Inside Revolution Spin, dedicated instructors guide spinners of all skill levels through more than 12 challenging 50- to 90-minute classes. Dedicated to ensuring each workout is interesting and effective, the instructors keep class sizes intimate with 20 Spinner NXT bikes and tailor the intensity of classes to each particular group of students.
The schedule starts off with beginners’ spin orientation, in which riders mount brand-new stationary bikes to learn the fundamentals of bike setup, pacing, and smack-talking unicyclists. The Gun Show classes incorporate upper-body weight training and a driving musical beat to drive students to burn more than 1,000 calories in 60 minutes, while Spin Bootcamp combines Advanced Interval Spin, weightlifting, body-weight plyometrics, and intense core work. Themed Interval classes allow students to pedal to ‘80s pop while donning festival sweatbands, and Hillacious classes challenge cyclists with a 60-minute climb.
For their Pilates program, Fit Stop Inc. coaches people at any and all fitness levels—even instructors. Whatever your fitness goals, the certified instructors here can create custom workout plans that employ either personal training or small, intimate group Pilates classes. The beginner Pilates classes introduce students to the traditional Pilates workout, and the intermediate and advanced Pilates reformer classes employ any combination of 100 exercises. For Pilates enthusiasts, there's the gym's Pilates teacher training program, which sets the stage for anyone to become an official instructor. It covers Pilates mechanics, instruction techniques, and how many apples per day it takes to keep doctors away.
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.
Choosing the name was easy; for Joyride Cycle Studio's owners, there's only one way to describe the exhilaration of pushing the mind and body to limits never before imagined on the seat of a bike. In addition to sharing their joy during classes designed to carve thighs and tone calves, the team aims to share it with the community, donating proceeds from classes to local charities. Since the studio's inception, they’ve raised over $20,000 in support of GLASA, breast cancer, AIDS, ALS research, and Lydia Home.
Riders perch atop state-of-the-art LeMond cycles equipped with Pilot computers that track their performance. All the while, a top-notch sound system cranks out tunes and lectures from famous stationary bikes.
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.
Even the fittest athletes can’t maintain their health on their own. Luckily, Chicago Recovery Room has their toned backs. Inside the welcoming space, clients take advantage of the top technologies in sports science and muscle therapy. Owner Liz Yerly nurtures health through ART, Graston technique, and trigger point dry needling. Electrical muscle stimulation preps runners for impending races, while the cooling burst of a full-submersion ice bath stems inflammation better than shin guards made from ice trays. Members can also schedule appointments for recovery services such as kinesiology taping, Sproing sessions, and video running analysis.