Summertime sweat down series: The workout switch up

In this edition of the summertime sweat down, we’re focusing on classes for those restless mamas. The ones that need to spice up their workouts, often. I definitely fall into this camp.


Not to make this all about me, but I have to brag for a moment. Guys, this is huge. I’m Jessie Spano excited! (10 points if you got that reference) I’m only 12 pounds away from my pre-preggo (goal) weight! To say I’m stoked is an understatement. I know my work is still cut out for me and I plan to continue to stay active during the next few months. Although, I know it will be especially hard to stay focused when there are barbecues galore laden with fattening foods and alcoholic drinks.


Whether or not you want to lose weight or just maintain it, these suggestions will help you with keeping fit and healthy all summer long.

Bubbles boot camp

2001 N. Clark St., Chicago 60614 (Lincoln Park Zoo – Sea Lion Pool)


Don’t have a babysitter? Don’t worry! This high intensity interval training (HIIT) allows you to get your sweat on WITH your kiddos in tow!  Bubbles Academy offers this hybrid running, strength training, ballet and barre class in the Mama boot camp. Classes are held at Lincoln Park Zoo (meet at the sea lion pool) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Children of all ages are welcome to join, as there are childcare assistants at every class. Bubbles offers a monthly membership (three classes per week) for $100, but drop-in rates are also available for $23 per class. Get more information here.

Not your typical adventure

Locations vary, see website


Starting on June 22, challenge yourself to this 5 a.m. full-body boot camp. The Windy City Adventure Boot Camp encourages women of all fitness levels to meet for five days a week for one hour. The curriculum changes daily and they offer more than just burpees and sprints. This boot camp also offers nutritional counseling and motivational training as well. There are a variety of membership packages ranging from five days per week for $299 to a 10-class pack for $179. For more information, call 312-519-6651 or email

Staying slim in the pants and wallet

Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., 312-742-1168


Variety is the spice of life, and Millennium Park is offering FREE classes every Wednesday and Saturday. Change it up with yoga, pilates and Zumba classes from June 6 to September 5. The full schedule is available here.


Getting in shape has never been so easy! With so many options, Chicago is keeping its moms fit and healthy so that we can keep up with our babies. Do you have any exciting summertime sweat down events you would like to share? Let me know at @freshpickdwords on Twitter.

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