Yoga is unique in that it is the only medieval physical-fitness art that does not involve firing crossbows at a grendel. Bend and stretch sans bloodshed with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get a one-month unlimited full-access membership to Qi Athletic Clubs & Spin-Yoga Studios (a $120 value). This Groupon grants access to any of Qi’s five clubs: Qi City Park Gym, Qi Downtown, Qi Yoga Edgewater, Qi Lowry, and Qi Ryders.
Experienced instructors lead bodies through Qi’s spin- and yoga-infused fittening classes, each taught in a club replete with state-of-the-art equipment. A loft-like atmosphere with homey accents and colorful walls invite extended sweat sessions at the Qi City Park Athletic Club & Kinesis Studio location, where group classes are offered seven days a week. The QiCycle Yoga class combines indoor cycling with yoga and is offered in three levels. Depending on the level, classes run between 60 and 90 minutes. Alternatively, wheel in place on state-of-art cardio machines such as the Expresso stationary bike, which use video screens to display soothing virtual rides over beaches and through the bridge of an exploding starship.
Swing by Qi’s downtown location and take advantage of 9,500 square feet of space, plus a spin area and zen-like yoga studio, which hosts classes ranging from restorative to fusion seven days a week. Opt to hit the gym daily and stun acquaintances with a slim profile that stands out among friends’ Hitchcockian silhouettes. Unlimited classes allow experimentation with a variety of routines, including CrossFit and Kinesis training, to discover what burns fat most mercilessly.
The owners of Qi pool their experience to design innovative, unique exercise classes. Leading a staff of personal trainers and experienced instructors, the club maintains meditative training studios where yoga and cycling fuse in courses such as QiCycle-Yoga, and Qi Ryders, which uses RealRyder bikes.
The resulting roster of classes have earned Qi a second- and third-place spot on 5280's 2011 readers’ choice awards for Health Club/Gym and Yoga respectively. Such classes include Qi Yoga, a unique focus on core energy and muscular strength, and QiCycle-KORE, a cycling program blended with a bootcamp workout. The commitment to healthy living extends beyond the gym, with community programs, such as the free running club, a group that meets regularly to jog through City Park, Congress Park, and local Thanksgiving dinners.