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health & fitness LINE MAN Tim Lester coaches a client at 5th Line Studio. Fresh Starts Get ripped for summer at Chicago’s best new gyms and fitness studios. | By Kate Bongiovanni | Photography by Neil Burger | You’ve been diligent and kept in shape all winter. Now you just need to kick into it extra gear for a few weeks to get right where you want to be for summer. Well, we have good news: Chicago is teeming with exciting, sophisticated and innovative new gyms and fitness studios. Whether you’re looking to get as lean and flexible as a yogi master, as strong as a pro athlete or just work on your golf swing, the city’s most recent offerings are smart, effective and offer something for everybody. True fitness freaks may even want to try them all. The CrossTown Lowdown Expect the unexpected at CrossTown Fitness (1031 W. Madison St., 312,550.1063, crosstownfitness.com) in the West Loop. For starters, no two classes are the same— even though they’re all based around high intensity interval training, which caters to people of all levels of fitness. “That’s the core foundation of this club,” says owner Charlie Graff. “My goal was to build this big box that has everything we could think of available for the staff to use for the clients.” Think treadmills, kettlebells, bumper plates, suspension training and much more. “Each class is going to be a full-body workout, top to bottom,” says Graff. “With interval training as our skeleton, we’re doing 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of strength training.” But that power hour is never confined within the gym’s walls. With park access steps away, they have the flexibility to hold classes outside, and, through a partnership at North Avenue Beach, CrossTown will be whipping bodies into beach shape all summer. Get in Line Sitting all day. Hunching over a keyboard. Sitting more as you commute home. Unless you’re a lucky exception, your spine, and the rest of your body, takes a beating at work. Sessions at River North’s new 5th line studio (222 W. Hubbard St., 312.888.3175, 5thlinestudio.com) can help fix those kinks, and also give you a longer, leaner body, through Pilates and Gyrotonic, which owner Tim Lester describes as “kind of like yoga with machines.” This all takes place in a space that has more unique equipment than a playground. “We don’t just work on one muscle group; we use everything at one time,” says Lester. “It’s not isometric work but a complete body workout.” The word is out, and you might find yourself stretching alongside ’85 Bear Richard Dent or taking a barre class from a Joffrey Ballet dancer. “We work with everyone from pro athletes to people in physical therapy rehab, and everybody in between,” says Lester. “People come in because they’re curious, but they stay because of the results.” 104 | | Summer 2013

Health & Fitness Training

Kate Bongiovanni

Fresh Starts

Get ripped for summer at Chicago's best new gyms and fitness studios.

You've been diligent and kept in shape all winter. Now you just need to kick into it extra gear for a few weeks to get right where you want to be for summer. Well, we have good news: Chicago is teeming with exciting, sophisticated and innovative new gyms and fitness studios. Whether you're looking to get as lean and flexible as a yogi master, as strong as a pro athlete or just work on your golf swing, the city's most recent offerings are smart, effective and offer something for everybody. True fitness freaks may even want to try them all.

The CrossTown Lowdown

Expect the unexpected at CrossTown Fitness (1031 W. Madison St., 312,550.1063, crosstownfitness.com) in the West Loop. For starters, no two classes are the same— even though they're all based around high intensity interval training, which caters to people of all levels of fitness. "That's the core foundation of this club," says owner Charlie Graff. "My goal was to build this big box that has everything we could think of available for the staff to use for the clients." Think treadmills, kettlebells, bumper plates, suspension training and much more. "Each class is going to be a full-body workout, top to bottom," says Graff. "With interval training as our skeleton, we're doing 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of strength training." But that power hour is never confined within the gym's walls. With park access steps away, they have the flexibility to hold classes outside, and, through a partnership at North Avenue Beach, CrossTown will be whipping bodies into beach shape all summer.

Par for the Course

OK, the East Bank Club isn't new. But a great piece of equipment they recently added is. It's easy for your golf game to suffer when you can't regularly make it to tee times or the driving range. And even with all that practice, you still can't fix that pesky slice, inconsistent drive or wanting short game. Some time on East Bank Club's (500 N. Kingsbury St., 312.527.5800, eastbankclub.com) new golf simulator, however, can hone your skills. Instead of just teeing off at the club's 90-foot driving range, the simulator snaps a picture when the ball leaves your club face and calculates the distance and direction of where it's going well beyond the indoor confines. "You're hitting the ball out into the driving range so you can see how it's starting, and then watching the TV to see how it's finishing," says pro Dan Palonis. "It takes out a lot of guesswork." Not only can you use it for practice, you can play some of the sport's most respected courses—even in snow, sleet or blistering summer heat, at Chicago's largest indoor driving range.

Get in Line

Sitting all day. Hunching over a keyboard. Sitting more as you commute home. Unless you're a lucky exception, your spine, and the rest of your body, takes a beating at work. Sessions at River North's new 5th Line Studio (222 W. Hubbard St., 312.888.3175, 5thlinestudio.com) can help fix those kinks, and also give you a longer, leaner body, through Pilates and Gyrotonic, which owner Tim Lester describes as "kind of like yoga with machines." This all takes place in a space that has more unique equipment than a playground. "We don't just work on one muscle group; we use everything at one time," says Lester. "It's not isometric work but a complete body workout." The word is out, and you might find yourself stretching alongside '85 Bear Richard Dent or taking a barre class from a Joffrey Ballet dancer. "We work with everyone from pro athletes to people in physical therapy rehab, and everybody in between," says Lester. "People come in because they're curious, but they stay because of the results."

A Training Temple

Yoga? Check. Personal and endurance training? Check. Classes from static to intense? Check. Cutting-edge Muscle Activation Techniques (a muscle contraction evaluation process that complements exercise and injury rehab)? Check. Is there anything Lateral Fitness (314 W. Superior St. Lower Level, 312. 291.9466, trainlateral.com) doesn't have? Yes: crowds. But co-owners Erik Marthaler and Scott McWilliam aren't complaining. "We're trying to keep the gym exclusive," says McWilliam. They accomplish that by limiting class sizes and appointments, as well as by offering high-end treadmills and resistance equipment, luxe locker rooms and even plush towels. "It's all in the details," says McWilliam. This dynamic duo combined their years of corporate gym experience to develop Lateral Fitness, which opened in February. "We're thinking outside of the box," says Marthaler. "We're not training how everybody else is training. We're thinking of other ways to approach a client and their needs." They're also fusing their training styles and expertise-endurance for Marthaler and MAT for McWilliam-into a comprehensive boutique gym.

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