After a weekend of 50 degree weather, Chicagoans are starting to think about summer. It wouldn’t be summer without workouts outdoors. June 1, SELF Magazine will be bringing its workouts in the Park back to Chicago’s Grant Park. For just $20, you can spend a few hours working out, getting pampered and each ticket […]

Studio: Sixpax, 1329 S Michigan Ave, Unit 2  Class Focus: This was circuit-training style bootcamp with a focus on the core. The class targeted all 640+ muscles in the body, hence the name. Cost per class: $18 Money saving offers: $102 for 6 sessions ($17/session) $192 for 12 sessions ($16/ session) $360 for 24 sessions ($15/session) The […]

Studio: Fit Lincoln Park, 1963 N. Halsted Street Class Focus: This is a traditional bootcamp class with drill instructor style training. You’ll move and tone for the entire class. Cost per class: $18, but classes are based on a point system. I bought 10 points for $45 and the hour-long class cost 4 points. Money saving […]

Following my visit to The Lab, I felt so energized that I’ve been hanging around the studio a few times a week. I’ve become obsessed with getting better at yoga – particularly one pose: the hand stand. As I work on improving my forearm stand, The Lab wants to help you get deeper into your […]

Studio: Moirai Health and Fitness, 820 N Orleans Street Class Focus: This is the ultimate instability workout that takes place on a surfboard. Almost every exercise you can possibly do is done on a destabilized surfboard that’s about 6 feet long – think mountain climbers, pushups, squats. It’s a whole new level. Cost per class: […]

I’ve posted about my go-to apps for fitness instruction when I’m traveling or just don’t feel like going outside (hello winter in Chicago). One of my favorites is the NTC app for a few reasons, the main one being that each exercise in every workout is accompanied by an instructional video that shows exactly how […]

Studio: Fit Girl Studio, 2350 N Clark Chicago, IL 60614 (Note: this Chicago location has since closed, but the Evanston location is still open at 1642 Maple Ave.) Class Focus: This 60 minute class mixes spinning and toning to keep a workout interesting and to burn off the calories. The class is broken into three sequences: 20 […]

Studio: The Lab, 167 N. Racine Ave, 2nd Floor Suite 159-2 Class Focus: cYoga is a form of yoga created by the owner of The Lab, Carmen Aguilar. It focuses on holding and getting deeper into poses – the teachers are very hands-on to assist students in getting poses right. Cost per class: $17 Money saving offers:  $20 for […]

I’ve tried a few windy city gyms and studios across the city (see my studio map): But until you know that you love a workout, it’s hard to commit time and money to a new routine. Studios across Chicago offer ways to try before you buy. Sweat it out in classes at these studios for […]

I haven’t signed up for a run in about five years.  I wasn’t doing myself any favors by ONLY running in high school and college and my knees were not so happy with my repetitive routine. But, when NTC Lincoln Park  (which offers free classes and recently doubled the number of classes offered) invited me to take […]