Best new workouts for busy Chicago moms


Last year, I tested several of the city's newest workouts for busy moms. Since then, a slew of new studios have opened. Yes, apparently there's always a new way to torture, er, exercise, our bodies.

Here are the best new workouts I've seen:


Power Sculpt Fitness

3148 N. Lincoln Ave.
(773) 456-0779

This is the brainchild of Heather Hughes, a physiologist, personal trainer and fitness instructor. After years of searching for the ultimate body-shaping regimen, Hughes developed Power Sculpt Fitness around the TRX suspension training system. A perk for busy moms: on-site childcare and 30-minute express workouts like the one I tried. I felt sore and conditioned-and still had time to grab lunch before preschool pickup. Win!


Barre Bee Fit

1962 N. Clybourn Ave.
(773) 348-2881

This little-known bar workout juggernaut on the western edge of Lincoln Park made my thighs burn for FOUR days. The classes combine intense cardio, total body toning, deep stretching and detoxification. It targets our "problem" parts-butt, thighs, belly and arms.




1444 W. Willow (rear unit)
(773) 281-0411

Many of my hard-bodied friends insisted I try CrossFit-apparently the new way to efficiently lose that baby weight. The CrossFit workout is based on life's actual physical demands-like carrying a baby and four bags of groceries up your three-flat.


Fly Yoga

2727 N. Lincoln Ave.
(773) 477-8400

Fly Yoga is kind of like how it sounds-yoga poses suspended in the air using silk hammocks. Only found at i.d. gym in Lincoln Park, Fly Yoga allows you to go deeper into yoga poses, improve strength and practice advance inversions. I love yoga, but this one kind of terrified me.


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