Local fitness experts share their (very) simple tips to keep your beach body in tip-top shape, even when you’re on vacation.
Robyn Rabicke of CorePower Yoga.
Summer in Chicago means cold brews and good eats, but when you're out on the town—or out of town on vacation—it’s easy to let your workout and diet routines go by the wayside. Here, trainers from the city’s most-loved studios divulge how they stay fit during the lazy days of summer.
Robyn Rabicke, CorePower Yoga
“Plan to get a workout in during the morning so nothing will interfere. Plus, it will make you feel great before an action-packed day or just relaxing poolside. When I am away and need extra motivation, I use trainings apps I have available straight from my phone, whether it is a yoga practice from YogaGlo like a power vinyasa flow, or a high-intensity training from the Nike Training Club app such as a cardio strength circuit.” 959 W. Webster St., 773-697-4426
Dani Knecht, Flywheel
“You can download a Tabata timer app and use it for a short yet effective interval workout without leaving your hotel room and sans equipment. Pair push-ups, squats, reverse lunges, and your abdominal exercise of choice for a 16-minute interval workout. Repeat each exercise eight times for an intense 20-second interval with 10-second recovery. Count your reps on your first set and strive to keep your reps consistent as you continue through the eight rounds of each exercise.” 710 N. State St., 312-624-8485
Catherine Aldana, AIR Aerial Fitness
“Before boarding any flight, I usually do a few stretches and yoga poses. Sometimes people look at me funny, but honestly I think everyone should be doing it more.” 2217 N. Clybourn Ave., 980-219-8425
Lina Belkin, Barre Bee Fit
“When traveling, keeping your workouts short, simple, and intense is a great way to get in a sweat session without taking much time away from enjoying your vacation. In addition, plan active activities while exploring your vacation locale to sneak in more work while having fun. When I travel, I rely on high-intensity interval training to help me get a quick and powerful workout in, and then I spend the rest of my time enjoying my vacation.” 435 N. LaSalle St., 312-595-1600
Jenn Hogg, Equinox
“Get a refrigerator in your room and hit up a local market upon arrival and stock it with raw vegetables, dark berries, and water. Also, pack some hunger-curbing, portable snacks such as nuts that you can take on sightseeing excursions. Having healthy options readily available to you will keep you from making impulse choices poolside or in the snack shop.” 1750 N. Clark St., 312-254-4000
Antonia DeSantis, Third Degree Fitness
“Commit to some form of activity every day of vacation. It can range from walking on the beach, to sightseeing on bikes, to throwing a ball around. Just move. You can even step it up by bringing resistance bands—they are easy to pack—to mix strength-training exercises with cardio bursts like jumping jacks and burpees first thing in the morning.” 648 N. Clark St., opening this summer
Bonnie Micheli and Tracy Roemer, Shred415
“Research restaurants that offer healthier menu options. If you’re in a coastal or tropical environment, seek out restaurants that source local produce, vegetables, and fish.” 230 W. Division St., 312-291-8722
Janet Jones, Creator of The Vixen Workout at Flirty Girl Fitness and Kareem Team Fitness
“When indulging—because what’s summer without a cocktail—I love the Blue Kitten by chef of spirits Louie Estrada with 2 ounces of blueberry vodka, 4 ounces of club soda, .05 ounces of lemon juice, .25 ounces of simple syrup or one pack of low-calorie sweetener, and garnish with blueberries. Flirty Girl Fitness, 2215 N. Halsted St., 312-666-2266; Kareem Team Fitness, 2116 W. Grand Ave., 312-492-0007
Michael Wollpert, Trainology
“Try body weight exercises like push-ups, sit-ups, planks, burpees, walking lunges, wall sits, and tricep dips off a chair. Grab your exercise tubing and you can add in several resistant training movements.” 309 W. Chicago Ave., 312-526-3268
Lois Miller, Fitness Formula Clubs
“My No. 1 nutritional advice would be to eat within 30 minutes of waking up whether it is 8 in the morning or 2 in the afternoon. If you have a day at the pool eating nachos and drinking margaritas, do not fool yourself into thinking that you can counteract that by not eating the next day. Eat a balanced breakfast that includes protein and good fat. Eggs, avocado, and almond butter are great go-tos.” 1030 N. Clark St., Suite 600, 312-944-1030