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VITAL Fitness Studio in Dallas

by Stephanie on April 1, 2015

Yesterday, on my lunch break, I drove downtown to VITAL fitness studio to take a yoga class.  VITAL is located between the Joule Hotel and Neiman Marcus on Main Street in Dallas, across from the “Eye.”

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Did you know Dallas has a giant Eye sculpture in the middle of downtown? Trey and I visited it last summer (after a wellness event I had attended downtown) and had fun taking pictures. VITAL also hosts special evening yoga classes in front of the Eye about once a month.  The next class is Wednesday, April 8th (which also happens to be the same day I leave for my trip to Paris, so I will not be able to make it this time).

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For some reason I thought the yoga class started at 12:00, but when I checked my schedule just after 11:00 AM, I realized the class actually started at 11:30. I quickly grabbed my purse, left my office and got in my car to drive downtown. Luckily I was able to take advantage of the complimentary valet parking so I did not have to waste time driving around, looking for a parking spot. VITAL is actually tucked in a breezeway just down from the Joule and CBD Provisions, and the valet attendant had to show me where to find the studio.

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After walking down a flight of stairs (and wondering if I had found the right place), I turned the corner and entered the lobby. The warm wood floors and exposed brick walls made the space feel more like a spa instead of a fitness studio. I was greeted and given a quick tour of the studio, then headed to the bathroom to change.

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The spa-like feel continued in the bathroom, with ESPA products, rainfall showers and upscale fixtures and finishes.  My only complaint was the changing area in the locker room was right in front of the door, so as soon as someone entered they could see you changing (and so could anyone walking past the door).

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Yoga mats are provided (and cleaned for you after each class), so you don’t have to bring your own mat.  When I walked into the yoga room, I noticed it was warm, so after the class was over I checked the thermostat and it read 85 degrees. It was an ideal temperature for our Energizing Yoga class led by Emilee, enough to warm up your muscles and allow you to stretch but not technically a “hot yoga” class.  Our class focused on a lot of leg and hip stretches, which I definitely needed after exclusively running for the past three months. In addition to yoga, VITAL also offers cardio sculpt and core fitness.  You can find their class descriptions and class schedule online.

VITAL offers 15 consecutive days of yoga for $20 to new clients, then individual class prices range from $15 – $20 depending on the quantity you buy.  Monthly unlimited memberships are $120, after your first month of $99.

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My favorite part about my lunchtime workout was the “Crunch + Lunch” package.  When I signed in for yoga, I ordered my lunch which was ready to go after my workout. Crunch + Lunch is offered every weekday for 11:30 AM and 12:00 PM classes for $15 and includes your choice of: Turkey Sandwich, Veggie Sandwich or Farmer’s Salad. I added a protein to my salad, you can choose either turkey or hard-boiled egg. All meals include bottled water, fresh fruit, house-made chips and granola.

When I got back to my office, I unpacked my lunch and found the portions to be very generous. (Confession: I ate the chips in the car on the way back to work so they did not make it into the picture). My salad was delicious and the sweet cornbread was to die for, although I am not sure if it is always part of the lunch.  I saved the granola and apple for a snack later in the day.

If you live or work downtown, I highly recommend that you check out VITAL fitness studio. The Crunch + Lunch is a great option for busy working professionals who want to workout and pick up a healthy meal on their lunch break. If lunchtime is not an option for you, they also offer Crunch + Brunch the third Sunday of every month, with an hour-long Core Fitness class followed by brunch (and a cocktail) at CBD Provisions. Be sure to check out yoga at the Eye too!

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