5 Intense Workouts That Ensure You Won't Gain Extra Holiday Weight
By Emma Sarran Webster| December 8, 2015 |
Half the fun of the holidays is indulging in all of the cheese platters, sugar cookies, and gingerbread houses your heart desires. But the festive feasting can certainly take its toll—especially on your waist line. Burn some of those calories with these five intense workouts at Chicago fitness studios.
This HIIT (high intensity interval training) gym just opened its second location, offering more than 80 small-group fitness classes each week. Undo the damage from your holiday party in total-body training sessions that utilize everything from sand bags to kettlebells to rowing machines. Bonus: The 3,000-square-foot facility includes an indoor/outdoor café for a rewarding smoothie after a tough workout. 3600 N. Halsted St., 312-550-9923
This new boutique fitness studio combines three disciplines in one place: interval training, yoga, and Peloton indoor cycling (it's only the second gym in the country to offer the live-streaming, on-demand spin classes). Each floor of the 16,000-square-foot space is dedicated to its own discipline and is designed specifically for that workout. Both the HIIT and cycling studios feature concert lighting and sound systems, while the yoga studio boasts large windows and exposed brick walls for a relaxing vibe. Tip: Hit up the cold-pressed juice bar and activewear retail area on your way out. 648 N. Clark St., 312-944-3333
Fight for your health (literally) at UFC Gym, an extension of the Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts brand. The gym offers group fitness classes and private MMA training—all developed by elite UFC athletes. Stick with “functional fitness” classes, like Kickboxing Conditioning, or take a stab at true MMA with classes like Boxing Skills & Techniques and Striking. Multiple locations
Head to one of Orangetheory’s five Chicago locations for a 60-minute workout that will cancel out any holiday eating damage. The group classes are made up of three components: treadmill interval training blocks, indoor rowing, and resistance training blocks. The sessions are designed to get your heart rate pumping and result in a workout “afterburn” effect, keeping your metabolic rate up for 24 to 36 hours after the class. Keep track of your levels by wearing a heart-rate monitor and checking your status on the screens around the room. Multiple locations
SoulCycle has certainly made a splash with its two Chicago studios that opened this year in Old Town and the Loop. Worried about securing a bike as it gains more fans? Good news: The spinning studio—popular with fitness fiends and celebs alike—is expanding. SoulCycle will open a third Windy City studio at the end of January in Lakeview—perfect timing for those who may need a bit of a boost with their New Year’s resolutions. Multiple locations