Zumba in Old Irving Park

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Some like it hot. For those students, Fire Hot Yoga cranks up the heat to 90 degrees or more. The heated temperature loosens muscles and increases blood flow. This allows instructors to ease their charges into positions such as the cobra pose, where each person arches their back and swallows a mongoose whole.

For those that don't like it hot, the studio hosts a wide range of other classes such as prenatal, postpartum, kids karma, preschool pranayama, teen yoga, and senior sassy yoga. Yoga by candlelight is exactly what it sounds like, and Slow Flow exercises the bones and joints instead of muscles. Aside from yoga, instructors lead Pilates mat classes that focus on cores, as well as the Latin-inspired dance fitness of Zumba.

821 West Superior Street
Chicago,
IL
US

Classical ballet, expressive lyrical, and upbeat hip-hop and Latin dance classes number among the slate of options at Christine Belpedio's School of Dance. Here, children and adults, males and females, beginners and advanced students sway, twist, tap, and flip under the tutelage of experienced instructors. Students can show off their skills in recitals or competitions, where judges will rank the pointiest pointe shoe.

5837 W Belmont Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

True to the company?s name, the trainers at Concepts Three LLC operate using a three-pronged fitness philosophy. First, they guide participants through programs and classes that include boxing, TRU (Boot) Camp outdoor sessions, and regimens called P2 and X20. Like a bespoke tuxedo made of Sudoku puzzles, these workouts are tailored to the individual but challenging as well; boot camp, for example, kicks off with an assessment day that helps the instructor accommodate each and every student, no matter his or her level. The trainers? second goal is to make sure their clients know how to maintain results. Thus, education is a top priority, and also ties into value number three: personalizing the experience so that students feel they've made lasting, important changes suited to their individual lives.

2717 West Argyle Street
Chicago,
IL
US

In one of Dance Center Chicago's air-conditioned studios, a group of Zumba dancers bounce to the music. Brittany Walker leads the class, her energy coming off her in waves. As she dances, they dance, and as they dance, they sweat, build endurance, and shed pounds. Zumba combines aerobic exercise with a party atmosphere to make sure each new class is as interesting as the last. By the end of the one-hour session, it doesn't feel like you've done any work at all, though your muscles will be humming with new energy.

3868 N. Lincoln Ave., 2nd FL
Chicago,
IL
US

Kinetic energy reigns supreme at Creative Motion Chicago. Whether it’s the slow, deliberate movements unfolding in a Vinyasa yoga class or the rhythmic hip shaking in the Dance Diva class, movement is the marquee here. The passionate instructors, from certified yoga teachers to jazz dancers and former U.S.O. performers, lead the classes with zest and foster a strong community vibe within a positive studio environment. There are numerous yoga classes to choose from, including yoga basics and Vinyasa Glow, which takes place in a candle-lit studio where stress falls away like lemmings from a slippery cliff. A variety of fitness classes are offered, including barre, pilates, and piloxing, which promote muscle sculpting, core strengthening and toning. Ab-focused cardio and Zumba classes incorporate dance and fitness into fun, engaging classes that encourage slimmer waistlines and active feet. Creative Motion Chicago is located right off the brown line for an easy commute.

1922 W Montrose Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

The luminous hue of Get Fit, Now! Fitness Studio's lime green walls match the vivacious nature of its classes, many of which are built around music and dance, like Zumba, which incorporates Latin beats into the workout. The combination of groove and physical exertion helps Get Fit achieve its goal of making exercise a fun and engaging experience. The fitness studio welcomes adults aged 16 and up and seniors of all physicalities.

6810 West North Avenue
Chicago,
Illinois
US