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Diets. Treadmills. Stress balls. Rapid, heavy breathing. That motorized belt-thing that shakes your torso all crazy. You’ve tried everything to get into a fitness routine to stay in shape, but after a while, you always start to slip up. You’re normal! The human gene tends towards laziness, as evidenced by the shocking evolutionary development of a fifth, couch-shaped limb growing out of the backs of many American newborns. For humans to commit to regular exercise, we require motivational leaders with carrots and sticks (and occasionally, carrot sticks) to turn our laziness into dedication, as well as a community of people to suffer through this process with us.
With today’s ridiculously flexible Groupon to TEAMiFIT, $45 gets you unlimited access to outdoor classes for the rest of the summer (until 9/20/09) and you also get any 12 indoor classes beginning in the fall (begins 9/21/09)—all for just $45 ($175 value). TEAMiFIT’s indoor and outdoor classes run the gamut from bootcamps, to dance classes, to yoga, and more. For a full list of classes, check out TEAMiFIT’s class descriptions. Here are just a few of the fun fitness options:
- Variety Bootcamp: Designed to accommodate both beginners and fitness gurus alike, this workout is full of variety to keep you interested and modifications to challenge every level.
- TurboKICK: You’ll have fun in your corner with this dance-based kickboxing workout designed to make you sweat and pull no punches.
- Zumba: Shape, sweat, and groove to the intoxicating Latin rhythms of this class, which fuses fitness training with Latin dance.
- FitnessApe® Ape-Escape Labyrinth: Currently under construction, this massive indoor obstacle course will feature a rotating cast of licensed, non-endangered apes (some friends, some foes) to chase and aid participants through an endurance maze of physical challenges. Can you best their fangs and riddles? (Estimated Grand Opening Date of September 17, 2010 is unfortunately after this Groupon expires.)
TEAMiFIT’s friendly instructors will offer modifications to each exercise so that you can adapt to push yourself beyond the thresholds of human endurance—or well within them. Indoor classes are held at TEAMiFIT’s studio at 676 N. LaSalle, and outdoor classes are held in Lincoln Park, Lakeshore East, and the Loop. Check out their indoor and outdoor schedules for times and locations.
People all over Chicago are joining the team. The Examiner recommends TEAMiFit for invigorating a dull workout routine, and Yelpers give TEAMiFIT an invigorating five stars: > * Lastly, after a long Chicago winter of schlepping through indoor workouts, I suggest getting outside. Run, bike, and explore Chicago. For the best of both worlds, try Team iFIT, which offers group training at an affordable rate in multiple locations… – Haley Stone, The Examiner > * …my girlfriend signed us both up for a Groupon trial period. But after a month, I…decided to sign up for the summer! I was really suprised to see a good mix of both guys and girls… – Luke K., Yelp > * I’ve never been one for group workouts, but this has been awesome. The people who go to the classes are encouraging and keep me on my toes! – Meghan P., Yelp > * Liked the variety of locations and class types available… All the instructors were great! Motivating, challenging and professional! – Ginny D., Yelp
Indoor or Outdoor?
The expert trainers at TEAMiFIT offer both indoor and outdoor activities for the modern endorphin junkie, but some outdoor sports offer indoor variations, and vice-versa. Here are only a few examples of sports that made the indoor/outdoor transition.
* Arena Football
* Street Basketball
* Bog Hockey
* Bear Fencing
* Non-Lawn Darts
The certified and licensed instructors at ENRGi Fitness motivate fit-seekers, from newbies to seasoned athletes, during workout and recovery classes each week. The instructors lead a variety of conditioning and strength-building classes, metabolic-based exercises, and restorative sessions, accommodating patrons of all experience levels with modifications and large doses of positive reinforcement. After making use of the multi-room workout center, guests can stimulate increased muscle recovery with compression technology in the recover room, truly living up to the ENRGi Fitness to "work out, recover, and repeat." The award-wining studio has even been honored by an array of esteemed media outlets like TimeOut Chicago and NBC 5.