The purveyors of Oasis wanted to create a space where women could work out together in a pressure-free and rewarding environment. By outfitting the health club with rowers, step mills, and ellipticals, as well as a daycare, spacious locker rooms, and an infrared sauna, they brought that space to fruition. They also stocked it with a team of fitness experts, many with degrees and certifications in the field. That crew fosters a positive attitude while leading classes such as Pilates and Zumba, or personal-training sessions that can prep members for long-distance runs away from donuts. Events such as boot camps and self-defense courses are designed specifically with women in mind, while their nutrition programs round out plans for total fitness.
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.
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.
A herd of cyclists climbs hills, zooms over flat terrain, and even jumps over unforeseen obstacles—all of which happens without anyone moving a single inch. Pure Indoor Cycling Studio and its instructors devote themselves entirely to indoor-cycling classes. The workout programs last up to 1 hour and 45 minutes each, with seven programs total. During each session, high-paced music fills the exercise studio as groups pedal towards toned hamstrings, quads, and core muscles. The cycles themselves, meanwhile, allow for easy adjustment of gears and don't require saddles, accommodating students at all fitness levels.
Cycling, swimming, and running form the three legs of every triathlon. Those same activities are the focus at Tri Right Coaching, which offers comprehensive training for everyone from casual enthusiasts to competitive athletes. Founded by MJ Gasik?a coach with experience competing in more than 100 triathlons, including Ironman events at the international level?Tri Right Coaching designs individualized training regimens intended to improve technique and form, based on each participant's experience and goals. Swim analyses help develop more efficient strokes that generate greater power; and cycling instruction can cover the fundamentals of everything from pacelining and group etiquette to changing flat tires.
As instructors at Real Ryder Revolution—or R3—like to say, “We don’t spin, we ride.” They make that statement a reality by creating the closest experience to hitting the open roadways possible within a studio environment. Their facility houses 24 RealRyder cycles that add the side-to-side movements of a real-world riding experience to a stationary bike. From a small, raised platform, instructors pedal, turn, lean, and steer their way through a 45-minute workout set to adrenaline-pumping music to push students past their individual comfort zones. Routines focus on building a mind-to-muscle connection as riders strengthen their will to keep going even after they’ve realized that the german shepherd stopped chasing them. For a post-workout cleansing or a quick wardrobe change before work, R3 houses showers and changing rooms for its guests.