Best of 2022: Health & Fitness

Best of 2022 Health & Fitness

From where to spin, lift or perfect your downward dog to our readers’ favorite spots for everything from acupuncture and cryotherapy to go-to spots for fitness gear, here’s where Better readers head to stay fit and healthy around Chicago and the North Shore.

Best Crossfit (City)
Lincoln Park CrossFit

2440 N Lincoln Ave.

With a mission to build better athletes, Lincoln Park CrossFit offers competitive strength and conditioning by athletes, for athletes.

Best Crossfit (Suburbs)
CrossFit Factorial, Lincolnwood

7001 N Central Park Ave., Lincolnwood

Crossfit factorial

CrossFit Factorial was founded in 2016, and provides fitness and nutrition coaching throughout Chicago’s North Shore. Their team specializes in one-hour coach-led fitness classes, giving clients a unique full-body workout each day.

Best Equipment/Athletic-Wear Store (City)
Fleet Feet

Various Locations

Fleet Feet knows running. With over seven locations around Chicago and the suburbs, it is a one-stop-shop for running shoes, apparel, recovery equipment and more.

Best Equipment/Athletic-Wear Store (Suburbs)
Uncle Dan’s, Evanston and Highland Park 

Various Locations

Uncle Dan’s mission is to help their customers live active, fulfilling lives by providing quality outdoor-inspired products, backed by deep expertise and remarkable service.

Best Fitness Club (City)
Power Sculpt Fitness

3119 N Lincoln Ave.

Power Sculpt Fitness

Power Sculpt Fitness specializes in high intensity interval training within a wide variety of formats including indoor cycling, TRX suspension training, cardio kickboxing, barre and many more. No matter which type of class you take, you are always getting the same level of intensity within formats that you enjoy.

Best Fitness Club (Suburbs)
Krystal’s Body Shop, Wilmette

1225 Green Bay Rd., Wilmette

As an ACE trained certified personal trainer, life-long athlete, and devoted mother, Krystal truly enjoys helping her clients become more confident, positive, and healthier through her gym, indoor and outdoor classes, and personal training sessions.

Best Personal Trainer (City)
Heather Hughes
/Power Sculpt Fitness

3119 N Lincoln Ave.

Heather is the studio owner of Power Sculpt Fitness, and instructor. She has a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and M.Ed. in Health and Physical Education. Since 1997, she has worked as a Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor/Exercise Program Director at various fitness facilities in the Chicago area. 

Best Personal Trainer (Suburbs)
Eric Smoot/Redefined Fitness, Wilmette

1211 Washington Ave., Wilmette

At Redefined Fitness in Wilmette, Eric Smoot clearly knows how to help his clients achieve lasting results — readers voted Eric the best personal trainer in the suburbs for the fourth year in a row.

Best Fitness Classes (Suburbs), Best Spin Studio (Suburbs)
Studio SPIN, Highland Park

332 Skokie Valley Rd., Highland Park

Studio Spin is thrilled to be named the best in the business by Better readers for the sixth year in a row! Studio Spin offers high-intensity group fitness classes in an upscale and fun environment. Their fitness program features a signature Spin + Strength, Box, and Yoga fusion classes. Their state-of-the-art studio is conveniently located at Clavey and Skokie Valley Road in Highland Park.

Best Pilates Studio (City)
Studio 8 Pilates

3656 N. Lincoln Ave. #F

Studio 8 Pilates focuses on contemporary, intelligent, biomechanically efficient exercises that provide maximum results while reducing the risk of injury.

Best Pilates Studio (Suburbs)
Sandy Greiner Pilates, Northfield

400 Central Ave., Northfield

The core focus at Sandy Greiner Pilates is to help participants fall in love with feeling strong. Sandy Greiner blends classical and contemporary Pilates with current movement sciences to help you accomplish your fitness or rehabilitation goals. Their certified teachers have expertise in developing sports-specific and condition-related protocols to help you achieve your goals efficiently.

Best Yoga Studio (City)
CorePower Yoga

Various Locations

Turn stress into sweat by trying out CorePower Yoga’s various class types — whether that is YogaSculpt or CorePower — and feel your body strengthen.

Best Yoga Studio (Suburbs)
Yogaview, Wilmette

1231 Green Bay Rd., Wilmette

Yogaview is a locally owned business that has been open since July 2002, and has served as a refuge of relaxation and renewal for people new to yoga as well as those who have practiced for years. Both Chicago and Wilmette locations offer workshops, Gong Baths and the highest quality of yoga instruction.

Best Cryotherapy (City)
The CryoBar 

Various Locations

The CryoBar is Chicago’s premier cryotherapy and recovery facility with locations in Lincoln Park, Bucktown and West Loop. Female-owned and family-run, the CryoBar was founded in 2016 by Sara Latham. 

Best Cryotherapy (Suburbs)
Restore Hyper Wellness

Various Locations

Restore Hyper Wellness is determined to help you nurture your body the right way. They believe in leveraging strategic, controlled stressors that are inspired by nature. Restore Hyper Wellness empowers your body to do what it was designed to do with as little intervention as possible.

Best Chiropractor (City)

3651 N Southport Ave.

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While SUVARNA has specialists in chiropractic services that improve health and performance, they also take a holistic approach to their patients’ health and wellness. They offer amenities like custom-curated tonics crafted to fuel your soul and body as well as a convenient no-touch shopping experience where you can browse the newest boutique healthcare trends and products while sitting in a beautiful space.

Best Chiropractor (Suburbs)
Evolution Spine & Sports Therapy, Evanston

922 Noyes St., Evanston

evolution spine and sports

Founded in 2016 by Dr. Travis Ahrens, Evolution Spine & Sports Therapy of Evanston began with the idea that everyone who walks through the door will be treated with as much respect and compassion as they deserve. The team strives to be sure every patient is given time with the doctor or therapist to ensure each patient is informed about their condition, how it can be fixed and given an actual treatment on the first visit.

Best Health & Wellness Coach
Chia Leah

1222 Washington Ct., Ste 201B, Wilmette

In 2015, IIN certified health coach Leah Bostrom founded Chia Leah with a mission of fueling a healthy lifestyle through nutrition education and in 2018, she expanded the business with clean consumer packaged goods which are sold online and at a local grocery stores. Leah believes in promoting wellness through practical and sustainable habit changes, avoiding extreme approaches and gimmicks.

Best Physical Therapy
React Physical Therapy

225 S Sangamon St.

React Physical Therapy was founded in 2012 by David Reavy, PT, MBA, OCS, CEO, and now has six clinics across the Chicago, Wilmette, and Deerfield areas. React Physical Therapy is proud to be a privately owned, local business that allows a world-class team of experts to provide patients with the personalized attention and care they deserve.

Best Acupuncture
Source Healing

650 N Dearborn St., Suite 800, Chicago & 723 Elm St., Suite 26, Winnetka

Photo by Lauren Herrmann

Source Healing has been a top-tier holistic wellness clinic in Chicago and Winnetka for over 20 years and has grown through the trust of their patients and strong word-of-mouth referrals. They specialize in treating anything pain and stress related, along with women’s health and fertility. Main services include acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Asian bodywork, therapeutic massage, and grounded energetic guidance. All practitioners are licensed by the state and have years of clinical experience. ​

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