Embracing the benefits of competition, the founders at Full Psycle wanted to be more than just another indoor cycling 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.
Location: Old Town, between the Sedgewick brown line and North/Clybourn red line stops
Class selection: Indoor cycling, TRX, yoga, weightlifting, and rowing
Find the right time: classes are scheduled 7 days a week, throughout the morning and evening
What a commitment: classes range from 45 to 60 minutes long
Accommodations: locker room with showers and towel service
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.
Chris Kegel started at Wheel & Sprocket in 1973, two weeks after the bike shop opened. Back then, he was a bike mechanic, but over the past four decades, as the bike shop grew to multiple locations, Chris worked his way up. Today, he's Wheel & Sprocket's CEO, and keeps the company true to its founding goal: making bike rides more fun.
Wheel & Sprocket does that not only by selling bikes in more than 18 categories, but also by taking care of them. Its mechanics can repair any bike they sell, and they also offer comfort-enhancing bike fittings. Every week, they also highlight cycling's social aspect by hosting group bike rides, which unlike the name implies, doesn't involve everyone piling onto one bicycle.
While indoor cycling is the core of ECycle, it's not the entire apple. It's paired with a range of other exercises—the Elation class follows a 40-minute ride with 20 minutes of yoga, while the Effort class challenges riders to use free weights while they ride. This diversity of activity keeps students on their toes, as do custom goals (designed by motivational instructors) that evolve alongside their abilities.
The facilities offered at Xsport Fitness in Niles are designed to help you work out in the best way possible.
If you've worked up an appetite, no worries! This gym also has a fabulous restaurant.
Unlock your hidden strength when trying cross fit.
Personal trainers are also available to work with those who prefer an individualized work out regimen.
These kickboxing classes allow you to build endurance and learn basic kickboxing moves.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.