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Breaking up the cold weather monotony and starting on that journey to a better beach body this year, it might be best to get moving indoors. With the impending arrival of doable outdoor temperatures, many fitness hotspots are getting hip with attitudes about the chilly air and offering new creative indoor workouts to finish out winter. Here are four places getting creative so you sweat it out.
Rock climbing is one of the greatest, most challenging outdoor workouts. And while Chicago landscape and weather do not always provide the best climbing conditions, Fitness Formula Clubs (FFC) over in Old Town, has the perfect indoor solution – THELEDGE. Open to FFC members and non-members ($20 for a day pass), you can get in your cardio, tone muscles and take expert advice from Tom Petraitis, a Climbing Wall Manager. And the best part is that it's open 24 hours a day.
The ever-clean and very pro go-to fitness facility Equinox has just added a class that keeps your body guessing, one "stack" at a time, breaking up the monotony of your workout. Members and friends of guests (for $30) (no day passes) can use disk-shaped rubber sandbags and resistance tools to target the entire body in intervals of 30 seconds to 3 minutes. The class is called Stacked. You start with one exercise and then increase the number of exercises as you stack one move on top of another, creating a more challenging workout. Which is really kind of like a harder hokey pokey.
The Dailey Method in Lincoln Park, along with the original location in Bucktown has just announced a 60 Day Spring Challenge. For every class taken within a 60 day period, participants' names are entered into a raffle to win prizes each week including $200 to Quartino, hair cut and color at Salon Blonde, a $200 shopping party at Tangerine, BluePrint cleanses and gift cards to Toast and Grass Fed. Then if you attend more than 30 classes in two months, you're entered to win the big prizes from K.Amato jewelry, Lululemon and Thompson Hotels.
Also, if you're looking for a Dailey Method deal, the fitness spot is running a special on Gilt City right now: $275 for 30 classes, which would normally cost $480.
And because not everyone loves basketball, but has the competitive spirit to compete, Cycle stadium Flywheel Sports is hosting a March Madness-style contest. The FlyMadness competition starts this week and like March Madness, ends when all the other teams are beat mercilessly into a corner. Teams of two (right now theres about a dozen) are bracketed and compete for who can rack up the most combined mileage. No prizes have been announced, but the staff tells us they will be pretty good.
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