Apr 30, 2019 - Partners

9 ways to step up your fitness game in Ballantyne

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This paid content was created in partnership with the Northwood Office team at Ballantyne.

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Whether you prefer to get outdoors to enjoy a beautiful evening, get competitive and burn those calories on a team, or drop in a class over your lunch break, Ballantyne has tons of options to help you meet your #getfit goals.

Trails

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Address: Park at 11823 Johnston Road for access to the greenways or Ballantyne Corporate Park for the Fit Trail.

Monthly cost: Free

Best features: There are several walking and running trails in Ballantyne — perfect for family strolls, shaded runs or just a walk to get fresh air. There are 19 miles of trails around the corporate park, including the Fit Trail, which has 20 different exercise and stretch stations. You can also test out some of the greenways — Lower McApline Creek, McMullen Creek and Four Mile Creek greenways all run through Ballantyne.

Crunch Fitness

Address: 16045 Johnston Road

Cost: $9.95-$29.95 per month

Best features: They have three tiers of membership, with the most basic ($9.95) offering access to the gym, locker room and sauna, 30-minute circuit training and online nutrition. The other two packages have video workouts and group classes, and the top-tier option includes tanning, massage, small-group training and more.

The gym is brand new and memberships are well priced. Bonus: Any member can add on childcare.

Sara’s YMCA

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Address: 15940 Brixham Hill Ave.

Cost: Standard memberships are $72 for the month for the first adult; $29 for an additional adult; and $8 per child. The YMCA also offers custom rates according to income (for example, one adult making $50,000 annually can expect to pay $53 per month). There are no joining fees or contracts, and Ballantyne tenants get a special membership rate ($49/month for one adult).

Best features: You can mix your routine up as often as you want, because membership gets you access to it all: group exercise like hot yoga and Pilates Reformer workouts, TRX, a rooftop terrace, outdoor fitness rig, and tons of cardio equipment.

NC Velo

Address: 9815 Rea Road

Cost: $40-$150 for bike rental; group rides free

Best features: You can bring your own bike or rent one  to take part in weekly group rides — they head out for the ride at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. There are also demos on Saturday mornings to teach you how to use your bike. Shop Co-Owner Kyle Wyatt told me the best trail is the Ballantyne District Park.

Adult sports team leagues through Morrison YMCA

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Address: 19405 Bryant Farms Road

Cost: Varies by sport

Best features: You can get your weekly exercise fix along with a healthy dose of competition through Morrison YMCA seasonal adult sports leagues. You can choose from basketball, sand volleyball, soccer, softball and flag football.

Pure Barre

Address: 8430 Rea Road, Suite 120

Cost: $23 per class; $189 unlimited monthly; and $99 for your first unlimited month.

Best features: There are three different class styles — classic, empower and reform — and each one is around 50 minutes of challenging arm, ab, seat and thigh work. The whole idea is to work your muscles to the point of fatigue (they’ll start shaking). The class moves quickly, and the environment is upbeat and welcoming.

Orangetheory

Address: 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Suite A180

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Cost: $8-$23/class

Best features: If you’re looking for a personal trainer vibe but are motivated by taking group lessons or classes, this is for you. A coach will lead you through the exercises, and with music blaring and your heart-rate monitor stats projected on a screen, you’ll really push your limits. You split your time between rowing, running on the treadmill and body weight and dumbbell exercises.

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Community events

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One of the best parts about living or working in Ballantyne is the access to free community wellness events. There’s always something going on, like the free Ballantyne Yoga Series running through May 30 at the Brixham Tent.

Pro tip: Join in for food, drinks, live music and free yoga at the Ballantyne Social Hour on Thursday, May 9, 4:30-7:30 p.m., at the Brixham Tent. Enjoy beer from Brewers at 4001 Yancey, wine from Shelton Vineyards, food and margaritas from Cabo Fish Taco plus free activities, including a brush lettering SkillPop class and outdoor yoga led by Sara’s YMCA instructors.

The SkillPop Brush Lettering class is free and drop-in between 5:30-7:30 p.m., and the outdoor yoga class begins at 5:30 p.m. (Bring your own yoga mat.)

Free and open to all!

Personal Training

The Ballantyne, A Luxury Hotel, Charlotte isn’t just for staycations – you can book professional personal trainers too (click “fitness”).

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Take advantage of cardio and strength training equipment, water and towel service, and gain access to The Spa at Ballantyne’s luxury amenities like the indoor pool, hot tub, resistance pools and fitness room locker facilities.

Relax – after all that hard work, you’ve earned it.


This paid content was created in partnership with the Northwood Office team at Ballantyne.
Lead image courtesy of goBallantyne.com.

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