Founded in 1978, CARA is the third-largest nonprofit running organization in the nation, and is dedicated to supporting and celebrating Chicagoland runners. Pavement pushers of all abilities can take advantage of membership perks that include discounts on gear from local stores, discounted race-entry fees, access to CARA's race-day tents and gear checks, and a one-year subscription to Runner's World (a $16.99 value; not included in a youth membership).
Designed to keep everyone motivated and on track to meet their goals, the Mike George Fitness System is three-pronged and personalized. It incorporates cardiovascular and strength training, as well as holistic nutritional coaching to complete the fitness trifecta. Instructors keep classes at six or fewer to ensure individual attention, hosting them in their gym stocked with everything from medicine balls and weight machines to kettlebells and dumbbells. Indoor and outdoor classes include Elite cross training, downhill skiing, hand-to-hand combat, Pilates and flexibility, and more.
At first sight, David Barton Gym might appear to be an art gallery or swank pad complete with pounded steel plating, leather-wrapped door handles, and weekly DJ sets, but a second glance reveals a 30,000-square-foot fitness haven overlooking the Chicago River. The designer gym is loaded with free weights, cardio machines, a group cycling studio, steam rooms, a Russian bath, and a studio for yoga class. Meet up with an experienced hardbody personal trainer and melt fat like a George Foreman grill with a barrage of pushups, sit-ups, or 20 minutes on the TV-topped elliptical machine. Renew your will from the on-site therapist from Delos Wellness and let them unkink the knots that prevent you from having the strength needed to throw a dictionary through a thicker dictionary.
E! News anchor and Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic was born in Italy but she has strong ties to Chicago—namely, her husband Bill, the Trump-approved entrepreneur and restaurateur behind RPM Italian. In the My Chicago by Giuliana Rancic collection, the star of Giuliana & Bill gives the scoop on her favorite local spots to get glammed up, be entertained in style, and even shop for Bill.
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The inspiring trainers at MetaBody lead troops of women workouteers in results-getting one-hour workouts several times weekly. The fun classes utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment ideal for both beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. MetaBody's motivational instructors will use your instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. They’ll keep your muscles guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so you’ll never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth-brushing. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early morning boot camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late evening class. In addition to the fitness classes, you will receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound-loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching.
Glossy hardwood floors and royal-blue accents cultivate a clean, cozy feel at CocoonCare, whose staff specializes in pre- and postnatal fitness classes, parenting services, and prenatal massage. Guests pose with tots in mommy-and-me yoga, tone muscles in prenatal Pilates, or and pick up knowledge in workshops that tackle topics such as picking a pediatrician and healthy eating.
Since 1993, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has been one of America's favorite sources of sports entertainment and methods of resolving tied gubernatorial elections. UFC has now set its sights on granting regular people with the fitness of its TV fighters by opening a series of professional gyms. There, group classes taught by professional fighters and coaches help members hone both their bodies and their minds with the practice of kickboxing, MMA, and muay thai. Guests may burn between 800 to 1,000 calories per class for some disciplines. Other programs include children's classes for boys and girls, and personal training that can focus skills and get students comfortable in the ring.