Fit in Frisco
2022 has arrived, bringing with it opportunities to make a fresh start in the new year. What better time to step out of your comfort zone, try something new and crush your health and fitness goals? This can be achieved in part by looking at Frisco in a new way: as a place filled with options for promoting mind and body wellness.
Taking care of oneself starts at home, but it doesn’t have to be a solitary journey. Frisconians are lucky: There are plenty of places to go, events to attend and amazing culinary and food-shopping choices available to help residents attain their new year’s goals. Whether you’re looking to get fit, run a 5k, relieve stress or up your nutrition this year, there is plenty in Frisco to promote one’s overall health and well-being. Let this non-inclusive list serve as a guide to experiencing the city in the healthiest ways possible.
Beavers Bend Park and Trail
Explore the beautiful 1.2-mile trail at Beavers Bend Park, which features serene pond and nature views. Do an outdoor workout here or enjoy an afternoon walk. 5011 Legacy Drive; friscotexas.gov
For a longer hike, try the 2.2-mile Taychas Trail, which runs alongside West Rowlett Creek from Isbell Elementary School to Rolater Road. It’s also a great place to ride a bike or cruise on roller skates in the fresh air. 6300 Maltby Drive; visitfrisco.com
Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt
Workout by the water, take a leisurely stroll or go for a run. This park features two miles of trails, wetlands and ponds (with opportunities for fishing). 3925 Bear Creek Lane; friscotexas.gov
Frisco Northwest Community DORBA Trail
Ride a bike on a soft surface trail at Frisco Northwest Trail, maintained by the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association (DORBA), Shawnee Trail Cycling Club and Frisco Cycling Club. About 5.5 miles long, with an outer loop and two inner loops, it offers variety for beginner and intermediate cyclists alike. 1525 Gloryview Road; trailforks.com/region/frisco-northwest-community-park/
Frisco Skate Park
Bring a skateboard, bike, in-line skates or scooter to the 47,000-square-foot Frisco Skate Park – the largest in North Texas – and master its multiple courses, rails, stair sets and bowls as well as the half pipe and 16-foot concrete wave, among other features. 12895 Honey Grove Drive; friscotexas.gov
Exercise facilities/group fitness
Frisco Athletic Center
A go-to spot for all things fitness-related, the 100,000 square-foot facility is home to two gymnasiums, two racquetball courts, a volleyball court, an indoor aquatic center, a fitness floor with more than 240 exercise machines and more. The Gold Medal Room hosts group fitness classes focused on strength training and conditioning, HIIT, cardio and dance, full-body workouts, indoor cycling, yoga and barre. 5828 Nancy Jane Lane; friscotexas.gov/650/Frisco-Athletic-Center
Adult sports opportunities
Miss the fun of childhood sports teams? Re-live those happy memories (and make more) by participating in one of the adult sports classes and teams hosted by the Frisco Parks & Recreation Department. These include golf, tennis, pink pong, flag football, cricket, rock climbing, kickball and softball. friscotexas.gov/1200/Adult-Sports
Frisco Family YMCA
Sports leagues and camps for kids, as well as group exercise classes for adults like yoga, cycling, weight training, HIIT and Zumba are offered. You can also work out with a personal trainer, get nutrition and wellness coaching and learn how to reach your fitness goals. 3415 W. Main St.; ymcadallas.org/locations/frisco
Yoga on Main Street
From gentle meditation to powerful poses, Yoga on Main Street offers a full mind-and-body-wellness experience. Folks of all fitness levels are invited to take classes geared toward flexibility, breathing, restoration, strength, meditation, balance and more. 6726 Main St. Suite 310; yogaonmainst.com
Altitude Pole Fitness and Aerial Arts
Relieve stress (and possibly tap into your inner child) with a circus-inspired fitness class. Low-impact, beginner-friendly aerial yoga classes teach participants how to pose, climb, fly, drop and spin through the air in a creative and unique approach to fitness. 8855 Preston Trace Blvd, Suite 300; altitudefitnessfrisco.com
Camp Gladiator Frisco
Raise your heart rate and connect with other community members during Camp Gladiator’s 60-minute, full-body workouts. Classes are offered on various days and times at several Frisco locations including Harold Bacchus Park, Shawnee Trail Sports Complex and Northeast Community Park. campgladiator.com
Races and marathons
Go for a run or walk in the fresh air while supporting the community and various causes at one of the many races and marathons that are held in Frisco annually. Upcoming events include the Frisco Trail Race (Feb. 19), Frisco Sunrise Rotary Paddy Dash (March 19), Texas Big Star Half Marathon and 5k (April 9) and the Frisco Arts Walk and Run (Oct. 1). friscotrailrace.com; facebook.com/PaddyDash; runtexasbigstar.com; friscoarts.org/frisco-arts-walk-and-run
Parks & Recreation Department activities
The department recognizes fitness-themed months and other observances throughout the year. Did you know that May is National Bike Month? In June, the city hosts Let’s Roll, Frisco, a roller-skating event. It also sponsors activities in July as part of national Park and Recreation Month. friscotexas.gov
Healthy dining and shopping
Favorful, healthy food options abound in Frisco.
Up Inspired Kitchen
This local favorite serves sweet and savory coffees, breakfast and lunch items made with nutritious ingredients, many of which are locally sourced and organic. The eatery also has gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options to satisfy your cravings and meet your dietary needs. 5285 Dallas Parkway, Suite 400; upinspiredkitchen.com
Frisco Fresh Market
Open year-round on Saturdays and Sundays, vendors at this market sell fresh produce, meats, seafood, wine, bread, pasta, jams and other items. 9215 John W. Elliott Drive;
Frisco Rotary Farmers’ Market
Founded in 2007 in part to promote the sale of Texas-grown farm and ranch products, a variety of seasonal produce, meats, eggs, honey and other products typically are available from 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays from early April through late December. 6048 Frisco Square Blvd.; friscorotaryfarmersmarket.com
Sydni Ellis is a freelance writer who loves shopping, getting lost in a good thriller and taking way too many pictures of her two wild toddlers when she should be at her computer.
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