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West Loop Run Group [plus the Chicago Primal Gym Giveaway winner]

When I moved from Forest Park to the West Loop I was sad that I wouldn’t be within easy running distance of my running club’s meeting point. I looked for a new club in the West Loop but didn’t find anything. So when Swirlgear told me that the new West Loop triathlon store Live Grit... Read more »

Wilson Fitness Review: A Great West Loop Addition

Wilson Fitness Review: A Great West Loop Addition
Back in November I cashed in a Groupon/LivingSocial/Whatever deal for this new fitness studio called Wilson Fitness Studios that opened up literally less than 70 yards from my apartment building. I mean, seriously. How could I NOT try that out? So, I did. And here’s my Wilson Fitness review. Wilson Fitness is run by Jessica... Read more »

The naked truth about my try at pole dancing

Corporate Pole is small. They have four poles and a max of 8 people per class. You share the pole and take turns trying each move after the instructor shows you how to do it.
You’ve heard about it. You’ve snickered about it. Maybe you’ve even thought about trying it. But have you ever actually done it? Yes, I’m talking about pole dancing. And I tried it last weekend. And had a blast. No longer just the domain of seedy strip clubs, pole dancing has become a workout in its... Read more »

Crosstown Fitness Will Kick Your Butt

Crosstown Fitness Will Kick Your Butt
Crosstown Fitness is located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood on the revitalized stretch of Madison Avenue between Halsted and Racine. The gym features an open room covered in Astroturf, a wall of treadmills, a wall of TRX straps, and assorted shelves of medicine balls, kettlebells, dumbbells, and weight bars. There’s also a smoothie station as... Read more »

Why I Think You Should Cancel Your Gym Membership

I'm trying out <a href="http://crosstownfitness.com/">Crosstown Fitness</a> in the West Loop this Friday.
When I was in college my mom gave me some good advice. “Get into the habit of being active now. It’s so hard to do when you’re older.” This one piece of advice has stuck with me for years and years. It’s why I joined a gym right out of college. It’s why I took... Read more »

More Chicago 5Ks: Blackhawks Mad Dash to Madison and Oktoberfest 5K

Last week was another week of multiple 5Ks. I mean, it wasn’t 5 5Ks in 5 Days or anything but I did run two Chicago 5Ks. Mad Dash to Madison 5K The first was the Chicago Blackhawks Training Festival Mad Dash to Madison on Monday, September 16th. Apparently this event usually takes place on a... Read more »

Upcoming Chicago Running Events

I’m participating in several upcoming running-related events and wanted to share them with you in case you are interested! Swirlgear at Road Runner Sports – Tuesday, August 27th Several local Swirlgear ambassadors are hosting an event at the Road Runner Sports at 1435 N Kingsbury. There will be a fun 30 minute run and then... Read more »

Hidden Temple in the City

Hidden Temple in the City
Off of 18th Street and on the Chicago River there’s a temple.  And a playground.  And some paths. Plus drinking fountains, trees, and grass.         This is Ping Tom Memorial Park.  An oasis in a rather industrial part of the city.  If you live in the West or South Loop this is... Read more »
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    I'm a 30-something who decided to get off the elliptical and expand my fitness horizons. Since moving to Chicago in 2008 I've run marathons and biked miles. I've done group fitness classes and lifted weights on my own. And now I want to share my fitness finds with you!

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