Work up a Sweat at These 3 Must-Try Fitness Destinations

By Heidi Mitchell | May 21, 2018 | Lifestyle

With swimsuit weather well on its way, a crop of new wellness studios are raising their games with an intriguing mashup of disciplines. Some cryotherapy with your cycling, perhaps?


Crosstown Fitness (photo by Jules Kennedy Photography)

“We felt there was a need for one studio to have multiple disciplines and do them all well,” says SALT co-founder (and former Bulls cheerleader) Tami Conway. Along with barre, cycle and FIT (foundational interval training, their version of HIIT), SALT offers stretch classes and the extremely popular 30-30: 30 minutes of nightclub-style cycling on Stages Bikes, then 30 minutes of arms, abs and stretch. “You are getting cardio and strength,” she says. “Our riders are strong.” Afterward, everyone hangs in the lounge to post buff Instagrams over the free Wi-Fi. Classes $28, seven-packs $107, 1714 N. Damen, 773.904.8913

Something for everyone is the mantra at CTF’s three locations, especially the newly opened Roscoe Village studio. You might have to join the wait-list for excursion runs on the lake (leaving from the Lakeview location); meanwhile, sign up for a 50-minute Total Body HIIT class, which takes full advantage of the five Rogue Racks and Assault AirBikes. After, check into the Recovery Room, where two sets of compression boots await sore legs and a Cryochamber promises superfast cell recovery. Classes $30, memberships from $175 per month, 3406 N. Lincoln Ave., 773.661.6953


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Photo courtesy of John Hall Studios

Former pharma doc John Hall switched from the pill biz to fulltime personal training in ’98; now he’s expanding his West Loop space to serve more of the city’s athletes and high-profile denizens seeking a holistic approach to fitness. Hall sees his 40 or so clients in groups of four or solo but trains them individually. Expect positive affirmations sprinkled in with blasts of cardio, weight training and delicious postworkout “regeneration” (massage, stretching, etc.). “We’re more about healing what is on the inside— the results come out naturally,” says the preternaturally young 53-year-old. Eight-session packs from $475, solo sessions from $250, 310 S. Racine Ave., 8th Floor, 312.421.6640

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