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Beth Smeeton

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We know the amount of fitness studios in Chicago is enough to make your head spin! That’s why we’ve burpee’d, pedaled, and flowed our way to finding the very best.

No matter what your preferred workout style and goals, with all of these options, you’re guaranteed to find your new fit fam (along with the abs you ordered)! Some of the best of the best are broken down below, meaning there are no excuses to miss a workout in Chicago again. Ready, set, GO!

Barry's Bootcamp


The dark room. The red glow. The high-energy vibes — Barry’s Bootcamp will get. your. heart. pumping! This high-intensity workout moves you from strength training floor workouts to treadmill sprint intervals. Inspiring trainers at both Chicago outposts (River North and Lincoln Park) will push you through each fun-filled (yes, we said fun-filled) hour-long session, encouraging you to do your best. And since you can adjust your speed and weights depending on your fitness level, all are welcome.

F45 Training


This Aussie-based team training workout has 27(!) different classes to choose from! Meaning your workouts here will be anything but routine. Here, the F = functional and the 45 = the length of each session. Each class at their Lincoln Park spot (and now Evanston, too!) combines interval, cardio, and strength training by creating different stations of equipment, keeping you guessing and guaranteeing you’ll be blasting fat and building lean muscle in no time.

OYM was founded by badass Nike Master Trainer Emily Hutchins, whose philosophy is to train hard and train smart. The core of each class always comes back to functional movement, whether you’re a mother or highly-trained athlete. Between their West Loop and Bucktown studios, On Your Mark offers all different types of classes from running, cycling, strength training, mobility, and more!



When you break down an hour-long class into four 15-minute intervals, your workout will FLY BY — and that’s exactly what you can expect from Shred415. What else? Well, the lights will be low, and the energy is always high — it’s quite the experience. You’ll spend half the class is lifting weights on the floor and the other half kicking ass on the treadmills. And props to the intense instructors (training in Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Old Town, and the South Loop) counting and keeping everything straight! But don’t be scurrred — all activity levels are welcome!

The hammock-focused aerial yoga and fitness classes at AIR strengthen and lengthen your core by literally sweeping you off your feet. But don’t worry if you’re a beginner, they offer a special class to help you get a handle on all the moves (and you should take it). What’s the secret to this workout? While you are suspended in the air, you are working your abs, obliques, and back. It’s hard-CORE! (See what we did there?) Prepare for lift-off in River North, Lincoln Park, or the South Loop.


Yoga Studio

Yoga Squad (formerly called Yoga Six) offers a variety of classes that range in difficulty, and even though this is a chill yoga studio, you’ll definitely have some heavy-duty muscle soreness after one of their Yoga Sculpt classes! Each Lincoln Park, Gold Coast, and South Loop location is clean and beautiful, guaranteeing you’ll walk out feeling quite zen.

The fully-immersive cycling experience at CYCMODE comes complete with LARGE screens and unique bikes that move from side to side as you ride. Worried you won’t get the hang of it? Don’t be — instructors make sure you are comfortable before every ride. Walk in and leave your MODE on the wall with one of their catchy hashtags (from #GetFitMode to #BeastMode), or feel free to make up your own inspirational phrase and leave your mark at this South Loop spot.

River North’s Studio Three is a fitness junkie’s dream come true. Three floors are equipped with an Interval Studio, a Cycling Studio (the sound system is sick), and a Yoga Studio. And the Graze cafe in the lobby offers coffee, smoothies, sandwiches, acai bowls and more for some delicious post-workout fuel. Also, no need to worry about being late for work after a sweaty session, as there are plenty of bathrooms, towels, and showers to accommodate all three levels. Plus, with a brand new (and even bigger) studio coming to Lincoln Park, you may be able to get all the same perks even closer to home!



Walk into any of the Old Town, Southport, North Shore, or The Loop SoulCycle locations and you’ll find a clean, light atmosphere with empowering mantras on the walls. Then, proceed to immerse yourself in the dark room, the bumping music, candlelight, and inspiring words from your instructor as you conquer each ride. This is a tight-knit community (some say even a bit cultish) that’ll have you coming back for more sweat and more camaraderie!

Windy City Strength & Conditioning, home to Windy City CrossFit, is equipped with all the must-haves for the ultimate box: cool loft space stocked with boxes, kettlebells, rowers, gymnastic rings, and more. Plus, they offer multiple group classes as well as personal training, so you can get that one-on-one opportunity if you need a little extra instruction. Though, if you do go solo, we’d have to recommend still getting to know the fellow WODmates around their Lakeview gym — the community is amazing.

The Barre Code


Barre is so much more than ballet — take your pick from cardio, strength, and restorative classes when you hit up The Barre Code. You can find them all across the city (Gold Coast, Lakeview, Michigan Ave., and River North) where they offer all sorts of sweat-inducing classes. If you’re looking to really turn up the burn, try out one of their 95° strength-training sessions! Oh, and how could we forget? A class you need to schedule: Brawl — a mix of kickboxing and barre that will have your muscles screaming the next day.

TITLE Boxing Club


TITLE Boxing Club’s mission? To have you beat up a bag and relieve some stress while having the best hour of your day. Pretty cool. All levels are invited for this mind-body challenge and some even say it’s addictive. Each class is divided by warm-ups, active rest periods, three-minute rounds, and a core workout finisher. The amount of rounds depends on the length of class which ranges from 30, 45, 60, or 75 minutes. And with up to eight classes per day, seven days per week, at four different locations, you’ll be sure to look shredded in no time! FYI: lockers and gloves are provided (if you don’t have your own) and your first class at any of their four Chicago locations is free.

ENRGi describes their facility as a fitness playground, and by golly, they’re right! Battle ropes. TRX. Gladiator Walls. Head on over to this River North hot spot and you can choose your workout based on your fitness level. And recovery is a huge component to classes, too; definitely take advantage of the foam rolling, deep stretching, and yoga. Their mantra? Workout, recover, repeat — “fitness is a journey, not a destination”!

Quads is Chicago’s version of Venice Beach’s Gold’s Gym — a bodybuilder’s paradise. This Boystown outpost is no frills. No bells. No whistles. Just straight iron. Into power and Olympic lifting? They’ve got you. And don’t expect to see anyone walking around aimlessly and texting in between sets here — they’re serious about getting a good workout in. Oh, and did we mention they’re affordable, too?!

Crosstown Fitness


CTF Chicago caters to those with busy lifestyles! Offering over 150 weekly 50-minute sessions in the West Loop, Roscoe Village, and North Side locations, you no longer have no excuse to skip that workout. Whether you’re free in the morning, afternoon, or night there’s a time slot for you. Plus, each class varies depending on the instructor’s choice of powerful exercises and energetic music. And did we mention you can torch up to 1,200 cals per sweat session?! On top of that, the combination of interval, cardio, and strength training is designed to get that beloved ‘after-burn’ effect. Sign us up!

Been stuck in a rut? Plateau? Try out Hardpressed — where every class is geared to push you to that next level. Each 30-minute strength-training session is intense and efficient, guaranteeing to get your heart rate WAY UP! Trainers are focused on pushing you to your limit in order for you to get the most out of each class. Hardpressed also offers intimate conditioning classes with only eight spots each, ensuring you’ll receive that coveted one-on-one treatment. And with two conveniently-located gyms in River North and the Loop, this place could be a perfect fit for your lunch hour or morning workout!

Flywheel Sports


Whether you are competitive by nature or tend to keep to yourself, Flywheel is the cycling class for you. Both their Gold Coast and Old Town locations have electronic bikes that give you the option to throw your stats up on the big screen and compete with others, not just yourself. But if you prefer to keep things to yourself, performance stats are saved in the iPhone app for you to keep and track your progress over time. Gotta love technology! Need a little help justifying the cost? Shoes, towels, and water are included.

CorePower Yoga

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With 29 locations within the Chicagoland area, how can you miss a chance to flow with CPY? New to the scene? Try for a week free! CPY offers traditional yoga, a combination of strength + yoga, or cardio + yoga. The music is almost as hot as the class, no matter if you choose heated or unheated varieties. Oh, and there’s a retail boutique at each studio loaded with activewear so you’ll be sure to be stylin’ at every class.

The name says it all. Gold Coast’s Exhale will have you be doing just that profusely after one of their barre, cardio, or yoga classes. Because Exhale is a spa as well, sign up for a massage, facial, or mani after class! And if you’re interested in taking your health and fitness to the next level, Exhale offers experienced nutrition and wellness professionals who provide meal plans based on your lifestyle. Fitt Tip: in the summer months, Exhale offers rooftop classes in a unique location so you can start your mornings off with a view!

Calling all runners! This group treadmill studio is perfect for those wanting to take their runs to new heights! Each class combines tough hills, flats, sprints, and slower paces, all set to music beats that will make you forget the time — you won’t be counting down the minutes until it’s over. Fitt Tip: there’s private parking, so if you’re not planning on running to/from class, take advantage.

Pure Barre


For those looking to get a total-body workout out of their barre class, Pure Barre is your place. And with tons of locations scattered around the city, you’re never far from a muscle-shaking workout. Not familiar this whole barre thing? No worries! Pure Barre’s Foundations classes are a great way to learn the basics before you try one of their signature classes.


**Updated by Rachael Nass, September 2018