While going for a jog outside can be a nice way to break a sweat, a gym provides variety, encouragement, expert advice and effective training methods. However, not all gyms are created equal, and it can be tough to find the right one. Luckily, we’ve done the hard part for you and found the five best gyms in Chicago:
Our West Loop gym offers personal training with certified trainers, weekly group fitness classes, stand-up paddle boarding on the beach and specialized fitness packages for brides and moms-to-be. Every single class is different, ensuring that you’ll never get bored with your fitness routine. Trainers create custom, upbeat playlists that will give you the push you need to be at your best.
At CrossTown, we also know that nutrition is just as important as sweating it out in the gym. Before or after one of our high intensity interval training group classes or a personal training session, stop by the on-site cafe where you can pick up a healthy pre- or post-workout snack or smoothie for that extra workout boost.
Always wanted to try cycling? Head over to Flywheel where you can workout on a custom engineered bike that allows you to personalize your fitness experience. You’re the one who controls the resistance levels on your bike so you can ride as hard and fast as you would like. During the class, the instructor will take you through climbs and descents to give you a one-of-a-kind total body workout. Music is a huge part of the classes as well, and each playlist is carefully created by their own in-house DJ to appropriately match the intensity of the workout.
If you’re fueled by competition, you can choose to take part in the studio Torqboards, which displays your performance, like resistance and speed so you can see how you rank among everyone else.
The Barre Code
This fitness studio for women focuses on total body workouts that build muscle and endurance through heavy repetition and isometric holds. One of the best things about The Barre Code is the variety it offers. Get your cardio in with a fast-paced dance-inspired workout or opt for high intensity interval training, kickboxing or plyometrics. No matter the class you choose, you can expect to get in a great workout that boosts your endurance and tones your muscles.
If you feel you work better working one-on-one with a personal trainer, I recommend you try out Hard Pressed. This Chicago gym offers high-intensity 30-minute sessions with NCAA strength coaches who fit a whole lot into those 30 minutes. The workouts are designed to give you the results you’re looking for in a short amount of time, which is perfect if you have a hectic schedule. From bodyweight exercises to free weights and state-of-the-art machines, you’ll be walking out of the gym stronger than you were when you came in.
Much like CrossTown, this Chicago gym combines cardio and weight training to help you shred fat fast. In just 60 minutes, you’ll be taken through a high-intensity interval workout that will boost endurance and increase muscle mass. Treadmills are a big part of the classes, so if you love to run or you’re looking to become a better runner, Shred415 is a great place to be. The workouts can easily be modified, as you choose your own weights and set your own pace on the treadmill, making this perfect for beginners and veterans alike.
If you’d like more information on any of these Chicago gyms, we’re happy to answer any questions you might have to get you started on your fitness journey.