Running outside may be refreshing, but what about when it's pouring down rain, hitting sweltering temperatures or pollen is out in full force? Sometimes, it's necessary to take a running regimen indoors. Here are the places in Atlanta to get moving without the help of a treadmill.
Here are the places in Atlanta to get moving without the help of a treadmill.
1515 Sheridan Road NE, Atlanta. 404-325-2700.
From racquetball courts to rock-climbing walls, this northeast Atlanta gym has an expansive array of amenities even when the running is long over. For those looking to log a few miles, though, the club's indoor running track is a great place to run without the added stress of the elements. Free trial passes are available, too, in case new runners want to try before they buy.
330 Kennestone Hospital Blvd., Marietta. 770-793-7300.
Group fitness classes and nutrition services make this a one-stop shop for many seeking a healthier lifestyle, and this Marietta gym makes it accessible almost all the time. With opening hours at 4:45 a.m., even the earliest early birds can get their running fix logged before the sun rises. Clock 5.5 laps on the indoor track for a full mile, all while overlooking the racquetball courts — just one of many other spaces where members can work out.
135 Interstate North Pkwy, Atlanta. 770-953-1100.
Those looking to sprint in the lap of luxury need look no further than Windy Hill Athletic Club, the mammoth fitness center just outside the perimeter that boasts luxurious locker rooms on top of top-notch fitness facilities. Perhaps its biggest asset, though, is space: In addition to an indoor running track, guests who wish to practice HIIT workouts or make their own routines can find plenty of areas to do so. With the option to cross train with yoga or swimming, Windy Hill is a formidable option for any serious runner.
8 Concourse Pkwy, Sandy Springs. 770-698-2000.
Indoor and outdoor pools along with various sports courts make Concourse a big hit with serious Atlanta fitness fans who are willing to pay the price. The indoor track is on the top floor, and its surface is easy on the feet even when its runners are being tough on themselves. With small cardio stations positioned around this track, it's easy to pause and try a lower-impact workout along the way, and with a restaurant and full bar right there, it's just as easy for runners to treat themselves after the final stretch.