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.

1 ZUMBA at TEAMiFIT

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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