Lose the Spare Tire: The Top 5 Workouts in Chicago

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If you’re one of the 60% of Americans who vowed to shed the holiday pounds as your New Year’s Resolution, we’re here to help keep it interesting. There’s always the standard workout- running, elliptical machine, free weights, rinse and repeat, but that’s how exercise becomes a chore. These new programs keep your 2011 workout spicy, interesting and have the staying power to ensure your athletic ADD doesn’t hold you back from achieving your goals.


The workout trend of the year, this sassy workout promises a “flavalicious dance party that lights your feet on fire and keeps those muscles working.” ZUMBA fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a dynamic class.

676 N. LaSalle St. Suite 100. 312.204.7333. http://www.teamifit.com/

2 RowFit Indoor Rowing

These group indoor rowing classes push your endurance to the extreme. Promising a "rowing high," the coaches empower everyone, regardless of skill level or experience.

1064 N. Milwaukee. 773.351.9834. http://www.rowfitchicago.com/

3 Executive Boxing

There is no better stress relief than punching a bag. Boxing cultivates the physical and mental strength of a healthy and athletic mind and body. Firm, tone and learn head to toe endurance.

412 S. Wells, 7th Floor. 312.880.0130. http://www.exboxing.com

4 The Bar Method™

The Bar Method™ workout creates a uniquely lean, firm, sculpted body by combining the muscle-shaping principles of isometrics, the body-elongating practice of dance conditioning, the science of physical therapy and the intense pace of interval training into a powerful exercise format that quickly and safely reshapes and elongates muscles.

3144 N. Sheffield Ave.  773.935.2150. http://www.barmethod.com/chicago/index.html

5 Cardio Soca

You know Flirty Girl for their pole dancing and strip teases, but have you heard of Soca?  This high-energy, innovative class  incorporates Afro- Caribbean dance moves to get your heart rate up as they transport you from the chill of the north to the sunny south.

1325 W. Randolph. 312.666.2266. http://chicago.flirtygirlfitness.com

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