Staying Fit In DFW Without A Gym Membership

March 3, 2012 6:00 AM

Photo Credit: Kickball

By Jill Krause

There’s more to life than the ho-hum routine of working out at your local gym. Why spend all those hours inside the same walls, sweating it out to the sounds of your treadmill neighbor’s poor choice of playlists, when you can burn some serious calories by joining one of these fun groups? Plus, gym membership bills can hurt your wallet. From trail running to kick ball, these creative workout solutions are all sure to get your blood pumping, save you some money and make you some friends – and there won’t be a stair machine in sight.

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Dallas Running Club

Club Dues: (All are for one year, paid annually) Single- $25, Couple- $35, Family- $40, Senior- $20, Student- $15

The Dallas Running Club meets throughout the week for runners and walkers to join up for social exercise in Highland Park, Plano, Richardson, and many more locations around Dallas. DRC also hosts club races throughout the year and social events that will bring out your competitive and friendly side.

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Fort Worth Runners Club

Trinity Park Pavillion #3
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Club Dues: Individual- $20, Family – $20 (all club members only pay $8 for club sponsored races)

If you’re on the west side of the Metroplex, don’t worry. You don’t have to venture all the way to Dallas to find a group to run with. The Forth Worth Runners Club hosts monthly races at Trinity Park, and you can find a local group to run with by visiting their website.

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Dallas Sports and Social Club

Headquarters: 2717 Howell St #4205
Dallas, TX 75204
(972) 900-0151

Channel your inner kid who kicked butt ball on the playground back in the day. Dallas Sports & Social Club is a central place to go to find teams for sports like flag football, soccer, and even kickball. Yes, for adults! Teams are forming for various sports year-round, and meet at locations around Dallas. Fees also vary from sport to sport.

DSSC isn’t just about playing on the field. They also host happy hours and other social events.

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Summit Climbing Gym

1040 Mustang Dr.
Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 421-3888
Hours: Mon to Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 12pm-8pm
Rates: Day pass- $14, The Works pass $20 (day pass, plus harness, shoes, & chalk bag rental), memberships start at $40/month

Whether you’re a seasoned rock-climbing pro, or you haven’t climbed anything since that time you got stuck in a tree when you were 8, Summit Climbing Gym has everything to get you going and keep you challenged when it comes to rock climbing. If you’re a little wobbly, you can sign up for a Climbing-101 class. If you’re just testing the waters and don’t want to invest in any of the gear needed to rock-climb, you can rent it from them.

Jill Krause is a blogger, product ambassador and mother to two young children. You can find her humorous take on life as a parent at

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