Experienced dance instructors with national and international credits showcase graceful moves beneath the soaring alabaster-hued ceilings of MaZi Dance Fitness Centre. High-intensity cardio classes with clever names including Ballerina Fight Club combine ballet movements with boxing jabs to strengthen muscles by avoiding the repetitive motions of free weights and rides on the handlebars of stationary bikes. Soft candlelight flickers across the studio, and patrons of all levels release tension before the shimmering cubist sweep of the Chicago skyline.
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.
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.
Students should bring: A yoga mat, water bottle, and towel
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: 2 hour free parking
Pro Tip: Classes at Navy Pier are first come first serve. Plan accordingly.
Different people want to get in shape for different reasons, and they go about it in many different ways. Fortunately, Fitness Formula Clubs' trainers understand this. They start every new member at their gym with four complimentary personal-training sessions that not only help hammer down each individual's goals, but also provide a solid foundation of knowledge and motivation. From there, equipment and guidance help each client reach whatever heights they're after.
Programs that focus on endurance in running, swimming, and cycling pair with Pilates work and basketball courts to develop well-rounded regimens. There's also classic equipment?cardio machines and free weights?offsetting a selection of less-than-traditional equipment?an artificial rock wall which lets clients build upper-body strength while practicing lines for their Cliffhanger: The Musical audition.
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.
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.