Switch up your monotonous gym routine with these local summer fitness happenings.
Poolside yoga is available every weekend at Encore.
Sunrise Yoga Poolside Saturdays at 6:30 a.m.
Start your weekend off on the right foot at The Spa at Encore. Every Saturday at 6:30 a.m., join instructor Claire for a moderately paced poolside yoga session. Classes are by appointment only and last 50 minutes. 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-770-4772
Ulti-man 5K Run Friday, July 4
Be a part of UFC’s 2014 International Fight Week by running in the Ulti-man 5K in Downtown Las Vegas. Arrive at 7 a.m. to check in and warm up. The race starts at 8 and presents runners with UFC FIT challenges throughout the flat course. Look out: You might bump into UFC stars like Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes, Forrest Griffin, John Dodson, Tyron Woodley, and Joseph Benavidez. The event will generate funds for the UFC Community Works program, which supports local organizations. (Preregister here.) Race starts and finishes at Hogs & Heifers, 201 N. 3rd St.
Try a summer class at Las Vegas Athletic Club.
Aquakickboxing and HotHula Schedules vary by LVAC location
The Las Vegas Athletic Club’s six locations offer an abundance of fun classes all year round, but we think summer calls for hardcore water aerobics and extreme hula-hooping. At LVAC Southwest for example, take an Aquakickbox class, or dance to Polynesian drum beats during a HotHula session. The clubs give back to the community by volunteering with local charities, so you’ll sweat for a cause. LVAC Southwest, 9615 W. Flamingo Rd., 702-798-5822 (Find five more locations here.)
Poker Run Saturday, July 12 Are you feeling lucky? Participants in the Poker Run can try their hand at a game of cards while they run a 10K (or a shorter 2 ½ mile run) at Kellogg-Zaher Park with Elemental Running. Players will receive a card after each lap, and can run additional laps to “hit” for better cards. The best five-card stud hand wins. (Register here.) Race starts at Kellogg-Zaher Park next to field #11, 7701 W. Washington Blvd.
H.I.T. Factor After Dark Three classes every Friday night
Cardio Kings Fitness Boxing makes your Friday-night workout much more bearable. Join Cardio Kings founder Aluja “Noy” Bramble—son of former WBA Lightweight Champion Livingstone “Pit-Bull” Bramble—for the H.I.T. Factory After Dark private workout. At 8, 9, and 10 p.m., Bramble leads eight students in a boxing routine to a music set by DJ Sweets. (Purchase tickets here.) 2206 Paradise Rd., 702-428-5829