Santa Fe Favorites


Date January 20, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Author Annie Lux



Santa Fe offers a wide array of gyms and fitness studios for every budget and in locations all over town. Whether you’re looking for fitness classes, serious weight training, or a full-service gym with pools and steams rooms, you’ll find it in Santa Fe.

It’s not hard to stay fit in Santa Fe (despite all the good food!). Our glorious terrain and weather make the City Different a mecca for hikers, bikers, skiers, and rafters. But you don’t have to be the outdoorsy type to get or stay in shape—Santa Fe offers a wide array of gyms and fitness studios for every budget and in locations all over town. Whether you’re looking for fitness classes, serious weight training, or a full-service gym with pools and steams rooms, you’ll find it in Santa Fe.

Body And Mind Fitness Studios
1012 Marquez Place

Body and Mind, located just off Cordova Road, is a private personal fitness studio whose programs focus on weight loss. Members work one-on-one with personal trainers, and are given a complete assessment every three months. A sports shake is included in the high-end hourly rate.

Carl and Sandra’s Physical Conditioning Center
153A Paseo de Peralta

If you’re looking for serious training but don’t want (or can’t quite afford) to work out exclusively with a personal trainer, Carl and Sandra’s, Santa Fe’s oldest fitness facility under original ownership is a great choice. Former Olympic coach Carl Miller’s physical training philosophy embraces a cardiovascular approach to weight training for fast results. Memberships are still on the expensive side, and include personal assessments and new programs every six weeks, as well as plenty of guidance and support. Clients range in age from six to ninety, and include Olympic-caliber athletes, high school sports teams, people recovering from strokes, injuries and illnesses, and pregnant women. Carl and Sandra’s is located in the DeVargas Center on the north end of town.

Club International
1931 Warner Avenue
(505) 473-9807

This St. Michael’s Drive-area fitness facility if the place to go for “class junkies.” They offer a full schedule of fitness classes—from aerobics, toning, Pilates mat and yoga, to Nia dance, belly dancing, jazz dance, kickboxing and Jujitsu. There’s even a special class for seniors. Club International also has three weight rooms (one with free weights, two with fitness machines) and a separate room for cardio equipment. The moderate membership price includes full use of the club’s facilities. Day rates (which includes classes) are available for non-members. Though the club presently has no showers in its locker rooms, Club International has recently come under new ownership and is scheduled for a major face lift.

El Gancho Fitness, Swim & Racquet Club
104 Old Las Vegas Highway

El Gancho Fitness, Swim & Racquet Club, located on the south end of town near the end of Old Pecos Trail, is a beautiful, high-end facility featuring racquetball/squash and tennis courts (indoor and outdoor), hot tubs, sauna and steam rooms, heated indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a large cardio and strength-training center, a 16-bike cycling studio and group exercise rooms. They offer 52 classes a week (including 15 cycling classes); tennis and swimming instruction is also available. Child care, free wireless internet, and a seasonal poolside deli are also featured. Memberships here are pricy, with an initial registration fee plus monthly dues in a range of membership options. Day passes and short-term memberships are not offered here, though members may purchase guest passes. Their spa facilities, which include massage therapists and an aesthetician, are open to the public, with discounts for members.

Evolve Fitness
808 Early Street

At Evolve, located near the intersection of Cerrillos Road and St. Francis Drive, the focus is on cardiovascular fitness. Workouts are in a class setting only, with lots of guidance from experienced teachers. Evolve is mostly noted for its spinning classes, but also offers weight training classes and yoga. Clients are mostly women, though men are welcome. Classes run moderately inexpensive, with six- and twelve-month memberships available. Evolve is only open during class times; schedules can be picked up most evenings. Call to reserve space.

Fort Marcy/Mager’s Field Complex
490 Bishops Lodge Road

The Fort Marcy fitness facility, run by the City of Santa Fe, is the best deal in town. The facility is far from fancy—no televisions for the cardio machines, very basic locker rooms (though they do have showers)—but the low price isn’t the only reason so many locals are loyal fans. This facility offers plenty of classes with some of Santa Fe’s most popular teachers, including Pilates mat, toning, aerobics (including a non-impact class popular with seniors), water aerobics, yoga, modern jazz, and Tang Soo Do Karate (there’s also a class for kids). The complex also features a lap pool and children’s pool, a basketball gym, cardio equipment and a full weight room. Outside there’s a running track, soccer field, and a playground with picnic tables. Classes are inexpensive and are purchased separately. Senior citizens receive a discount, making Fort Marcy even more of a bargain.

Genoveva Chavez Community Center
3221 Rodeo Road

Also built by the city of Santa Fe, the Chavez Center, which opened in 2001, is a real community center as well as state-of-the-art fitness facility. In addition to cardio and fitness equipment and a variety of fitness and yoga classes, the Chavez Center features basketball, volleyball and racquetball courts, an indoor running track, three pools, saunas, and Santa Fe’s only ice rink (open year round). The center also sponsors youth programs, dances and special events, and many of the facilities are available for private rental. While not quite as inexpensive as Fort Marcy, this lovely new facility is still a great bargain, with individual, family and corporate memberships available. Still not convinced? The Genoveva Chavez Community Center was voted best fitness facility in the 2007 Santa Fe Reporter poll.

Gym at Eldorado
7 Caliente Road

This brand-new facility makes it possible for El Dorado residents to work out close to home. Though a few classes are offered, the emphasis here is on the gym equipment: plenty of cardio equipment, free weights, Cybex fitness machines, and a jungle gym. Personal training is also available. Fees here are on the high end, with a one-time $150 registration fee plus a monthly rate. Day rates are available for visitors.

Quail Run Fitness Center
3101 Old Pecos Trail

This exclusive full-service facility, located at a private gated residential community, features ozone-purified pools and hot tubs and a spa facility, as well as a variety of strength-training and cardio equipment, free weights, and a wide range of fitness classes. This beautiful fitness center is the most expensive in Santa Fe; non-residents are charged a hefty registration fee.

Salvador Perez Fitness Center
601 Alta Vista

Another city-run gym, the Salvador Perez Fitness Center at Salvador Perez Park just west of St. Francis Drive. Water aerobics and swimming classes (pre-school through advanced) are offered at its popular heated pool. The complex also features cardio equipment, a weight room, and spinning classes in a facility similar to Fort Marcy’s (but without a basketball gym). Prices here are also very low. The park has tennis courts and a play area for younger children.

Santa Fe Spa
786 N. St. Francis Drive

Santa Fe Spa is one of the most popular full-service fitness facilities in town, and its recent renovation is sure to make it even more popular. Located not far from the Plaza at the north end of St. Francis Drive, it features plenty of cardio equipment (each equipped with its own cable television), free weights, and Matrix fitness machines. Santa Fe Spa also offers exercise classes, including aerobics, toning, cycling, Nia dance, yoga and Pilates mat classes. Membership rates start moderately high, but discounts and freeze time are available with longer-term memberships. New members receive a free orientation and fitness assessment. Personal trainers are available at an hourly rate. Santa Fe Spa’s lovely locker rooms have showers and steam rooms. Tanning facilities are available at a discount for members.

Superior Fitness
6700 Cerrillos Road

Superior Fitness, at the far south end of town, is a two-year-old facility featuring cardio equipment, strength-training machines and free weights at a moderate price. No classes are offered here, but personal training is available.