Worth’s best gym for several years running, offers state-of-the-art equipment, trainers and a variety of classes, such as Total Resistance eXercise for core strength that will help you discover muscles you didn’t even know you had. And oh, hello, on-site massage services.
More Bounce for the Ounce: Trampoline parks are not just the domain of toddlers and teens with a spring in their step. At Altitude Fort Worth, a gravity aerobics class or boot camp workout tests your stamina, strength and capacity for having fun.
Scenic Sprints: Trinity Trails is a sprawling network of walking and running paths that connect 21 parks and includes the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Japanese Garden, Log Cabin Village, Fort Worth Zoo, the historic Stockyards and downtown Fort Worth. Skate, bike, run, walk and even ride a horse along 50 miles of mixed, riverside terrain.