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.
Inside Revolution-X, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Embracing the benefits of competition, the founders at Full Psycle wanted to be more than just another indoor spinning club?they wanted each of their members to leave with a sense of accomplishment at the end of class. So inside the low-lit studios, instructors urge participants onward during high-intensity sessions, but they can also keep track of each student on their bikes. This is done with the help of technology and via healthy competition. Large HD TV's are on display above the heads of the cyclists, and a program provides live updates of how much power students are churning out, RPM's they're achieving, and the amount of energy expended. Riders are encouraged to compete not only with one another but also with themselves, creating hugely impactful results, burning up to 800 calories in a single class, and shedding pounds after just a couple visits.