Total Body at CrossTown Fitness

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Studio: CrossTown Fitness, 1031 West Madison St.

Class Focus: Each class and trainer is different, but all classes focus on high intensity interval training.

Cost per workout: $25 for a day pass

Money saving offers:

  • First workout is free – to get your free class, just show up at the time you’d like to go! The gym’s schedule has classes that will fit into eveyone’s schedule (view schedule)
  • $150 for a month of unlimited classes 
  • $220 for 10 classes
  • $365 for 20 classes

The Fab Fit take:

I believe in doing everything in moderation, but on the morning after a night out with my best girlfriend’s (GNO!) it was clear that my beliefs and my actions hard parted ways the night before. I needed to sweat or sleep for the rest of the day. I chose to sweat and finally check out CrossTown Fitness after running by the gym’s ad at North Avenue Beach all summer – it looked serious.

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(Image courtesy of CrossTown Fitness)

When I walked into CrossTown Fitness, the turf on the floor and the circuits set up by the trainer, Vince, suggested that my initial impression was right and  I was in for an intense workout. With 10 total circuits set up around the room, Vince walked us through the exercises we’d being doing 4 total times.

  • 30 seconds of walk out push-ups
  • 30 seconds of up-and-overs on a step
  • 30 seconds of planks with opposite knees to elbows
  • 30 seconds of box jumps
  • 30 seconds of planks moving over a step
  • 30 seconds of squats or squat jumps
  • 30 seconds of squats with a sandbag in hand
  • 30 seconds of side wall ball throws
  • Run around the block, which felt like a 400 at the time, but it turns out it was a little bit longer – .33 miles

I’m a competitive person and there were ways to compete with myself and with others throughout the class. For about half of the exercises, there was a challenge offered – if I wanted to take it up a notch, I could.

I love circuit training, but sometimes when there’s too much set up time between exercises, I get caught counting the missed seconds of work I could be doing, but I’m a masochist. That was not the case with this class, it was all work, except for brief rest between circuits. By the time the class was done, I was happy with the workout and I had sufficiently “sweat it out.” Success.

The best part about CrossTown Fitness is that the workout that I just outlined will never happen again. I started this blog because I got burned out on routine, and this is a gym that could keep it interesting if you have a wandering eye like I do. Each trainer and each workout is different. Every time you step into the gym, something interesting will come your way. Get there and sweat it out.

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(Image courtesy of CrossTown Fitness)

Attention Parents: CrossTown fitness is family-friendly in a lot of ways. Not only do they offer childcare so Mom and Dad can workout together guilt-free, they’ll also start offering fitness and wellness class for kids 3-12 August 12, 2013.  Bring your young fitness enthusiast (it’s never to early to start healthy habits) to the open house and free class July 25 and 26 11:00 a.m. to noon. Register by calling 312-550-1063.

Date/time taken: 7/13/13

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