There are many things I love about Chicago, including our amazing restaurant scene and therefore very necessary, also very good fitness scene. We’ve got major names like SoulCycle and Barry’s Bootcamp right alongside local gems like OhmCulture Yoga, Studio Three and Mirepoix Wellness Studio.
Still, there are a couple of studios that lucky New Yorkers and Angelenos get to experience that I would absolutely love to try, too. Here are three of them:
The Class by Taryn Toomey
Ugh, you guys, I have been hearing so much about The Class lately and yet it defies definition. Vogue calls it “yoga-meets-cardio-meets–primal screaming” and from what I’ve heard, it is an experience like no other. The Class attracts celebrity fans like Christy Turlington and Naomi Watts, and Taryn Toomey is quickly becoming a household name (in the world of wellness, anyway). She’s even launching a collection with Lululemon in July, which, yes, I will be checking out. Oh, and there are crystals under the floorboards and Chanel in the bathrooms in her Manhattan studio. What more do you need?
The original hip hop yoga studio started on the East Coast, but has a Los Angeles outpost as well. Luckily, hip hop vinyasa classes are starting to become available in Chicago (I know that Lauren Bellagamba teaches them at Mirepoix Studio, for instance). However, there’s something to be said for the OG candlelit, heated flow that is Y7. It’s “yoga for people who put on gangsta rap and handle it,” also in the words of Vogue. Basically, if a fitness class is featured in Vogue, I am going to want to try it.
Basically, if a fitness class is featured in Vogue, I am going to want to try it. It’s kind of like if you give a mouse a cookie. I am the mouse, and fancy pants exercise is the cookie.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my FlyBarre, but I also would love to give this cheeky Los Angeles-based barre studio a shot. No pun intended… there are a lot of butts in their marketing. Get it? Butts? Cheeky?! Anyway, they also make the best barre socks, in terms of both technicality (grippiness!) and design (cute sayings!), and the Pop Physique shop is chock-full of super cute items.
Of course, if you’re going to try a swanky new fitness studio you’ll probably want a swanky new outfit. Here’s what I would wear to any of the above classes:
I’m sure there are a bunch of New York and Los Angeles fitness spots I missed… let me know which classes I should add to my fitness wishlist in the comments!
Feature Image: Taryn Toomey