FREE Yoga @ Wrigley Field

FREE Class at Wrigley Field!

Is this real life?! Studio Three is offering you a chance to take a yoga class at Wrigley Field! Step on to the field and get your flow with instructor Gina Marciano this Sunday, September 25th @ 8:30 AM!

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Other event details are below:
Participants can enter at Gate F near the Wrigley Field Marquee at the corner of Clark and Addison streets.
This class will take place rain or shine.
Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will be required to sign a waiver onsite.
Sign up like you would for any of our classes via our online schedule. And hurry. Space is limited…because it’s Wrigley Field!

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Free Soul Cycle for First Time Riders Through 9/26/16!

For those of you who have never been to Soul Cycle, well, your missing out! Some call it a cult, I call it pure party on a bike.

There are 3 locations in Chicago:

  • Loop (111 W. Wacker)
  • Southport (3423 N. Southport)
  • Old Town (1225 N. Wells)

While Soul Cycle is an awesome 45-60 minutes on a bike. it comes at a steep price. Just ONE class is $30, PLUS $3 for shoes. If you want water, through in another $2. = $35 a class.

BUT Sweaty Reviews is here to help you out. Click this Link for a FREE class if you are a first time rider.

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Rowing 101 @ Studio Three

Rowing machines are popping up everywhere across the city and there’s really no secret why. When done correctly, rowing can be one of the most efficient total body workouts, exercising every major muscle of the body. Instructors are taking full advantage of this total body strength and endurance workout while integrating it into high intensity interval workouts. Encouraging students to take full advantage of the benefits. However, it only takes few bad strokes to derail the potential of this machine.

For this article, Sweaty Reviews teamed up with Studio Three instructors, Kiley Hearn and Dustin Hogue, to help get the low down on rowing form and safety. Below are the questions we asked the instructors.

What is proper rowing form/technique? 

Think about pressing first through your legs until they are almost straight, then slightly hinge back as you engage the core and then pull with the arms to finish the stroke. You want to reach as far forward with the oar as you can to reset for the next stroke.

What are the common errors people make?

Rowing too fast. This exercise is about power and efficiency rather than just speed. The quicker you make your stokes (higher strokes per minute) the more likely it is that your form will suffer. Also poor posture. We always want to sit up tall and keep the core strong and engaged.

Which area of the body should I be feeling it the most in? 

Rowing is 60% legs, 20% core and 20% arms/back. With proper form, you should feel a lot of glutes as well as abdominals, biceps, and scapular muscle.

***Kiley also recommends to set up the strap around the widest part of your foot and tighten it as much as you can before starting to row!**

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Bottom left displays race time; bottom right displays meters; upper left displays strokes per minute; lower right displays 500m pace

What should my average rowing pace be?

Aim to row at 250 meters per minute as an average athletic pace.

What do the numbers on the screen indicate, and which should I pay most attention to?

Your instructor will cue you to race either for time (bottom left corner) or meters (bottom right corner). You want to strive for 30 strokes per minute (in upper left) and under 2:00 for your 500m pace (on lower right).

Extras: Studio Three offers two classes (Torch & Amped) that incorporate rowing machines. These classes are offered around the clock and taught by top notch instructors in a state of the art studio using the latest equipment. The workout is designed to help you reach your ultimate fitness goals, by using a systematic approach with basic movements that are effective. Rowing intervals are combined with strength training and treadmill zones for a maximum burning workout.

Studio: Studio Three; Instructor: Kiley Hearn; Location: 648 N Clark St. Chicago, IL. 60654 (Corner of Erie and Clark St. in River North); Tel: (312)-944-3333

Click  HERE to reserve your class now! 

<3 SELF Event <3

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This past weekend we held our very first SELF event (Sharon Ellen Louis Foundation) at Kick@55 with the help of owner Rebecca Gahan.

25 fierce women rallied together (all in purple, my mom’s favorite color) to raise money for Cancer research through a fund at Glenbrook Hospital. We raised almost $700 in 1 hour! 

I am beyond lucky to have such amazing, loving people in my life. My mom will live on through all of you and she has enough beauty, light, and love to go around. 

If you haven’t been, checkout Kick@55 at 108 w Hubbard. I had a slew of texts from my friends that next morning about their inability to walk due to too many squats! Rebecca always kicks @ss and that is why I keep coming back!

Do yourself a solid and signup today!  

>> If you would like to donate to SELF please click this Link <3  <<

 

Beast + Balance – Where the Cool Kids Flow

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About two weeks ago I attended Elli Gotlieb’s Yoga Sculpt class at Core Power Yoga. Let’s just say, I was immediately hooked.Her class was challenging and had the perfect mix of arm, leg, and ab work. Her energy pushed me to hold my plank longer and squat deeper. She also has a really cool vibe about her so it is no shock to me that she has put together the coolest tribe of yogi’s with her new endeavor Beast + Balance.

This past weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to attend her very first Beast + Balance event. The concept is a pop-up, curated yoga + lifestyle experience. Basically, a community of cool kids who like to flow. She has single-handedly built a tribe of people to do dope yoga sh*t with.

The experience was above and beyond what I had expected. As someone who considers themselves an entrepreneur, Elli really impressed me.

  • She found an awesome space in the West Loop
  • Each class was nearly, if not, sold out (and there were 5 of them!)
  • Taught an awesome hour long yoga class
  • Had staff on deck to help with check in as well as help students with form
  • Had several different local businesses on site to serve food and drinks
  • Decorations were on point

I could go on and on. Overall I truly believe Elli was born to teach yoga and I can’t wait for the next Beast + Balance event. If you wanna flow with the cool kids, jump on board.

FLOW HARD WITH COOL PEOPLE DOING COOL THINGS

Namaste

Unlimited Shred415 for $100!

This is probably one of (if not THE) best Gilt City deal I’ve seen in the workout world recently. Shred415 UNLIMITED classes for only $100.

SweatyReviews lives for a good Shred class, but at over $25 a class it can get expensive. This is the perfect deal to start shredding at an affordable rate!

Click the link HERE to purchase!

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How to Prep for a Long Weekend

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Prepping for a long summer weekend rarely involves finding time to fit in a workout, and we don’t blame you! Summer is a time to enjoy life more than usual. Whether its drinking and eating at a street festival, partying on boats or wining and dining  on a cool summer patio; there’s no reason to deny yourself what you deserve after 265 days of hibernation. At Sweaty Reviews we agree that summer is the time to enjoy yourself, but we’d like to look good doing it! That’s why we’re bringing to you our favorite summer tips and tricks for turning up the heat right before the long weekend.

Take a HIIT class

Well this is a no brainer. HIIT cardio is the fastest and most efficient way to burn calories and speed up metabolism by implementing intense periods of plyometric exercises and interval speed work. Substitute one barre or relaxation yoga workout for an extra HIIT class this week and get extra energized for the weekend.

Studio Recommendations: Torch @ Studio Three // Cycle @ Studio Three // Total Body @ Shred415 // Booty, Barbells & Burpees Bootcamp @ Kick@55 Fitness // Total Body @ CrossTown Fitness

Energize with a Power Yoga

Not all yoga is created equal. Power Yoga will help release tension in your muscles while simultaneously energizing your body, giving you the boost you’ll need to enjoy your exciting adventures for the weekend!

Studio Recommendations: Power Yoga @ Yoga Six // C2 @ CorePower Yoga (favorite teachers Mar M and Chelsea G) // Hi-Def and Advanced Hi-Def @ Studio Three (power yoga plus strength).

Eat clean before the weekend

Loading up on veggies, fruit and lean protein while limiting carbs and sodium is the fastest/healthiest way to rid your body of bloat and excess fat right before you need to slip into that bikini.

Take your workout outside the studio

Sometimes the monotony of exercise comes not from a boring old run, but following the same routine over and over. If group fitness has been your go to the last few months and your Saturday morning fitness class is just not in the cards this weekend, try to hit the lake front for at least a 30 minute run, bike, or swim. Include short interval bursts of 45 seconds pushing at your peak effort.

Schedule a morning class

We all know that commitment is half the battle! Schedule morning classes the day of and after a long weekend in preparation and recovery for the long weekend.

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(photo at kick@55 fitness in river north)

Happy and Healthy Fourth of July from Sweaty Reviews!🙂

Shred415 W/ Tracy Roemer (Founder)

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Studio: Shred415

Class Name: Arms and Abs

Address: 300 Happ Rd. Northfield IL

Sweaty Reviews Fitness Level: All

Instructor: Tracy Roemer (Founder)

Reviewer: Lindsey

Studio/Class Review: 

Shred Northshore is a conveniently located right off the highway, perfect for those reverse commuters (better to hit the gym instead of traffic, am I right?!). There is parking right in front and I’ve never had trouble finding a spot! The studio is clean and has a great area to change and shower post class. My only complaint is that there is only one water fountain station, but they sell water bottles at the front in case I’m in a rush!

The clientele is a bit older at this studio being in the burbs, but don’t let that fool you – it’s still a brutal workout. Class with Tracy was broken out into 12, 10, and 8 minute intervals. I loved this class because she brought us up to a 15 incline on the treadmill (which Shred teachers don’t do enough) and really pushed us on the floor exercises.

Instructor Review:

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Tracy was in fact TRACY ROEMER one of the founders of Shred415! I have to say it is no wonder that Shred is such a success. Her spunk and energy made me feel like we were part of a filmed workout segment. She had diverse floor movements and pushed speeds and inclines. I honestly have no idea how she remembered the routines as we swapped places with the other group as well as kept pace with timing (there was no notebook, I looked!). It was such an honor taking her class and I highly recommend that if you ever see her name on the schedule, BOOK IT!

Extras: They always post a Shredder of the month, next month it could be you! They also sell ‘On the Go Workouts’ on their site – check them out HERE!

Would I recommend?:  Yes

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TRX BARRE SCULPT

Studio: The P.E. Club

Address: 238 East 75th st.

Sweaty Reviews Fitness Level: Intermediate- Beast

Instructor: Katy

Reviewer: Eileen

Class:

Having never done TRX I was nervous about what this class would entail. For anyone who doesn’t know, TRX is a type of workout that involves suspension training (I added a picture). This particular class involved both TRX, Pilates and Barre so it was the ultimate fitness class for toning. At first we warmed up on mats just doing basic push ups, and then moved over to the barre where we did a series of toning exercises with a small ball and resistance band. Following this portion, we then went over and used the TRX. This class was AMAZING! It was such a good workout. I felt crippled the next day because we literally worked every part of the body. What was also amazing was that there was only 5 of us in the class so we got so much individual help. The class was difficult, but was so fun and went by fast thanks to Katy the incredible instructor.

Instructor:

Katy is a young, vibrant, encouraging and upbeat instructor. I talked to her before and after class and found out she is a dancer, and is interested in musicals. So I immediately connected with her! I told her it was my first time with TRX and she did a great job of making sure I was doing everything correctly and safely. Katy did an amazing job of giving everyone individual attention. She was so encouraging and really knows how to make a great atmosphere. First off, her playlist was great. Music helps any workout. During the core section she blasted fast paced music so we could tune out our thoughts. I especially liked how she broke the class up. She pushed us hard, but knew when to move onto the next thing. So I never got bored or felt like I couldn’t complete anything. I really really hope to take this class again! I LOVED it! Checkout her insta @therealslimkaty

Facilities:

PE has TRX classes, as well as personal training opportunities. The facility is really small. Their are two front rooms where  personal training happens, and then a back room that is for barre and TRX classes. They provide lockers and towels.

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