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Get Fit and Save Money This Labor Day

Skip the Traffic; Take a Fitness Staycation

by Lisa Payne – August 22, 2012

If you’ve thought about heading out of town this Labor Day but can’t afford the travel expenses, we have the ultimate solution for you! What if you can save your hard-earned money, get fit and go back to work feeling refreshed? You can do all that and more with our list of ways you can turn your Labor Day weekend into your own wellness program. To help get you started, we have a fun schedule of fitness, nutrition and mind-body classes and events for you to try starting right after work on Friday, August 31 and lasting through Monday September 3.

Day One: Friday, August 31

CorePower Yoga: Gold Coast, 5:45-6:45pm

Take CorePower 2 with Dominika for a tough 60-minute intermediate yoga class and you’ll sleep like a baby that night! First time at CorePower Yoga? Enjoy a free week of their heated yoga classes!

Day Two: Saturday, September 1

Whole Foods Market Wellness Club: Lincoln Park, 10am in the Lecture Room

Start the month off right with Whole Foods‘ 30-day healthy lifestyle program, Kickstart Your Healthy Kickoff. The $30 fee includes unlimited nutrition classes, demo cooking classes plus fitness and yoga classes for the whole month of September. Registration required.

Flywheel Chicago: Gold Coast, 1pm

Now that you’ve got a game plan, get cracking with a rockin’ 45-minute Fly 45 Cycle Ride at Flywheel, Chicago’s hottest spin studio! Reserve your bike online ahead of time.

Chicago SummerDance: Grant Park, anytime between 6pm and 9:30pm

Get your groove on at one of Chicago SummerDance dance classes in Grant Park! This night, get free tango dance lessons by Gregory Day and Tommye Giacchino to live Nuevo Flamenco music by Guitarra Azul!  

Day Three: Sunday, September 2

The Chopping Block: Logan Square, 10am-12:30pm

Take the Knife Skills class to sharpen your veggie-cutting acumen for just $40. You also get to take the veggies and herbs you cut home with you to put into a stir fry for dinner!

Farmers’ Market: Logan Square at Logan Blvd. and Milwaukee Ave., open 7am-2pm

Farmers’ Markets are a perfect way to get motivated to start eating better. Grab some fresh fruit, veggies and meats to cook tomorrow after your workout!

Barre Bee Fit: Gold Coast, 1pm

If you’re looking to be sore for a few days, Barre Burn will definitely hit you in all the right places! This whole-body workout takes place in a 95-degree room and helps to detoxify your body!

Day Four: Monday, September 3

L.A. Boxing: South Loop, noon

Work with a professional fighter in this 60-minute all-out Cheeky boxing workout. Learn the moves, practice with shadow boxing, hit the heavy bags, get cut with some killer abs and walk away with enough energy to last all day long!


(Photo credits: Staycation Sign by Karen Roach, Yoga by Mama_mia, Vegetables by Baloncici and Boxer by Ariwasabi.


About the Author: Lisa Payne

If this Cheeky girl could write and work out at the same time, she would! A self-proclaimed multi-tasker, Lisa began teaching fitness classes and personal training while getting her MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.