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.
The luminous hue of Get Fit, Now! Fitness Studio's magenta and lemon-yellow walls matches the vivacious nature of its classes, many of which are built around music and dance. Students work out to Latin beats during Zumba sessions and execute aggressive legwork in Piloxing—proven to improve circulation and strength 10 times greater than cardio beatboxing. This 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 and seniors of all physicalities, as well as kids aged 8–16.
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.
Inspired by her own successful weight loss from calorie-burning Zumba classes, Marianne Rios-Valdivieso opened Mari’s Zumba Fitness. Today, Mari leads classes at two locations and hosts Zumba home parties, teaching quick-footed dance steps set to a soundtrack of pumping Latin tunes. During the energetic sessions, her students tone limbs and core muscles while training for upcoming dance-battles.
Though the women at Corporate Pole mean business, they can't dress in business clothing. Slacks and blazers would just restrict them from demonstrating acrobatic twirls and inversions on the pole. They teach these techniques and more to female students during beginner, intermediate, and advanced pole-dancing classes, while emphasizing the importance of camaraderie and self-confidence.
These values are also stressed during yoga lessons, during which students can hone their flexibility and Piloxing classes that combine Pilates stretches with boxing jabs. Other classes include Zumba and belly-dancing classes where students can learn how to move their hips quickly while keeping their navels firmly in place.
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. Introductory ballet classes and sessions for kids 4 and older pass on basic techniques, and students in private sessions hone pointe work and chat with distinguished visiting tutus.