It’s that time of year, when everywhere you turn, there’s a delicious treat waiting for you. Rather than limit yourself (it’s the holidays—treat yourself), balance out the noshing with some fun and effective exercise, like these workout classes you'll actually look forward to—even when pumpkin pie and sugar cookies are calling your name.
If you love workouts that push you to your limit, you’ll love Core Fusion Extreme. This High Intensity Interval Training class at Exhale Chicago consists of varied and intense exercises that include TRX bands, gliders, plyo boxes, and more. During class, you move through different stations with active recovery in between, ensuring there is not one wasted minute in this hour-long workout. 945 N. State St., 312-753-6500
Head to On Your Mark Coaching & Training, a personal training and small-group class center, for a workout that’ll get your blood flowing and muscles toned at a more relaxed pace. SRLY is all about stretch, roll, lengthen, and yoga; everything you need to know is right there in the name. Take the class at one of On The Mark’s two locations in the West Loop or Bucktown. 1101 W. Monroe, Ste. A, 312-733-9330; 1753 N. Damen, 773-292-9330
Fly through the air with the greatest of ease with this whimsical workout that combines ballet barre work, yoga, and Pilates—from a few feet above the ground. This program will tone muscles you didn’t even know you had, all while unleashing your inner Cirque du Soleil star. The studio has locations in River North and Lincoln Park, with a Streeterville spot coming soon. 676 N. Lasalle, 2nd Fl.; 2217 N. Clybourne Ave., 312-288-9614
If you want your workout to be so fun that you forget it’s a workout, head over to Bollywood Groove. Burn up to 700 calories while channeling your inner Bollywood star with fun dance movies and upbeat music. No prior dance experience necessary; just show up and be ready to shake off those cookies. 1890 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 1147 W. Jackson St., 312-772-6559
Not all exercise has to be in the form of squats, weights, and jumping jacks. Change it up with a Cardio Tennis class at Midtown Athletic Club, which has been a thriving tennis center for more than 40 years. Burn holiday calories while completing interval training that involves cardio drills, games, and of course, tennis. 2020 W. Fullerton, 773-235-2300