In the February Issue of Palm Springs Life Magazine, Karen Graninger gives us her take on the 6 best hotel gyms in the Greater Palm Springs area that provide plenty of options to keep your body and mind in balance.  Here are her picks:


  • THE RITZ-CARLTON, RANCHO MIRAGE – Offers state-of-the-art strength training and cardiovascular equipment, featuring the Technogym OMNIA system, where a one-on-one session covers strength, speed, stability, flexibility, endurance, and coordination for $125. | BONUS: The facility also offers specialty classes such as an outdoor Desert Boot Camp. Schedule private ($125) or group sessions for up to 12 people. | WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, 68900 Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage. 760-321-8282;


  • JW MARRIOTT DESERT SPRINGS RESORT & SPA – Offers a variety of expert-led classes including yoga, cycle, circuit training, and pilates. There are treadmills, elliptical machines, spin bikes, weight lifting stations, and free weights ranging from 5 to 100 pounds. After 3:00 pm, for $20, guests can cool off in the spa’s eucalyptus and lavender steam rooms or Turkish hammams and can take a dip in the Jacuzzi or saltwater lap pool. | BONUS: The spa is also home to The Biggest Loser Resort. | WHERE: JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, 74855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert. 760-341-2211;


  • OMNI RANCHO LAS PALMAS RESORT & SPA - Features Startrac steppers, bicycles, treadmills, elliptical walkers, free weights, and Cybex machines. | BONUS: Private yoga classes are offered with instructor Deb Nuffer. | WHERE: Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, 41000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. 760-568-2727;


  • HARD ROCK HOTEL PALM SPRINGS - At the hotels Body Rock fitness center, you can train on Matrix ellipticals, treadmills, multi-station weight machines or use the free weights. There is a large flat screen and plenty of ice water to keep you hydrated. | BONUS: Guests can listen to the hotel’s curated playlist as part of the Sound of Your Stay program.| WHERE: Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, 150 S Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-325-9676,


  • LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB - What will strike you about this fitness center is the amount of free space that allows guests to do their own specialty workouts utilizing a full range of weight training and stretching equipment. The latest cardio machines dominate one end of the space with a spin classroom taking over the opposite side. The activities schedule is first-rate, featuring yoga classes, guided walks and bike rides, spin, and Pilates. | BONUS: A personal trainer is available to work one-on-one with people with disabilities or who are recovering from injuries. | WHERE: La Quinta Resort and Club, 49499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta. 760-564-4111;


  • HYATT REGENCY INDIAN WELLS RESORT & SPA – The hotel’s StayFit Gym combines Life Fitness ellipticals and strength training machines with free weights. There is a studio for fitness classes, or you can use the space for your own workouts using the weight bars, balance balls, or stretch bands. Personal trainers are on staff and can be scheduled for an additional fee. | BONUS: Experience the unique DesertPipe water slide. Buy one ride for $10. | WHERE: Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, 44600 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells. 760-776-1234;

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