Wow, so I’m sure you’ve noticed dear reader, we’ve been MIA, hibernating for the winter, or on a covert mission abroad (choose your own conspiracy theory). Nah, life just caught up to us. Monica is in grad school and Kate’s … Continue reading
You may feel like your current them song is: “It’s getting cold out there, so put on winter clothes.” Brr it feels to early for Chicago to be so chill! You may wanna hibernate through March but thawing out with exercise can bust winter blues and strengthen your immune system. Annnd you don’t need to wait for all the Jan 1st resolution peeps to clog up the gym.
Throughout the next few weeks, we are going to share some of our favorite workouts from 2016 to get your 2017 to start strong.
Do you suffer from repetative routine syndrome?
Studio Three can cure your boredom with some spicy variety. Studio Three‘s tri-level fitness mixes up your workout mojo with a cutting-edge Peloton® indoor cycling, interval training and yoga studio. You can double it, ensuring you get that stretch after a tense strength sesh.
So what is Studio Three really like?
Well, first you can check out our initial visit here. This go ’round, we branched out of our yoga pose zone and tried Studio Three’s Athletic Yoga with instructor, Sui Wen. This 60 minute hot yoga class kept it’s promise of being athletic. It felt like a mix of ballet inspired graceful moves blended with serious body weight sets intersperced with balance challenges. Seriously, we have not tried anything like it before. We wouldn’t recommend this class for students just starting yoga but…if you’ve been around the mat a couple of times, this class will summon your inner and outer strength.
What else is offered?
After your class, you can refuel with Studio Three’s full service cafe with smoothies, juices, cold brew coffee to cool the sweat. The cafe offers free wifi too so you can catch up on on the newest fit articles while you soak up all your hard work.
Looking to commit to a healthier lifestyle too?
Studio Three is kicking off a brand new nutrition 101 program. From Jan 15-April 30, you’ll get an initial assessment, bi-monthly meetings with Precision Nutrition Coach, Dustin Hogue, live cooking demos, custom food lists and recipes. This is something we’d love as most “programs” command what you can and can’t eat without considering diverse eating styles like veggie eaters or gluten free lifestyles. Call the studio for more info and pricing!
Pick up your first class for only $13 bucks and work that snow bunny body with some sweet yoga, cycling or interval heat. Have you tried Studio Three? Tell us what you think in the comments!
*We were offered one free class at Studio Three in exchange for an honest review.*
Wanna feel the flow this weekend and get your balance back? Whether you’re beauty or a beast when you workout, you’ll love Beast + Balance‘s pop up combo strength training and yoga classes. Top off your kick a@^ experience with a smattering of sexy services at the post flow market or bop on to brunch at Siena Tavern. Wanna sleep in tomorrow? Try the afternoon flow after you bite.
Come get sweaty and wild with us tomorrow for “fitness, feasts and facials” with Beast + Balance!
When: October 15th 2016, 10-12 p.m. or 1-3 p.m.
Where: 444 N Wabash Ave, Chicago
What: Get it that yoga practice crackin’ with a cool community. Mingle it up at the market with these bangin’ local brands:
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Wake up, stretch, coffee, negative news, work, home, repeat…snooooze. Break up with boring and start the day on a positive vibe! Imagine stretching with 100 other people in a group sun salutation. Picture sipping fresh iced coffee from some of the hottest spots in your city. Dream of dancing on a rooftop to energy pulsing beats…all before you trudge to work. It’s not a dream!
Daybreaker, a morning movement, organizes unbelievably fun yoga and dance parties before many people even roll out of bed. With once a month effervescent parties in over 25 major cities, people across the U.S. and abroad can get on cloud 9 before their commute. Their concept is to unite communities, live in the now with joy, and treat our bodies as the temples they are by refreshing with healthy morning snacks.
So what’s a Daybreaker party really like first hand? Kate experienced the July Chicago edition of Daybreakers, the Red, White and Blue event, at the gorgeous Morgan on Fulton’s lush urban rooftop. At first, leaving before the sun woke up seemed like a poor idea as her blankets were calling her back. Once she got there, however, the spirit of happiness was infectious. Friends with American flag headbands giggled and put on fake tattoos before flowing as a whole yoga body. Strangers donned headphones and danced in a silent groove to the bouncing beats of the Hood Internet. Kate left, not only high on life and Dark Matter coffee, but with a bag healthy goodies like Kind Breakfast bars, Skinny Pop Popcorn, Organic Protein Shakes and Mamma Chia drinks.
This month’s Daybreaker in Chicago will not only lighten your mental load but encourage you to take part in the glory of Chicago summers. Start your morning legasea on a boat…sans dolphins…but it’ll still be awesome.
Join Daybreaker revelors on a sunrise sail aboard the Daybreaker Yacht and get nautical with hundreds of fellow Chi-on the go-towners.
DAYBREAKER BOAT PARTY
Wednesday August 17
Spirit of Chicago | 600 E Grand Ave
YOGA 5.30am – 6.30am
DANCE PARTY 6.30am – 8.30am
Free coffee, juice & breakfast treats throughout the event
Live music from ShowYouSuck + DJ Lani Love & surprise performances!
BTW: Events are BYOM (bring your own mat) and bring a tote for all your wholesome loot! People get creative with their outfits too. Don’t be afraid to weird out in a boat themed look. Wear some sailboat shorts, don an octopus costume. People at Daybreaker encourage you to be yourself and thensome.
Seas the day with Daybreaker and get your Tickets here! It’s aboat time you had some morning bliss.
Do you wanna know a secret? We’ve been practicing yoga for years. It’s what brought our friendship to fruition. BUT! We’ve never taken a Yoga 101 class until now.
Studio Three’s new FREE Yoga 101 class offers a format that is accessible to anyone, from new yogis, to sweaty gurus (especially those who need patience practice). So don’t be nervous if you’ve never ventured into this world of open mouth tongue out breathin’. We checked it out 2 Saturdays ago and checked our assumptions at the door.
Studio Three’s yoga studio features linen covered decorative lamps (good for staring at in a hard pose), hardwood floors and natural light to induce relaxation. Studio Three also features cycling and interval training in its other 2 studios.
Attending your first yoga class can be intimidating. You know, those people all stretching and showing off their wacky legs behind their head poses. However, our teacher, Todd Rhoades, was bubbly, welcoming and accommodating to all in the room. Luckily no one in our class was stunting either. Todd is multi-talented and has a background in yoga, and dance. This evident in his grace and ease at talking through poses.
Note: Emily DeBouver and Maggie McElhiney are teaching an “It’s Britney B*^#h” dance class on March 25th at Studio Three if yoga’s not your thang.
Format (may vary by teacher):
We began with pranayama practice, breathing in one nostril and out the other, sometimes feeling like a drowning hippo. Prana what, now? It’s a breathing practice for yoga to help you be in tune with your gorgeous bod. We then moved on to sun salutations with an explanation and demo of each step. Class may seem slow if you are used to quick vinyasa flow but we were sore after and learned a ton. Classes can cover a variety of topics including etiquette, form, history and/or alignment.
Where: Studio Three, 648 N Clark Street
Chicago IL, 60654
When: Saturdays, 1:45-2:45 pm
Bonus: This Saturday, March 19th, is Yoga 101 with QUICHE AND MIMOSAS!!
Already experienced? Studio Three could appease many a yogi with styles from Forrest Yoga (from the amazing Allison English) to Hot Power, Flow, or challenging Hi-Def (integrated yoga and strength training). We gots to go back and give another try another style.
*Update* 3/25/2016 Yoga 101 will morph into Power Yoga 101 for April.
Join the LIFT (Leading India’s Future Today) Associate Board’s young professionals for a morning of yoga and meditation that will be good for your mind, body, and soul.
All are welcome, no previous yoga or meditation experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring your water bottle. Light refreshments will be provided.
Saturday February 20th
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
711 W. Monroe Chicago, IL, Room ABC 123
*Leading India’s Future Today (LIFT) is dedicated to developing leadership excellence in motivated and talented youth in Tamil Nadu, India. LIFT provides quality education and a home environment for youth with high potential who would typically be denied schooling due to limited access to resources. LIFT students and staff are committed to transforming their society from within to help combat poverty, unemployment, and disease. Learn more about LIFT, Chicago’s non-profit organization http://lift-foundation.org/our-programs/
There’s absolutely no reason to skip working out this V-day, whether single ‘n mingling or tethered.
Check out our fit Valentine’s week events to get that serotonin flowing.
Run with friend, lova or future version of both at the Cupid’s Undie Run. Those cute skivvies and cold temps will make you extra fast, we’re sure.
Cupid’s Undie run is a 1 mile fun run and after party raises funds for research on NF (Neurofibromatosis, a condition that causes tumors to form in the brain, spinal cord, and nerves) and the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Wearing only undies is not mandatory so slap on some warm gear if you aren’t quite ready to bare all for the crowd yet.
Focus on self love with natural beauty care, barre and bubbles. Take a Saturday morning barre class, and join Dailey Method for Bubbles + Beautycounter on Saturday, February 13th from 8am-12pm. Enter raffle to win a fabulous gift basket filled with Beautycounter goodies at the studio.
Bubbles and Beautycounter included for members or with the cost of the class.
Exhale is rolling out the romantic red carpet with Valentine’s Day themed activities. Enjoy Chill Yoga with your boo, snap up some mini-manicures, work on your core with Core Fusion Extreme class and get stylish with Trunk Club. All activities are open to the public and first-come, first-serve.
5. Galentine’s Day
Ready to paint the town PINK?
Stylisted & Bright Pink pair up on Saturday, February 13th at Siena Tavern for charity and cheer. From 11am – 1pm, head to Siena Tavern and indulge in mimosas and brunch bites. You and your Galentine will be treated by top hair and makeup stylists prep you for any V-day plans. Proceeds benefit Bright Pink.
Too expensive? Walk your 10,000 steps and check out one of Chicago’s prolific museums for free with your V-Date.
So what are you planning on doing this weekend to get fit?!
In the new year, would you prefer barefoot or lacing up your kicks for a jog? Either way we got you covered (and for cheap too!) with Part 2 of our Free Workouts in the New Year blog.
With 9 different Chicago area locations, you could run with friendly folks every day of the week. Fleet Feet fun runs include themed runs like Chick’s Night, Pint Night as well as new running gear demo events.
Shake Shack monthly runs
Looking for Pavlovian fitness techniques? Trendy burger chain, Shake Shack, hosts monthly fun runs on the second Tuesday of every month with a twist. Your reward for running: A free shake, beer or discounted burger! Details here.
Starting in Philly and imported to Chicago, City Fit Girls strives to give women and comfortable and supportive environment for stretching their running legs. Chicago fun runs are Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in Lincoln Park. More information available here.
Chicago has an infinite amount of yoga studios and many of them aim to give back to community with donation based or free yoga classes. Our top choices are Zen Yoga Garage (Logan Square), Tejas Yoga (South Loop) and Pilsen Yoga Tribe (Pilsen) at Thalia Hall.
Yoga at your fave clothing store
Yoga With Adriene
This talented Texan yogi is friendly, silly and cares enough to share the gift of yoga classes with us! She is currently running a YouTube 30 day Yoga Camp to your daily yoga flow fluidly flowing.
Did you ever wish you could block out the noise of the world around you? Accessorize your yoga with sound proof headphones and merge the beauty of the city with the quiet of nature. Join Gilt City, AMped and Sound Off on Saturday September 19th for bending, balancing, brunching and rooftoping it up on the gorgeous Vertigo Sky Lounge. Bring your mat (the event is BYOM) and your hunger while you leave your stress at home!
Your ticket gets you ALL these goodies!
- Admission for one to AMped x Sound Off Summer Series Open Air Rooftop Yoga Experience led by Zen Yoga Garage on Vertigo’s Rooftop on September 19, 2015 (9:30 or 12:30 time slots)
- Coconut water by Vita Coco (mmm we are hoping for the coffee kind)
- Healthy bars from KIND (yum coconut almond!)
- Australian yoghurt from Noosa Yoghurt
- Bottled water by Essentia (Alkaline water to promote a healthy PH)
- Dried super fruit by Sant
- Organic juices from Organic Girl
- Coffee from Passion House Coffee
- Organic, chia-based drinks by MammaChia
- Chair massages by Body Works
- Complimentary mimosa courtesy of Vertigo Sky Lounge
- Noise-isolating headphones bring the DJ and teacher directly to you sans cab honks and construction clamor.
Ticket sales end in 3 days so don’t wait. Get rid of your case of the Mondays by dreaming about this relaxing Saturday!