This week I found out about another fitness studio in Chicago via the True2Life group: Sweat on State. Sweat on State is located at State and Diversey in Chicago and is a combination of the Workout of the Day (WOD) paradigm and a high intensity interval training studio. What does that mean exactly?
It means that they post that day's workout on their website and every class throughout the day does the same workout. You can see how previous classes did on the whiteboard where you log your final numbers.
The workout can be entirely strength based such as the one I did or it can be a combination of strength plus treadmill running or using the rowing machine. I admit, I did stare longingly at the treadmills every time I got to the medicine ball burpee stage of my workout. Why were we not running?? Of course, that stare only lasted a few seconds before I had to bring all my attention back to the workout at hand.
Considering the workout is different every day and I've only been once it doesn't seem fair to give a real review of Sweat on State. But here are my thoughts based on my one class:
Everyone does the warm-up together before the instructor explains the WOD. Our instructor, Paul, gave us a suggested weight that we should use for the moves that required weights. I liked that. Then, for the class I took, we all grabbed the equipment we'd need and set up our own stations throughout the room.
The workout was 30 minutes long and the goal was to get in as many rounds as possible of the following - 20 medicine ball slams, 10 push-ups, 20 sit-ups, 10 burpees while holding the medicine ball, 20 air squats, 30 seconds rest. I managed to do 8 rounds which seemed to be about on par with everyone else.
Post-workout we did a few more cool-down moves while we tallied up our results. Then we were done. Sweaty and done!
I wasn't a huge fan of the techno music pop song mash-ups that were being played so it took me a bit to get into the groove. Our instructor apologized for his low-energy and said he was just getting over a cold.
At first I was a bit grumpy about the AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) routine since I don't traditionally enjoy those. I feel that they can lead to bad form and just squeezing in as many moves as possible without making sure you're actually working the muscles that are meant to be worked. However, based on my sore muscles today I can definitely tell I worked some muscles I don't normally work. So, maybe this particular AMRAP workout wasn't so bad.
Overall, if I was looking for a new place to workout I would go back to Sweat on State just because I enjoy having variety in my strength workouts. The $25 drop-in fee is a little steep, however you can try your first class for free. And the 12 month membership fee is on-par with what I'm seeing from other similar studios. Regardless, if you're looking to shake up your fitness routine and don't mind a hard, sweaty workout then Sweat on State might be for you!
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