SCULPT w/ ADRIE FIT @ LATERAL FITNESS

Studio: Lateral Fitnesslateral instructor

Class Name: Sculpt

Address:  314 W Superior St, Lower Level

Location: River North

Sweaty Reviews Fitness Level: Intermediate-Beast Mode

Instructor: Adrie Fit

Reviewer: Lindsey

Class Review: If you need to rev up on your weight training, this is the class to come to! I am personally intimidated by the weight room at the gym and have been looking for a way to get in some heavy weight lifting. This class did just that. It is a total body toning class using free weights and resistance bands. We each had a set of heavy and medium weights and performed a series of exercises that hit every muscle group to exhaustion. I was literally shaking when I left the hour long class. It is also perfect for those who need a lower impact exercise class, but still want to burn some serious calories.

Instructor: Adrienne or “AdrieFit” as they call her at Lateral Fitness has been personal training since 1995 and teaching group fitness since 2006. She is super motivating and has you constantly moving. She will have you working until the very last minute of class. It also helps that she looks the part, she has guns for days!

Attire: Nothing special needed here. Just gym shoes and your game face.

Extras:  $33 for 3 classes for new clients or unlimited classes are $180 a month. They also offer a “lunch time” membership from 10am – 2pm Monday through Friday. This membership includes: full access to cardio, strength equipment, and full amenity showers. Email them for more details info@trainlateral.com !!

Would I recommend?:  Yes

Website: http://trainlateral.com/

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Boxing @ Title Boxing Club- West Loop

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Studio: Title Boxing Club

Class Name: Boxing

Address:  313 S. Peoria Street, Chicago IL

Location: West Loop

Sweaty Reviews Fitness Level: Intermediate-Beast Mode

Instructor: Chaly

Reviewer: Ariel

Class Review: 

If you are looking for a total body workout that will whip your butt into shape, Title Boxing could be your new true love. The website claims you can burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour and I believe it. The class is set up  in one big room with rows of bags hanging from the ceiling. Everyone gets their own bag.

Each hour long class is set up in the same format. It begins with a 15 minute warm up consisting of exercises like lunges, high knees and squats. Next is the 30 minutes of boxing made up of eight,  3-minute rounds of all different combinations (think: jab/cross/hook/hook etc.). The class finishes up with 15 minutes of core, much of which is done on the floor with a medicine ball.

Throughout the workout Chaly came around with pads so we could practice with a real person which I really enjoyed. I found this class to be difficult but extremely fun and I left feeling accomplished and like a bit of a bad ass. I have taken numerous boxing classes in the past but this one gave me the best overall work out by far. If you have never taken a boxing class before and you really want to learn, you may want to start with a private session or a beginner class elsewhere so you can be taught proper form.

Instructor: Chaly is an awesome instructor. He has a constant smile on his face and circles the room interacting with you which is definitely encouraging.

Attire: Normal workout clothes. This is a pretty no-frills class so don’t feel like you need to be decked in your finest fitness gear. Wear sneakers, although I did see one or two people boxing barefoot.

Extras: Your first two classes at Title Boxing Club are FREE. You will need to purchase $10 wraps which are worn underneath the gloves, but they are yours to keep. If it is your first time, arrive about 10 minutes early to get set up and have someone help you with your wraps.

Title Boxing Club has locations across the country including two in Chicago (West Loop and Lincoln Park). They offer boxing, kickboxing and private sessions. They are also on Class Pass!

Would I recommend?:  Yes

Website: http://chicago-westloop.titleboxingclub.com/

Go Row @ Go Cycle

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Studio: Go Cycle

Class Name: Go Row

Address:  525 w. North Ave, Chicago IL

Sweaty Reviews Fitness Level: All Levels

Instructor: Emmy Rigali

Reviewer: Ariel

Class Review: 

If you have ever used a rowing machine, you know it provides a full body workout. Go Row is an interval class that combines cardio and strength to work your body from head to toe.

The class began on the rowers with a warm up to get us acquainted with the machines and several rows of varying speeds and distances. Rowing seems like a breeze until you are going full force. After the first cardio block we moved to the floor to do a strength/core section which was one of the more challenging ab workouts I had done in a while. Then it was back onto the rower for a variety of distance and sprint intervals followed by an ab section performed on the rowers.

This class was a fun and refreshing workout. I left feeling exhausted and accomplished.

Instructor: Emmy is the owner of Go Cycle  and is one of those spark plug instructors that just gets you motivated. She watches your form and helps you get comfortable in your strides. She is also hilarious which makes the workout fly by.

Extras: The studio has a locker room and showers. The building is the home of Go Cycle, Go Row and Go Spa so you can take spin classes, row classes, and spa treatments all under one roof. Go Cycle and Go Row are on Class Pass and you can attend each 3 times.

Would I recommend?:  Yes

Website: http://gocyclestudio.com/go-row/

SHRED415 @ SOUTH LOOP (W/ BRITTANIE CHIN)

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Class: Arms and Abs

Location: South Loop

Sweaty Reviews Fitness Level: Advanced-Beastmode

Address: 1136 S Delano Ct e202, Chicago, IL 60605

Instructor: Brittanie Chin

Reviewer: Erica K

Class Review: There’s no doubt that Shred415 is one of the most challenging workouts you can do in this city. With 6 different studios, top-notch instructors and a huge following, this gym certainly kills it for high intensity interval training (HIIT). During Shred you combine four, 15 minute, interval sessions of running and weights for a high intensity/calorie burning 60-minute workout.

Each class is customized to target certain muscle groups. Today’s class was designed to target Arms and Abs. Intervals were standard (four alternating 15 minute sessions). Each floor session combined various exercises designed to target mostly upper body (shoulders, arms, chest) and abdominal muscles (i.e., reverse crunch on the step holding medium size dumbbell). The instructor also incorporated plyometric exercises such as, jump squats and burpees for added cardio. Floor moves were basic and easy to follow. As stated in previous reviews, the most challenging part of class is the transition between movements, as this is a fast-pace environment.

The treadmill sections in Shred consist of a combination of incline and speed word. The instructor will cue you to make adjustments based on your ending warm-up pace (mine ranges typically between 6.5 and 7.5 mph). Today the treadmill sections consisted of 2 minute speed pushes (increased from your ending warm-up pace) at 2%, 4% and 6% incline. If you’re not a runner don’t be intimidated. The goal of every Shred is to find your baseline and increase from there. You are even welcome to walk if needed.

Instructor Review: Brittanie has a very inspiring, up-beat and motivating energy. Aside from providing a rigorously challenging workout, she went above and beyond with helping us stay motivated throughout class. Brittanie reminded us to keep pushing every step of the way, shouting out comments like, “This is your workout, make it count!” I typically gravitate towards instructors like Brittanie that go the extra-mile.

Extras: Shred415 currently has 6 different studio locations (South Loop, Bucktown, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Northshore and Hinsdale). Classes are offered around the clock, but make sure you to book in advance because they fill up quickly! I personally love the South Loop location, because parking is easy and Lululemon is next door. There are locker rooms, towels and 1-2 showers in each studio. Select classes are offered on ClassPass.

Shred class pricing: $25 (drop-in), $145 (monthly new client), $205 (monthly), $195 (monthly auto pay). Better deals are offered if you’re shredding to get rid of your baby bump or for your wedding day.

Would I recommend: Yes! This is a great class for torching calories and shedding fat.

Website: http://www.shred415.com/south-loop-about.html

YOGA SCULPT W/ JEREMY @ COREPOWER YOGA STREETERVILLE

Studio: CorePower Yoga – Streeterville

Class: Yoga Sculpt (75 mins)Yoga Sculpt with Jeremy

Address: 277 E Ontario St.

SweatyReviews Fitness Level: Intermediate to Beastmode

Instructor: Jeremy

Reviewer: Lindsey

 

 Class Review: I have taken many yoga sculpt’s in the past, but it is always refreshing to get a new teachers take on the class. Jeremy’s class was more yoga based then other sculpt classes I have taken in the past which I appreciated (Some sculpt classes can turn into more of a boot camp). We started off with slower movements and then gradually worked in the weights and cardio portions. The flow of the class was easy to understand and the weights movements really maxed out my muscles.

I genuinely enjoyed the entire 75 minutes of the class; the heat wasn’t uncomfortably high and rest breaks were perfectly timed.

I walked out of class feeling rejuvenated and exhausted (my favorite combination).

Instructor Review: 60 mins vs. 75 mins actually makes a huge difference in a sculpt class. Jeremy made me feel very comfortable the entire time and was very aware of the room temperature and the overall endurance of group to keep moving or take a short pause. It didn’t feel like one of those classes that ‘never ends’. I loved his energy and the flow of the class; it was a great start to my Sunday!

Would I recommend? Yes

Extras: I would recommend bringing a towel and 1 or 2 water bottles (trust me, you will thank me!)

Bootcamp @ FitBody Bootcamp

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Janie in Action at FitBody

Studio: FitBody Bootcamp

Class: Boot camp

Location: Lincoln Park

Address: 1820 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Sweaty Reviews Fitness Level: Advanced

Instructor: Kyle Blust, Clarence Moore, Katie Martin

Reviewer: Janie

Class Review: I first started FitBody in July of last year. I was greeted by a friendly staff who immediately asked if I had any prior injuries to ensure they could create alternative workouts for me. From the very start of class, the workout was intense, challenging, and so much fun! I was instantly hooked on the faced-paced blend of cardio and strength training that flies by in 45 minutes.

I became a member shortly after and quickly saw results after adjusting my eating habits and sticking to this workout routine. I participated in the 6-week Biggest Loser Challenge and lost 8 pounds and 2 inches of my waist. It felt so great to feel a difference in not only my clothes but also my stamina. From jumping rope, lifting weights, side shuffles, to core training, this a sweat-drippng workout every single time. Since joining the FitBody Family, I always look forward to the different type of workouts, equipment we will be using for the day, and seeing friendly familiar faces that always push you to finish those last intense seconds.

Instructor Review: Kyle, Clarence and Katie are all so supportive and encouraging in their training methods, always stressing proper form to protect yourself from injuries. They know everyone that walks in by name, and if they don’t, they take the time to understand their strengths and weaknesses–this builds a relationship I haven’t seen at any other gym. You are also held accountable to the personal goals you strive for when you begin your journey: they will take down your weight and measurement at your discretion and follow your progress. Not only do they make us work, but they make each other work as well. I often see one of the instructors jumping into a class and it feels good working out right next to each other knowing they also endure the intensity and we are both rooting for each other.

Extras: FitBody is not only limited to the gym. This past Fourth of July we worked out in the park on a beautiful day- a great change of scenery! Next week I am also participating in a FitBody Beach Workout!

Would I recommend: Yes

Website: http://www.fitbodybootcamp.com/

Total Body @ Shred 415 Old Town

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Studio: Shred415

Class: Total Body

Location: Old Town

Address: 230 w. Division St, Chicago, IL 60605

Sweaty Reviews Fitness Level: Advanced-Beastmode

Instructor: Jacob Greathouse

Reviewer: Ariel

Class Review: If you have lived in Chicago for a bit, you have most likely heard of Shred 415. It is a workout that consists of four sets of (you guessed it!) 15 minutes, alternating between floor work and the treadmill.

This was my first class and I went in pretty nervous. I am in decent shape, but running is my weak spot, so a total of 30 minutes on the treadmill was very daunting to me. The class I signed up for was Total Body, so I knew the floor sections would give me a great overall burn.

The class format was not as rigid as I expected, in that it was not 15-15-15-15. I started on the floor. The floor station consists of a step and set of weights.  15 minutes of work-doing things like lunges, presses, and planks. Then we switched and the next set was 15 minutes on the treadmill. Jacob slowly built us up to a nice paced run which he referred to as our “base” pace. Then the intervals went up and down between sprinting, and jogging on an incline. Definitely no walking.

After the first 30 minutes the instructor split up the sections into intervals of 5 minutes back and forth between the station as opposed to a straight 15 minutes which I was happy about because another full 15 minutes on the treadmill would have been a lot for me mentally. Each floor section got more rigorous and the treadmill section got more intense. Overall I was EXHAUSTED after the class. NOTE TO FIRST TIMERS: go with a friend. Having Erica whisper words of encouragement to me in the mirror definitely helped me to carry on.

Instructor Review: Jacob was very energetic and made me feel comfortable going into class for the first time. I liked his selection in music and his class was definitely challenging.

Extras: Shred415 currently has 5 different studio locations (South Loop, Bucktown, Old Town, Lincoln Park and Northshore). Classes are offered around the clock, but make sure to book in advance because they fill up quickly!  There are locker rooms, towels and 1-2 showers in each studio. Select classes are offered on ClassPass.

Shred class pricing: $25 (drop-in), $145 (monthly new client), $205 (monthly), $195 (monthly auto pay). Better deals are offered if you’re shredding to get rid of your baby bump or for your wedding day.

Would I recommend: Yes. You need to try it at least once.

Website: http://www.shred415.com/old-town-location.html

Orange 60 @ Orange Theory Fitness Wicker Park

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Studio: Orange Theory Fitness

Class: Orange 60

Location: Wicker Park

Address: 1634 w. North Ave. Chicago, IL. 60622

SweatyReviews Fitness Level: Intermediate – Beast Mode

Instructor: James

Reviewer: Ariel

Class Review: Walking into Orange Theory I had no idea what I was in for. The website claims you can burn between 500-1000 calories a session so I knew it had to be intense but when I asked the girl at the front desk if I was going to die she smiled confidently at me and said “No, you are not going to die.” And so I proceeded to strap the heart rate monitor to my chest. You tell the studio your weight and wear the monitor so that that you can track your progress both on the screen and class to class.

The workout is filled with strength, cardio, and circuit training. If you have read any of my reviews before you know I am (as Lindsey calls me) “allergic to running.” Luckily the blocks of time in this class are only five minutes each.  The class began on the treadmill. You pick your “base pace,” a speed that you are comfortable at, and the intervals switch between your base, a push, and an all out sprint. If you really prefer not to run, the instructor also tells you inclines to switch to if you would like to take the treadmill portion at a speed walk.

The floor sessions combine all different moves such as presses, squats, lunges and a rowing machine. Each time on the floor contains a different set of exercises and you repeat the circuit as many times as you can in the allotted five minute block. The moves are shown on a screen as a reference so you can remember how many reps to do and what the move looks like.

At the end of the hour you are completely worked out and feel very accomplished. I love that you can track the amount of calories  you are burning on a screen and how hard you are working while doing it. If it is your first time, the instructor explains what the break down of the  different numbers mean at the end of the class. In my first workout I burned 671 calories!

Instructor Review: James is a great instructor. He is friendly and motivating and I always like when an instructor takes you through full stretch after a workout. He also keeps an eye on you to make sure your form is on point. At the end of the class he will thoroughly explain what the different stats are and what you should work on.

Extras: The gym is very clean and there are lockers to store your belongings. The gym will provide you with a heart monitor if you do not have your own. After each class your stats are emailed to you so that you can track your progress. More studios will be opening up soon!

I signed up for a month long membership at this gym so I will be writing up another post at the end of the month to report on the progress I made!

Would I recommend: Yes

Website: http://www.orangetheoryfitness.com/chicago

Glide/Core 45 @ Trainology

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Studio: Trainology Fitness

Class: Glide/Core 45

Location: River North

Address: 309 W Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL. 60654

SweatyReviews Fitness Level: Beginner-Advanced

Instructor: Michael Wollpert

Reviewer: Ariel

Class Review: I have always wanted to do a glide type class ever since seeing a Reebok Slide back in the day. So when I heard that there was a circuit class that combines glide and abs, I was in. If your unfamiliar with “glide,” basically you put cloth covers over your shoes and slide back and forth laterally on a slick board.

The class is split up into 10 minute intervals between core and glide. I began with core which was done on mats laid out on treadmills (don’t worry, the treadmill is off the whole time). The core section was great. I could really feel my abs working and the moves Michael had us doing were non traditional, so they were more fun to do.

My first glide section felt extremely awkward. I had never done it before, so I was a little off balance. But after a few minutes you get the hang of it. The moves alternate between normal gliding, gliding with a leg raise, and other variations. We also did “running man” which is kind of like mountain climbers but your feet stay on the board. As the glide sections went on  the moves got a bit more challenging and you incorporate a medicine ball for added weight. I definitely worked up a sweat and had a blast doing so.

Instructor Review: Michael is the owner. He was extremely helpful and friendly,  and really watches you to make sure you are doing things properly. He is also entertaining, so it makes the class more fun.

Extras: Trainology is on the 2nd floor above Amplified Pilates. They offer towels and have a small locker room. Your first class at Trainology is free. You can use a heart monitor to track your progress on a screen if you choose.

The classes at Trainology are designed to work together for a rounded fitness regimen that helps optimize progress and training. The studio offers classes that incorporate gliding, hiking, running, core and strength.

Would I recommend: Yes

Website: http://www.trainologychicago.com/

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Yoga Sculpt w/ Julie @ CorePower Yoga Streeterville

Studio: CorePower Yoga Streeterville

Class: Yoga Sculpt

Location: Streeterville

Sweaty Reviews Fitness Level: intermediate-Beastmode

Address: 227 e. Ontario St., Suite 202 Chicago, IL.

Instructor: Julie

Reviewer: Ariel

Class Review: I go to a sculpt class when I’m looking for three things: a detox, a full body workout, and a good stretch. This class is not for those adverse to sweating or pushing your body to the max. It is a mix between yoga fundamentals and bootcamp in a seriously heated room. The class begins like a normal CorePower class, with several flows to get your body warmed up, and then weights are incorporated into the moves.

Be prepared for a lot of squats, an upper body workout, a short cardio burst and then a section for abs.

This class was rigorous and I left pretty drenched. And also with a sense of accomplishment for completing it. It is definitely difficult but you are able to modify with lighter weights, or just ditch the weights all together.

Instructor Review: Julie is new to teaching sculpt but you would never have known. She blasted fun music and kept motivating  you the whole time.

Would I recommend: Absolutely. The first class may be really difficult if you’re not used to it, but you will learn to love it.

Extras: CorePower studios are literally everywhere and many of the classes are available through Class Pass. Your first week at Core is free, and so is your second if you buy a mat. Rental mats are purchased for $2 and towels for $1.

Websitehttp://www.corepoweryoga.com/yoga-studio/illinois/streeterville