Here’s a true story for you: there are only two things I dislike about Barry’s Bootcamp. The price (#champagnetaste), and the workout itself.
However! They totally reel me back in with the studios. Subway tile in the locker rooms! Oribe products! Exposed brick, gallery walls and smoothie bars! Honestly, I’d go to Barry’s just to hang out, probably. It’s so pretty.
And, look, aesthetics are important to me. If I’m going to pay for a group fitness class, I want the whole experience, you know? And part of that experience involves the design of the place and also probably documenting it on Instagram, if we’re being completely honest. “Doing it for the ‘gram” is a very real thing, folks. We might not have yoga studios with Drake lyrics on the stairs in Chicago (yet), but the Windy City is hardly short of Instagrammable places to work out. If you resolved to move more this year, here are eight super stylish Chicago fitness studios to do it:
Mirepoix Wellness Studio
Between the floor-to-ceiling windows, kombucha on tap and goodies for sale, Mirepoix might very well capture the title of Chicago’s most stylish yoga studio.
Air Aerial Fitness
While the studios themselves are nice (the River North location has a cute “great things never came from comfort zones” sign), the real Instagram star here is you: doing the Air POW, or pose of the week, gracefully suspended from those gorgeous silks. Trust me, if I can flip around on one of those things, so can you.
Locker room selfies always look better when the background includes subway tile and marble counters. Seriously, Barry’s Bootcamp locker rooms are nicer than my bathroom, and my apartment is brand new…
Polaroid walls and neon signs and fancy candles, oh my! The gleaming white-and-yellow SoulCycle spaces will energize your workout AND your Instagram feed.
Flywheel’s lobby areas also feature always-Instagrammable neon, and the mirrored Flybarre studio is perfect for cute pics.
If the chance to Instagram a wall that says “get your ass to class” doesn’t actually get your ass to class, what will? (Actually, probably lots of things, like personal motivation and willpower… but the sign is cool too.)
Unanimous Boxing Gym
I never knew I wanted to box under a chandelier until this Logan Square studio opened.
Okay, this is sort of cheating because Chill is mainly a meditation studio. However, they are on ClassPass and offer yoga and meditation combo classes, so I’m counting Chill as a “fitness studio” for purposes of this list.
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Feature image: Mirepoix Wellness Studio