Photo courtesy of Core Pilates and Barre Studio
Photo courtesy of Core Pilates and Barre Studio

The holidays bring friends, food, travel and sometimes a few extra pounds. If you are planning a trip to Grand Rapids this December - or beyond - dont let a change of venue lead to a change of workout routines. From Pilates and Barre to CrossFit and even some ideas outside the gym, we've rounded up some of the hottest fitness experiences in the area to help you keep your fitness on track this holiday season.

Kim McDonough, owner/trainer of Core Pilates & Barre Studio said they love out of town Pilates and Barre clients noting they are fun, motivated and easy to work with! One reason the clients are so fun could be a results of the relaxed and friendly feel to their studio.

"The holidays can be one of the hardest time to stay motivated with all the hustle/bustle and stress," McDonough said. "We applaud those who make it a point to keep active."

Photo courtesy of Core Pilates and Barre Studio
Photo courtesy of Core Pilates and Barre Studio

Core Pilates & Barre Studio trains clients in group settings as well as privately. They offer packages of five classes/sessions for those traveling and are happy to offer first time students popping into Grand Rapids one free Studio Class (Pilates, Yoga, or Barre.) Simply enter "1freebarre" at checkout on the website or call the studio and reserve a space.

When Michael Livingston and Shane Davis opened CrossFit Luminary October 2013, their experience in CrossFit gyms from around the country enabled them to grow quickly to service more than 100 athletes. Then in late April 2014, an electrical fire in the building caused serious damage and temporarily shut them down. However, they doubled down and reinvested in the business adding new equipment and a remodeled facility we will be the first dedicated strength & conditioning facility in Grand Rapids to offer CrossFit.

Photo courtesy of CrossFit Luminary
Photo courtesy of CrossFit Luminary

"We are happy to offer a free drop-in visit for out of town athletes with CrossFit experience," Livingston said. "If you're brand new, we have a thorough on-ramp process to teach the basics. We will also walk through how to modify movements if necessary for someone new to CrossFit or our 60-minute dedicated Strength & Conditioning program."

Photo courtesy of EcoTrek Fitness
Photo courtesy of EcoTrek Fitness

Another fun and local option for visitors looking for a fitness fix is EcoTrek Fitness. Their 75-minute group sessions are held outdoors in all types of weather and integrate strength training, cardio and flexibility work.

"We'll be scheduling a few free snowshoe events in West Michigan, which are a total blast," said Draft. "If you can walk, you can snowshoe - no special skills required! EcoTrek Fitness also offers $10 drop-in rates through the holidays for a top-quality sweat session led by certified instructors who know where to take you and what you should be doing."

Photo courtesy of EcoTrek Fitness
Photo courtesy of EcoTrek Fitness

Draft said EcoTrek Fitness sessions are perfect for all fitness levels. When participating in a winter, outdoor activity, the key is to dress in layers and make sure your feet, hands and head are covered.

Check out their schedule and get ready for some heart rate raising fun!

Even with the best intentions to make a class, sometimes the holidays are just too unpredictable. If you find yourself off schedule, our fitness experts have some tips for outside of the gym too.

Kim McDonough of Core Pilates and Barre Studio recommends visiting any one of the small trail heads in the area such as White Pine Trail, Provin Trails Park. Or check out Rosa Parks Circle for outdoor ice skating in the winter, If you aren't a fan of the cold she suggests climbing all the stairs in the hotel building for a great way to push the effort in a short time span. Are you staying downtown without a car? No problem. Simply head out for a walk/run along the riverwalk!

Dont let your travels get in the way of your health-take advantage of the fitness opportunities in Grand Rapids and keep those holiday pounds at bay.