Ashley Pettit, a certified nutritionist and physical fitness expert based in Chicago, dishes on the hottest workout spots around town.
Flywheel Gold Coast: 710 N. State St., flywheelsports.com
"Never coast..." Flywheel Sport’s catchphrase is absolutely right. You use every second of every high-energy song and your legs never pause! Try this version of spin for 45 minutes of some serious calorie burn and a surprising set of arm toning with weight bars on either side of your bike. My personal fave instructors at the Gold Coast location include: Donna C. and Michael W. They also have a location in Highland Park.
Shred 415: 2156 N. Clybourn or 230 W. Division St., www.shred415.com
Shred is exactly what you will do to your body in this high intensity interval class led by motivational trainers. You will target every muscle and certainly earn yourself some extra calories after this sweat-inducing 60-minute class.
Core Power Yoga Sculpt Class: for locations, go to http://www.corepoweryoga.com/
I prefer the Bucktown location, but there are so many in Chicago-you choose! The schedules have a multitude of class times available and the sculpt class is a fantastic change from your normal yoga class because they add weights to a heated classroom and take your metabolism burn to the next level. Spend an hour in this class and you will be sure to wake up sore the next day!
Ashley Pettit Living: 401 W. Ontario St., 4th Floor, www.ashleypettitliving.com
Join this small group, hour-long interval training class meant to work with people on improving their body’s overall tone and challenging their cardiovascular system by mixing 60-120 seconds of cardio blasts in between strength-training moves. This is a class meant for weight loss!
Becoming a member of this membership-based club also gets you motivational emails, weight-loss tips, outside-of-class workout prescriptions, and tons of nutrition information personalized to your health needs.
The Trainer's Gym: 401 W. Ontario St., 4th Floor
This is a special kind of gym that houses over 70 of the most elite personal trainers in Chicago and focuses on giving them a large space to run their individual businesses. Looking for a trainer that will suit your needs? Check out their website www.thetrainersgym.com with a personalized filter system so you can identify who would be best for you! Trainers also work with all sorts of budgets and goals.
Superior Pilates: 405 W. Superior St., http://superiorpilates.net/
If you want high quality Pilates instruction, this is the place for you. The private River North studio has the highest quality equipment you can have in the industry and extremely educated instructors to give you the best results. Increase strength, elongate the spine, and improve flexibility, core strength, and balance.
About Ashley Pettit
Ashley has a fitness and health blog located at ashleypettitliving.com where she shares health tips, recipes, and D.I.Y Work-Outs with her readers. She has been featured on such television programs including Fox's Good Day Chicago, CBS' Morning Show, WCIU's You & Me This Morning.