8 Fun Fitness Classes to Help You Stay in Shape This Summer

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Hot weather can make it hard to get outside and go for a run or stay active. But that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost! These fitness classes will make you forget you’re working out, and keep you coming back week after week.

1. R&B Yoga

The R&B Yoga series brings together relaxing yoga, delicious brunch and great music for a series of yoga events held on the rooftop of Whiskey Business in Wicker Park. For $40, not only do you get an hour of yoga with live DJ Elijah Jamal playing music by your favorite artists, but there is also a healthy breakfast buffet and unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys after class. The events are to the music of Erykah Badu,  Sampha, Drake, Solange, Kanye, and Kid Cudi every weekend in July and August from 9:45-10:45 a.m. The class is suitable for all levels, age 21+. Whiskey Business, 1367 N. Milwaukee Ave., [email protected], rnbyoga.net

fitness classes: R & B Yoga

2. Air Aerial Fitness

Engage your core and take flight at Air Aerial Fitness, where the instructors guide you on aerial hammocks with moves that are a fusion of muscle conditioning, Pilates, ballet and HIIT. Try a 50-minute beginner class for foundation for $30, then move to the Air class to up the ante or try Air Flow for an extension of your normal yoga practice. Just want to shred your abs? Test out the 30-minute Air Core session. If you want to try it all, the one-month new client special lets you test out unlimited classes for $100. 2217 N. Clybourn Ave., 312-288-9614, airfitnow.com

fitness classes: Air Aerial Fitness

3. Hang 5 Fitness

Hang 5 Fitness brings surfing indoors with Surfset boards that mimic the instability of surf or paddleboards to engage your core. Pilates and yoga get an added challenge as you have to maintain balance, while the Surf Blend and Bikini Bootcamp kick it up a notch with more strength moves. Try out an intro class for $15, and keep going at $30 a class. 2203 N. Halsted St., 630-670-4700, hang5fitness.com

fitness classes: Hang 5 Fitness

4. Unanimous Boxing Gym

Channel your inner fight club at Unanimous Boxing Gym, where you can take women-only or coed boxing classes, or tear it up on your own with a personal trainer. If you want to fly solo, you have a 6,000-square-foot facility at your disposal for just $20, and the first three days are free. 2764 N. Milwaukee Ave., 872-817-7070, unanimousboxinggym.com

5. Bollywood Groove

With 30 classes in spaces around Chicago, Bollywood Groove will ensure you never have to do boring cardio again. The hour of dancing will fly by and leave you sweaty and energized from performing dynamic moves to Bollywood hit music. At $20 a class and $15 for the first time, Zumba has nothing on Bollywood Groove cardio and their fun choreography. Visit their website for class schedules and locations. 312-772-6559, bollygroove.com

fitness classes: Bollywood Groove

6. Bellicon

Bellicon is no child’s play, though these trampoline workouts will definitely bring out the kid in you. This low-impact exercise can make you seriously sweat. Try out the fast-paced cardio SwissJump class, get your heart pumping with the HIIT class bellicon Circle, or do a more rejuvenating session with bellicon Move. First bounce is $15 and subsequent are $23. 650 W. Lake St. #240, 312-487-4877, bellicon.studio

fitness classes: Bellicon

7. Stiletto Dance Studio

While most people think pole dancing is for the club, Stiletto Dance Studio removes that stigma with dance classes that take some serious strength. It’s probably the only gym you’ll ever go to that encourages wearing high heels during your workout, making you feel confident and sexy while you get fit. The studio features three levels of pole dancing, Pumpography dance workouts, belly dancing, circus classes, and twerking lessons among many more offered. Each class is $25 or get a class punch card for discounted prices. 1843 W. Chicago Ave., 312-488-1635, stilettodancestudios.com

8. Chicago Paddle Company

Enjoy the hot summer weather and beaches in a new way with stand-up paddling (SUP) at Chicago Paddle Company, located on Kathy Osterman Beach. You can paddle solo or with friends by renting equipment, or go to SUP Core Fit, Pilates, or Yoga for a class atmosphere. The hour-and-15-minute classes cost $35 a piece, or rent some gear for $30 an hour. 5800 N. Lake Shore Drive, 312-970-0861, chicagopaddlecompany.com

fitness classes: Chicago Paddle Company



Manon Blackman is a Make It Better intern and rising senior at Northwestern University, pursuing a dual-degree in journalism and vocal performance. When she’s not in class, you can find her running, experimenting with vegan cooking, and drinking lots of coffee.