In a recent article we wrote about something a little different from the usual weight training and fitness routines; we discussed a more cerebral activity and how one might best prepare for an activity like that. The activity in question was poker, something that by it’s very nature is sedentary, meaning that the necessity for fitness is greater than ever. As we also discussed, keeping fit hones the mental faculties, enabling you to play better for longer.
With that in mind we though we’d take a look at some of the best gyms on the strip in Las Vegas. Ideally placed, these fitness centres are often state of the art and provide a respite from the roulette wheels, blackjack dealers and poker tables.
The Rio All-Suite is a good place to start, even though it’s sited just off the strip. This is the venue of the annual World Series of Poker Championship so the combination of fitness centre and poker destination is a good one. It has something like 2500 suites so finding a spare room shouldn’t be a problem.
The Mandalay Bay is another of our favourite hotels with an incorporated gym. There are plenty of free weights here (not always the case in hotels) and also lots of machines of various hues. There’s an atmosphere of relaxation here which only adds to the feeling of getting away from the tension of the craps table, the roulette wheel or the slot machines.
The Palazzo is our final recommendation and perhaps the best of the lot. You will almost certainly have to purchase a Spa pass to use the facilities but for the keen fitness enthusiast it’s worth it. It’s actually called the Canyon Ranch SpaClub and it’s more like a standalone gym and spa than an add-on to a casino. There are fitness classes, free weights, machines, spa facilities and all the extras one associates with a five star destination.
Of course if you’re enjoying yourself too much at the gym you may not want to to return to the poker table so, especially at the Palazzo, don’t forget the 888 reasons why you came to Vegas.