A little late, but here are the studios I checked out via ClassPass in February.
AIR Core at AIR Aerial Fitness – River North
I love the idea of Aerial Fitness, but I honestly hate being upside down. I hoped that AIR Core would be less upside-down and more strength building, which it was, although we still did go upside down. But, it was an intense, quick workout that didn’t require much in the was of experience up in the silks.
If you go: Classes are done barefoot. They don’t have showers. Wear fitted clothing, and it’s probably best to remove all jewelry and even watches. Yes, that includes your FitBit.
M3 – Fusion at Studio Lagree – River North
I went here twice in February. What can I say, this is one of my favorite workouts in Chicago. It’s a great strengthening and toning workout. Like extreme pilates.
If you go: Bring grippy socks (or buy a pair for $10). There are no showers. Get there early if it’s your first time so they can walk you through how the machine works.
Vinyasa (Level 1-3) at Yoga Loft Chicago
I always enjoy classes at Yoga Loft. The pace and the poses are challenging but still approachable and it’s usually a great sequence.
If you go: BYO mat or rent one for $2. They do not have showers.
Total Body Strength at CrossTown Fitness – West Loop
I love CrossTown Fitness, and I love the all-strength workouts. You rotate through the stations quickly, so you never get bored, and you have a chance to really challenge yourself for an hour.
If you go: I recommend changing into workout clothes before arriving at the studio – sometimes the line for the shower/changing/restrooms gets long because they are single-person rooms.
Strength Training at Fit Results
This class made me feel like a badass. We were there to LIFT. For real. I was glad to have taken a few CrossFit classes because I had a general idea of proper form with a barbell. Although the instructor still provided personal attention and corrections to improve my rusty form.
If you go: Get ready to work. They have showers.
GO ROW at GO Row
Another one of my favorites! (Are you noticing a theme?) I love that I can get a cardio/strength HIIT workout without wearing out my knee.
If you go: They have showers. They also offer spin classes (Go Cycle) but I have yet to try those.
Kick@55 Lower Body Burn Bootcamp at Kick@55 Fitness
I’ve worked out here a couple times, but I doubt I will be back. For one thing, some of the moves we did during class kind of went against what many other trainers have taught me about form. Additionally, I have my personal reasons for probably never returning.
Power Yoga at Yoga Six – South Loop
This was actually workout #1 on a double day. (Number 2 was another trip to Studio Lagree.) I was already signed up for a workout after work, but my ClassPass cycle was going to reset the next day, and I had one class left – meaning if I didn’t do two classes in one day, I would lose the class. Anyway! I enjoy working out at Yoga Six. The studio is really nice, and the classes are always good. Their Power Yoga classes are heated (but not officially Hot), so bring a small towel and/or a yoga-mat sized towel over your mat.
If you go: BYO mat or rent one for $3. They have a full locker room (BYO lock) with showers. BYO towel or rent one for $3.
HIIT class at Fit36
This class was not through ClassPass, but offered complimentary to members of the Windy City Blogger Collective. It was an intense 36-minute HIIT workout, going through two cycles of 12 workouts, 1 minute on and 30 seconds off each workout.
If you go: It’s a bit tricky to get there via public transit (it’s not near an L station), but there is ample free parking since it’s in a shopping center. They do not have showers.
Where do you workout? Any places I should checkout?
Have you ever not returned to a fitness studio or gym? Why? (Other than price/convenience/etc)