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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At Sobekick, a boutique boxing studio, wrapped-knuckle students wallop a partner’s punch pads, pummel punching bags, or high-kick invisible targets. Despite all of the aggression in the air, the atmosphere remains friendly as professional fighters and certified trainers help exercisers of all skill levels achieve their fitness goals. To do this, they use personal-training sessions, kickboxing routines, and "wildcard" workouts that could consist of hardcore cardio drills or sincere apologies to bruised punching bags. Sobekick slows things down with yoga classes and tones bodies with specialized classes designed to tighten abs and derrieres.
It's not unusual to walk into Normany Gym and find a DJ spinning soundtracks to fast-paced fitness classes. Seven days a week, groups gather to get their bodies in motion, sweat, and burn calories during dynamic workouts that integrate boxing moves and high-intensity training. Founded and led by Danny Hawk, a personal trainer, the team of fitness aficionados leads classes and works one-on-one with clients to help them bulk up with muscle, lose a couple pants sizes, or look more like Stretch Armstrong when he's reaching for stuff.
Tanning. Waxing. Facials. At Beach Beauty Health Spa, there's a pampering treatment for pretty much any beauty or skincare woe. Massage therapy treatments eviscerate stress with options such as hot-volcanic stones and Vichi showers that follow Dead Sea mud masks. And when it comes to hair, consider each stylist here your personal superhero. They're experts at rescuing damaged hair, even if it's not trapped somewhere with Two-Face. They also include a complimentary, soothing scalp massage with each shampoo.
As the AHL minor-league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Syracuse Crunch has primed players for the big league since 1994. They confront rivals from the Eastern Conference's East Division and beyond at The Oncenter War Memorial Arena, in front of 7,000 fans whose fiery passion for the team melts the ice beneath opposing players' feet.
Pilate on the Beach's certified instructors utilize diverse exercise techniques to help students improve their posture, increase flexibility, and simultaneously strengthen and lengthen muscles. Flex-bots can take advantage of Allegro reformer machines in an intimate reformer class, where a maximum of six students are guided through a one-hour total-body workout (a $30 value/class), or get fit in group mat classes that involve a variety of core-conditioning, prop-wielding poses performed on the floor (a $20 value/class). Ballet-inspired sweat sessions integrate barre work with Pilates, yoga, and traditional resistance exercises, and are designed to burn calories while whittling limbs into lean renderings of wolves (a $20 value/class).