Barre Bee Fit has been a fixture in the Chicago fitness community since it’s opening four years ago. It was where I first fell in love with studio fitness (seriously look back at the archives). But as that little gym in River North turned into a national brand, the founders Jillian Lorenz and Ariana Chernin took […]

Gym: River North Gym, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Ste 951  Class focus: HIITWall  focuses on getting your heart rate up while strengthening and toning. Each session focuses on either spiking your metabolism or increasing your strength. Cost per small group training session: $18/session for members The Fab Fit take: River North Gym is a hidden gem, nestled […]

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Studio: DePaul’s Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, 2235 North Sheffield Avenue on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus. Class Focus: “This will be the most butt-kicking way to get into shape this summer. With a full 45 minutes of weight training and high intensity cardio workouts designed to build a fit lean body while simultaneously decreasing body […]

Studio: CrossTown Fitness, 1031 West Madison St. Class Focus: A running and biking-focused workout meant to be scalable for all levels of fitness, from a triathlete to a beginner. Cost per workout: $25 for a day pass Money saving offers: First workout is free – to get your free class, just show up at the time you’d like to […]

I’ve visited Atlas CrossFit in the past and learned quickly that its offering was much bigger than CrossFit (not that CrossFit isn’t already a huge undertaking). One side of the gym (or Box, as they’re known in CrossFit) is fully dedicated to the studio’s non-CrossFit group fitness classes, CircuitFit, TRX and Fit 360 Blitz, which […]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, folks. No, definitely not Christmas- haven’t we had enough of the winter wonderland thing already? I’m referring to, of course, March Madness- the height of college basketball season and lead-in to the NCAA tournament. As an avid Kentucky fan, I spend roughly 85% of my day reading […]

Studio: Trainology Fitness, 309 W Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654 (to the right of Dunkin’ Donuts) Class Focus: Similar to the studio’s Trainology class, HIKEology participants alternate 15 minutes on the treadmill at various inclines and 15 minutes with toning and strength exercises. You thought walking on a treadmill was easy? You thought wrong. Cost per class: $25 Money saving offers:  ▪   […]

Studio: Trainology Fitness, 309 W Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654 Class Focus: With half of the class spent on treadmills and the other half spent doing quick toning, the is a calorie scorcher that will tone you from head-to-toe and keep your heart rate up for 60 minutes.  Cost per class: $25 Money saving offers:  $0: All […]

If you have a wooden floor at home and a towel, you’re ready to work out with this Tuesday’s Bridal Sculpt routine. Once you’re warm, hit the circuit two times and thank us later. Oh … and don’t forget that your first class is free –sign up here.     Disclaimer: The views expressed on […]

I’m having a great time teaching Bridal Sculpt! We threw a fitness test into the mix today and went as hard as possible for 10 minutes. We’ll re-test in three weeks to see how far we’ve come. Try this hour-long workout at home and don’t forget that your first class is free – sign up […]