The Best Places to Workout in Chicago

Chicago Workout

Chicago is filled with countless fitness studios for every type of workout. We highlighted a few of our favorite spots to lunge, petal, and burpee, and also locations for outdoor workouts. No matter what your preferred workout maybe, with the all these top places to workout in Chicago, you are guaranteed to sweat off the weekend. 

Barry’s Bootcamp

The high-intensity workout will drive you to burn up to 1,000 calories in 50-60 minutes. You move from strength training floor exercises to treadmill sprint intervals. The trainers will inspire you and push you to finish your full workout. All are welcome in the River North and Lincoln Park location and don’t worry, you can adjust the speed and weight of your workout

Shred415

Ready for more intervals? Shred415 breaks down an hour-long class into four 15 minute intervals. The high energy experience is met with upbeat instructors that motivate you throughout the workout. The 15 intervals break down lifting weights and running on treadmills. Stop in to one of their 7 locations including Old Town, Wicker Park, South Loop, and Lincoln Park.

Pure Barre

Pure Barre is a collection of 45-50 minute total body workouts. The thoughtful series of low impact, precise movements are designed so you see and feel the results. Your muscles will shake, but you will get stronger with each class. These routines will use the ballet barre or other light equipment. Before you know it, you will have long and lean muscle tone without the bulk. There are 10 locations in the city, so finding a class near you should be easy!

SoulCycle

This class will motivate you to ride a bike like you never have before. Old Town, Southport, Northshore, and the Loop all have SoulCycle locations that will welcome you in. The bumping music, candlelit class, and upbeat instructor will push you through your ride. Reserve a bike and see for yourself!

TITLE Boxing Club

Relieve some stress while punching and kicking your way through TITLE Boxing’s workout. This total body workout keeps you active for 30, 45, 60, or 75-minute classes. Your instructor will walk you through warm-ups, active three-minute rounds, and a core workout to finish the class. Check out one of their 4 Chicago locations. 

Outside Workouts in Chicago

Looking for things outside of a gym or class? Here are some top locations to create your own workout by running, swimming, or pedaling on your own.

North Avenue Beach has sand volleyball courts available for rent. Each rental receives a ball and net. Try to get there early because courts fill up quickly in the summer.

You can also rent paddleboards at North Avenue Beach and sail through the lake. This is a great core workout while still being able to jump in the water and swim.

Outdoor Yoga is held at various locations throughout the city in the summer. A quick Google search will display the next spot to layout and stretch.

If you’re looking for a kayaking adventure, check out Wateriders to sign up for a tour or row on your own. 

Check out the tennis courts along the lake and spread through various parks in Chicago. Here are a couple of our favorite locations: Ashe Beach Park, Loyola Park, Lincoln Park Waveland Courts, and even right across Lake Shore Drive in Maggie Daley Park or Lake Shore Park. Practice or play while still being close to the beach or downtown Chicago. 

Swimming in Lake Michigan is also a serious sport. Olive Park Beach (aka Ohio Street Beach), 12th Street Beach, and 57th Street Beach all offer ideal training spaces for athletes to swim freely. The 57th Street Beach also provides an area for deep-water swimming near Promontory Point. 

The Lakefront bike path runs 18-miles for social recreation. Casual and serious bikers take to the path at all times of the day.

Chicago has many options for residents to exercise in gyms, classes, or the great outdoors. 

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